Heart of the city Hyderabad- heart shaped Hussain Sagar

From a long time it was curious for some people to find out why the Hyderabadi people like coming and gathering in Hussain Sagar Lake? What specialty has this place? Everyone knows the fact that, Hyderabad is full of attractive places to visit, however this place appeals  more that day and night crowded with people. Definitely, all these recreationals here like Buddha Statue, various type of boating , greenery surrounding that one can make picnic,  outing with family or friends, cruising are unrejectable enjoyable facts that people come to this lake in spite of that it is artificial. But majority of population of Hyderabad come to refresh their mind and themselves, to sit and walk around the lake, particularly night time it  is more beautiful and attractive. As well as , the more  information I revealed about Hussain Sagar , the more tremendously it referred to the history. It came out that, it is not just a simple lake.

Hussain Sagar lake is the largest heart shaped mark among the marks: 78 heart shaped lakes and 9 heart shaped islands on the face of the earth. The lake has international remarkable appreciation throughout the world, becoming the symbol of love as it is heart shaped spot. It express the wonder, discover of love among the nations.

A heritage of India was declared as Heart of the World  by UNWTO on 27 September 2012, on the occasion of  World Tourism Day, for being the world largest heart shaped  mark. Logo for the “Heart of the World” was inaugurated  by H.E Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, United Nations  World Tourism Organization.(UNWTO), Madrid-Spain, in the year 2013.

The real story of establishing this beautiful heritage is much appealing. The heart shaped man- made lake was built during the reign of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. The king built this lake for the purpose of drinking water and irrigation showing his deep love towards his nation. He appointed one of his subordinates at the same time relative Hussain Shah Wali to control the construction of the artificial lake . It was sprawled across on the tributary of the river Musi and was built in 1562. Hussain Sagar lake was the main water source supply to Hyderabad before Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar were built on the river Musi. it is spread across the area of 5.7 square km and the maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet.

The lake initially constructed to provide a drinking water to people but it is not used as a drinking water source since 1930. It was named after Hazrath Hussain Shawali-Sufi saint medical practitioner and architect of the lake, to express gratitude for the Hussain’s treatment  that was given to the king during his sickness and made him recover from sickness.

The uniqueness of the lake lies in the fact that it connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. It has been bordered by Indian Park, Sanjeevaiah Park and Lumbini Park; the lake present the setting quite rare to find in the middle of any city.

The most significant attraction of the Sagar lake is the Statue of Buddha on the Gibraltar Rock. This Buddha is the world tallest monolithic stone statue Gautama Buddha located in Hyderabad. It stands over a concrete platform measuring 15 feet tall as ” The Rock of Gibraltar” was constructed in the middle of Hussain Sagar to aid on erecting the statue. The statue was constructed by Sri N. T Rama Rao-Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh at that time between 1983 to 1989. The idea of building the statue came to his mind when he was visited New York and saw astonishing beauty of Statue of Liberty. Which after decided to build such symbol in Hyderabad as well for the development of culture and it will be his contribution to Indian society. His words sounded priceless when he said about Buddha: “he was a humanitarian, who told the whole truth to the people as will always  be pride of Indian culture for he preached peace.”

Though there were some unpleasant cases with the Buddha Statue at that time, nowadays it is the most favorite fascinate place of the people.

To the list of interesting and enjoyable things in H. Sagar includes various type of boating such as speed boating, motor boating , parasailing and etc. Lake and it’s environs have several scenic spots. The roads around the lake Tank Bund or nice Necklace Road shared the beauty of the lake, especially at night you stuck by tiny sparkle of the raw of lights outlining the lake.

Giving these points , its important to realize that Hussain Sagar is a location people always select to spend their time with pleasure. Particularly, beautiful gardens on both sides, decorated foot path and benches draw attention and habitually these places are busy in the evenings. Because people regularly come  here to see the view of illuminated night, breath fresh air. They say, together with these all it is a perfect place for sitting and thinking about life, world. Thus  ever most of the working people in returning to their homes once visit this  space. Just because they like it. And in the evenings you can find young generation who are having fun around Hussain Sagar. Just because they like it. There are 33 attractive spots in the State of Andhra Pradesh, but Hussain Sagar is special one.

Of Sweet Sankranti and overseas bounty: Tollywood Trends

It was about four years ago that a historical film titled ‘Rajanna’ starring matinee idol Nagarjuna set a new trend for that time by becoming the first Telugu film to be released in the overseas market  with English subtitles. This was done keeping in mind the growing popularity of regional films from Andhra   all over the world. It is not mere coincidence that at least half a dozen films are crossing a million dollars in the US market year after year, a figure that was considered well nigh impossible even a decade ago. Till recently the practice was to follow a system of staggered release where films released in the overseas market much after their local and nationwide release.But for some time now Telugu films have started releasing simultaneously worldwide. Movie piracy has hurt overseas revenues of a film quite a bit but this new practice has also helped curbed piracy of Telugu films to a very large extent.
But there is still a long way to go for even to this day less than 50 percent of Telugu film get an overseas release. And nine out of ten releases are the ones starring stars of the industry. Interestingly one reason that Tollywood (the name given to the Telugu film industry)has so far resisted the charms of overseas revenue is due to the fact that they are able to make enough from the market at home. Additionally the usual contribution of these films from the overseas market had been minuscule but of late a film’s overseas revenues have grown to make up 5-10% of the total collections.

And that is not a figure to ignore. Producers and exhibitors note that the diaspora of Telugu fans actually travel long distances to catch these movies as they have had limited release and have started getting a wider release for Telugu films in order to capitalise on this demand. Part of the move to increase footfalls is organising promotional tours by the movie’s stars, a trend that is the norm as far as Hindi films are concerned.

Another bit of news to cheer about is the recent success of films released during the harvest season marked by the Sankranti festival. Internationally also it has been a trend to release the biggest film during festive occasions like Christmas and Thanks Giving while in Hindi films festivals like Diwali and Eid are when films starring the biggest marquee stars release. And make the big bucks too. Down south it is festivals like Sankranti (Pongal for Tamil folks) where people are expected to spend lavishly on sweets, clothes, jewellery and of course, films. Usually family films with a rural backdrop are known to work best during this season in Telugu. But somehow in the past decade the debacle of a few biggies during this festival had made filmmakers jittery. In fact some of the biggest stars of Telugu films like Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna hardly had a Sankranti release.

But many of the newer lot of actors do not really believe in this and do not worry unduly about a
Sankranti release. What changed the tide was the year when Ram Charan Tej starrer ‘Nayak’ and a family entertainer starring superstar Mahesh Babu ‘Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chetu’both smashed box office records. Since then every year on Sankranti a bunch of Telugu film have released and hearteningly most of them have made their producers happy. Last year saw four films releasing during this period and all of them made good at the box office. And things are only getting bigger. This year had Chiranjeevi making a comeback after nine years and choosing this festival to release his much hyped ‘Khaidi no 150’ Pitted against him is Balakrishna with his 100th film that is a historical. May the best film win.


The journey from Hyderabad to Cyberabad : Challenges

Since the IT boom in the 1990s the two cities that benefited the most, Bangalore and Hyderabad have been constantly compared. Which is a little incorrect because there is a lot of difference between the two cities at many levels. Hyderabad has a rich and diverse culture that is all it’s own. Equally Hyderabad has it’s own unique problems a few of which are enumerated below.

Traffic: If Hyderabad alone is taken into account in terms of size it is smaller than Bangalore. But usually a mention of the city of Hyderabad does also mean it’s twin,Secunderabad. That way Hyderabad is almost three times bigger than Bangalore. Yet in terms of population it is lesser than Bangalore. So Hyderabad has not has it as bad as Bangalore till recently. The other advantage for Hyderabad has been that the city was better planned with wider roads and better connectivity of public transport options like buses. Flyovers running through the heart of the city built back then itself ensured things were in control all these years.

But as business has expanded and floating population of youngsters looking for jobs from other parts of the state increased correspondingly, things have started worsening. To tackle this, the government is bringing in Metro Rail but in the meantime it might be worthwhile looking at pavements and footpaths that are encroached on by street vendors and beggars everywhere. Also when it comes to traffic sense, the average citizen has always been a little lax all these years. Might be worthwhile to look at tightening things there too.

Water: The biggest trouble in Hyderabad has to do with the scarcity of water. And this is not a recent phenomenon either. Only that matters have got progressively worse in the last few years. For the record, over twenty lakh households in the city do not have a tap water connection and in what has been a lack of foresight from successive governments, no water reservoirs have been built in over eighty years. Till date a large chunk of the water supply to Hyderabad comes through pipelines from the mighty rivers of Krishna and Godavari that are 200 kms away.

Recently when the four reservoirs supplying drinking water to the city started running alarmingly low, many houses stopped getting daily water making it a few hours every alternate day only. Hopefully with two water reservoirs being built on a war footing by the present regime, things will get better. A big step in this regard is the ambitious government project ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ that hopes to interlink both Krishna and Godavari rivers using a ‘Water Grid’. It is expected to see completion by next year.

Culture: Hyderabad was ruled for many centuries by Islamic rulers including the great Mughals that has influenced the culture of this city. As a result anywhere you go in the city you will hear as many as four languages spoken, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and English. Also arts, culture, cuisine and literature form an important part of the lives of citizens here. Some of the top educational institutions like the Osmania University offer it’s students Masters and Doctorate level programs in dance, fine arts and language.

But with thousands of people from remote corners of the state moving to Hyderabad in search of greener pastures, this culture is undergoing a sea of change. The typical laid back dweller of Hyderabad is giving way to a new generation that is in a hurry. Not everyone is aware of the rich heritage of this place, not everyone respects it. As the old meets the new, expect fireworks. Is the unique identity of the typical Hyderabad dweller getting lost in all of this? The verdict is out on that one.