Memorable phrases of Hyderabad

August 29th, 2007

I thought I should make a note of the juicy quotes I’ve collected so far, should a day come when I can no longer remember them.. This may seem mean but I have decided that this is okay because I’m sure everyone makes fun of me as soon as I leave the room.

“I got a son, no?” - Padmaja, Arena

“After fixing teeth she is getting toooo many marriage proposals.  It’s woorking!”  - Orbitz commercial

“They’re coming out like earthworms.” - Asha while removing blackheads from Akbar’s nose

“The text box tool creates a text on the main stage… the text box tool… the text box tool… the… text box… tool… creates a text… creates a text…” (in monotone voice) - Venkatesh sir, Arena

“You are overweight so take the massage package.” - nutritionist, Talwalkar gym

“frats” “blurps” “forths” - unnamable at Akbar’s request

To Be Continued…

Midnight’s Children

August 28th, 2007

midnights-children.jpgAs I find myself sitting around with nothing much going on, I am devouring the books.  I’m reading Salma n Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, and it is INCREDIBLE.  I just finished re-reading the Harry Potter series, and I must say, with no offense to Harry, that this has to be some of the best writing I have ever had the pleasure to read.  The twisting style of writing and the imaginative story-line of this book are incredible.

So far, my favorite quote from the book is something like “in a country where they use the same word for yesterday and tomorrow, you have to expect they will have issues with time.”

Our first Pilgrimage: Tirupathi

August 28th, 2007

On August 17th we embarked on our first trip- the holy hills of Tirumala, where Lord Balaji lives. This temple is one of the most famous temples in South India. Thousands of people make pilgrimages to this place every day, donating gold, diamonds, money … in the hopes of being blessed with a good life.

train1.jpg Here’s Akbar and his mom on the sleeper train. This is just before we bust out some chapattis and alu curry. Yum yum.



Akbar and I climbed the mountain to the top where the temple is. Here we are before we begin the big climb.


Along the 5 hour climb to the top, some people put kum kum or light a flame with camphor on every single step. There are about 6000 steps! People also pile rocks on top of eachother - it is said that doing this will fulfill your wishes. Clearly people come here with lots of wishes.  We were so sweaty and tired on this climb, but it was worth it.