Department of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology of the RWTH Aachen University

My Taekwondo-class experience in Hyderabad

Here I am now, in Hyderabad, the 4th largest city in India with a population of around 7 million inhabitants. It is so crowded, the streets full of rickshaws and motorbikes – it is plainly impressive. Actually it is my 2nd India visit, after I went to Rajasthan last year with my girlfriend.

At the moment I am working with my fellow student Lyla Naser on a project with the topic “Interaction between Urbanization & Water Resources Management”. Our main intention is to get data from residents by interviews referring to water supply and usage. Nearly after 4 weeks I was able to gain many insights, like how the people live, what (and especially how 🙂 ) they eat or what they do in their free time. I decided to go further and wanted to see, how young people spend their free time. So short time later I stood barefoot on a clay court (impossible for german standards to practice barefoot on painful coarse soil like that – but why not?) – taking part at a so called “Taekwondo class” with a bunch of locals. Not considering the giant blisters, I was confronted with after the training, it was all in all a great experience. But let’s start with the beginning: … Read more »

Happy Diwali – The Festival of Lights

The time of Diwali is the most festive and beautiful time of the year in India. So it was very interesting for me to witness this most imported festival for Hindus. The festival extends over a five day period and is celebrated in autumn ever year, when weather begins to turn cold. The main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of autumn and so this year the date of Diwali falls on October 23. But why the people celebrate this festival? Read more »

Varanasi : A Beauty

Source: http://www.vibrantvaranasi.com/varanasi_ghats_varanasi_ganges.htm

Source: http://www.vibrantvaranasi.com/varanasi_ghats_varanasi_ganges.htm

Varanasi, or Benaras, (also known as Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi`s Prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrevealed. Mark Twain, the English author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Benaras, once wrote : “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together” . According to the ‘Vamana Purana’, the Varuna and the Assi rivers originated from the body of the primordial Person at the beginning of time itself. Read more »

A new beginning

Travelling has always amused me and somehow the opportunity to visit Germany gave me a reason to explore a lot more about myself. 14th June 2014 was my first step in the real world. All the anticipation and the excitement in those 8 hours of flight towards Germany is still prominent somewhere inside of me. From Frankfurt to Aachen and then to my sister’s place, my eyes were amazed with the beauty around. Every little detail of the place made my eyes glitter. I wanted to explore. And as the time passed, things started to become familiar. The roads, the rules, the language, the food, the management system, nothing seemed strange anymore. I made friends and even though i knew i’ll be leaving in 2 months, the familiarity and the way people welcomed me warmly, i got attatched to the details of the city. Read more »

TRIPURA: Land of Water !!!

north-east-map

(Source: http://northeasttourism.in/pages/contactus.html)

The name Tripura originated from ‘Twi’  meaning water and ‘Para’ meaning land. The indigenous population refer Tripura as Twipra, meaning land of water. Tripura was formerly a princely state that had a long list of kings stretching back into antiquity.  According to versions presented in different editions of ‘Rajmala’, princely Tripura’s court chronicle, altogether 184 or 179 kings of the Manikya dynasty had ruled the state. Tripura is one of the seven states in the north eastern part of India with a geographical area of 10,491 km2. The North-eastern states are connected to the rest of India via Siliguri Corridor also known as the chicken’s neck in India, which has an average width of only 21 km to 40 km. Read more »