Mirror impressions

I’d not been to Hyderabad since 2 to 3 years and so, when the opportunity to visit/see the city presented itself, I jumped at the chance. However, I had limited personal time at my disposal and was closeted in a conference during the daytime which prevented me from verifying all the positive news that AP seems to be garnering these days on the growth and development front. Still, a couple of takeaways, via pics.

Exiting the Airport, several bold and brightly lit direction signs are visible for the tourist / traveller.


I had to contend with this news report the next day morning. Like all cities, there is terrible pollution via the thousands of vehicles that clog the roads & streets of hyderabad. The city itself was experiencing sweltering heat (’40’s, I think) not to mention the effect of the bomb blasts.

LIke our Nirmalya Toilets, the Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad oversees public conveniences. Very good direction signs for users.

I was very pleased to see this sign. In Delhi, I’ve seen similar signs that declare “Zero Tolerance” but for traffic related issues.

Like the helpless BBMP here that cannot enforce punishment for defacing of public property, the MCH too seems to face the same woes!

I was staying very close to the Hussain Sagar Lake area and was very impressed with the all out effort to present a very clean environment in and around the lake. Take a look at these signs and the awareness that they raise.




The Lake itself presents an almost pristine look. Certainly, it does not emanate any bad smell. Neither did I see unemployed people fishing from its banks, like we can spot in the periphery of Ulsoor Lake here in Bangalore. The Lake Development Authority folks here can learn a lesson or two, for sure.

Let me take this opportunity to tell you folks also about my experience using Air Deccan for my travel this time around. Certainly, their fares were/are the cheapest and they make no bones about it. Capt. Gopinath also states in the preface to their inflight magazine that his carrier’s objective is to convert rail goers into flight users. Nothing wrong with that. But after experiencing the immaculate service & standards of Kingfisher recently and Jet Airways earlier, I was shocked to see the poor quality of maintenence standards on board Air Deccan. As an example, take a look at these seats – the first two on my onward flight and the last one, on my return! I also went through the hassle of delayed flights, bumpy landing and time wasted due to poor baggage arrivals on landing.




8 Comments so far

  1. Naren (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    Awesome Post and Well written with Pics…..

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    OMG! Those seats. I would rather stand!!!!

    Impressive sign boards! WTG Hyd!

  3. Viswa (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:26 pm


    Is this MB Hyderabad or MB Bangalore?

  4. silkboard (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:36 pm

    Did you notice how almost every wide-enough road has hard dividers for traffic? And any experience with their MMTS which isn’t doing that well I heard?

    Find some Hyd MMTS pictures here

  5. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    Nice post!

  6. Ravi (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    @Naren / Silkboard & Deepa : Thanks, folks!

    @Chitra: Yeah, I thought so too re: impressive signboards. Re: Seats on AD – here’s a twist to that ‘ol saying: “Pay peanuts, you’ll get cages!”

  7. Neelima (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 12:08 am

    Thank you,i have recently shifted from Hyderabad to Bangalore and while i am trying to adjust to the new city the pictures and post brought back my 25yrs of life there:) the roads which i traveled daily and the hot summers of hyd,the post brought back all of those:)
    And my exp with Air deccan was worse and i promised myself that next time it would be only a train journey from Bangalore to Hyd:)

  8. Walter Solbchak (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 7:33 am

    I feel that B’lore MB has made it a point to trash Air Deccan at any and every available opportunity.
    When you buy Air Deccan tickets u know what u r getting into right (upto and including pee-stained seats :) )? If you don’t like it u have lots of other options.. its not like Capt. Gopinath is forcing u to fly Air Deccan is it? So what’s the point of trashing Air Deccan other than some cheap conversation or brag that u fly over-priced airlines like KF.

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