Sunday, October 5, 2008

Hitec City, Hyderabad

HITEC City stands for the Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City, a technology township in Hyderabad, India. The HITEC city in Hyderabad is a fine example of how fast and beautifully a city can develop if nurtured in the right way. The high potential structures coming up in Madhapur area of the 400-year-old Hyderabad city provide a classy contrast to the grand and antique monuments and palaces in the Qutub Shahi capital. It is a consummation of the vision of an information technology advocate unfolding itself in a rapid speed, akin to the architectural ambitions of Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. The hitech structures are a two-phase acknowledgment to a technology that has concentrated the world to a global village.

The business like atmosphere of the HITEC city is in concurrence to its equally famous and charming neighbor Shilparamam, an arts and crafts village, located right next to the technological nucleus. On seeing the two co-existing harmoniously side-by-side, one is compelled to think how beautifully have the two blended into one another giving another contradicting and ironical aspect to Indian tradition. Both the HITEC city and Shilparamam are a substantiation of the chief minister Chandrababu Naidu's flair in reconciling his reverence for the old with his yearning to engrave Andhra Pradesh resolutely on the list of performers and achievers.

The base of the HITEC city is a creatively and yet efficiently constructed 10 - storied cylindrical building encircled by a cluster of grand structures raised to house IT companies, both Indian and foreign. The HITECH city has already attracted multinational software giants like IBM, Microsoft, GE Capital, Toshiba, and Oracle and Indian companies like Satyam Computers and Wipro. An earth station has come up in the township which links Hyderabad to the five continents of the world. It has now been planned to grow and develop it further and Hitec city shall go a long way in establishing India as a software hub in the world map. It is just a matter of time till that happens.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Charminar - Mosque of the four minarets

The elegant structure of the Charminar in Hyderabad is a vivid example of Cazia style of architecture comprising of granite and lime-mortar. Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah built this Islamic architectural splendor in the year 1591. Charminar is the most famous landmark of the city and most tours to Hyderabad include the Charminar as an absolute essential. It is a must see if you are visiting Hyderabad.

The wonderful monument with its four arches is so proportionately planned that when the fort is opened one could catch a glimpse of the bustling Hyderabad city as these Charminar arches were facing the most active royal ancestral streets. At each corner stands a tall minaret, which measures more than 55 meters long and also have a double balcony. The monument has the signature style of Islamic architecture.

A mosque has been built on the western side on the open roof of the Charminar fort. You need to climb an array of 149 steps to reach the top of the fort. Once there, it is easy to feel the calm of the terrace and see life bustling below. In sharp contrast to the active and energetic life in the ground floor, the peaceful solitude in the upper part of the fort is quite relaxing. You can enjoy the passionate beauty of the Hyderabad city from this elevated height. You can get a bird's eye view of the city of Hyderabad from this elevation, which is quite a spectacular sight.