Sushobhan Mukherjee


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Hyderabad | Exploration in a Different Way

Hyderabad is the Capital of Andhra Pradesh. Oh no, it is changed now and termed as Capital on Telengana. My mistake due to long old practice. And I am visiting this city since 2002. Initially the destination was Ramoji Film City for the Sales Conference for one of the Premier Organization I was working with.

Later the reason changed after marriage since my brother in law stays here.

Last trip to Hyderabad was last week of June (28th to 29th June, 2014). The agenda was having some business meeting and obviously touching near and dear ones.

In this section I will try to cover few interesting experience.

Indigo

Journey started with a surprise. I was early morning Indigo flight (6.45 am) with a scheduled arrival at 8.55am. But reached 25mins before schedule. I was curious how come we can cover up such distance in 1.30 hours’ time. Once I float the query through Facebook, I found interesting thoughts like follows:

  • The Airlines set the expected timeline keeping buffer time knowing that they will reach earlier. This will project a great customer experience and hence more social net buzz will be created,
  • Tail wind would have helped by 10-15 mins,
  • Buffer time of 15mins for taxing & line maintenance while landing was not utilized.

Pushpak

Anyways my journey started by airport liner “Pushpak”. The interesting part of this AC Bus was it’s time line. It’s starting, midway stoppages, destination reachability were awesome. More interestingly the bus stops were well decorated, organized. The same was experienced even during the return journey.

Pushpak

Osmania University

I had visited several times Hyderabad and never visited this University. I got a special interest on it once I had been to Africa. I met several people came and studied from Osmania University. Then it has been found this University is extremely popular in Africa, Middle-East countries and being treated as face of India. They like the culture, community, weather, people, food habit of Hyderabad and come back to study in Osmania University for generations.

Osmania University was founded on 1918 by Nawab Osman Ali Khan, the seventh Nizam of Hyderabad and finally it was named after Nizam’s name only.  It is the seventh oldest in the Country and third oldest in South India.

Casually we went to the university and met principal. He was very happy to meet us and invited to attend the next day Industry Meet by the Students.

It was amazing experience to see how they are promoting Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy.

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Osmania Biscuit

Second interesting element which is also related with Nizam Osman Ali Khan. This is one of the legacy for Hyderabad alongwith it’s Biriyani and Pearl ever after Nizam’s era is over. The biscuit is named after Mir Osman Ali Khan.

Osmania is a Delicious and crispy biscuit. It simply melts into the mouth. This scrumptious biscuit with Irani Tea is a deadly combination.

I had this biscuit from different places/bakeries like Master Chief, Paradise etc. But it is mostly popular and commercialized by Karachi Bakery.

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Irani Tea

Hyderabad may be famous for its Biryani but Irani Tea is not far behind as far as fame and legacy in concerned. The taste remains the same at any place in the city – a roadside cafe to a five star hotel. It is a milk tea will little more sugar and generally served in ceramic white cup.

Irani-Chai

Blue Sea

Blue Sea is located about a 10 min walk away from Secunderabad Railway station close to the Bazaar. I heard quite bit about this place from my friends and relatives

It is a small typical chai place with very little occupancy. But the appeal, taste, quality are truly blissful and rejuvenating.

The Golden Irani Tea comes within a flash once ordered. I have seen people drinking this inside car / bike.

Apart from Osmania Biscuits, Chota Samosa is also an awesome accompany material with this Tea.

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The Park

The Park Hotel at Hyderabad is a new hotel compared to the Kolkata one. The reason for visiting this was meeting couple for CEO/CIOs for joining hands. The place “Varanda” on the 3rd Floor. The Open air place facing the lake was awesome. The same is evident in the below snaps.

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Halim

Halim is a special Item which is available in the holy month of Ramzan. I am a fond on this in Kolkata from Arsalan or Siraz. But Hyderabad taste is completely different. Hallim is available in almost all restaurants. But I have been told “Sherton” is one of the place of having authentic Halim. And indeed the taste was completely difference and awesome. It is nothing but sumptuous Hyderabadi delicacy.

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Karachi Bakery

The “True Icon of Hyderabad Baking” Karachi Bakery, intertwined with the life of Hyderabad since it’s inception in 1952, by Mr. Khanchand Ramnani.

It’s the exclusive family recipe of biscuits and bread kept the Karachi bakery ahead of others.

Apart from Osmania Biscuit, cakes to pastries, Fruit Biscuit is one of the famous item here.

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Paradise Biryani

Today, Paradise has made its mark as a landmark of Hyderabad to promote the legacy of Hyderabad Biriyani.

Paradise restaurant founded in 1953 and gradually transformed into a large restaurant chain. They have commercialized the model and now a day the same biriyani is available in Kolkata thorough www.flymyfood.com

The biriyani is accompanied by mirchi ka salan which makes it’s taste much superior.

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There are so many other things to distinguish Hyderabad. But let it be left open till my next visit unless I investigate those personally.

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Subhadip and his Ipad

It was Sunday afternoon. Subhadip was just relaxing after lunch at his flat. Now he stays in Saltlake with family even though his home town in in North-east. This kind of lazy afternoon reminds him about his home town where he used to play cards with his friends.

This kind of Sundays are boring in Kolkata especially in Saltlake. Unless going to shopping malls and eating out with family no other entertainment facility available for him.

Moreover it was raining that afternoon. He found no other alternative than roaming through casual internet navigation. But again he started missing his Ipad which he had procured one month back from Olx. It was indeed a good deal since he could purchase it at INR 9000/- (Ipad2). But he could not use it more than a week since his daughter (7 years) and son (3years) grabbed it for playing games.

Suddenly an idea sparked in his mind to buy one more Ipad for his personal use. He started investigating Olx again and finally he could not belief his luck. He found a seller from Maniktalla area selling Ipad 3 with 64Gb storage in INR 22000/- and it was priced INR 57000/- flipkart for new one. He was excited and immediately called the seller. He had finally fixed up a meeting next day in a coffee shop near Vivekananda Road since there was a pre-planned meeting for him.

Vijay, the seller, did not turn up next day even though he confirmed. Vijay cancelled the appointment at the last moment stating some personal emergency.

Subhadip was very tensed If someone else would have purchased it before him.

Finally the deal could happen after two days from the actual schedule. Subhadip could negotiate it at INR 20000/- with original kits and Original Flipkart Bill. He was extremely excited with this deal and came back home with parcel Biriyani for the family.

After dinner, he started navigating the Ipad and found earlier user installed lot of Apps. But he wanted to personalize it as per his own way. Hence he thought of formatting it. But the moment he tried that, the device returned to put the Apple ID. Without this, the device was not allowing to proceed a single step. He got worried and gone for sleep with a thought that next day he would call up Vijay and get the ID.

As usual he called up Vijay and got promise of the information in the evening since he was outside and did not remember it.

Subhadip waited till late evening and no one returned back. He was forced to call-back and unfortunately the call was not responded.

Ultimately the seller switched off his no and could not be traced next 4-5 days. Even if the number was open, Subhadip’s no was not returned.

Subhadip understood he got trapped and INR 20000/- went into vain. Coz without Apple ID, the Ipad was none other than a costly brick.

He was puzzled and felt helpless.

Meanwhile Subhadip started exploring internet forums if the device can be cracked. He got some alternatives where he could break into online itunes (where he could see the device) and unfortunately nothing in the physical device.

Further he called up Apple Helpdesk as per his friend suggestion and referred the ID no etc from the Flipkart Bill (which was given by Vijay), but apple could not track it. Flipkart confirmed the bill as fake since it was for Samsung Galaxy , not Apple.

Subhadip was extremely upset.

Next day, he went to maniktalla area again and casually entered into a Poilce Station. Explained the entire story to the Officer In charge, but he was also clueless how to help Subhadip. The advertisement was still alive in Olx.

Suddenly a trick came to Subhadip’s mind. He requested the officer if he could call the Guy from his mobile. And fortunately it worked. The office charged Vijay over phone asked him to meet in the polish station immediately. Otherwise they would take action since his mobile no/location etc were already tracked. It clicked as Vijay promised to meet next day at police station or settle with Subhadip.

Vijay got afraid and started calling subhajit evening onwards and disclosed he was not having the Apple ID even.

Finally Subhadip could arrange a settlement and got the moneyback next day in lieu of returning back the device.

Suhajit was suspecting on Vijay for fake notes and he had asked him to meet in a bank sothat he could easily deposit the cash in his account and check the validity. But no further problem occurred other that few threats over phone (why he formatted the device since it had been converted to a brick to Vijay even).

Subhadip ignored these peacefully.

But he had learned hard way of life for online shopping. The incident taught him to be more carefully on procurement, validation, cross –checking etc.

 

PS : This is written as story, but it is a true incident . But the characters, locations etc changed to protect the identity.