Dec 06, 2023
Dec 06, 2023
The evenings are ideally the best time to catch one's breath on the 'tank bund' and necklace road which lie on the either side of the lovely Hussain Sagar Lake which has a giant statue of Buddha standing taller in the middle. This place, in fact, connects the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Well, a fascinating trip to Hyderabad is not complete before one tastes Hyderabad’s princely cuisine that has a touch of Nizam in its its Biryani, Shammi kabab, chiken Koorma, Northern Moghlai dishes, Bagara Baingan, Mirchi Ka Saalan, Khubani Ka Meetha, Double Ka Meetha, Sheer Korma, haleem, the fiery chili and tamarind chutneys to name some. One has to regret if something is not brought home for the family as a souvenir from 'Shoppers Paradise' of Laad Bazaar, sultan Bazaar, General Bazaar or Jummeraat Bazaar, not speaking the multitude of shopping malls that offer a variety of things including the most expensive automobiles to pearls, bidriwork, artificial jewelry, antiques and handicrafts along with the world renowned branded goods.
The climate of Hyderabad is pleasantly tolerable except in the hot months of April and May that are warm with temperatures around 40. Coming to the intellectual climate it is a very cool city with nine large universities along with its academic, research, information technology, biotech institutions and laboratories of national and international repute.
Now Hyderabad has a teeming population of over 6 million as Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is formed in 2007 with its sprawling 650 sq km of area. It is in the fitness of things to mention here as an icing on the cake, a tip off, only known to the old timers: that is walking down lanes of Abids and Sultan Bazaar one can pick up from the shops on the pavements some of the used books at the throwaway prices. Who knows, one can end up lucky, picking a rare book. For typical Hyderabadis, books are as dear as the state’s literary luminaries are as dear, who won prestigious awards in literature in the past. The list goes as under. C.Narayana Reddy (Jnanpith Award, 1988)Vishwanatha Satya Narayana (Bhartiya Jnanpith Award, 1970, , Dr. Vasireddy Sita Devi (Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Award, 2000), N. Gopi (Sahitya Academy Award for 2000), Tirumala Ramchandra (Sahitya Academy Award for 2001-2002), Chekuri Ram Rao (Winner of Sahitya Academy Award 2002-03), Naveen (Sahitya Academy Award), Abboori Chhaya Devi (Sahitya Academy Award-2005), Munipillai Raju (Sahitya Academy Award 2006), Gadiaram Ramkrishna ( Sahitya Academy Award 2007).Yarlagadda Laxmi Prasad (2009), Sayed Saleem (Kaluthunna Poolathota –Novel -2010) M. Bhoopal Reddy (2011).
More by : Seshu Chamarty
|Once a Hyderabadi remains a Hyderabadi where ever he goes in world. I am away from it now and miss all the places and habits mentioned in this article.|
Good work Seshu by picking up the intricate details such as the Sunday Book Market at Abids:) Add on to this should be the Osmania Biscuits by which every Hyderabadi would swear to share with the 'chai':)