Thursday, May 25, 2006

Photos by Renato Redentor Constantino, unless otherwise stated.
Read Constantino's travel essay on Hyderabad here

Not so rich and famous Rich N' Famous gang: The Superb Srini with hello, hello on his mind, and the photo beside his (Samir, Dencio, Ateng, Jasper) showing how serious we were in responding to the constant police minders we had (the popular Samir at one point had seven minders following him...). Find out more about what the gang was up to by clicking on this.

Hyderabad lull: Agnes and Laetitia, two members of the (in)famous Rich N' Famous gang, so named due to their patronage of a thoroughly superb Hyderabadi chow and rum establishment. Agnes is based in Amsterdam and works with the Solar Generation youth group allied with Greenpeace. Laetitia, or Ms France as she was dubbed by a Negrosanon mayor in 2002, is based in Paris.

Tara at the Bogus Inn: Thai gentleman Tara at the Ideal ADB Cafe. Besides serving only tea, the cafe was bogus for other hilarious reasons. Read more about it in the next batch of pics.

Monument for time: A resplendent mosque inside the Qutb Shahi Tombs complex of Golconda.

Interior design: The interior of the white mosque, with familiar soothing patterns that make the eye look up to the heavens (or, for some, just the ceiling...)

Mabuhay ang India: The writer with two ushers helping the ADB at the main conference place. Ha. Photo by Maia Baconguis.

Read the Hyderabad travel essay by Renato Redentor Constantino
All photos by the writer unless otherwise specified.
Email Red at redcosmo(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharing a sliver of shadow: Maia Baconguis sharing the fabulous comfort that even a sliver of shadow can provide against the harsh sun of Hyderabad.

Naks picture: The writer with friends Maia, Dencio and Soumo in meeting attire. Ridiculous is the word for coats and ties in Hyderabadi weather. Photo by Chen.

Dazzling sari: An Indian woman in Golconda taking a rest after climbing the steps of the ancient citadel. Even locals can wilt from the sweltering sun of Hyderabad. The radiant effect of the blue sari she is wearing is a normal site in Hyderabad. Beautiful.

Tea at the Bogus ADB Cafe: The jeep-installed cafe was set-up to intercept Bank delegates at the airport and provide them not just with free tea but also with reading materials that demonstrated the ADB's complicity in worsening climate change.

Red's turn with the sliver: Red taking advantage of the sliver of shadow with two Indian youth. Photo by Maia Baconguis.

Photos by Renato Redentor Constantino, unless otherwise specified.
Read his travel essay on one of India's premier growth cities

Looking inside a queen's tomb: A man peers inside the tomb of the wife of one of Golconda's kings. The tomb is inside the great Qutb Shahi Tombs complex in Hyderabad, India.

Another interior perspective: Negative image of the beautiful interior of the great mosque (photo in Constantino's Hyderabad essay), with shapes that reminded the writer of both Ottoman and Andalusian interiors.

Maia's behind: The writer took a photo of his friend, Maia, taking a photograph of one of the memory corridors of the Qutb Shahi tombs.

Ancient pathway: A stunning memory corridor of one of the Qutb Shahi tombs in sepia.

Striking details of a Golconda fort parapet: The shapes are unique and invite the foreigner to imagine what it would have looked like in its heyday, with sentries actually manning the walls.
Photos by Renato Redentor Constantino, unless otherwise specified.
Read Constantino's India essay here.

Golconda kids: Indian siblings take a walk through Hyderabad's history and make it to the top of the Golconda fort.

Shadow as shelter: Two women take refuge from the sun in a section of the Golconda citadel that what likely once a temple.

Smiling Hyderabadi boy: A family strolls down one of the stone steps of the ancient fortress complex.

Athena and the boys: The author's good friend Athena smiling at a group of Indian boys most of whom seemed to freeze when the camera was taken out. They had a good laugh afterwards. The writer was with Athena and other Greenpeace colleagues in India to campaign against the Asian Development Bank's hypocritical energy policy.

Soda mom with empty soda bottle: The saris worn by most Indian women sometimes appeared more radiant than the sun. The Indian woman in the picture is having a good laugh at the author's attempt to take her photo even as sweat was streaming down his face.


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hyderabad Photo Essay
All photos by Renato Redentor Constantino redcosmo(at)gmail(dot)com
May 25, 2006

See Constantino's Hyderabad article