Diminishing green spaces have literally stifled the yearning for a pleasant evening outing with the family. If green clean lawns provide you with that comfort, adding a bit of history and architecture to experience right in the midst of the city, it is an option you just can’t ignore. The beautiful lawns spread in front of the Arts College in the Osmania University are no wonder a huge draw. The place turns into a recreation spot every evening as couples and families with kids in tow enjoy the ambience admiring the wonderful architecture of the Arts College. Not only people of nearby areas but also those who pass by the university stop and relax for a while.

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In this season particularly, the greenery in front of the imposing building becomes an attractive feature for people of all ages to spend their leisure time. “My office is at Nallakunta and I reside at Uppal, I always stop by in the evening to relax and have some tea”, says Vijay kumar, a private employee. “The sheer grandeur and beauty is mesmerising and reminds us of Taj Mahal,” he says.

The lawn is also popular with students, most of them hostellers, who unwind after a long day in the University library. Says Ravi, a hosteller, “I am preparing for APPSC examination and I spend almost 10 hours in the library. After that, I spend some quality time with my friends on the lawns of Arts College.” In such a well-maintained lawn the fountains are, however, inoperative. “It would add to the beauty if the fountains were functional and the hedge plantation manicured,” says a student.

The place is abuzz with activity on weekends and on holidays when people show up in larger numbers. And following them are petty vendors selling tea, raw guavas, mangoes, groundnuts and other snacks. This makes the lawn a nearly complete recreation spot for visitors. This is despite no RTC buses plying on the campus.

At the end of the day the same beautiful spot turns into a garbage den with people liberally throwing around plastic and papers. This is annoying and the authorities should keep dustbins and also educate the visitors.

Text, photo and video by Dept. of Communication and Journalism, Osmania University