When you ask anyone who has gone abroad, even to the nearest neighbouring country or an island the stock reply you get is that the roads there are so clean that you can sleep on them and it is a pleasure driving through them. Likewise I feel weather anywhere outside Chennai is comparatively more pleasant because of the three seasons unlike we have in Chennai which takes ‘pride’ in its single season which varies only in degree!
No wonder Hyderabadis take pride in their weather besides the various attractions of the city which still retains its Nawabi culture and cosmopolitan nature. For instance no visitor can afford to miss seeing The famous Salarjung Museum which houses the Nizam’s rare collection of antiques, period costumes, and curios obtained from all over the world,The Char Minar, a shopping paradise for pearls and traditional men and women’s wear, Ramoji Film city, a miniature world, besides the Golconda Fort and its Sound and Light show and Shilpa Ramam which represents Andhra culture, to mention a few.
I didn’t find my last visit to Hyderabad (though it was during peak summer) as enervating as my stay in Chennai because of the absence of humidity. Again unlike in Chennai the monsoon has set in as per schedule, and I am enjoying the weather thoroughly and in ‘strange’ company. Guess what my company consists of? A brood of monkeys jumping on the roof with excitement, all drenched in the pouring rain!
n.meera raghavendra rao