Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The wonderful Biryani
The Nawaabi majesty of Hyderabad has to be experienced---the bustling Bazaar near the Charminar--the old,established Pearl Shops---selling a variety of beautiful Pearls ranging from the Freshwater ones to the priceless Basra Pearls.The Rainbow hued Bangle Bazaar--all Jewel bright iridiscent colours of beautiful Glass Bangles lined up in their containers--inviting,beguiling and exciting!!This is a very vibrant City--with a laid back,very "Nawaabi" outlook to Life--and why not??It's Nawaab was the richest man in the World when the British left India!!The Hyderabadi Cuisine is as wonderful as the City---colourful,spicy and totally delicious!!Traditional Hyderabadi Food is extremely delicious and makes your fingers smell of the Spices used in the preparation for a week afterwards!!Their mouthwatering Biryanis,Bagharey Baingan,Mirch ka Salan and above all their wonderful Kababs---all are truly to die for.Sprawling old "Havelis" in the Old Quarter bear testimony to it's rich Past---and even now Hyderabad retains the mystique of it's glorious Past.
The Waterfalls at Nagarjuna Sagar
From Hyderabad we proceeded to Nagarjuna Sagar--one of the big Dams built in India.This Dam is on the River Krishna and is situated at Nagarjunakonda--an ancient City of the Ikshvaku dynasty in the 1st. and 2nd. Centuries AD. Excavations had revealed the presence of about 30 Buddhist Monasteries and all these Artefacts were moved to the top of Nagarjuna Hill--today an island in the centre of the Nagarjuna Sagar or Lake caused by the Reservoir flooding.We had stayed at the State Guesthouse here--and I still remember the faces of Sayali and Sonal----refusing to eat because the Roties and the Papads tasted the same!!Lotta on the other hand being a Rice eater, dug into her Dal Curry and Rice with gusto!!This was a real eye opener for Sudhir and me--rural India without the frills!!The beautiful Ruins of the ancient Monasteries were fascinating but the Sun was beating down on our heads--pouring out it's heat on us like molten Lava!!The number of "Limbu-Soda" bottles we downed that day remains a first--never before and never since!!These Soda bottles are capped with a large Glass Marble.The resulting hiss when this pops and the foaming Soda meeting the juice of Fresh Lime poured over lots of Ice cubes to form a chilled fizzy drink--truly a made in Heaven Combination--drunk here on Earth!!!
The Soda Bottles
My poor little Ming and Tina too were completely exhausted by evening and as we returned to our Guesthouse that night we decided that we had to have a leisurely day the next day---the exhausting heat and excessive tramping on the Sands at Nagarjunakonda having taken it's toll on us all!!