I started to read this book ‘Nine Lives’ by William Dalrymple. It is a collection of 9 stories, more aptly essays. I read three stories so far. Will add more on this later. Each one is an unstoppable read so far.
The day: 25th December, The mood: holiday, The mission: Watch “Avatar”
I watched it 2D at Inox, Vijayawada. The movie made a significant impact in me, close to my heart.
This map is of Andhra Pradesh showing the regions.
Gandhi’s example was effectively emulated by other Gandhians: Potti Sriramulu’s fast unto death in 1952 led to the reorganisation of states on linguistic lines. On the midnight of 15 December (i.e. early 16 December 1952), Potti Sreeramulu died and laid down his life trying to achieve his objective.
K.Chandra Sekhar Rao’s interview with Bharka on NDTV was shown again and again. KCR’s speech makes sense if you think on Telangana peoples side. But does he have peoples mandate?
When I was young, there was ‘Jai Andhra’ movement around, which was for a separation of Telengana away from Andhra Pradeash. Now the calls I hear are for ‘United Andhra’.
Just before the floods in Kurnool area, I was at Alampur Jogulamba Temple. The temple is in Mahabub nagar district. But easily accessible from Kurnool Town. It is built with red sand stone. Jogulamba is the presiding deity. She is one of the 18 Shakti peethas of Indian Sub-continent.
Balakrishna Temple is located in a village called chengizkhanpet near Guntur at the foot hills of famous kondaveedu hills which also hold a majestic fort in ruins. The village has good very motor-able access from Guntur, Chilakaluripet, Narasaraopet. The road is good for delicate cars too.
The idol is unique in that is very big idol and said to be only one such idol with the lord shown at young age with a butter ball in his hand in India.
The following picture was taken with consent of the main pujari.
The pictures below are of a Siva temple nearby which is in ruins with clues to its grand past. There is a self appointed elderly Muslim man who acts as a guide and gladly receives your gracious ‘bakshish’
Pictured below, the Kondaveedu hills near the temples offer fantastic trekking opportunities. There are few treasure hunters too. Legend is that there were many lucky hunters!
Visited this area again recently (June 2016) on cycles with a friend Anand who works in ITC
Here are some photos