The thought of Hyderabad gave me back memories of the city. I was sitting in my office bus in Pune and the bus was on its regular schedule to reach the office like any regular day it would. I saw a restaurant named, “Ancient Hyderabad”. This made me nostalgic and I remember my one night-out with Rohit, a friend of mine.
We saw the new released Bollywood movie – Stree. After the movie show, I asked him if we can go to Charminar or not.
He was excited and gave a green signal. We drove for 30 minutes without GPS.(Rohit was my colleague from last project. Rohit is being regular engineer who completed his studies from this very city itself perfectly knew all the roads of Hyderabad). We parked the Suzuki Gixxer of Rohits’ and slowly walked toward Charminar.
It was around 1 am and there were few Dosa and street food vendors. Some fruit sellers and adventure seeking humans who were wandering around The Charminar. They were clicking selfies and looking for the best angle and zero disturbance corner. So we also followed the same pattern and started walking around the structure. Two pillars of Charminar were getting renovated. The structure seems old and felt like it has some more years to stay. Government making efforts to keep it alive by renovation. after some 10 -15 odd minutes I asked Rohit to click my photos.
It was followed by his turn.At around 2 am both of us were hungry and decided to try the street food available. We ordered dosa and were waiting patiently for our orders. Suddenly we heard some whistle and strong voices from behind. As any regular Indian, these were cops who were asking for these vendors to close the stalls. The juice vendors who were at the starting of ques closed the shutter and went inside. The person who was making our dosa delivered it and declared that it was the last order. We were asked by the vendors to stand in a corner where the cops could not spot us clearly. After 10 minutes everything went back to the old stage. The shops and vendors came back. I was savoring my dosa I saw Mecca Masjid. I was excited to see such a big holy shrine. Being liberal, I wanted to go inside. After having our Dosa we got to know that the entry was closed at that time.
By this time I was over with my excitement of being a nightcrawler and wanted to sleep. We kicked the bike and started our journey back. I was sitting on the back seat of the bike and observing the buildings around the Charminar. All the buiding were dated back to 1900 and the design seems very old. I was amused to find people living inside. They were actually homes to families. I mean aren’t these people scared if this building would ever collapse. With all these thoughts I left the Charminar and riding for 1 hour at speed of 98kmph on those wide, empty and well built roads of hyderabad, we reached Rohit’s pg. I was tired enough to sleep at 4 am and wake up late at morning.
I am happy and feel good about the excited journeys and incidents in Hyderabad.