A friend of mine decided to club together his work visit to Hyderabad with some extra weekend time, and decided to stay with me. Now, he happens to be from the fast paced city of India …. Mumbai. I had my fingers crossed on how he would appreciate the culture shock of the ways in Hyderabad.
One thing we had in common, to look forward to was exchanging the newly discovered sound tracks. We do have a sort of overlapping affinities when comes to what we like listening to. Though we diverge on those tastes often, there has been enough evidence in the past to suggest that our common choices are not merely coincidental.
Other than that, we had been (nearly) neighbours in Gurgaon, although he was always a Mumbaikar, where as I have never been to that place. Still, it was the music that got us together and it is the music that kept us together 🙂
He landed by evening, and these were his moving thoughts as the day progressed:
6:00 PM The roads are so nice …. and empty.
7:00PM ISB is goooooood.
7:30 PM 5 minutes commitment by someone ??? really?
9:00 PM Why don’t the cars move it ? Why do they drive so close by?
9:30 PM That’s like an awesome track. I want to copy it on to my mp3 player.
9:35 PM That’s another super song. This one too.
11:00 PM Any place like Turqoise Cottage or Jazz by the Bay ? Firangi pani is #$%&&^!
11:15 PM Where can I get some good local food?
11:30 PM The place closes at 11:30 ?
11:45 PM Where can I get booze, to take home?
1:00 AM ISB is goooooood , can we stay here?
1:25 AM Stop playnig Lady Gaga, again!
1:30 AM Doesn’t police catch you for driving like this at this time? This place is so deserted!
2:00 AM You’re playing the guitar too loud. What if neighbours complain?
I was a bit confused when he asked me what are the night places in Hyderabad ? (As if there are any). So with my limited vocabulary on that front, I took him to this pub I had seen some time ago in City Centre. Firangi Pani. It seemed good back then. Now, not so much :). Add to it the fact, that I go scouting for pubs in a new city. Confused is a very suitable word. Anyways, followed by a dinner at Ohri’s and a visit to ISB at night made up for it. By the end of it, we were happy, well fed and in posession of a new pair of shoes. What else can a guy want?
7:30 AM Let me sleep …
11:00 AM Let me sleep …. shoo.
11:30 AM I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast ?
1:30 PM I gotta buy an iPod.
1:35 PM This song is so good, I want to take it.
3:00 PM This is the speed we move at, in old city?? I’ll be late for my call.
5:00 PM (Calls up, apologises). I know we had this call at 5 PM. I’ll be late by 5 mins. (Now that’s what 5 mins should mean 🙂 )
7:00 PM Pista house biryani is good ! I’m loving it.
8:00 PM Let’s go buy that iPod.
8:30 PM Weather is nice, how about some beer?
So, we had a hectic day. had a trip to Pista house, got lot’s of Biryani, Rolls, Patties and cookies. Dashed back to KPHB for a very important call that had to be made. Picked up an iPod. Ate that stuff, and were set for some song track exchange. No beer for you mister! 🙂
I hope the stay at my place was good one, and that I did a decent job of being a host.
Burgers, pending .