Hyderabad: Dark, black clouds gathered in the sky. In no time, it starts drizzling. Rocks of varying sizes adorn one side of the lake. A part of the lake has turned green with algae but the lake, tucked inside the rocks and tall buildings, looks beautiful in its own way.

There is not much to explore at Khajaguda Lake on the Engineering Staff College of India Road. But the cool, evening breeze and the picturesque view will help you vent out your week's exhaustion and breathe a new lease of life.

A footpath along the fences of the lake will help you walk around and see the place. As you relish the beauty and enjoy the breeze, you can stop by at a chaat bandi set up on the footpath and gobble up some panipuris.

Despite being located on the side of a heavy traffic road, the area offers you a calm and comfortable environment. Walk a little more, relishing this calmness and quietness. Tired of walking? No worries, there are benches beside the footpath where you can take a break, sit, and relax. And if you are lucky you may see a group of white cranes take flight together, forming different shapes, flying back to their homes.

Red, heart balloons fly swiftly upwards attempting to touch the black sky but the alert balloon seller tightens his hold. The ice-creamwaala parks his bandi and eagerly waits for his first customer of the evening.

Walking further, you find a black drooping face of a statue looking down. You stare at it wondering what the architect was trying to convey.

As you turn around and plan to make a return, on the road opposite the lake, the upcoming link road to ORR, you spot the setting sun from between two big rocks.

Nimisha S Pradeep

Hailing from Palakkad, Kerala, Nimisha completed her MA in Communication (with a specialization in Print and New Media) from the University of Hyderabad. She has interned with The Hindu Metroplus, Chennai and The Sentinel, Assam. She was a fellow of the NFI Fellowship for Independent Journalists in 2021. In 2015, she attended the Jenesys Student Exchange Programme in Japan. She firmly believes in the power of words and the impact it can make on society. She looks forward to using her career in journalism to voice the issues of minorities. Her interest areas include gender, women and society. She pursues travel, photography, and music in her leisure time.

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