Have you smelt the air lately? There is a nip in the air, nostalgia, and an excitement of a rerun. It is the season when old fallen heroes rise again. And nothing can be more heroic, or worthy of a salute. But we, as a people of this city, have rarely stood up for our heroes; and while we grudgingly basked in their moment of glory, and feebly pretended to cherish the tales of their valour, we also quickly forget.
The same heroes we worshipped have decided to come back and conquer again, with age serving no barrier. Chiranjeevi, who quit movies at his peak to enter politics, is back on the big screen again, after a gap of nine years. Taking him on, shot to shot, show for show, is his greatest rival – Nandamuri Balakrishna – who, ageing and all, will find the adrenaline flowing across theatres, as two superstars slug it out during Sankranti like in the good old days. And so I brood about the good old days and recall more heroes of the past. Mohammad Azharuddin will never play cricket again, but he is considering fighting elections to enter the Hyderabad cricket administration.
When he fell, we betrayed all love and bonds, and took easy delight in condemning the man. Ramalinga Raju might never address a business press conference or a
product launch, but he might mentor a whole new set of next-gen entrepreneurs. At their peak of glory, they give us all in this city a larger identity.
But like diamonds, the souls of heroes are forever. And so too our heroes of yore, back from the depths of despair in this season, will see a second coming. I hope this time you would cheer for them. And their indomitable spirit.
TAILPIECE: One of the greatest legends of Hyderabad was N Chandrababu Naidu, whom people and circumstance banished first from power, and later, from the very city whose modern shape he was to etch. He is back, rising from ashes like a phoenix.
– Sriram Karri
(Sriram Karri is author of the bestselling novel, Autobiography of a Mad Nation. He writes for international media such as The New York Times and BBC besides organising debates at Hyd Park)