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Old 22nd January 2009, 13:07   #16
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Congratulations Nag. I bieleve this is your first ever travelogue on TBHP. Great beginning, nice narration and wonderful pictures to back them up.

I envy you for enjoying so much greenery in coastal andhra, as we discussed so many times before, i think a trip together to coastal andhra is very much due.

And, ofcourse how can i forget the mention of lovely description of andhra food, spicy and nose/eye watering stuff
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Old 22nd January 2009, 15:14   #17
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Awesome pics and travelogue!
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Old 22nd January 2009, 15:50   #18
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@ Mobike and Midlifecrisis - Thanks for your comments. Looking forward to meet you guys on Jan 25 (drive meet).
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@ Mobike and Midlifecrisis - Thanks for your comments. Looking forward to meet you guys on Jan 25 (drive meet).
Midlifecrisis wont be there for the drive.
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Hey Nag..

That was a nice trip and some beautiful pictures. Konaseema & Diviseema (the regions that you have visited) are a treat to the eye.

If you have not visited Antharvedi yet, give it a try ; its nice. And yes the bridge connecting Avanigadda And repalle is really nice.
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Wonderful pictures and a very will written travelogue.cheers
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If you find that yummy, then you must source your next bottle of gongura pickle from Guntur, famous for gongura and chillies, and my home town.

BTW, it is Nag Vasireddy, not Nagvasi Reddy
Nag, sorry for mis-quoting your name.

About Guntur... there is a Andhra-style restaurant near my place. They prepare a spicy chicken only on weekends and call it day-special Guntur chicken !

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No tamarind in it. Gongura naturally tastes like tamarind but to a lesser degree.
What does gongura actually mean, is it some type of spice? tried to google but didn't help.
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Hey Nag..

That was a nice trip and some beautiful pictures. Konaseema & Diviseema (the regions that you have visited) are a treat to the eye.

If you have not visited Antharvedi yet, give it a try ; its nice. And yes the bridge connecting Avanigadda And repalle is really nice.
Hi PVS,

Yeah, Diviseema is lesser known, but equally beautiful as Konaseema. I should know, I have some folks out there in Nagayalanka..
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Nag, sorry for mis-quoting your name.

What does gongura actually mean, is it some type of spice? tried to google but didn't help.
Gongura is a leafy vegetable like palak. Its mainly used for making a pickle, or as a combination in mutton or chicken or prawns curries. Gongura pickle is a close second to Avakaya for the title of Telegus' favourite pickle

@ needforspeed88 - am glad you liked the travelogue
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What does gongura actually mean, is it some type of spice? tried to google but didn't help.
The botanical name is Hibiscus sabdariffa.

wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roselle_(plant)
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RKG,
thats a good find!! I have rarely seen anybody who has not fallen in love with Gongura pickle, including some of my American pals.They like the tinge of the pickle and there were occasions when I carried some packets for them from India on my trips.
I personally am a big fan of this Gongura pacchadi(pickle)!! Infact this leafy vegetable finds its way into many contraptions and is tasty whereever used.
Gongura and Andhra are synonomous!!
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