Prague

Oh! This beautiful city!
I am going to keep this post short and simple for the places I visited.

  1. Prague Castle
    • This is the main attraction in Prague. And hence it is very easy to reach here by bus or tram or train. Climb up few meters and you will see amazing view of Prague with brown rooftops and massive architecture of castle, church, golden lane etc
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  2. Old Town Square
    • This is the most happening area where you can find Prague’s famous astronomical clock, national galleries and good place for buying souvenirs and little bit of shopping.
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  3. Charles Bridge
    • To be honest when we reached here, this was the most crowded place. Since this is one of the oldest part of Prague, it’s crowded with people everywhere. But you can find some amazing artists around AND beautiful view of the river.
  4. John Lennon Wall
    • You don’t have to be a fan of John Lenon to visit this fun place. It’s a wall full of graffiti and open to all to click pictures or to paint. This is just 5min walk from Charles bridge.
  5. David Cerny’s Sculptures
    • You can find the sculptures at many locations in Prague. See pictures below for the ones which are around the Charles Bridge.
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  6. Dancing building
    • The building which looks as if 2 people are dancing, just around the corner in the city. If you have time to take a stroll around or click some pictures, this can be your place.
  7. Wenceslas square
    • Place surrounded by some good pubs and cafes. Spend an evening in chill here. Oh! yes and they serve some AMAZING hot chocolate there in Prague. Don’t miss on this!
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  8. Prague zoo
    • This zoo is listed among top 10 zoo’s of the world. I would recommend visiting there in the morning and spending at least half a day there. Since it’s far from the major tourists spots, reaching the zoo takes some time(depending on where you are staying).

You will find something or the other happening around when in Prague. Just keep an eye around the corner for some surprises! People are warm and helpful and public transport is good.

 

 

 

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Working woman

I have always grown up amongst working women in the family. There is always a sense of independence and being well-informed about the outside world with these women. While growing up even I used to image myself to be like them. Now, when I look at it, I am getting a different vision about the whole thing.

Surprisingly, I never saw women in my family crib about their job, about the deadlines, or whatever. Why is the thing with me then? I get an urge of quitting a job and be at home doing nothing, but that in turn will make me crib even more. People like me are not used to be staying at home. And apart from that there is social pressure from friends and family too. I have heard people around me talking about someone like, “Oh! anyway she is at home all day, still she cannot manage this” and blah blah. What if I choose to be at home, such pressure from around me will depress me even more.

This blog is open for discussion. How many of you think this way? How many of you are going through this? Please feel free to write your comments.

It’s in the mind

Here is a good story I came across recently. I don’t know how authentic it is, but I find the moral worth thinking. Here it goes-

It’s in the mind- Houdini was a master magician as well as a fabulous locksmith. He boasted that he could escape from any Jail cell in the World in less than an hour, provided he could go into the cell dressed in street clothes. Houdini became very famous.
A small town in the British Isles built a new Jail, which they were extremely proud of. They issued Houdini a challenge. “Come give us a try”, they said. Houdini loved the publicity and the money attached with it, so he accepted.
The day of the challenge came. By the time Houdini arrived, excitement was at a fever pitch. Houdini rode triumphantly into the town and walked into the cell. He proudly walked into the cell and the Big Iron door was closed. Houdini took off his coat and went to work. Secreted in his belt was a flexible tough and durable ten-inch piece of steel, which he used to work on the lock. At the end of 15 minutes his confident expression had disappeared. At the end of 30 minutes he was looking confused. At the end of an hour he was drenched in perspiration.
After two hours…Houdini literally collapsed against the door – which opened…!!
Yes, it had never been locked…except in his mind…where he viewed it was as firmly locked as if a thousand locksmiths had put their best efforts in making the lock for it. One little push and Houdini could have easily opened the door…But he didn’t.
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Many times a little extra push is all you need to open your opportunity door. In the game of life you will discover, as you set your goals and unlock your mind, that the world will unlock its own treasures and rewards to you.
Realistically, Most locked doors are in our minds.
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(Photo courtesy: Internet)

Time and Dreams

The time is running out.

There are so many things you want to do in life. So many dreams to fulfill, things to achieve, yet day by day we go on doing nothing. The wishlist is as it is with no tick marks in front of it. Some of us might have already lived half of our lives, dreaming of becoming something and adding points to our wishlist.

When is the time to fulfill our dreams? NOW. As the saying by Swami Vivekananda, “Arise, Awake and stop not till the goal is reached”. The time is NOW. Let’s open the wishlist and start the year with completing at least half of it. Let’s get up and start now. A small step will matter the most.

For people like me, the initial step is the barrier. I’m sure there are many other like me, who wants to be pushed initially. Support matters. But let’s just stop this. We have to help ourselves. Not everyone will have time to push us always. It’s our step.

I wanted to start painting again, start a travel blog (which of course says that I need to travel more), start exercising, and being calm from within. Some of which I have started, some I just dream of. I am going to stop dreaming and start doing. How many of you are?

Time is not going to be forever. Our time is NOW. So in this new year, be motivated, be happy and start. Because it’s Life.. as we say so.

Hyderabad

Hyderabad is one of the Nawabi places of India. One of the city of  palaces and royal places in India. I found it as one of the coolest tourist destinations with great food, old city architecture and the technology park equally.

Here is a short guide from my eyes.

How to go? 

Hyderabad is well connected by roads, railways and air. Whatever suits your budget. Being a IT hub the city has got international airport as well.

Best time to visit?

Throughout the year.

What to see?

The list is long! Yes! Hyderabad is one of the coolest tourist city especially if you are travelling with your family. Some tourist places I would like to highlight are-

  • Salar jung museum – One of the huge museums I’ve seen in India. It is one of the three national museums of India.
  • Chowmahalla Palace – It is the palace of Nizams of Hyderabad. Visit if you are interested in all the Nizam architecture.
  • Charminar – It is a structure in the heart of the old city. Literal translation means “Four Pillars”. Surrounded by old city market it is the face of the city.
  • Sudha Cars museum – This is one of the interesting places I’ve visited so far. Owned by Mr. K. Sudhakar who is also a Guinness world record holder. The museum consists of handmade cars of different shapes and sizes. Check here for the website.
  • Golconda fort – A typical Nizam fort but a nice place to visit. In the evening they have light show which makes it even more beautiful.
  • Ramoji film city – Please spare a complete day for this. This is actually a tour of film city and some are for entertainment. If you are lucky you may get to see some film shooting too. Fun place.
  • Snow world – One of the good and clean place. Experience snow and making snowman here! You will be provided with jackets and gumboots too. Of course the snow is artificial okay.
  • Hussain sagar lake – Big lake in the centre of the city which hosts a big Buddha statue in it. Lake is surrounded by parks and street food stalls. If you have free evening time don’t miss out a stroll out here.
  • Birla temple – Classic Birla temple built in marble. You can visit this place if you have not visited any Birla temple before.

So long list! Anything missed out?

Yes! Yes! Yes! This is a city of Nawabs so you cannot, I repeat you CANNOT miss out on eating Hyderabadi Biryani.

Also  the city is famous for pearls. So don’t forget some pearls and precious stones shopping here.

Happy Journey!

The dancing flower

It was all the matter of time,
when a flower used to dance in sunshine,
singing the chants of blessed shower,
it thought of dancing forever..

It was all the matter of time,
when the flower thought whole world is mine,
Colors defining its life,
how rudely he ignored the white

It was all the matter of time,
when the blow came from his master divine,
The flower was still in awkward fight,
he had trusted his masters sight

It’s still the matter of time,
the flower left all alone,
his colors are now tints and shades,
holding the truth forever in blades

It’s still the matter of time,
when the flower will rise again,
waiting for the spring his strength in bargain,
testing his spirit for new life line,
Its still the matter of time