Sunday, May 24, 2009

Bangalore or Hyderabad?

By a strange coincidence, all the teams in the IPL 2 semi-finals are from cities I have spent the most time during my professional career. And by an even stranger coincidence, the two finalists are my two most favourite cities.
But which is my absolute favourite among these two?

Bangalore has pubs opening every week, which shut within a year. Hyderabad has eateries that are decades old and still packing it in.
Bangalore has a new airport halfway down to Beijing. Hyderabad has a new airport halfway down to Seattle.
Hyderabad has Paradise. Bangalore has Koshy's.
Bangalore has Infosys. Hyderabad had Satyam.
Hyderabad has Chocolate Mousse at Melting Moments. Bangalore has Death by Chocolate at The Corner House.
Bangalore has Bheema's. Hyderabad has Chutneys.
Hyderabad has Walden. Bangalore has Strand Book Stall.
Bangalore doesn't have Vishwanath any more. Hyderabad doesn't have Azharuddin any more.
Hyderabad has Hussain Sagar Lake. Bangalore has Lalbagh.
Bangalore has Pepsi. Hyderabad has Thums Up.
Hyderabad has Hi Tec City. Bangalore has Electronic City.
Bangalore has Bheja Masala at Empire. Hyderabad has Kaleji Fry at Daawat.
Hyderabad has Mainland China at Banjara Hills. Bangalore has Mainland China at Church Street.
Bangalore has Brigade Road. Hyderabad has Banjara Road No. 1.

So, is it Bangalore or Hyderabad?
I guess it will still have to be Calcutta.


Yayaver said...

u are a true bong... after all comparison u wrote "I guess it will have to be Calcutta."Even tagore could not have this much affection to kolkatta...

March Hare said...

Hahaha! I absolutely LOVED the last line.

Of course it has to be Calcutta! Coffee house, Pnutiram, College Street, Bheemnager sondesh, Nandan, Chocolate mousse from Cookie Jar, Shiraj, Arsalan, Elgin Road momo places, Sourav Ganguly, the JU campus, the Presidency canteen, Howrah Bridge and trams. It also has Durga Pujo and metro-rail.

Most importantly, it has Satyajit Ray, Feluda AND Byomkesh Bakshi.

I think I have made my point.:P

dipali said...

This is like the ending of Dostana!
Yay for Kolkata:)

Rimi said...

Hyaan, maane eta abar ekta proshno holo. Of course Calcutta, for all the reasons March Hare states and more.

the mad momma said...

tagged deetto!

Roger Rabbit said...

You forgot "Bangalore has Dravid. Hyderabad has Laxman".

You forgot "Bangalore has IIM. Hyderabad has ISB".

Didn't understand the "Bangalore has Pepsi. Hyderabad has Thums Up" line though.

And by the way, while these two cities are fighting for the top spot, your favourite city has at least left everybody else way back in the competition to secure the top spot. If only one looked in the ascending order (of points), that is.

Roger Rabbit said...

O, by the way, "Bangalore has Mahesh. Hyderabad has Sania".

Ok? :-P

Prithi Shetty said...

Wow, pura Bangalore yaad dila diya ...

Sue said...

Heh heh. I read this before and forgot to comment, but your conclusion sums up my feelings totally. I love my other homes, but in the end it'll still have to be Calcutta (and no, I don't know why but I suspect it's the phuchkas.)