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


Fun times at Granny’s Village – Mar 2019

Got an opportunity to visit my Granny’s Village , (My Maternal Grandmother). The Village is near Nellore. This time my Sister ,nice , nephew , me and my son were able to make a trip for a few days.

Love the Village atmosphere . I can never get tired of going there any number of times.

Every moment from Sunrise to Sunset is something that we can never ever experience in the Cities that we live in.

Being able to actually watch the Sun Rise , the cool morning Golden Sun rays , the cool morning breeze, the cocks crowing , the pure Oxygen filled air that you can fill your lungs without thinking of the pollution ……Village folks going about their activities , sounds of brooms while women sweep / clean their front porches , followed by Muggu / kolam …. tractors moving through the village on their way to the fields , sounds from the few Autos / Bikes in the village… Street vendors selling their wares , the villages kids playing with crude toys , young village boys playing Volley ball in the evenings , the sounds of bells from the Goats being taken for grazing , Bird calls , Sound of breeze from the waving paddy fields , the paddy dancing in the breeze, buffaloes on their way back home, the cool sea breeze flowing in from the sea from 3 pm onward, lying on a cot in the open air and watching the starlit sky, having dinner under the stars sitting on the cot .

Close up of Rice Panicle
The Road leading to our village.
Walking on the Beach near our village with my Niece.

These are life’s simple pleasures that I always look forward to.

Food tastes yummier in the village ๐Ÿ™‚ don’t know why ๐Ÿ™‚ .

There are hardly any thoughts … just being in the present moment.

A drive to the Beach via roads with paddy fields on either side, animals grazing lazily … An evening at the Beach which is a few kilometers from our Village,walking on the beach barefoot without a care… picking sea shells .. watching how the ocean never tires of sending waves since eternity.. watching fishermen with their boats on the horizon and wondering if I can go on one of the boats someday ๐Ÿ™‚

Already looking forward to my next visit.

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Visit to Nellore

Visited my Granny’s village near Nellore after 3 and half years. Meanwhile the state of Andhra Pradesh got split into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Post retirement , about 15 yrs ago , my parents had decided to buy agricultural land around this village . Mom has a green thumb and they cultivate paddy once every year during winter months . So for 4 months they travel frequently up and down from Hyderabad to Nellore almost every week. I and my siblings along with our families get to visit the village during this season. In this visit it was just me with Mom and Dad. Enjoyed the long drive from Hyderabad to Nellore in their ‘Ertiga’. The vehicle is cool .I didn’t feel tired at all . As you can see , paddy turns golden in colour when ripe and is ready to be harvested. image Irrigation is via canals and water is let into these canals from surrounding lakes which in turn receive rainfall during the months of Nov/Dec. image At certain places the land is at a higher level compared to the canals and hence diesel sets are used to pump water from the lower level to the higher level . image Also visited this 850 year old temple of ‘Sri Mallikarjuna Swami Kamakshi thai’ temple at Jonnawada adjacent to Nellore town. image Nellore is also famous for dishes like Chepala pulusu (Fish curry using tamarind gravy) , Kaaram dosa (crepes for breakfast) and ย Malai Khaja (sweet) . I enjoyed eating Kaaram dosa and bought a packet of Malai Khaja at a sweet store.