Hi-Tec Hyderabad

After seeing a lot of the old Hyderabad, it was time for something different (Sunday). Pauline and our driver met us at our hotel at 10ish and we headed straight to Hi-Tec City, the area that give Hyderabad it’s nickname of Cyberabad. We drove past offices for Google, Oracle and IBM, with the highlight being a stopover at the Qualcomm Hyderabad offices. Pauline gave us the full tour and I got to see everyone I have only interacted with via email’s workspaces. It was really exciting for me.

Then we all piled in the car and headed to a nearby handicraft bazaar. We got to see a lot of the local goods in a much calmer environment than that of the bazaar near the Charminar. After looking at many of the stalls we were all starting to get warm and hungry so we got back on the road to head to lunch.

Pauline had chose another excellent restaurant and took us to the vegetarian buffet at the Taj Tristar hotel. The food was amazing! I think Charlton and I were only familiar with one dish, so we got to try a lot of new things. We even got to try a snack they typically serve at street stalls, chati. Since we can’t eat street food while we are here that was a real treat to try something that is typically a local snack.

With incredibly full bellies, we made our way to the local movie theater, Prasad’s. There we watched the Hindi film 99, about the cricket match fixing back in 2000. While there were no English subtitles, both Charlton and I enjoyed the movie. They do sprinkle some English in here and there, and it helped Pauline could fill us in on some of the plot.

When we left the movie it had just stopped raining, we decided it was getting late and we didn’t want to risk trying to take a boat to the Buddha statue that is in the middle of Hyderabad’s lake so we headed to Pauline’s house to meet her family. We had some delicious mango and some great conversation. It was a nice way to cap off our experience in Hyderabad.

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