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August 28, 2008 / lazybug

The City That Is

Today evening, my friend and blogger-in-hibernation, Apoorv, shared the link to this article on New York Times. The article talks about how new comers to New York eventually get used to it and start liking the city in spite of the hard ships and cost living.

Drawing a parallel to this, I was trying to think about what makes Hyderabad the city that it is. While I was thinking about this on my way back home, a cyclist appeared right in front of me, seemingly out of nowhere. There it was, the one thing that makes Hyderabad, Hyderabad: our legendary traffic sense.

We strive to maintain and improve the hard earned reputation. Whether it be the jay walkers who look to the right side while the traffic comes from the left, or the recent phenomenon of two-wheeler drivers (Traffic Police included) climbing onto the footpaths while the other road users watched with droopy jaws at the sheer genius at work, we Hdyerabadis just keep getting better.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just the new comers who get the shock of their lives when they experience the traffic here for the first time. We veterans fare no better.

And yet, we continue to ply the same roads everyday. Cursing and honking our way to the workplace and back. Is it because we love the city? Or is it because we are used to it?

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  1. Chittaranjan / Aug 28 2008 8:43 pm

    I disagree.

    As a visitor who has made Hyderabad his home for the past four years, I’d pick its hospitality, people’s warmth and friendliness to newcomers, inherent simplicity in traveling, abundance of eateries/shopping centers/entertainment avenues and above all, the laaaait attitude of people as the things which make Hyderabad what it is!

    Oh and of course, the Biryani 😀

    Traffic is worse in other cities of India. Have bene to Delhi and Kolkata as a kid and remember the jams there. Mumbai has its share of traffic hassles and its worse in Bengalooru. Footpaths are non-existent (in main thoroughfares at least), signal stop-time is an average of 3 minutes, traffic police just sit in their ‘kiosks’, roads are dug up left right and centre and autowallahs are ruder, meaner and reckless-er than in Hyd! Not to mention the CNG fumes that nauseate you 👿

    In Hyd, the people, rather than the traffic itself is to blame for the chaos (mebbe the laaaitt attitude comes to play here!).

  2. Kunal / Aug 29 2008 6:09 am

    I would copy paste Chittaranjan’s comment 🙂 ..
    I for one am not a native of Hyderabad, but I have actually seen it grow.. When I came here only Cyber-Tower existed, and the other buildings were under construction… that time too the traffic was chaotic, and in spite of that I fell in love with Hyderabad – only because of the people here.

    the companies have increased, the population has increased and so have the vehicles… but to the credit of HMDA, the infrastructure – the roads and overbridges too have come up quickly, but the rate of increase of vehicles is more then the road-widening project ..

    so to answer your question, yeah after driving in Hyderabad for past 7+ years, I am now used to the traffic, but more importantly I am in love with this city 🙂

  3. Chittaranjan / Aug 29 2008 1:53 pm

    *high-fives*

    See, its us non-hyderabadis that make this city look good! Whilst all these Lazy bug Hyderabadis rant about the conditions et al!!!

  4. lazybug / Aug 29 2008 6:58 pm

    *Joins in the high-fives*

    This is only the beginning of the series of posts I wish to make on what makes Hyderabad what it is today. I agree that the people are friendly. But that does not change the lack of traffic sense in the city.

  5. Apoorv / Aug 30 2008 6:26 am

    He he ,me would love to write about hyderabad too .These are two cities I love a lot . Hyderabad and NYC .
    After being in hyd on and off for past 10 years , I dont feel I could ever feel at home at any other city .cities like puna,chennai have the charm of their own but I guess you feel comfortable , identify yourself with a particulat place .
    I found NYC very intriguing over few of my visits to this greatest city on earth 🙂 . I would love to be part of NYC for few years too .

  6. Chittaranjan / Aug 30 2008 11:13 am

    We would also love to see u settle in NYC…with a condo overlooking the Hudson. And we can have a place to stay when we visit there 😛

  7. mani / Sep 27 2010 7:06 am

    People who love Hyderabad, who got developed who in this city,who srotudied here and went abroad, who like biryani and cosmopolitan nature.. come together – through facebook, twitter or blogs – to make a big sound so that the authorities will wake up from their slumber to take some few minimum steps to correct the mindset of public
    visit http://trafficwoes.wordpress.com

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