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Our lifestyle here gives us more appetite for activities during weekends with family and friends than abroad

I’ve always wondered why weekends seem so much shorter than weekdays. Of course, we know that when we do what we love, time flies. I am comparing various weekend notes of that in India and abroad. Firstly, no matter what each one does, it is unlimited fun for those that live here versus those abroad. I say this confidently as I have tasted both lifestyles.
My weekends in Hyderabad are full of unplanned activity – from movies, visits to homes of my buddies and aunts; impromptu dinners at restaurants etc. I know my friend who drives home on a Saturday evening for over 40 km and still has the enthusiasm to take his family to watch a late evening show at Inorbit Mall, which is in another part of the city. There is shopping, elaborate Sunday cooking and and a quick nap in the afternoons too. We do all of this and most importantly are spirited to accommodate a lot more life through the week.
In contrast is the life in the US where I am currently holidaying. Their uppermost limit for fun is staying up at a Diwali party till midnight, coming back home tired and passing out the next day because they are exhausted. Now how can anyone get tired of having fun? Besides, their weeks are fully planned and structured, unlike the chaos here. People there stick to traffic rules and time, quite different from the unexpected chaos that happens here. Inspite of all the glorious plans there is boredom, fatigue and mid-life crisis that sets in to most married Indian couples. Or should we say because of this? All this in a land of opportunity? Apologies if the truth is not sweet, but just a point to ponder.
Surprisingly, people move back here and fall into the rhythm of Hyderabad’s spontaneity in no time. To me it always felt more natural to go with the flow of life rather than try to make it perfect. So dear all, before we crib that summer vacation will get over soon, remember that we have weekends to make life colourful and fun. The truth about us is that we have weekdays too if that is not enough because life itself is full of life here. Ain’t it?

-Swapna Sundari

(The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)

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