July 31st, 2008

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The Kanakabhishekam

This was the first time I have seen a "kankAbhishEkam" performed before the person (OK, man!) actually turned 100; if you have seen a thousand full moons, or if you have seen the face of your son's son's son, you can have this celebration.

Here's the chirpy octagenarian (87) in his natty suit, ready for cocktails and dinner on the eve of the celebration:

gjr in his suit and bowtie


Here are the four generations (men of course, do women ever get a look in?) of the family:


janakiram,ramesh,dushyant, siddharth..the four generations

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Here's the great-grandfather, with the great-grandson who made the celebration possible!




janakiram and dushyant


Here's wishing that we attend the actual 100th birthday, too! (I hope WE are alive and healthy enough!)


The celebration was held in the 120 year old Chiraan Fort, which is a private club now, and it was a real architectural jewel...but more about that later!
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Hyderabad and Secunderabad are twin cities, and it amuses some Hyderabadis to refer to the other city as "Second" erabad!

I have seen the usual "touristy" Hyderabad...the Char Minar, the Lad Bazar, the Golconda Fort, the Salar Jung Museum, and so on...

But on this trip, I saw more of the heritage buildings of Secunderabad.


This was the first time I had taken a train to Kachiguda Railway Station instead of Secunderabad; I didn't know that it was a heritage building, having won the INTACH award for heritage preservation in 2004:



kachiguda station..heritage building

An old engine (I remember books full of different types of engines for locomotive fans to help with the id!) has been put on display outside:


old engine at Kachiguda station


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But for the most part, the maintenance is pretty good, as symbolized by this globe, cleaned and in good condition:

globe maintained

Saw a lot of the twin city this time, and since the weather was cloudy and cool and not in the least the baking hot sun that I expected, I loved the trip!