As a hardcore North Indian I had a strong prejudice against the people and places of South India but after coming to the city of pearls i.e. Hyderabad my notion completely changed. Being a pampered princess at home it was indeed a paradoxical decision to join hostel and pursue MBA. It was initially tough to adjust from the freethinking atmosphere of Delhi University to the disciplined and conservative background of Andhra Pradesh. To keep myself busy I decided to explore different places and culture of the city. I was lucky that my college organized a city tour so that I could be little familiar with the city.
Monuments like Char Minar, Golcunda fort and the legendary Hussain Sagar completely glorified the city of Nawabs. The proud feeling of being an Indian surrounded my heart after seeing all the masterpieces of architecture and also handicrafts of Char minar and Shilparamam.. Even exquisite cuisines like Biryani, Double ka meetha, Qurbani ka meetha and above all Haleem also tingled my taste buds. I was also lured by the amazing shopper’s paradise of bangles in Lad Bazaar and designer apparels in Abids and Sindhi colony. I really enjoy the coffee and cookies at Banjara and Jubilee hills. Apart from all this the city also is a hub for all the dream IT firms viz Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, Deloitte and Accenture etc.
Staying in Hyderabad from past one and half years I’ve started loving this place. Everything about this place makes me have unique experience right from people’s language ( having words like ‘loga, naako’) to their never say die attitude in life. I now have many telegu friends and even I have learnt the language too some extent. With proper law and order in the city as compared to Delhi I now feel more secured, confident and believe that if you are good people brighten up your life. Since I have pursued my MBA in tourism and hospitality I have also visited some extraordinary places of Andhra Pradesh with great thrill and enthusiasm. Ramoji Film city, Kunthala waterfalls and Papikondalu are some of them which has given me uncountable memories. I have actually seen people practicing hospitality especially in COP-11. It was so fortunate to see the people from different corners of the world gathering in Hyderabad assembling to promote one big noble cause. The foreigners were also moved to see our diverse culture apart from the warm hospitality which we provided them. This added yet another feather to the cap of our own motherland. We took extreme pride in showcasing ourselves as “Indians”. Sometimes as a token of appreciation the foreign delegates also gave away their badges to us.