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Living with Multiple Myeloma in Hyderabad , India . Random musings .

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Drive from Hyderabad to Annavaram

A wish of mine, which is about travelling to the ‘Kerala of the East’ materialized quite soon. My cousin planned his Son’s wedding in Annavaram. This little town close to the West coast is popular for its Satyanarayana Swamy temple. The temple is on a little hill which is part of the Eastern ghats in South India.

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We drove from Hyderabad to Annavaram , via Vijayawada and Rajahmundry. Started at 7am and had breakfast at N Grill Resto on NH65 .  This place is 50km after you exit the Outer Ring Road . It is a new restaurant, spic and span with good food and well maintained rest rooms.

We didn’t stop anywhere else till we reached Vijayawada. Had lunch at my Cousin’s place in Vijayawada where the ‘Pellikoduku’ event took place. After lunch we started off to Annavaram via Rajahmundry at around 4pm. The road from Vijayawada up to Eluru was very bad ,in-spite of toll being collected on this stretch. Supposed to be one of the busiest stretches in the country.

Took almost 5 hours to reach Annavaram , checked into Hotel Abhay . Not up to my expectations, but we were too tired to crib about the upkeep of the place and crashed for the day. Woke up to a beautiful view of the Pampa Reservoir and the Eastern Ghats , adjacent to the hotel . The reservoir was full owing to the recent bountiful rains.


This was the best part of our journey.

Went for the early morning darshan. Annavaram Temple is very popular for performing mass ‘Satyanarayana Swamy Vratam’ by couples and also for performing Mass weddings. Saw lots of newly weds all over the place. There are small temporary Mandaps in a few places where the wedding vows are made. Reminded me of an Assembly line production factory where married couples are churned out 🙂 .


Got back to our room after darshan of Sri Satyanarayana Swamy and got dressed for the wedding , to be held at one of the A/C halls adjacent to the temple.

Met lots of Cousins and their families. Started back to Hyderabad immediately after the wedding via Rajamundry and Vijayawada.

On my way back I noticed stubble burning in the recently harvested fields. All the while I assumed that stubble burning is restricted to Punjab and other states around Delhi , but to my surprise I saw lots of fields being burnt in Andhra Pradesh too.

Mechanical Harvesters are being used all over the country . This is clearly a side effect of using Mechanical Harvesters which leave a stubble one feet in height while harvesting.

The farmers have no time to let the stubble rot in the soil as they have to immediately sow the next crop. Hence burning is the easiest way out  with no cost involved. High time to solve this menace and stop all the pollution.

As we got closer to Rajahmundry , we came across lots of plant nurseries stretching for several kilometers on either side of the road . Did not have the time to stop by as we would get late. All the plant nurseries in Hyderbad are maintained by folks coming from this place.

Had dinner at Hotel Vivera near Narketpally , which is around 55km from Outer Ring Road. One of the best places , closer to Hyderabad , where once can stop for a quick snack or even have lunch/dinner.

This trip almost fulfilled another wish of mine where I wanted to stay by a riverside  for a few days. However, I got the opportunity to spend a beautiful morning by a reservoir flanked by hills and sipping coffee 🙂







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Visit to a farm near Sivanagar in Telangana – Simple pleasures of life.

Who wouldn’t love to go on a long drive to a place surrounded by lush greenery , away from the hustle bustle of the city life. This time it was a drive to Peddakanjerla, Amdoor , Sivanagar via Inole along with my sister, mom , a colleague and her hubby. The place is about 10 km from the Outer ring road in Hyderabad to the North of Patancheru . We had unusual rains for a few days last week though it is summer during this part of the year. These rains helped the grass grow and it was like a green carpet all over. We came across golden paddy fields which were ready to be harvested.

A garden caught our attention,  we saw lots of Bottle-gourds hanging from trellis . 2015-04-20 17.15.19 This was near Sivanagar . Our driver was speeding and i screamed STOP ! STOP ! STOP !! 🙂

We stopped outside the gate . We saw a small house behind the gate . We honked , hoping to see someone and a couple came out of the small house and stood behind the gate. We asked , from inside the car, if we can buy a few bottle-gourds. They nodded , went in and brought the key to the gate and let us in. We were thrilled. Why not !!? 🙂 we were lucky that the couple let us in .Who wouldn’t love to stroll around a field. As we stepped in we could smell the sweet flavours of Jackfruit and sapota/Chickoo. There were a few of these trees adjacent to the fence .

The woman quickly plucked a few roses from a nearby bush and handed one to each of us. That was a rosey welcome 🙂 We moved closer to the Bottle gourd plants and saw hundreds of them hanging from a trellis built at height of 7 feet from the ground. The plants were watered using Drip irrigation. See the black pipes at ground level in the pic below ?

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Felt good watching little chicken running around their mother in the field . The caretaker was highly enthusiastic and explained how the plants are grown.

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The couple plucked a few bottle-gourds , sapotas and curry leaves from the farm and packed them for us. When we asked how much we should pay , they hesitated and wanted us to pay whatever we wished . They were so eager to give us all the stuff 🙂

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They wanted us to go around the whole place . There were mango trees too and said we should visit again 🙂 We were a little curious as to how they make their living and they said that the owner gives a fixed amount at the beginning of the year along with some rice.

Felt so good to spend some time there and my feet refused to turn back.

This is the team that visited the farm.

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The caretakers were too shy to pose for the camera 🙂 but i insisted. That’s Mom, the caretaker and me.

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The sun was beginning to set , it was time to go back home and bid farewell to the smiling couple . 2015-04-20 17.47.44

As our vehicle got closer to the city , we got immersed in the noisy world of vehicles , concrete and pollution the greenery and simple people/life were left behind . I feel energized and the memories will continue to energize till we go on another drive.