Today we had our second and last company
visit in Hyderabad. Tomorrow morning we're off to Chennai for a
whirlwind visit, literally, as the monsoon is-a-coming and
thunderstorms are predicted for the remainder of our trip.
Once again we were picked up by car service and driven to the company,
and we were able to get some more pictures of life in Hyderabad for
those who have asked for more images. Well have we got a treat
for you today. Read on...
Here is a common example of construction scaffolding - tree trunks or
branches held together with rope. Even large modern buildings
under construction use this kind of scaffold - I have only seen 3 very
large buildings using steel, and that's probably because they were over
10 stories, but I have also seen 10 story buildings using wood, and let
me tell you "plumb" is not exactly a commonly used word to describe
A few more amusing signs seen on the ubiquitous tut-tuts. Seat
4? Yeah right...
After work the company gave us a driver without an escort, so we think
he was told to show us Hyderabad, even though we had seen some of it on
Monday. That's okay, we saw some things we hadn't seen before but
it took us a while to realize he was intentionally taking us on the
scenic route. Our drive took us past some recently constructed
homes for the rich and famous, such as business owners, sports and
movie stars and any who can afford a very large gate:
For the less fortunate, there's the "build your own" method:
I wish these people a lot of luck. Not only is the 95+ degree
heat rough, but the monsoon will certainly soak their tarp and twigs.
We also got to see much of the HITEC (Hyderabad Information Technology
something something) and CyberCity complexes where many companies are
setting up offshore operations. These operations have free
door-to-door taxi service, 24-hour gym and cafeteria, generally
excellent physical security, lots of job growth potential, and only an
11-14 hour workday. Plus you get paid! See the environment
you too can be working in, soon... The first building is the
first "HITEC" building built by the Indian government to bring work in
This shot was taken 1 minute and around the corner from the buildings
you saw above. You can click on it for a larger view, but it's a
shanty town at the base of the hill from the Hitec city. Anyone
want to submit some ironic thoughts for inclusion on tomorrow's
update? Send away...
They've also been building large conference and convention centers,
with obvious signs for ease of location:
I also did finally get a shot of the 40m high Buddha statue in the lake:
We also were driven to the large Hindu temple on the (or one of the)
highest peak in the city. We couldn't take cameras in and we'd
already been driving around for 2 hours so we didn't want to spend a
lot of time. But outside the temple (where once again you have to
take off your shoes) there are vendors-a-plenty selling metal Ganesha,
running lights for your car, changing money...
But the high spot is a good location to take some panoramic shots of
the city. It spreads some 20+ km across.
And despite what you might have seen in other areas, there are both
flora and fauna here:
Please check out the Traffic page for additional video from today,
including some live Buffalo video!
For dinner we went to Peshwari, a very nice authentic Northern Indian
restaurant in the ITC Sheraton. They cook the food in tandoors
and on kabobs right in front of you: