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Tales from Hyderabad

Life Without Airtel

Some things are just too damn hard to swallow, let alone accept. These days, we’re trying to cope with the reality that after October 31st, when we move into our new flat, we will have to leave our trusted Airtel broadband, and choose another service provider.

Apparently, Airtel doesn’t provide services on road number 12, Banjara Hills, which I must add is one of the most sought after places in Hyderabad.

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Atrocities Tales from Hyderabad

Must-Not Visit: Royale Riviera Hyderabad

I have had so many unpleasant experiences in Hyderabad but what we’ve been through just now is really the icing on the cake. Today is my birthday, and like almost every other couple, Tina and I wanted to spend a day or two at some resort in or around Hyderabad. So on the 15th, we sat down to look for a decent place where we could celebrate my birthday.

After much effort, we were finally able to get a reservation with Royale Riviera a resort located just outside Hyderabad. I spoke to one Sridhar Reddy who claimed to be the manager. He confirmed that getting a room wouldn’t be a problem as they had several available.

Like two excited kids we woke up today morning and went to our respective offices to wind up any important work and come home by lunch so as to make it to the resort by maximum 5 PM today. Fortunately, it occurred to me that I should talk to this Sridhar Reddy, just to let him know that we would be there by 5 PM. Out of the blue, he told me that the resort doesn’t get any power supply from 10AM to 6PM every day, and I should take this into account before coming to the resort.

Obviously, we weren’t ok with this because our idea was to have a good time, so why should be pay to stay without power for a day. We’d rather sit at home in the AC and watch movies. What we can’t figure out is why didn’t Sridhar Reddy tell us about this minor detail on the 16th when I called him up for the first time? At least, we could have tried other resorts. Now at this eleventh hour it is highly unlikely that that we will get a reservation. Being in the service industry isn’t it his duty to tell the customer what to expect.

If we were to rate this resort, I would give it a -1 because if this is the service we are getting before we even go there, God only knows what will happen if we do decide to spend a night there.

Personal Tales from Hyderabad

Death Ride to Office

I have been riding my way to office on my scooter for almost ten years now in Mumbai, Delhi, Gorgon, Rohtak, and Chandigarh, but never have I been so frightened of riding my scooter to office.

Every morning when I reach office, I can’t help but thank God for helping me reach my office safely, with all of my 20-something teeth and 206 bones in perfect working conditions. No, I don’t use cannon to blast myself to office; I just have to jostle through the traffic on the roads in Hyderabad.

My office is about 12 kilometers from my home and if I leave any time after 9AM, it can take almost one hour to reach, if I take a relatively unknown and shorter route that is. Buses, trucks, cars, bikes, scooters, cycles, and autos; everybody seems to be gunning for the few feet of empty road in front of the vehicle ahead of them.
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Personal Tales from Hyderabad

Wrong Pronounciation or Difficult name

I have received several compliments for having a short, and therefore sweet name; Manu Khanna. manu and Khanna, easy to spell, pronounce and memorize. in the past, many acquaintances have suggested that i change my name for two reasons. First, it sounded famine, and second, it sounded unofficial. As you can see, I’ve never paid any heed to any of this and have the same name my grand-father gave me when I was born., Other than these two comments, I’ve never had to correct people if they pronounced my name incorrectly.

But since moving to Hyderabad in 2005, that seems to be the first remark I make when I receive phone calls. I’ve been addressed as munna khan, munan khan, minu khan, mannu khannan and God knows what else. Not a day goes by when I haven’t had t0 tell someone or the other how to pronounce my name. Believe me it’s quite annoying when the locals tell me that my name is a tongue-twister hence they have problems while saying it!

Can you believe it; most Hyderabadis think that “Manu Khanna” is a tongue-twister. If my name is a tongue-twister, what would you term the name Elankulam Manakkal Sankaran Namboodiripad as. I don’t know about you but I would have to twist not only my tongue, but every other muscle in my body just to say it aloud. I don’t even want to think of the consequences if I tried spelling it out. Thank God for Ctrl +C and Ctrl+V, else I wouldn’t have been able to type out this body twister with you.

Here are a few more names that will have you wriggling like a snake:

  • Velikkakathu Sankaran Achuthanandan
  • Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa
  • Abul Pakir Jainulbadeen Abdul Kalam

Surely, by now you would be curious why have such difficult names> After all, names should be easy to remember, then why have names that have upwards of 30 alphabets in them? Check out the article on Indian Names over at Wikipedia.

Personal Tales from Hyderabad

When Birdbrains Call

Unsolicited calls have become a part and parcel of our life. It seems that we just cannot get rid of them. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently issued new guidelines Under the new guidelines, a penalty of Rs 500-1,000 will be imposed on telemarketers for every unsolicited commercial call (UCC) made to subscribers registered with National-Do-Not-Call (NDNC) registry. In the US, such calls can make companies pay fines of up to $11,000 USD.

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