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Home Cover Features The City Never Sleeps!

The City Never Sleeps!

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The City Never Sleeps!

A person is known by the company he keeps and the same way, a city is known by its residents. Apart from the teeming professionals – Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries, Bankers, and many others who keep the city moving with their work there are many other unknown workers who also lend a helping hand in building and maintaining the city.

The city of Hyderabad never sleeps. The residents keep it running with their work and business. If we can sit for a few minutes, close our eyes and concentrate, events of the day move in front of our eyes like a film.

Even before the rise of the sun, one can see the city limping to life. There is the chatter of people surrounding the milk crates that function temporarily in the colony every day in the morning for a couple of hours.

A little distance away, one can find the roadside newspaper hawker selling the day’s newspaper hot from the press. Some of them have the luxury of getting their milk and paper delivered at home. Milk vans of various brands can be seen buzzing past in the colonies.

The City Never Sleeps!

Another activity that begins early morning is cleaning of the roads as early as 4 AM. As it is difficult to arrive for work at that time, some workers can be seen sleeping near public places of their work space. No matter with what diligence, the workforce does their work for Swachh Bharat, unless the residents are conscious nothing much can be achieved. There are people who to save a couple of rupees throw their garbage on the road or close to transformer blocks.

With the first light come the daily suppliers – the fruit wallahs and vegetable wallahs. Some of them are very finicky and want to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. For them these small carts are an attraction. The lady of the house knows at what time she can expect her able assistant.

Some of the fruit and vegetable carts can be seen parked outside parks where many of them turn up for an early morning game of tennis or badminton with folks, jog or a walk. Some of them do stretching while others sit on the benches and enjoy the first rays of the sun and soak in the beauty of the greenery and the chirping of the birds. The morning joggers can be seen at KBR Park, Indira Park and colony parks. Those exiting the park can be seen hovering near the pushcarts to purchase the day’s fresh fruits and vegetables.

Buses of educational institutions start plying as early as 6.30 AM to ferry the children to schools and colleges, primarily engineering colleges as many of them are on the outskirts of the city or a little further down like Chilkur. Lucky are those who study in the neighbourhood schools and colleges as they save time and energy and can concentrate on other extra-curricular activities. The chatter of school children with their friends or fellow mates is pleasing to the ears. Some parents too exchange notes of what is happening in their ward’s class with other parents.

The City Never Sleeps!

In the City of Pearls, everyone has made a place for himself. The Aam Adami is eking out a living. If ever you get to stop at a traffic signal, apart from the beggars, who seek alms, there are small time traders, who sell every ware from balloons, Santa caps, and small toys to car accessories. Some of these attract the young child like a plastic kungfu panda, Bheem’s gada, or a little dog shaking her head.

Passing through the Old City or Secunderabad, one can see a line of clothes stores hanging their dresses on the roads to attract the customers. Bargaining too happens, till the customer is fully satisfied in purchasing them. Food attracts the young and old alike. If it is the onset of summer, cut raw mangoes with spice is lapped up, the same holds true for Guavas too. Find a Chaat Bandi, and a crowd would be surrounding it, slurping paani puri, aaloo chaat, raagda patti or anything tangy and spicy. Students running for early morning competitive classes hang around the Idli and Dosa bandis to have a nutritious filling as these start from 7 AM.

Even those returning home from night shifts stop at midnight bandis to savour hot, hot biryanis. Some of them flock to carts that have made a name for themselves like Ram ki Bandi to savour hot, hot Dosas to celebrate special days.

Walk up to Charminar and a whole new life greets you. There are rows and rows of shops selling bangles, items that are closer to women like mehendi, kajal and clothes. Women from rich to poor can be seen making some quick purchases and bargains. Turnaround and you can find myriad colours of bangles on the carts. They are not glass or laq but metal bangles and fancy earrings and young girls and women are crowding around the pushcart and turning things upside down before they get what they want.

The City Never Sleeps!

A true Hyderabadi loves his paan, and on any occasion paan plays an important part. In some marriages, paan dan is given as gift too. Buying paan at Charminar works out to be cheaper than anywhere in the city. The paanwalla here does brisk business. Though the business starts in the Charminar only after 11 AM, prayer time is strictly followed here. Those shopping here can hear the prayers from the mosque. The scene where all pray together is a treat for the eyes. Some of them coming out of the mosque can be seen sharing their earnings with the have nots.

Shoppers can be seen taking a break by having a cuppa of Irani chai with some Osmania biscuits or small samosas. Business can be discussed over a cuppa of chai at the Irani restaurants. The city runs with its people, who undertake a lot of activities. There are labourers huddled in one corner waiting for work or the others who can be seen working at construction sites or at the Metro works helping in building a new Hyderabad. Workers here are working 24x7 in shifts to take the city into the 21st century.

Come marriage season, the folks visit the nearest temples with nadaswaram to seek the blessings of the Lord or Goddess. At a street corner, you can find the bandwallahs practicing to play at the wedding in the evening.

The city temperatures are not so high, thanks to the horticulture staff. The citizens can breathe some fresh and clean air. With the change of seasons, the horticulture staff too rotates the flowering plants. The bright yellows, whites and reds surrounded with greenery are a visual feast to the eyes.

The City Never Sleeps!

The government is doing its best to give wholesome meal to those who can’t afford it or don’t have time to cook. The Rs. 5 meal has caught on with the public. Long queues can be seen for these meals at the counter near the Nampally Station or Clock Tower, Begumpet. It is a boon for the daily labourers as it is difficult to get anything as less as Rs 5.

The city has acquired two new landmarks recently. One the tallest flag, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao hoisted on the State’s second formation day in 2015. The flag stands tall at 88 metres on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake in Sanjeevaiah Park. The gigantic flag measures 108 by 72 feet. It is two feet short of being the tallest flag. The flag weighs over 65 kilos and it was unfurled with the help of motorised mechanism. According to the CM, the flag will instill nationalism among the citizens and will be symbol of pride. On any given day, one can see citizens freezing pictures here.

Another landmark is the ‘Love Hyderabad’ sculpture at Tank Bund, which was inaugurated by IT minister KT Rama Rao in November. Speaking during the inauguration, KTR said that the sculpture will be an added attraction to the City and the Tourists, whoever visits the Tank Bund will take a selfie at this spot and it will be a great landmark at the Tank Bund in the coming days. Morning or evening, the roads of the city are bursting with traffic.

There are people on the two-wheelers and four-wheelers trying to break rules or overtaking from the left to reach their destination on time. It is mostly a bumper to bumper ride. It is essential to keep cool while driving through the busy traffic. Every citizen must follow the traffic signals for their own and co-passengers safety.

Queues can be witnessed at petrol bunks at peak times and there are times when people have lost their cool. Apart from the public transport buses and MMTS, many people depend on the shared autos to reach their destination. In Rs. 10 – Rs. 15, one can travel long distances.

Come what may, just like the cycle wheel that goes round and round, Life goes on and on and the city of Nizams and Nawabs lives on in it is people.

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