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


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Drive to Shadnagar and a Tomato farm

This time we drove South towards Shadnagar .The town is on the right side of NH7 while going towards Bangalore from Hyderabad. We took a left turn as soon as we reached the town.  After driving straight for a couple of kilometers we took a detour just after a village named Buchigudem.

Very soon we came across a tomato farm. Several men and women were busy harvesting ripe tomatoes in the farm.

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As usual I was excited and hoped to get hold of some tomatoes.

Despite the hot summer there were a few fields here and there.

We moved closer to the labourers and asked if they would sell the produce to us. They told us to ask the owner who was sitting close by.

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The owner agreed and we managed to dump 10kilos in the rear of our car.

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He agreed to give 10kilos for just Rs 100. Whereas these were being sold for three times the price in the city.

I spotted goru chikkudu kaayalu or Cluster beans stored in plastic bags near the heap of tomatoes and we picked a few kilos .

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Felt good that we got some farm fresh veggies :))

The fresh air and gentle breeze was invigorating.

 

Love spending time away from the city once in a while. I have this wish and always dream of having a small house at the edge of a village adjacent to a farm  🙂

It was teatime . On our way back we stopped at a roadside restaurant named ‘Aashiana’ , adjacent to the highway , in Shadnagar. We ordered Mirchi bajjis. They were some of the best Mirchi bajjis I ever had . A waiter served the items while we waited in the car.

NH7 is a busy highway which connects Hyderabad and Bangalore. 

Wish to go there again just to eat those Mirchi bajjis 🙂 and also pick up fresh veggies.

 


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Pics from a recent trip to our village

I was due for a BMA test in a week and  was a bit nervous and had this strong urge to spend a few days in our village before I went for the test.

Here are a few pics from this visit. These pics give a  glimpse of life in a village.

The winter months are here and village folks warm up with a bonfire in the early hours of the morning.
A group of women are warming up while discussing the days chores.

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A dish TV antenna has been fixed to a dried trunk of a Palmyra tree.
A Palmyra tree is one of the most useful trees in this part of the country. The leaves of the Palmyra tree are used as a roof for their huts ,cattle sheds and fence. It is called a thatched roof and can be seen in the pic. The palmyra fruit is relished during summer months. Palmyra Toddy is a popular drink in the villages.

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The cling clang sound of sheep bells is so soothing . The sounds from these bells , the cool evening sea breeze (this village is around 8km from the sea) and chirping birds can take us to a meditative state. This is bliss !!

I am back in Hyderabad now and as I close my eyes I transport myself to that scene and location :).

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Found a few feathers of the ‘Indian roller stuck on the trunk of a palmyra tree. The bird must be nesting on the tree. A very beautiful bird, often seen flitting from one palmyra tree to another ,is usually found near agricultural fields in this part of the country. The bird appears mostly brownish with streaks of blue when perched . While flying its light and dark blue feathers are open and the bird appears very bright ans beautiful.

Found a link to a video of the bird in flight.

http://www.arkive.org/indian-roller/coracias-benghalensis/video-00.html

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Love the contrast of a tender climber climbing up the rough trunk of a palmyra tree.

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Rural atmosphere is very peaceful , less polluted and life is very simple . A village appears to be another far away planet far far away from the noisy Urban world. Feeling energized and rejuvenated after spending a few days there. I am also done with my BMA test and awaiting the results.

” We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us “