My Digital Diary

August 20, 2007

A New City in my Life

Filed under: India, My Experience — nitin @ 6:26 pm
This post is for my experienceof a new city…A city which has a twin ,its named after software terminology..and yes the city of ROCKSSS…yeah its Hyderabad/Cyberabad/Secunderabad…Am here for some Short term assignment i.e 2 months.I had heard quiet a lot abt this city…Heard all the good things…and yeah some silly things also…Currently i am based in HiTech City..Its like a grandma of all IT Parks..All biggies have monstrous Glass-clad buildings in this locality…You name the company and its Hi Tech City..

My First Impression of the City was its ROADs…I always love wide ,clean and green roads..The city has beautiful roads with gardening on its sides.Mostly 3 Lanes..which we can hardly find in any other city…To my surprise ,it was not proper Hyderabad…the Place is called Secundarabad.(All day i was wondering how cud a place so old like hyderabad have such beautiful roads..)Begumpet was the stop were my first journey begun on the Rickshaws of Hyderabad..A guy dragged me to the nearest rickshaw even before i was about to get out of the Railway Station.I thought ‘wat a service with no cost’.As soon as i put my bags in ,the driver said”20 Rupee meter ke uper lagenge”.I smiled…anyway i decided to be extra smart after that incident.

On the way to Hitech City..the city was shining clean and well maintained..areas like panjagutta..Jublee Hills..Banjara Hills with some grt Bungalows.and parks.and then Madhapur which resembles a crowded place close to Hitech City…

The following Week we visited RAMOJI FILM CITY….It was a nice experience…not a delight..but still a good one.The next week we broke in to Golconda Fort,Charminar then Birla Temple, followed by Hussain Sagar Lake.

Apart from Exploring the Tourist Spots I started exploring the places like…Kondapur ..KukatPally..SomajiGuda….Got used to the Share Autos where 8 persons get fixed up in an auto including the Driver.

Also the Traffic Police is so strict here.I was finding them in almost every Chowk,with their uniform and white Helmet like cap..keeping an eye on any one widout a helmet.

One thing i found very bad and disturbing was the enroachments in to the Rocky Landscapes of Hyderabad. Its so beautiful with all those bigs ..spherical..monstrous rocks appearing betwn green bushes..Its such places which was cut off and digged to make a place like HiTech City and even Secunderabad.
The Rock cuts Debris is always an unpleasant sight.

Still many places are left out to explore.Still looking out for a delicious biryani.People have Suggested a place called “Paradise”.Its far from Hi Tech…but its sure on my Wishlist…I wanted to write more…This post is like the last day of the Last Test Match…All my travel to the tourist  places deserved an individual post but blame it on me..i had no time and by now my excitment is also low..which wud do no justice if i start posting about my experiences now…

If there’s any thing new and exciting stuff happening now..will try to scribble it then and for all…

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  1. HYD is the first place where I started living Independently, away from Parents. 2 months of life is what I experienced over there. Every single day is worth recollecting. I can write a post on every single place, item, person and incident I witnessed.

    But I still doubt abt u calling the Hitech city part as Secunderabad as I reconfirmed from a Hyderabadi who made it clear that the BegumPet…(Big bazaar, Abids shopping plaza, Hyd central mall) part is Secunderabad. And I do remember going to Secunderabad Railway station to drop Anwesha where that area was way too far away from Hitech. So, looks like it isnt Secunderabad Dude.

    Even m posting something abt Hyd soon. 😉

    Comment by Anoop — August 20, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  2. I doubt if its in can a place totally opposite to the old Hyderabad and having Secunderabad in btwn be called Hyderabad…Or is it Cyberabad?

    On further querying..the place is named as Siriingampally…but still is it in Hyderabad or SecDB or CybDB.????

    Koi bataya ga kyaaaa?

    Comment by nitin — August 21, 2007 @ 4:12 am

  3. Cyberabad is correct. But all addresses mention Hyderabad. But the place rocks!!!

    Comment by Anoop — August 21, 2007 @ 4:36 am

  4. Heey Nitin.. great.. even though I am from chennai but started liking this place..pretty cool place.. you may want to try Four Seasons in Tolichowki for Biriyani instead of Paradise.. tolichowki is closer from hitec than is Paradise..

    and the good roads are to be attributed to the dynamic municipal commissioner Sanjay Jaju.. as well as some of the big events like congress plenery, ADB meet Pravisya Bharatiya etc…

    btw, Hitec City is actually a part of Rengareddy District but within the postal limits of Hyderabad…

    Comment by Siva — August 23, 2007 @ 9:48 am

  5. Hey Siva..thnks for clearing the confusion….but still i checked my offcie address….no mention of any District…the address was like Cyberabad..and yeah postal code was for Hyderabad.

    One more thing i forgot to mention is some mishap while planning Madhapur…This is a personal observation..

    I can see a big road Leading to HiTech City the same one which connects to jublee Check Post.
    In Madhapur..there are plenty of housing and Rental (hotels) Apartments.But no road to reach there.
    Its like a main Trunk of the tree without solid branches instead replaced by creepers.
    You may have observed this…Also electricity wires are all jumbled up…I have seen some posh Apartments near Madhapur Petrol pump which doesn’t have roads connecting it..It was totally unexpected..and i wondered how cud they build buildings even if roads are not planned?
    Was it like “govn only interested in Roads connecting cities….no roads for housing facilities.”.

    Another thing to mention abt city is …its babe Less … 🙂 I can only see some pretty figures outside NIFT which is opp to Cyber Tower Chowk or in Hyderabad Central..

    And thnks for the suggestion for Biryani…One of my colleague is staying at Tolichowking…will definelty give a try and let you knw…


    Comment by nitin — August 23, 2007 @ 11:58 pm

  6. Hyd mein koi budhvar peth mila ki nahi ?
    apne Gade suleman Bilal ko puch le jaroorat pada toh 😉

    Comment by Anoop — August 24, 2007 @ 4:23 am

  7. You are right Nitin.. to be precise Hitec is a part of Quthbullapur Mandal —-> which is a part of Serilingampally Taluk —–> which is a part of Ranga Reddy District… but very very surprisingly none of these get mentioned in the address.. many a times the adress is just written as Madhapur, Hyderabad..thats it… 🙂 I really dont know how and why!!!!!

    the planning of Madhapur is absolutely shoddy.. actually no planning… truly speaking except for the roads the town planning has been bad across the city.. no parking spaces etc.. Madhapur growth has been exponential and explosive because of Hitec City and things have come up just like that…many places there are no access roads even to houses.. thats really the sad part.. your observation is just perfect..

    I also feel the city is babeless.. atleast this part..except central, Imax, City Centre etc.. (I know for sure my wife only reads my blog and not all the comments I post 🙂 otherwise it will be a disaster for me.. 😉

    i also suggest you to take a look at Gachibowli.. thats the next building explosion (bigger than Hitec) and several IT/MNC/ Financial companies… not a sight seeing place but a place to see rapid explosion of industry..

    Comment by Siva — August 24, 2007 @ 4:52 am

  8. abey Nitin, ye kya Hyderabad, poona ke baare mein likhta hai, foreign ka likh na thoda – tera demand kaise badega boss. Remember u are working in Global Technology not Local Technology

    Comment by Assem — August 24, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

  9. @anup…
    Man..yaha pe kafi PET hai like amirpet,shankarpet..etc..but never heard of somehting like Budhwar Peth here…Didnt u found anything here while you e\were having a base here?

    I think Mr.Pradeep shud be our man to look out in this field..


    Nice explanation… Dont mind but i take it very personally when i see that We do things in such a hopless manner.(the state of madhapur).when will india rise to likes of a Developed nation…The sad story abt Madhapur will always get unnoticed by the big roads and by the likes of HiTech City….
    Is there any planning? were are we heading?Also take the question of MMTS trains..Currently ..they have laid only two lines..

    If in future, ppl decide to commute by trains like mumbai…they will never be able to expand the infrastructure…EVERYTHING IN INDIA IS MADE IGNORING THE NEEDS AFTER 20+ YEARS..

    I shud’nt explain more on this…and careful..if your wife will some how comes to my blog by viewing my comments in your blog… 🙂
    That will be your last day to think of babes… hehhee


    Bad joke …Demand to hai re mera…aur main jaha hoon waha ki hi baat likhunga na…Tu bhi kuch likh HK ke bare main…and also..Dubai ke baare main likha hai na…see the below post…not exactly on Dubai but related to Dubai…

    Comment by nitin — August 24, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

  10. Nitin…forget Paradise. There is a restaurant called ‘Baawarchi’. They dole out excellent biriyani.
    If u r close to Banjara Hills, try out a restaurant called ‘Southern Spice’ .They also serve great ‘Qubani ka meetha’.
    Dont miss the Salarjung museum.

    Ensssooii Cheyyandi 😉

    Comment by sree — August 25, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  11. Just now I opened
    Its a live Hindi News channel link.

    I was shocked to see HYD blasts at a place where I have been once. Lumbini Park where I saw The laser show. I cudnt believe it.

    It shocking to see the blasts, and I condemn them.

    Why does happen with such good innocent people.?

    Blasts, terrorist attacks, Investigations, arrests…rehab….etc etc….and then this cycle will continue…..when will it stop !!

    May there soul rest in peace. I have no words…..

    Comment by Anoop — August 25, 2007 @ 7:01 pm

  12. Kya yaar Hyderabad mein reh kar Laser show ko nahi gaya

    Comment by Assem — August 27, 2007 @ 6:52 am

  13. Are main Mumbai gaya tha 2 din ke liye… isliye miss kar diya… 🙂

    Comment by nitin — August 27, 2007 @ 7:43 am

  14. Better luck next time 😉

    Comment by Assem — August 27, 2007 @ 8:05 am

  15. hey! man, I totally have different impression about cleanliness, wide roads and traffic. I have stayed and roamed around a lot in old Hyderabad, Narayanaguda, Kote, Kachiguda, Ameer Peet, and Banjara hills. Ofcourse Banjara hills and surrounding area is good. The Hussain sagar and Birla temple pretty neat place. Damn! these guys chose the such a good place.

    Kya meya tum dekh ke raho ba, Bomba phoda rahe sabba, kya hota kya ki kya malum. dekhke ghumo su tumma.

    Comment by Srini — August 28, 2007 @ 3:03 am

  16. @ sree

    wats this Ensssooii Cheyyandi means????

    Thnks for the Suggestion of some good places…and even Salarjung Museum i have to visit…

    Comment by nitin — August 28, 2007 @ 4:21 am

  17. @srini

    lol… This Hyderabadi Slang is cool… Like Mumbai Lingo… Sunne ko mazaaa aata hai..I heard it quiet a lot from the Rickshaw walas..

    You have catched a lot of thyings abt hyderabad before, it seems…

    And you are right MAN…the old hyderabad is really opposite to the new Secundarabad…
    I think only new developments are being taken seriously ..

    I Have no words to condemn this act of terror…its utterly shameful and cowardly act…to kill innocent ppl..

    Comment by nitin — August 28, 2007 @ 4:26 am

  18. hmm…too lazy to open the notepad 😦

    hey ..happy that u r safe . That incident was such a tragic shock 😦

    anytime… I liked the Museum the last time I visited Hyd.

    ‘enssssoooiiii cheyyandi’ means ‘enjoy urself’ in telugu 😉

    Comment by sree — September 2, 2007 @ 4:36 am

  19. Hi sree

    my colleagues here are so lazy..they dont come out from the guesthouse in the weekends…

    Even i had planned to go 2day to the museum , but these lazy goose are spoling the day…

    “Next Weekend” is what they promised me..lets see.. 🙂

    Comment by nitin — September 2, 2007 @ 5:31 am

  20. Gaddar %^$ %^$%^, apne hi office mein blog site access kar ke apne hi office ke doston ke khilaf likhta hai….

    Comment by Assem — September 3, 2007 @ 6:01 am

  21. All mumbaikars are like this only, back-biters

    Comment by Assem — September 3, 2007 @ 9:43 am

  22. I love the’ Hyderabadi Hindi’. People actually speak Hindi like that in Hyderabad or It is just in Hindi Films?

    Comment by pr3rna — September 4, 2007 @ 5:41 am

  23. Its the lingo of the locals – “Hau” & “Nakko” for yes n No, very funny

    Comment by Assem — September 4, 2007 @ 5:45 am

  24. You don’t really need or want that lifestyle, it might hurt y’all slowly more…….Just tell him you
    don’t wanna repeat something your not too proud of z7uas.

    Comment by Allefteleda — October 30, 2007 @ 10:53 pm

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