Hyderabad Street Life from the Safety of a Car

So here are some snaps from my voyages to and from the office…

Everything is a taxi
Everything is a taxi
Lonely puppy looks on
Lonely puppy looks on
New building and unfinished street
New building and unfinished street
Bamboo scaffolding
Bamboo scaffolding
An auto rickshaw with a fare
An auto rickshaw with a fare
Food court
Food court
Looking for work
Looking for work
Army guards near the hotel
Army guards near the hotel
What I must have looked like during that first ride
What I must have looked like during that first ride

So one of the things I noticed about India so far is that there is a huge disparity in almost everything you see whilst out taking in the sights. For example, I’ve passed beautiful new buildings sitting on what amounts to a dirt lot, surrounded by piles of rubble on an unfinished street.

There are many, many buildings in varying states of construction. I was wondering if they’d just been abandoned, but today I did see some crews welding on a very tall skeleton of what will be an enormous building. On both sides were empty fields strewn with rubble, and no discernible way to walk to the building on a flat surface. Maybe that’ll come later.

It’s really quite fascinating how extreme the extremes are. Along the streets are all manner of tiny business crammed in to 3-story buildings, broken up by small tent cities of blue tarps and bamboo poles. There is rubble everywhere. It’s quite overwhelming when you first experience it.

By today, however, I found myself quite comfortable weaving through the ever-flowing mass of people, cars, motorbikes and auto rickshaws. I’ve finally gotten used to the graceful ballet of chaos in the streets of Hyderabad. It’s a fascinating place.

To be honest, when I first learned of the opportunity to travel to India, I was very hesitant to commit. It’s eight thousand┬ámiles away from home, a completely different culture and without a doubt sits one on the edge of one’s comfort zone. But having been here and having now experienced this wondrous place, I’m really very glad I decided to come.

Tomorrow I hope I’ll be able to get out and see some of the history. Then it’s onward to Bangalore, then back to my home. How I miss home.

Scootin'
Scootin’

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Michael Carter

Programmer, Pilot and Amateur Radio enthusiast living in the Bay Area of California. Admin of the Aviate.Org blog site.

One thought on “Hyderabad Street Life from the Safety of a Car”

  1. Have you learned the language yet! Hehe. Seriously, i am so looking forward to hearing your day-by-day experiences. Mom

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