Monday, June 11, 2012, Hyderabad, India.
We started our day by going to the NCR office with Phil and getting a quick tour. Apart from seeing what an Indian development office and lab looks like (seeing an ATM cracked open is always fun!), they have a cafeteria on site that seemed to have a very interesting juice offering about half way down the menu:
Unfortunately Aaron was feeling a bit under the weather so he rested for a few hours while the rest of us headed towards the center of old Hyderabad to the Salar Jung Museum. The Salar Jung was the Prime Minister of the rulers (or Nizzams) of Hyderabad, at one time the wealthiest people on the planet. Consider that the Koh-i-Noor diamond and many others were mined locally and safeguarded in the Golconda Fort for many years.
The Salar Jung museum is the largest museum of just one person’s collection and includes a vast variety of arms, ivory, jade, toys, furniture, wood carvings, paintings, etc., etc. The building was nothing special, but the artifacts were fascinating. Perhaps my favorite was a full sized intricately carved ivory sword. The level of craftsmanship was amazing. Unfortunately no photography was allowed.
We would have liked to have stayed a bit longer, but needed to leave to meet Phil and Laura for lunch, so we grabbed a Tuk Tuk for the 15KM ride and had a more visceral experience of Hyderabadi street life. You get to see some crazy stuff on the streets, like people transporting car windscreens on a scooter.
Paradise restaurant is famous throughout India for its biryanis (rice dishes) and is supposedly the largest restaurant in the country. It is huge and has multiple levels and hundreds of clients at any one time. The took the orders on smart phones to transmit them to the kitchen.
Post lunch Laura took us to a few of her favorite stores and Kelly and I each bought Kurtas (long shirts), then we headed to the mall to pick up the Ventimiglia kids who went to the movies for their last day of school to see Men In Black III.