Sunday, August 14, 2011

Hyderabad and Pluralism

What an experience. Searching for an apartment in this huge city has been a challenge, but lucky for me, my colleagues did most of the ground work. So all I need to decide is which flat to take. How does one plan the next moves. What do I need to do to make my first few weeks in the place comfortable? Water, gas, an Internet connection, a bed....etc, etc.

This is a sketch of the block.

This is a learning experience for me and definitely needs a place in my blog. Having travelled from Singapore, to Mombasa and finally Hyderabad within a few weeks has made me appreciate how different cultures are; the cities and its people have a distinct characteristic. Our school talks a lot about pluralism and how we need to infuse this notion into the curriculum. We, as teachers need to be pluralistic...when in Singapore, i miss the naturalness of Mombasa; when in Hyderabad I miss the structure and order of Singapore and the quiet of Mombasa. However, I find myself accepting and engaging with the way things are in each city without getting frustrated,
In fact, I have been enjoying the little oddities and quirks that each city brings with it. My colleagues who took a tour of the city, were remarkably unfazed by the clutter and din of the city. They even managed to eat with relish a south Indian "thali" - a variety of spicy dishes served on a huge plate.
We went out to get a feel of the city today. Here are some of the shots I took on the way to Charminar.

1 comment:

  1. The no parking sign, with a car parked under it :)


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