Memory : Christmas Vibe in my church in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India

In late 2010, I was blessed with an opportunity to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ outside of my country. I was in Bhubaneswar, Orissa, East India during my AIESEC Traineeship in Tata Consultancy Services

Here I share the photos I capture during the glowing moment. So nice and happy to see Christmas is celebrated as a public festival in India (I mean ANYONE can celebrate it, even if he/she is not a Christian). I’m looking forward to celebrate Christmas joyfully again in another country..soon 🙂

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Very busy festival...oh wait, Christmas festival

Very busy festival…oh wait, Christmas festival


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Around the old city of Hyderabad

In the year of 2010 I with my friend, Adam, a Polish, went travelling in and around of old Hyderabad city. We went there around 4 PM, checking the Charminar tower, the market, and of course enjoying the biriyani. A stark contrast to the modern life in new Hyderabad in the North, there are many signs of old traditional Indian lives everywhere. Majority of the population over there are Islam so those religious tradition and decoration are also there to be counted.
I love the city and wanna be back there again.
Here is some pictures for good measures

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My journey to Old Hyderabad (Charminar, the market, the streets, the foods)

In October 2010 I went to Hyderabad for AIESEC International Congress 2010 in India, in Indian School of Business. During the time off I use my space to visit the old Hyderabad in the SOuth of the city with my Polish friend, Adam.
It was located quite far away from the North West where the ISB is located. I travelled there by bus. Funny enough I had difficulty when trying to check which bus I could use to reach Old Hyderabad. But after minutes of thinking, I finally can say ‘Charminar’ to the bus driver and after several buses I finally get it. I jumped on the bus at 2.30 PM and finally reach the bus station near Charminar at 3.30 PM.

When on the bus, I got the indication of old Hyderabad by simply seeing so many Indian Muslims with traditional dress and string of mosques on the street, quite different to what I’ve seen in the ‘new’ Hyderabad (people called it Secunderabad) which somehow luxury and has modern life with less-religious aura (you know, malls, fashion store, wide street, ‘executive’ cars, people with lavish coats)

The Charminar itself..

Poori, my favorite Indian Food

Eleven months staying in India, I had my privilege to taste colorful yet spicy Indian cuisine. Ranging from North India vegetarians , Hyderabad birianies to the vast numbers of South Indian foods and snacks.

And I can say, Poori is my most favorite food followed by Biriyani. It is a plain simple snack, and it definitely has robbed my mind especially when eating it. How to describe? It is thin, oval, empty inside, tasty, crispy, and blended perfectly when eaten with potato curry. Ehh, just see my pic below..

Poori

Usually served as breakfast meal, it can be found anywhere in India as it has transformed into a somewhat unofficially national (popular) Indian cuisine/snacks along with vada, idli, and samosa. From the snack stalls located by every street in India cities, small food centers, cafe, and high-class restaurants. The cheapest, by the street, usually cost Rs 3-5 per piece, and the big one at restaurant usually cost Rs 25-35 per piece, plus potato curry.

However, personally I enjoyed almost EVERY Poori I have eaten regardless of from where I bought it. That’s why I really love this snack. I have difficulties enjoying vada or samosa and other snacks on the street, but not Poori. I enjoyed eating Poori everywhere, even with high-tense pollution or crowds passing by me. And maybe it’s weird but I seemed lost some problems in my head at the time Poori’s pieces were floating inside my mouth 🙂 . Delicious! Very delicious. I never get bored eating Poori

Now I’m back to Indonesia and it’s been almost 8 months since the last time I ate Poori. I should have been searching for Indian restaurant over here. I really miss it badly! 🙂

India vs Pakistan, cricket game (ed)

So what can be said about this? To begin, I am not and never a cricket fan, I even don’t have any idea about how the game should be played in a simple words. Just hit and run?

Nevermind, I want to discuss about India vs Pakistan cricket game. March 2011, it was a huge month for cricket fans all over the world because it was the time for the great event of Cricket World Cup. …