The stone Gate of Warangal Fort is a part of the State Emblem of Telengana Warangal, which is under a list of tentative sites submitted to UNESCO for declaration as a World Heritage Site, is surprisingly not on the map of an average Indian tourist. It is merely 150 kms from Hyderabad. Its Kazipet Railway Station is in the trunk rail route (the towns Kazipet, Hanumakonda and Warangal together are counted as Warangal Urban area). The stone Gate of Warangal Fort is a part of the State Emblem of Telengana.
Eyes Wide Open
Dr D V Guruprasad (Born at Bangalore – 1951), did his schooling in Bangalore. He obtained B.Sc (PCM) degree from National College. He changed tracks and pursued a course in English Literature at Karnatak University, Dharwad. He topped the University in MA exams.
He obtained his Ph.D in English Literature from Gulbarga University (Subject: The Epistle in Indian Writing in English”). Published by Karnataka University.
He is a visiting Professor of Criminology & Forensic Sciences in Rani Chennamma University, Belgaum. He has also lectured students in Literature, Journalism and Management at various institutions.
Dr.Guruprasad joined the prestigious Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1976. Before that he worked for a short while in Steel Authority of India as Management Trainee and Canara Bank, Bangalore as Vice Editor of the Bank’s house magazine.
During his 35 years of Police Service, Dr.D.V.Guruprasad worked as Superintended of Police of districts, Commissioner of Police, Hubli-Dharwad, Head of State Intelligence, Head of CID, Head of Police Recruitment & Training, Head of Armed Police to name a few. He also headed State Fire & Emergency Services Dept., Civil Defense Dept., and Police Housing Corporation.
He has specialized in various security matters incl. VIP Security, Industrial Security and Airport Security. He has undergone training in UK & Israel in matters relating to Security.
He regularly appears on Radio / Television giving talks on subjects related to internal security.
Dr.Guruprasad also worked in Govt. of India as Asst. Inspector General, CISF. He is a recipient of President Medal for Distinguished Police Service.
He has spent more than 16 years of his service in non police organizations. He was the consultant for State Govt., for restructuring the State Road Transport Corporation. He headed Environment Management and Policy Research Institute which is run by State Pollution Control Board. He also worked as head of the State Information and Public Relations Dept.
Dr.Guruprasad is an acknowledged writer, both in Kannada & English language, having published more than 700 articles and 46 books. He is also a voracious reader.
He has widely travelled in India and abroad. His hobbies include Numismatics and music.
Dr.Guruprasad is presently the Chief Executive of the Gokula Education Foundation (Medical) which works in the field of education and health care.
Having grown up with news of Vietnam War throughout my formative years, I had long desired to see Vietnam. My first impression of the country on landing in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly at Saigon) was that it is hot and humid and full of people. The red flag with golden star was omnipresent reminding one of the Communist rule. On the way to our hotel, we encountered chaotic traffic and felt we were in India!
It was the Chinese New Year when we landed in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, as we had heard that the city is at its best during this time. Our guide suggested that we should begin our tour by visiting Ha Long Bay. Located 170kms away from the capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bay has thousands of lime stone hillocks and is famous for its scenic beauty. Known to have been inhabited by humans for more than 10,000 years, each island in the bay has thick tropical vegetation, with some islands having huge caves called ‘grottos’. Many movies have been shot here.
The main purpose of my visit to Oslo was to see the building where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. The other reason was to see a Fjord. When I arrived at Rygge Airport, I was surprised to know that the airport is 60kms away from Oslo (another airport is closer to the city). We travelled more than an hour by bus to reach the City Centre. During the journey I noticed that Norway is a country of tunnels. In fact, even to reach Oslo city, we travelled through a very long tunnel.
On my way to Tel Aviv in Israel, I decided to take a short break at Amman, the capital of Jordan, and see the surrounding places including Petra and the Dead sea. When I landed at Queen Alia International Airport, I did not know that Amman itself is one of the most visited Arab cities. Located on the East Bank Plateau, Amman is built on seven hills and because of its modernity, it attracts a large number of visitors from far and wide. It is also safe city.
Being an ardent fan of James Bond movies, it was my desire to visit Istanbul, where a number of his movies were shot. When an opportunity came my way to visit the city located both in Asia and Europe, I grabbed it with both hands.
Most people go to Somnath, located near Veraval in Gujarat, to visit the Somnath temple. The town of Prabas Patan, where the temple is located, is commonly referred to as Somnath because of the jyotirlinga temple, said to be the first among twelvejyotirlingas. In school, we had read that Mohammed of Ghazni had attacked this temple in 1024 and taken away huge treasures, and that the temple was plundered a number of times by many other rulers. Hence, I expected to see an ancient temple similar to Virupaksha Temple of Hampi.
We visited Diu purely by chance. We were on our way to the Gir Lion National Park in Gujarat, but as the park was closed, someone suggested us that we visit Diu, which is hardly 45 minutes’ drive from Gir. On the way to Diu, our taxi driver informed us that a large number of Gujaratis visited Diu since there is no prohibition there. True to his words, we were greeted by many liquor shops and beer parlours as we entered Diu. The scene reminded us at once of Goa.
Sagrada Familia Barcelona has something for every tourist. It has lovely beaches, mountains, architectural marvels, art museums, sports, food and wine, and entertainment. Ranked as one of the major global cities, Barcelona has seven buildings of architect Antoni Gaudi, all of whom are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
A view of Bhopal from Upper Lake Bhopal, a city of lakes, is one of the greenest cities in India. Founded in the 11th century by Raja Bhoj, who was known for his interest in art and literature, Bhopal continues to be a city of art and culture.
Till I visited Belgium, I did not know that a town named Sint Niklaas existed. I knew that a town called Santa Claus is situated in the State of Indiana in the USA, but had not known that the Flemish town in Belgium is considered to be the hometown of Santa Claus!
Bengaluru: After visiting Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ, we proceeded to Galilee. A region in northern Israel, this is the land where Jesus walked. We saw the Sea of Galilee, a huge freshwater lake which is below the sea level. It is also the second lowest lake in the world. This is the lake where Jesus is said to have performed many miracles.
As a schoolkid, I was fascinated by the Nile. I had come to know that it is the longest river in the world (7000kms), flowing through 11 countries from south to north. I was also interested in knowing about the Nile valley civilization. So when an opportunity came my way to visit Cairo, I made it a point to go on a cruise on the Nile.
As my aircraft landed at Ghana’s Accra airport, I was disappointed to see such a small airport in the country’s capital. But my taxi driver assured me that a new terminal building was being built. Within a few minutes I was at my hotel on the outskirts of Accra, which had wide roads, malls and multi-storied buildings similar to any other modern metropolis.
When our driver-cum-guide Dmitri asked me as to what place in Greece I want to see most, I replied unhesitatingly “Delphi”. He was surprised and asked me the reason. I told him that as an admirer of Greek history, I am curious to see the place whose prophecies changed many events in the world. Dmitri said that whenever ancient Greeks and Romans had to take decisions on very important matters they sought to hear the words of the gods in the form of oracles. Greeks believed that God Apollo would speak through the priestess Pythia from his temple in Delphi.