20 April, 2021

Hyderabad Diary

Even with designer abayas and hypermod cyber symbolism, the Pearl comes wrapped in the spirit of its purana sheher, like a warm cup of one-by-two chai with Osmania biscuits

Illustration by Saahil
Hyderabad Diary
Easy Like A Hyderabadi

Think of Hyderabad and what comes to mind is biriyani, sherwani and pareshani. While the first one continues to be a rage, the other one still marks sartorial excellence, although its use is on the wane. The third attribute sticks out like a sore thumb. However, Hyderabadis, as is their wont, take it in their stride. “Light ley le yaar”, is the spirit in which they try to blow away the worries.

Much water has flown down the Musi, now reduced to an open sewer dry most of the year. Today the city of domes and minarets boasts of structural and spatial expansion. A city of contrasts. The Orient and the Occident meet here. Historic and modern structures commingle while palatial buildings and slums exist cheek-by-jowl. But the buzzword of late is—raze the old and raise new edifices.

Nonetheless, the socio-cultural ethos survives. The Jhas and Jungs have yielded place to Raos and Reddys, yet the...

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