We always believe it is possible to take an Indian out of India but cannot take India out of an Indian because of his/her affinity to the person’s birth place. Perhaps this analogy can apply to people like me who are born in Hyderabad, lived in Jamshedpur for some years before settling down in Madras after marriage.
Even though I have been living in Chennai for the past forty plus years and love the city and its people, I can’t but feel a little unhappy about the bifurcation of the state of Andhra Pradesh. While we children were young, people would ask us whether we were mulkis or non mulkis and since we didn’t understand the difference we would proudly reply that we are Hyderabadis. The state was declared as Vishal Andhra somewhere in the mid fities and only when we noticed a sudden influx of people from other parts of the state we realized it was because they chose to make the city their permanent home. Meanwhile we left for Jamshedpur which was till recently in Bihar and I looked eagerly forward to my summer vacation to spend it with my cousins in Hyderabad apart from visiting the famous Salarjung museum and Public Gardens.
Today over the years, the city of Hyderabad has spread far and wide with several High end colonies (hitherto we had only Banjara Hills as a posh residential area) shopping malls and hotels coming up at a fast pace and along with that an increase in migrants (Hyderabad figures as the second preference, next to Bangalore) resulting in over-population and the city turning beyond recognition to a Hyderabadi like me. Whether the Telangana tangle will be untangled or not, as far as I am concerned they might take out a Hyderabadi from Hyderabad but not Hyderabad from Me!
N.Meera Raghavendra Rao