Sunday, March 23, 2014

A quick trip to Hyderabad

As many of my readers know, husband-ji recently got back from a quick trip to Hyderabad. Well, actually...it was not so quick. To me, it felt like forever (3 weeks!!) but since he was busy with thatha's funeral, it didn't feel like much of a vacation to him. Nevertheless, he did manage to capture a few pics in passing...

The last time husband-ji went to Hyderabad was for his best friend's wedding in 2012. At the time I was pregnant with Maya and unable to fly. In true India-style, A LOT has happened in the city since then. Andhra Pradesh split, and the riots and political unrest continue...everything is being built UP....luxury apartments for crores....and tons of Westernization. Husband-ji's little cousin-sisters specifically asked him to escort them to McDonalds for an outing. When I first went to Hyderabad, the first McDonalds had just opened and it was packed! Now husband-ji says there are tons of them, even in his area (in Secunderabad). I don't know if I will even recognize the city when we go back....oh well...at least the Hussein Sagar Lake is unchanged (so far!)

Husband-ji stayed at the very ritzy Park Hotel, overlooking the lake. Since we booked the hotel last minute we were able to get a fantastic deal. We booked it on Trivago.com. At the hotel, he met a fellow Canadian family from Calgary, who had come to India for surrogacy (apparently it is very popular). Their whole family was staying at the hotel and they had their beautiful newborn there, who was a Caucasian, but was born by an Indian woman who carried her. They were apparently staying at the hotel for weeks and months because they had to get all their papers sorted out so they could take the baby home to Canada.

(Park hotel lobby)

(Patio, pool and view of Hussein Sagar lake)

I think the thing husband-ji loved most about his trip was the food. He definitely got his fair share of non-stop idly and dosa, like a true South Indian boy...

(Morning idly stall)


(Stuffed potato)

And Husband-ji was so thoughtful to bring back some gifts for me, his wife-ji!

(My newest saree!)

(The priciest anarkali that hubby ever saw - at Neeru's)

(Maya's first anarkali)

The best thing he brought back was definitely my beloved and scrumptious Kaju Katli from Dadu's Sweets....ohhhh how I missed them! Truly, the flavour is unmatched...


And of course, the supreme shoe addict (husband-ji) could not travel anywhere without buying some shoes. He totally went overboard, but I'll forgive him...only because we are the SAME shoe size....what's his is mine! Bwahahahahaha!!!!

("Daddy, what are these?")

(Our new shoes....yes, he has good taste!)


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24 comments

  1. why do you call him husbandji--just curious. And why Madh Mama? let me guess you live on madh island and you are a Mama ,is it?

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    1. For respect ;D
      Madh is for my last name, Madhavan, and yes I am a mama :)

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  2. Hussain sagar has not changed? - Still stinky as ever ha ha

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    1. Totally stinky as hell! Couldn`t believe it last time!

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  3. Now I am nolstalgic. I want my paani puri!!

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    1. YUMMMY!!!! I could just stand there for hours and eat them like a big roadside cow! HAHAHA!!!

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    2. @alexandra

      Have you eaten roadside pani puris or golgappas?? What about chaat and papari?? I must say, you are brave. Most foreigners get stomach infections if they eat road side food in India.

      Indian women are especially fond of chaats and golgappas. I think women like spicy food.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzefjjZvU4Q

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9ahyPmDb7c

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFdHXA7Fs5g

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    3. @anonymous - In India I ONLY like to eat roadside food, it is much more delicious than any 5 star restaurant! So easy to just pull over and sit in a plastic chair and have the food, with some ThumbsUp or Appy, excellent people-watching seeing the people go by on the street. Although, most of the people are watching me, since I seem to be the only foreigner eating roadside food! LOL!
      Even if I get sick, it is all worth it, it is too delicious!
      One of my faves in Hyderabad is the Pav Bhaji, it is sooooo good. Love papadi chaat too.

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    4. @Alexandra

      I think you should come to delhi to taste street food. Chole bature, kulche chaat, dahi bahalls. The chandi chowk in old delhi is a paradise of steet food. The shops there are hundred years old selling food from the time of Mughals. The muslim part of old delhi sells declicious kababas and biryani. Do you eat non veg food since your husband is strictly vegetarian.

      Mumbais is also famous for it Chowpatty beach bhelpuri. North India is much more varied in steet food compared to south india.

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    5. @anonymous - I often see Delhi and Mumbai on the food tv shows about street food - they are so famous! I will definitely try on my next trip and get a list from you on the best areas.
      I eat non-veg only once in a while but I am mostly veg. And when I travel I only eat vegetarian.

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  4. DH and I are the same shoe size too, but none of us are crazy about shoes LOL, comes in handy when he needs things like flip flops and don't feel like going out shopping though, the look of the sales people seeing me try men's sandals to see if they fit is priceless however LOL.

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    1. I can never find my size in India! I`m a 43!

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  5. Great pictures from the trip! Really nice hotel in Hyderabad. Love the new saree, the colors are amazing. Just love Maya's new anarkali! Wow, love the shoes too every color of the rainbow. That is very interesting about Hyderabad splitting, had heard about it on the news, building and lots of improvements going on right now, how great!

    Great Post Alex!!

    Melissa

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    1. Thanks Melissa! He definitely satisfied my Indian shopping craving, I can just send him to pick out stuff and he always gets the best things!

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  6. OMG is that paper dosa? I have seem normal size but never like this :D

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    1. He said it was called a `70mm`` dosa!

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  7. @Alexandra

    What about Hyderabadi pearl necklaces, bangles and yummy biryani.

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    1. That`s definitely my first choice when I go! Best biryani is in Hyderabad :)

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  8. Hi Alexandra!

    The hometown of your husband seems like a very interesting place to visit. Every time I go to mine, I feel also like it has changed a lot. I think this is the feeling you get when you live abroad.
    Is awesome also, that you get to share the same number with your husband's. I remember doing the same with my mother and sister since we all have the same shoe size, it is great to share, specially when you have similar taste.
    Finally, it is interesting you mentioned about surrogacy, since lately I read some articles about it, being India one of the places where nowadays most of the people go for having this procedure.

    Have a good week :)

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    1. Yes, Hyderabad is growing at such a huge pace, no doubt it will be unrecognizable by the time I return!
      I am glad someone shares my shoe size, my mum is smaller and all my friends were also smaller! It is so hard to find my size!
      I had never met anyone who used a surrogate so I thought it was interesting he met them. Now that I looked it up online, it is a huge thing there!
      This is one of my favorite blogs - gay dads who got their twins from India - http://newdadsontheblock.com/

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  9. Those clothes, especially your sari, is gorgeous!

    Raina.

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    1. Thanks Raina! It's my new favorite!

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  10. That dosa is massive! Your husband chose great indian attire for you and Maya..I;m sure she is going to look so cute in her outfit. :-)

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    1. Thanks Amelia, can't wait to dress her in it!

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