BPW was started exactly a year ago by Priya and over the year, a lot of interesting photo walks has happened. For the first time ever, BPW Group set out for a photowalk outside Bangalore. On 11th July, the group planned to go to Veerabhadra temple, located in Lepakshi, a small village which is about 15kms east of Hindupur in Anantapur district of Andra Pradesh. It is nearly 120kms from Bangalore.
Well, before I continue, Happy 1st Anniversary to BPW
14 of us turned up for the photowalk that morning. We had decided to take the Guntur Passenger train starting from Yeshwantpur Railway Station and get down at Hindupur and then take a bus/auto to Lepakshi. The train started at 8:10am and as it slowly increased its pace, our adventurous journey also started. Few of them put their fingers to work (started to click) while few opened their huge lenses (scaring people around them ) and few of our stomachs, started to grumble for breakfast. Including me
Beggers, chai wallahs, idly-wada wallahs, madur-wade wallahs, passed by, as we tried to ignore their uniquely weird tones each one was blessed with. Sheesh! I literally took my iPod out, raised the volume to MAX, yet those tones made it in to my ears. I couldn’t help it anymore. We reached Hindupur a 10:40am and decided to break our fast before we headed to Lepakshi. After a lot of searching, we finally found one small hotel. Masala Dosa, Idly and Vegetable Pulao (the raita was stale ) awaited us.
We were done with our breakfast and now, our next challenge was to travel 15kms to Lepakshi. It was a very hot, sunny Sunday and travelling in a crowded bus was merely impossible. SRK of our group, Natesh (check out his DP on Flickr to know why we call him SRK), blew a powerful whistle at a Matador asking the driver to stop it and the driver did stop it. After all it was SRK’s whistle The driver said that he would drop us to Lepaskshi by charging 6 bucks per person. Hell! We wouldn’t mind if we had paid 10 bucks also, coz it was thousand times better than boarding a bus. The ride was shaky, bumpy and best of all, fun Continue reading