Hyderabad has always been mentioned in our films. It is the realization of the hero’s struggles, it is the dream of the aged parents. It is the city where the powerful and famous rub shoulders.But have you ever wondered? What does it take to be a Hyderabadi?
Are there any characteristics that can instantly transform you into a Hyderabadi?
We found the top 5 methods to be a Hyderabadi.
Hyderabadis love to exaggerate. If they have done (x) amount of work, when they tell you about it, they’ll narrate it as (9x + 27). It’s just how things are. If we kill a mosquito, we say that we went hunting for wild animal.
2. BIRIYANI LOVE
A Hyderabadi can eat Biriyani day in and day out. In fact, biriyani is every Hyderabadi’s first crush, true love, and eternal soulmate. By 10.30am, hot, piping biriyani is served, the consumption of which goes on till late in the night. If they get tired of biriyani…they look for another flavor of biriyani. That’s all!
3. MOVIE FANATIC
A Hyderabadi doesn’t just worship his/her idol. They remember all details of the movie. The audio release date, the names of the songs, the release date of the film, how many centres it opened in, how many days it ran. A Hyderabadi is a walking-talking encyclopedia on cinema.
4. VAGUE DIRECTIONS
Hyderabadis are friendly people. But if you ask them for directions, they come up with the vaguest descriptions. Like the saying ‘All Roads Lead To Rome’, in Hyderabad, all destinations can be reached by ‘Seedha chale jao, phir right lelo’.
5. LIGHT LELO
This is probably the most prominent aspect of a Hyderabadi’s life – the nizami idea of ‘chilling out’. If you go to business centres in the Old City, the shutters are pulled down in the afternoon for ‘lunch and siesta’. People rarely get into fights in Hyderabad (‘Why waste all those calories, bro?’), and the whole guiding principle of the people here is, ‘Light Lelo’.
So go ahead, be a Hyderabadi. If anyone objects, give him directions to hell!
‘Arey mazaak jeshina bai.. lite teesko!!’