Visit to Necklace Road.

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My visit to Necklace road after over a decade. This is my first attempt at writing so I'd appreciate your comments.

Submitted: January 19, 2011

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Submitted: January 19, 2011



The obvious choice for this assignment for me was the Necklace Road, a place I've been wanting to visit ever since I returned to Hyderabad after a decade. I still have vivid memories of this place from high school days when we used to visit NR, as we referred to it, hoping to find a date and have fun at the new western eateries, that were mushrooming here.

The only challenge was to battle my way through the ever increasing road traffic of Hyderabad, partly as a result of mass migration of young Indians from the rest of the country to this city in hopes of landing lucrative jobs that were outsourced from the west. Much to my surprise and delight the roads were calm with few motorists in the suburbs, on this Wednesday evening. As I drove down the city, the presence of Paramilitary forces and News channel crews around the secretariat cleared the wind and I realized the reason for this, unusual, calm. The result on Telangana agitation was due Today, fearing riots may break out, many preferred staying back home.

I was amazed to see how much this place has changed over the time, in terms of better management, beautification and development. There were “No Parking” signs placed everywhere and a few parking lots created instead. Back in early 2000 we were free to park anywhere and no one cared, there was a new local railway station right in the middle. It was not just a beautiful road anymore, it had turned into a huge roadside garden strip of about 5-6 K.M. With lost of eating joints, small amusement park, horse rides, camel rides and what not!

Necklace Road being the most recent development forms and completes the “Necklace” around the Hussain Sagar Lake. With street lamps lite, along the strip, at the night, a long distance view, gives you a feeling that lake has, indeed, been adorned by a pearl Necklace. A concept much similar to Marine Drives of Mumbai. Nonetheless, I was happy to see the developments around the place.

I specially liked the concept of dividing each side of the lake, forming the Necklace, into three parts: middle one, with NTR & Lumbini parks for families, one side of the lake has a four K.M bridge linking Hyderabad and Secunderabad with heavy traffic and the other side, providing a quiet and serene place for young love birds to do their deeds and have loving time together, this is the part I am interested in.

Interestingly, with all the changes, I feel this side of the Necklace has not changed. It still provides the privacy, tranquility and freedom that young hearts in love demand. This place now many eating joints serving a range of local and western foods. Many restaurants have fancy chairs in shapes of heart, cupids arrow, some provide a small hut type sitting arrangements, a boating club that has unique boats that float only when both the couples paddle together giving us a very important lesson of life...

Surprisingly, with all the drama going on in the city. And no one to be spotted on other two sides of the necklace, this place was filled with couples, loving each other, busy in their own world, unaware and unbothered with the world outside. So it stands true nothing can stop two hearts deeply in loves!

I soon plan to visit the place again, not looking for a date, but with my date!

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