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Sundays In My City – Happiness

by Vidya Sury January 2, 2012 20 comments

Happy New Year to everyone – I wish you a year (and beyond) that is full of happiness, peace, health, joy, prosperity and may all your dreams come true.<

I had the happiest week of the year, visiting my spiritual hometown. Why spiritual? Because it is my soul’s home. Though I am from Tanjore in Tamil Nadu (a heritage city), I consider the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad my hometown because I spent a major part of my life there – the part that really mattered to me – high school, college, and a big chunk of my work life.

Vidur and I were there for three days and had a wonderful time meeting friends and seeing a bit of the city. This Sunday In My City, the photos are from our trip to Secunderabad and Hyderabad. Of course I clicked hundreds. But here are a handful. (Click to see original size; will open in new window.)

This beautiful statue is just outside the church on my old school campus
Painting on the wall opposite my old school – eliminate Child Labor


And what would any post of mine that involved photos be without one of a temple, eh? This is the snake goddess or Naga Devi temple opposite the Clock Tower in Secunderabad


Lovely tableau outside a mall celebrating Christmas and New Year
The Great Golkonda Fort. Roughly 400 steps to climb to reach the top. I did not give in to the urge. The place is massive and full of interesting history
Another view of the Golkonda Fort – I couldn’t get enough of the place, even though I’ve visited at least a hundred times!
A beautiful Buddhist shrine atop a hill close to my friend’s house. We had a fantastic view of the city from the top, but I was mesmerized by that kid sweeping the leaves. Every two swipes and his robe would come off and he’d fling down the broom to adjust it. I found it so cute to watch him.


At the entrance to the Buddhist shrine. Beautiful place.
Thank you Unknown Mami

Now let’s head over to Unknown Mami’s place and go visit some more cities


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Terri Sonoda January 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

Hi Vidya and Happy New Year. As usual, I see you’ve provided us a feast for the eyes. The temple, the colors, the architecture…and all with loving captions giving us insight to the places you know and love. Thank you for sharing such beauty and history with us. I’m so glad you had a good week and a lovely trip. I look forward to more pictures and stories to come.
HUGS, my friend.

BLOGitse January 2, 2012 at 9:20 am

Your part of the world is full of history and beautiful cultural heritage…
Thanks for beautiful, interesting shots.
Happy New Year 2012!

Vidya Sury January 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

I always look forward to your lovely comments, Terri. You know, during this trip, each time I raised my camera, I was thinking of you, and wishing how wonderful it would have been to see all those places together. Maybe some day! The sight-seeing day trip we took was simply fabulous. Besides the fact I am biased, Hyderabad is a beautiful city steeped in history and I love it. I’ll send you more photos via email 😀 Hugs! You always make me feel loved!

Vidya Sury January 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thank you @BLOGitse – I feel so lucky to be able to experience it all. I loved your photo! I wish you a Happy and Colorful New Year, too!

My Inner Chick January 3, 2012 at 4:45 am

–thank you for inviting me, dear.
Can anybody go into the Buddhist Shrine?
I shall go in and say a prayer…

Lovely. Xxx Kisssss For You.

Unknown Mami January 3, 2012 at 2:55 am

Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing parts of your soul’s home. Great photos.

Vidya Sury January 3, 2012 at 3:15 am

Thank you, Unknown Mami. it is a privilege to share, and something that may not have come out of my picasa album had it not been for your wonderful Sundays In My City. I still think it is the most brilliant initiative.

Farida Rizwan January 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

Good clicks. Loved going through this blog. Now I am tempted to visit those twin cities..

Vidya Sury January 3, 2012 at 4:48 am

Certainly, Kim. Everyone’s welcome there. It is the most beautiful place with little shrines all over the place. Very peaceful. 🙂 Thank you for visiting, Hugs!

Vidya Sury January 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

🙂 You should, Farida. It is beautiful!

Leovi January 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Nice pictures with delicious colors. I really like The Great Golkonda Fort. I wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2012.

sabiha January 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

loved it Vidya, beautiful photos and simple writing I love the way you write no language jargon its just simple words, love it!

marina January 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm

beautiful captures!!!!

Vidya Sury January 3, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Welcome, Sabiha! Glad you enjoyed it! Do visit again!

Vidya Sury January 3, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thank you, Marina. Just loved your Gnome Table 🙂

Kimberly January 4, 2012 at 5:37 am

So beautiful.
Can I come visit?

Vidya Sury January 4, 2012 at 3:43 am

Thanks, Leovi. The place was fabulous to visit. Wishing you a wonderful 2012, too!

sheila January 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

Great shots! Of course you know i LOOOOOVE the temple shot, but this time around I adore the Buddhist temple shots and the ruins of Great Golkonda Fort!!!!!!!!! WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Vidya Sury January 4, 2012 at 6:04 am

Kimberly, yes. And promise to be my guest 🙂

Vidya Sury January 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

Hi Sheila! You would have really loved visiting the shrine too! It was amazingly peaceful up there. 🙂 When you visit, I’ll take you there!


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