On any of the week days when you come in front of the Madhapur petrol pump you will hear scrores of auto rickshaw drivers shouting….Hitech Hitech Hitech….I am sure you will be confused of whom to respond and in which auto to sit. This is where from my journey begins in Hyderabad.Its been a roller coaster ride all through and a journey which I will remember forever.
I reached Hyderabad on the 14th of January,07 to join Accenture the next day. Bading good bye to Bangalore I landed Hyderabad where my friend Sudipto was waiting for me at the airport.Since then my destination has been Hitech City,Madhapur ,Hyderbad 500081. Joining a gigantic MNC like Accenture was of course an exiting event for me and everything went quite fine on the first day of the induction program which was held at a five star hotel called Khatriya Towers in Somajiguda. On the first day itself I made a few friends whose association I am cherishing even now. A person whom I befriended on that day was Swastik and he is the person with whom I have spent the bulk of my time during my stay in Hyderabad.
Coming back to Accenture…my office was in an IT park called Raheja Mindspace in Hitech city. Going to the office was quite thrilling initially as it was a real transition for me from “campus to corporate”. My first project was a project called LPO for which I had to go to the Microsoft campus in Hyderabad and during this time I hardly used to meet Swastik or Diksha(another good friend of mine in office).
In Madhapur I was staying with four other guys ….Sudipto and Soumyadipto (my friends from Durgapur) and Partha Da and Ankur whom I came to know once I arrived at Hyderabad. But after barely 2 months Sudipto left for Pune and I was left a bit alone by myself as he was the closest friend among all four of them. But life continued though I was not very happy with my stay in Hyderabad and used to miss Bangalore a lot. In between I made a few trips to Kolkata in the first 6 months of my stay as I used to miss my parents,Durgapur and Calcutta a lot.In August I went to Bombay for a weekend trip to meet my friends there and just after that something very favourable happened to me which changed my life in Hyderabad. Chatu …a very dear friend of mine…a true Joydevian…..got a job with UBS in Hyderabad. He shifted to Hyderabad from Kolkata in September ,2007 and we (me and Chatu) shifted to a new place in Kondapur (just a couple of kilometers away from Madhapur) bading good bye to my good for nothing room mates of whom I was tired of. But the only person whom I liked among my previous roomies was Partha da…a character worth remembering. He was non-veg…..meaning non-veg…..i.e. he doesn’t eat veg.He hates vegetables and doesn’t even touch them. When we prepared chicken at home…..600 gms for 3 of us and remaining 600gms for Partha da alone. He is the only person I know till date who became fatter after joining the office gym to loose weight.Why you know….after working out for 2 hours he used to feel very hungry and used to eat thrice the quantity he usually consumed.
It was October,2007 when we shifted to this new house at Kondapur…a 2BHK but the hall was just big enough to keep a shoe rack and a stool sitting on which we could wear our shoes. Apart from that there was a wash basin above which we hung a mirror essential for us to have a shave. The kitchen was decent enough and we got a small gas oven enough to prepare food for the two of us. The kitchen was well arranged with utensils both which we bought from Big Bazar in Hyderabad and some which I got from Durgapur(both from mine and Chatu’s home). The kitchen used to be always well stuffed with ready to eats like maggi and jam and biscuits as well as rice and dal and raw vegetables. My stay in Hyderabad became much more comfortable and thrilling than before. We together did a lot of shopping and really worked hard to make our stay in Hyderabad comfortable.
In that very month of October I went to Durgapur during the Durga pujas and returned to Hyderabad with my parents and brother along with me who were really impatient to see my new abode and my life in my home away from home. That trip was quite thrilling for all as we visited many places in Hyderabad and some places were new for even me. I took them all around in Hyderabad…from Madhapur to Hitech City…to my office, to Charminar,to Golconda fort ,to salarjung museum,to Paradise for biriyani and to some shopping malls as well. We had dinner in Olive Gardens( a very famous resturant in Hitech city) and siddiqui (which is famous for its grilled chicken and kababs and rumali rotis). I was more than delighted to see my family so happy,to see my parents cherishing the success of their son,to see my brother ecstatic with the video game CD that I bought for him.
Coming back to life in Hyderabad with Chatu…this journey has been the most exiting part of my stay in Hyderabad. The first day he came to Hyderbad to appear for the interview at UBS we had hit 10 Downing street ( a very popular disc in Hyderabd) with two more friends of his…Kinnor and Suparna…who later became very good friends of me as well. We had a wonderful time together during our stay at Kondapur as we used to have parties every weekend , used to go on long rides at night on the bike though I used to be very afraid when Chatu rode and I used to be the pillion. On one such misadventure we were atop a hillock from where the Golconda fort can be seen and we were doping there. It was past midnight and suddenly two policemen arrived with a bike and inquired about what we were upto so late at night. We tried to convince them that we were just smoking a cigerette and had no ill intentions and flashed our company id cards as well. Then they asked for the documents of the bike which we were not carrying. Just then I said that lets go to the poplicesatation where I will flash all the documents(I could say something like this just because I was high on alcohol). The policemen were startled as they might not have come across such a situation where a civilian is threating 2 policemen of taking them to the police station. Chatu managed the situation very well by convincing the policemen that we will not make mistakes in future.
During our stay in Hyderabad almost all our friends like Suvro,Indradeep,Aveek and Osama visited Hyderabad individually as well as in groups. These gettogethers had been amazing with lots of fun adventures like going to Magalhat to procure stuff, conquering Golconda fort(none other than Joydevians will ever understand this phrases and so I wont be able to write a book ever as nobody except 10 of us will understand), travelling in Bhatti’s car at 100 kms per hour with Bhatti driving after he had countless pegs of whisky at our place and so much and more. Now how can I miss the episode of Chatu kicking an auto while we were returning after a cocktail party from one of our friend’s place. As the auto driver didn’t respond to the horn Chatu was blowing while he was riding the bike at about 50 kms per hour, he kicked the hind part of an auto desparately asking its driver to make way for him, one of the passengers from inside was looking at us helplessly as he couldn’t understand why the auto is being kicked. Later from Kondapur we shifted to Madinaguda in a penthouse which was so exiting that we really fell in love with Hyderabad. I bought a television and Chatu bought a fridge and we were very comfortable and things were moving really well till I got this job with WNS Global Services and now shifting to Bangalore again.
There are numerous more incidents which can be described here but then that will be a book in itself.Today is my last working day at Accenture and with lots and lots of pleasant memories one of the most accenturous experiences of my life comes to an end. Tonight I will be leaving for Bangalore…my flight is at 8:35 PM. Its time to bade good bye to this rugged ,dusty, and the charming city of Hyderbad whose kababs and biriyanis will always occupy a central position in my life,the smell of whom will always tickle my taste buds.
I dedicate this blog to my dear friend Chatu whose friendship is being redifined by Hyderbad. This journey comes to an end but our bonding begins.You are a bro.