Our day started with an amazing breakfast buffet consisting of delicious Indian fare such as puri/bhaji, fresh rotis and yogourt, coupled with western favourites. Adrian - whose appetite seems unsatiable - had two made-to-order omelettes and they even served up freshly made Americano coffees.
We headed up to Golconda Fort directly-- er, well, not so directly, from our hotel. After modest success in bargaining for our fare, our auto-rickshaw driver took us completely the wrong direction where we ended up at "Condapur" instead of Golconda Fort. Of course he decided we must compensate him for this misadventure, which we ultimately did but a lot less than he wanted.
The Fort itself is a beautiful remnant of the walled inner city of yesteryear and we hiked around with Adrian for a couple of hours, fortunately the heat was manageable at a mere 38 degrees before heading down to the Qutub Shahi tombs of mogul lords past. And believe me, those 5 deg (less than yesterday) made a huge difference to our ability to enjoy the trek around.
We headed to the Dark Table restaurant in a major Hyderabad mall, one of the many elements of the city that was non-existent upon our last visit here in ... (drum roll)... Dec 1989. In a completely black environment we were led around by a bvisually impaired server and guessed atwhat we were served for lunch on a typical platter set out in mounds. Our good fortune has it that eating here is normally done entirely by hand, and we now know from experience that it is much easier to tell what you are eating in pitch black when eating with bare hands than with fork and spoon.
We heard about new technologies for the blind such as "smart canes" which vibrate if there is somethingin front. Supposedly these devices allow them to cross the roads more easily. However giventhat crossing the road here for a sighted person is taking one's life into one's own hands, we wondered just how long a smart cane could possibly serve to prolong lives of the blind.
Tonight we visited the home of Kash Boosnurmath and his family, Kash is the global director of operations at Operation Eyesight. Kash's wife, Sujarat, cooked up a storm, lots of stories were told and most world problems were solved. Between it all, we had the chance to discuss the merits of Operation Eyesight' s internship program which Adrian has just completed, and how we can support fundraising efforts within India. A lovely evening with some great folks.