t has been a rather wet week for most Hyderabadis despite the fact that it did not rain. Three cheers to our spirit of staying sane despite watching the stock markets dip, our hope for better roads dip and of course, holy dips in River Krishna, with equal commitment.
By Thursday last week, it was clear that many lucky ones would have a long weekend with Independence Day added to their holiday plus this new found excitement – Krishna Pushkarams. It is our very own version of the Kumbh Mela with Krishna in place of The Ganga.
I visited various ghats observing the urban people land up there and soak up the frenzy. The water was certainly not blue – between muddy brown and mossy green. The drive was long with added traffic on intercity highways. Trains and buses were packed and airfares skyrocketed. The heat was scorching at the ghats. Yet people showed up in large numbers.
No one batted an eyelid when they knew they had to park far away and walk in the hot sun to reach the waters. Some places reminded me of waterside resorts. The fact that a dip is directly linked to instant good karma one would earn made it into a wholesome family event.
I watched the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the high profile guests dunk themselves into the water and then there were people of different sects, profiles and backgrounds. Rivers and such community events are great levellers. Celebrity musicians like MM Sreelekha and Koti drove down to perform on the banks of the river. At one point I wondered if anyone was left in Hyderabad.
As always, I am awed of our appetite to squeeze in so much. The same folks who crib about traffic jams drove hundreds of miles into unpredictable terrains and enjoyed clicking pictures and tagging friends. Perhaps it was the weekend mood. Or maybe the rivers do it to us. It all fell beautifully in place. I was inspired. What about you?
— The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi