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Half a year without TV…

#WeekEndThoughts 

Last year around Christmas, I felt I am missing time for my first love of life “Book Reading”. Upon doing root cause analysis for my famous problem of “No time”, I found the  workaround of “Stop watching Television”.

Initially, I was like how can I survive without TV. Won’t Trump and Hillary feel directionless if I don’t share my opinions about their debates…but glad they got elected as nominees from their parties without my help..I knew they are capable of doing so…

I wondered how will I survive without the daily question of Arnab “The nation wants to know” in his famous/ notorious newshour.But yeah, Arnab turned to be a good boy in comparison to Barkha and Rajdeep..Well done my boy Arnab.

I wondered, how will Ekta make her bread and butter, if I don’t watch her daily soaps and shampoos…but I am glad still she is continuing with her soaps and heard that her new serials are making sense.

I miss all these…however…interestingly…I am getting good time for my first love “Book Reading”. In these past 7 months, I did get good time for books on Indian Politics, History, Religion and of course on Project Management.  I do get time for my hobbies of exploring places, walking, cooking,  interior decoration, painting, gardening, gymming and above all spend decent time in solitude listening to music and my thoughts after a tiring day at work.

Television is awesome, however it doesn’t let us listen to our thoughts as it is busy in voicing its opinions…

With the  successful results of report card of these 7 months of No TV watching, extending this to entire 2016 and planning to read more books and expand my Pune library with more books  โค 

You too try a week, month, year without TV…it is interesting ๐Ÿ™‚

Loads of Love, 

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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European Diaries: Visit to Beautiful Finnish Town Poorvo

 

The first day I landed in Finland, I got chance to visit this place and I did’nt miss the chance of visiting this beautiful town. By the way, Porvoo is a scenic small town 50 kilometers east of Helsinki, Finland. One of the most popular day trips from Helsinki, its picturesque city center of wooden houses is a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

I went to this place by bus and must say, the entire route was so scenic. The places near the river side are awesome. Luckily it was one of the weekends, where there was some restaurant day kind of events happening there, so I got chance to eat some yummy Indonesian food and got to listen to authentic, traditional syrian music. It was a different and amazing feeling seeing people from different parts of the world.

After the food episode, I did visit the old town of Poorvo, the riverside old wooden houses are something beyond my words, i felt as I jumped into some painting or I was in some good old classic English movie. I was just wondering, if it was really real.

After spending decent time at the riverside, did visit the old station and then the good old cathedral in old town. It was totally an awesome trip. It is really amazing in summer and they say it is equally amazing in winters…would’nt miss chance going to this beautiful town again ๐Ÿ™‚

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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Visit to Shaniwar Wada Fort In Monsoon Last year

 

It is very rare that I sit at home and do nothing when the weather outside is awesome. Me coming to Pune is a boon for me, and the monsoons in Pune are just awesome.

Shaniwar Wada is pride of Pune and on one fine monsoon day, I went to this place and though it is not a big fort, it has its own charm. Had nice time visiting this place.

There are several stories about this place, yeah, sometimes, too much of google research is bad, it was drizzling when i reached the place, my phone got wet in the rain. Phone started behaving in a weird manner and i was like “Oh!! My God, my phone got haunted”…yeah..it was just a stupid thought.

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Do visit this place and it is good ๐Ÿ™‚

Some historical info about this place (content courtesy: google search)

Shaniwarwada was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD at a cost of Rs. 16,120. Several additions were made to the palace like fortification walls with bastions, gates and court halls by his successors.

What was once a seven storied structure was gutted by a fire in the palace. Only the remains can be seen now like the fortification walls with five gateways and nine bastions that enclosed the entire palace. The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja.

 

Cheers,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

 

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Monsoon Trek to Vetal Tekdi (Vetal Hill)

 

Have been planning to go to Vetal Tekdi from more than an year and finally could go there today.

Didn’t want to waste Eid holiday on a pleasant monsoon day, so finally got my travel arrangements done and reached this place today afternoon with a proper and full attitude of an explorer…

As I reached this place, I realized the trek ain’t that simple, it was more adventurous when it started drizzling.

The fog, drizzle amidst greenery of the hill made me wonder suddenly if I am really in Pune or not, it just gave me feel of a hill station. Must say, this lovely trek made me feel really amazing. Enjoying Solitude in these kind of places is a bliss.

I did spendsome decent time on the hill. However, I feel I need to visit some more times to explore this beautiful hill further.

Do visit this place when you get chance to visit Pune ๐Ÿ™‚

Loads of Love,

Prasanna Rayaprolu

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