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Finally! Back to Malaysia after almost 3 months now in India. Everything is still very familiar and am so happy to be back, to eat the food that I have been missing, to sleep on that fluffy pillow, to drive in my own car, to watch “The Lake House” in the cinema that I have been going to for the past few years and so many other things (not to mention, first and foremost, to be able to meet my wife since her last visit to India).

The Mumbai bombing on the 11th of July 2006 was really terrible. Such act of cowardice and should be condemned by every civilised person. Among many other measures, one of the things that the Indian government did was to ban access to certain blogs which sparked wide protests. For whatever reasons, the end result is that I was not able to read my regular blogs hosted especially by which is quite annoying since most of the blogs I read are hosted by blogspot.

The first most obvious thing that I noticed upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur is that everything is just so quiet and peaceful. No more incessant honkings. The places are much less crowded. The roads are wider. There are more space everywhere and no more cows and buffalos roaming the roads. But what I see much less is the number of young people carrying laptop computers moving around. Hyderabad is really a tech city.

I was in the Microsoft campus the day just before I left for Malaysia to follow up on a project we were discussing in Bangalore a few weeks before. It is a huge campus and most of them are Indians. They surely know their stuffs in order for Microsoft to hire them but the thought of so many skilled IT people in India is just baffling. I am still refusing to believe that they are really so good just because everything else about India indicate that they are really not there yet. But I think I am badly mistaken just by taking things at face value. There are just so many high level companies in India – Infosys, Wipro, Tata Consulting – just to name a few. What I will maintain is that India will have to seriously look into and take action about the corruption problem and the major need to improve the infrastructure and utilities. Oh, and yes, they must also really do something about their financial system. The amount of money flowing in the black market is just simply incredible, even the air hostess knows that the situation is really very bad.

Ah, but I am so glad to be back altough only for a short time.

The Buddha statue in the middle of the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad

Charminar – Hyderabad’s symbol

Some images from our trip outside of Hyderabad:

Fatehpur Sikri – “Ghost City”, A World Heritage Site in Uttar Pradesh

A common sight in Rajasthan – the home to the Great Indian Desert

A really nice place in the Amber (pronounce “Amer”) Fort – Jaipur, Rajasthan

Restoration work at Amber Fort – Jaipur, Rajasthan

India Gate – Delhi

A common sight in India

Some more common sights:

Some of these actually overturned

Imagine a bomb in there….

No wonder it’s so noisy on the road

A lot of really hard labour

The children of Hyderabad

Some mangoes anyone? Mango season in Hyderabad

Police everywhere, hawkers everywhere

Family day on the park near India Gate, Delhi

Auto (pronounce “Atuk”) which is not unlike Bangkok’s tuk-tuk.

All the photos above are taken by my wife

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