Six months of Hyderabad and I love the city like no other. Hyderabad is truly regal. The taste and sense of design of the people is exquisite. I have never before seen so many houses that incorporate so many architectural elements, the patio, the driveway, such tall pillars, or the use of cupola and such ornamental elements in domestic construction. It only goes to show how deep the Nawabi lifestyle is infused among His people too. Their sense of style, aesthetics and class can be seen in the lavish spread of garments, jewellery and most importantly Food.

Luckily, I was put up in Jubilee Hills which is like the most posh area in Hyderabad. This place is flooded with pubs and resto-bars, again very aesthetic and quirky. There was this one place Fat Pigeon which had a rooftop seating that was so variegated- you could choose from stools, wrought iron chairs, benches or swings. The idea of a swing to be drinking in was amazing. Hyderabad has so many rooftop places maybe because part of the city is hilly so that you get a view from the crest tops and also because it never gets as clammy as in Chennai, the weather is quite pleasant for most of the year.

Hyderabad is in this most enjoyable transition from a spacious city to a metropolitan space. There is a huge space waiting to be developed, encroached in other words. But for the diversion owing to metro construction, there's no real traffic or congestion to complain of. The road space is adequate for its load of vehicles and people. The people of Hyderabad have a commendable civic sense. The seats reserved for the old and handicapped are never occupied by the undeserving, fully able people. That says a lot about the attitude of the city towards the public commons. While in Chennai drunk men fiercely refuse to budge from ladies' seat.

Hyderabad is a shoppers' paradise. The variety of textiles and the prices completely floors you. The scent of royalty in the Charminar and Mozzamjahi market area is palpable. A number of Ittar shops make true this metaphor. Ramzan truly enlivens the place and harps of all its glam and glory.

If Hyderabad was a person, it would be a very warm, effusive, impressive and richly decked specimen of the human nature. So enamouring is the city that you only wish you were not robbed of your regal rendezvous in those two pitiless scorching months of summer.


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