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On a family visit to Hyderabad, we visited the Golconda Fort. We engaged a guide who informed us that there are dungeons deep underground infested with bats. I persuaded the reluctant guide to lead me into the dungeon, leaving the squeamish women behind, and making sure the flash on my camera was on. The smell of the bats was overpowering. I took just this one picture with the flash and we were out of there.

Riyaz Macchiwalla is a retired businessman, who used to work in the seafood industry in India. He now lives with his daughter and two wonderful grandsons in San Ramon, Calif.  He loves photography, music, movies, reading, keeping fit, traveling, playing tennis and table tennis and most of all interacting with interesting people. He can be reached at