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Being a HYDERABADI[1]

Hyderabadi – This word in general refers to a person residing in Hyderabad or belonging to the same or both, depending on how the person wishes to be called. While some people find it cool to be addressed as a ‘Hyderabadi’, the others prefer not be called by that because of the “not-so-dignified” feeling it gives. Chicken Biryani in Irani hotels, the sparkling choodi bazaar, special Haleem, the Charminar and the ultra-famous Golconda fort, there are infinitely many tags that define Hyderabad.

With a population of more than 4 million and a twin city Secunderabad, Hyderabad has a fascinating history associated with it. In the year 1591 the then Sultan of the Nizam dynasty, Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the city for his lady love Bhagmati. Named Bhagyanagar, it was later given the name, Hyderabad. So, what’s the best thing about being a ‘Hyderabadi?’

Shruthi Kulkarni, a student of SNIST says, “Charminar, of course! Not that there isn’t a monument of such kind anywhere in the country, but for the fact that it’s more than a monument. In the magical and mystical place around Charminar, you get just everything. The Choodi bazaar and the pearl stores are my favorite.” The Charminar is the most beautiful thing to see after 7 ‘o’ clock when it’s all brilliantly lighted up. Not to forget, Hyderabadis celebrate almost every festival with a great pomp and show, irrespective of whether it is of consequence to them or not.

Choodi Bazaar. Credits : Libran Dranzer

Choodi Bazaar. Credits : Libran Dranzer

[caption id="attachment_10619" align="alignleft" width="230" caption="Busy Charminar. Credits : Libran Dranzer"]Busy Charminar. Credits : Libran Dranzer[/caption]
The Hussain Sagar Lake. Credits: Libran Dranzer

The Hussain Sagar Lake. Credits: Libran Dranzer

Leaving aside the beauty that’s attached to the city, it is what the residents of the city thinks/feel/opines that matters the most. Vandana Reddy, a student of GRIET claims, “Living here is easily affordable for people with varied income ranges. I personally feel that the daily commodities and other requirements are available at reasonable prices in Hyderabad when compared to other cities, in spite of the metro status that it has got.” A few others adore it for its uniqueness. Says  Srujana.R of OU, “The Hyderabadi language of course! Where else would you find the words ‘kaiko’ and ‘nakko’?” It would not be that easy to find a mix of Urdu and Hindi in any random city of India. The ‘Paradise Biryani’ is a must for every person who has visited Hyderabad. Many visitors often claim that the city is quite hospitable. A lot of students who have come to Hyderabad for studying agree so. Abhinaya.M, a student of GRIET says, “The people here are extremely kind and helpful. I have been in Hyderabad for the past three years and I have been in circumstances where I needed help and have received it accordingly. So, comparatively, the people here are definitely kinder.” Ramakanth Kamath, a student of NITK asserts, “I have noticed that seats here are reserved for ladies in local buses. This is not so in any South Indian city as far as I know. It is good for the ladies of course, but bad news for us guys.”

Many others claim that the city is a ‘FREE’ city. With not many restrictions unlike in some south Indian cities (Chennai in particular), people of all age groups can live as they wish. Ashesh Singh, a student of GRIET recalls an unpleasant incident. “When I visited Chennai this one time, I and my brother went to a wine shop and the shopkeeper there asked me for an age proof. Another time in Delhi, the bar tender in a bar asked me for an age proof again. This is not the way it goes, at least in Hyderabad!” However, looking on the flip side, Hyderabad is an “extra-free” city where everything is beyond anyone’s control. Hyderabad falls under the ‘most corrupted cities’ category and traffic is uncontrollable because of the lack of discipline on the citizen’s part. Rushab, a student of CBIT says, “I have noticed so many people jump signals right in front of the cops. They don’t seem to take any action. Even if they do, they would take a bribe and let them off. Most of the accidents happen because of such carelessness.”

Hyderabad! Credit: Libran Dranzer

Hyderabad! Credit: Libran Dranzer

The city is horribly unhygienic and ill-maintained, claim a lot of other residents and visitors. Urinating on roads and walls in public has become a nuisance of late. Akhilesh.G, a student of Vasavi College says, “You can find a lot of places where you have to hold your nose due to the unbearable smell. In a lot of other places, garbage is randomly thrown on main roads. Although, the MCH boxes are placed, people simply don’t seem to bother to just make an effort to throw the trash into the bin. Spitting on roads is another unique indecent behavior of the people here.” A few shopping buffs feel Hyderabad is the last place on earth for good shopping. Karishma Sehgal, a student of St.Francis asserts, “There is no decent road shopping possible in Hyderabad like in Delhi and Mumbai. Besides, I dislike the rickshaw-men. They don’t have minimum courtesy or basic manners. They are simply Jerks!”

While there is a lot of gratification to being a Hyderabadi, there seem to be an equal number of drawbacks. As the saying goes, there is no ideal place in the world. It is all about availing the best of the available. While there is this very important quality/trait ‘discipline’ that is supposedly lacking in Hyderabadis, it is otherwise a combination of all consummate obligations for an Indian citizen. Of course, it grants its visitors unforgettable stuff like the “Irani Chai” and its residents more than enough freedom to live a life that can be defined better than “prominent”, there is not much more to ask of it. What say, Hyderabadis?

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