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|Birds' Eye View (standard:non fiction, 736 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Apr 25 2011||Views/Reads: 1529/819||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Birds's eye view of People with birds' brain|
Birds' Eye View Subba Rao A Muslim engineer designed the earthen dam over 4 centuries ago on one of the tributary of the river “Musi' to artificially create a 10 square mile lake in the center of City of Hyderabad in Southern India. The Dam now called ‘Tank Bund' became one of the best recreational areas to the city dwellers. On one side of the Tank Bund was the lake and the other side has scenic parks with small streams. At the center of the lake, a 60-foot monolithic white granite Buddha statue was erected in early 1990's as a tourist attraction. The Tank Bund is also one of the busiest streets in Hyderabad, the Capital City for Andhra Pradesh, one of the largest Southern Indian States. Hyderabad is also the capital for call centers and the sole source for out sourcing. The lake and gardens around Tank Bund area attracts many birds; Larks, Finch, Kingfisher, Nightingale, Thrush, Lapwings and many others, some were migratory. From birds' eye view, things have changed over the years; the human population has exploded in the area. The earthen dam was not just a dam to retain water in the lake but one of the busiest thoroughfares that joins two large cities; Secunderabad and Hyderabad. The traffic on the Tank Bund reached such a proportion, the auto emissions polluted the entire scenic area best known for the greenery and fresh air not long time ago. A stroll on the Tank Bund now not a relaxing pastime any more but a painful chore to swim through human and auto traffic. Large areas set-aside for pedestrian walk ways on the Tank Bund on both sides of the road were now occupied by the food vendors and several statues representing important public figures from various walks of life mostly cultural erected in 1980's to remind people of their contribution to the society. The statues provide photo opportunities for tourists interested in the cultural history of the State, but also provide short term shelter to the birds to rest. Yellow Throated Bulbul is one of the bird species that take temporary shelter on the statues. On one day in March of 2011, several Yellow Throated Bulbuls were flying high around the Tank Bund area thinking on which statue to rest for a short break from finding worms. A pair of Bulbuls resting on the statue of a personality known for his work on restoring the rights of young widows noticed a large crowd Click here to read the rest of this story (58 more lines)
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