The People, the flavour, Hyderabad
Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. These lamps, which are traditionally fueled by mustard oil, are placed in rows in windows, doors and outside buildings to decorate them.
The lamps are lit to help the goddess Lakshmi find her way into people's homes. They also celebrate one of the Diwali legends, which tells of the return of Rama and Sita to Rama's kingdom after fourteen years of exile.
In India oil lamps are often floated across the river Ganges - it is regarded as a good omen if the lamp manages to get all the way across.
"Potti patana" in Hyderabad means tryin to woo a girl, our Hyderabadi heroes are so romantic at heart that even a glance from their object of attention drives them crazy. It is enough to give them sleepless nights, drive wild on the streets and most definetely throw a party to his coterie of friends. It is the favorite pastime for some while for others it is a fulltime job. A Hyderabadi would try all the tricks in the book and outside the book to get hold of the woman of his dreams. It is more of a culture shock nowadays at most of the hangout in Hyderabad. the scene would put to shame even the most overly romantic French.
Hyderabad is not limited to just one religion, caste, creed or sect. Hyderabad is a mixture of so many castes and creeds. Considering that in the last 10 years there has not been a disturbing news so far in Hyderabad, it makes it the desirable place to live in India. You have excellent roads as well the worst. You have "Machchar Pahelwan's" as well decent people. But of course, Hyderabad is the place to be if you want to break the rules of the road. One need not worry unnecessarily about what the rules of the road are or what is written on the sign board, people here will do what they please and how they feel. You will definetely lose patience n stamina if you keep haggling with all of them about rules n regulations. Here traffic rules are meant to be followed only in the annually held "Traffic Safety Week" by Traffic Police, otherwise when your on the road ur King.
One finds here that it is always bad manners to keep your feet up in front of elders, never talk loudly infront of them, never smoke and always always call them "Chicha" (Uncle).
In general, Hyderabadi people are considered to be very friendly and hospitable. Infact hospitality is the other name of Hyderabadis. They take pride in talking in their local, typical, and vibrant Hyderabadi language which is a mix of Urdu, Hindi, Telegu, and English.
Here people are very friendly and polite. The local language is Telugu and Urdu, but english is widely spoken & understood, so no problem. Generally ladies wear sarees and Salwar suits. You can even rarely find village men wearing Dhotis.