Appapappa and I have been looking for a place to stay in Hyderabad. To give you an idea, we have looked at about 30 houses so far – ranging from dingy, rat-hole like apartments to swanky duplexes with built-in bars and what nots, flats in very generic looking apartment complexes to very individualistic houses ( saw a house today that actually has a rock as one wall of the bathroom). You may laugh, but the last one is seriously under consideration – what do you expect? You already know me as a die-hard nature fan.
There are apartments and houses a plenty to choose from. Finding one is not a problem. Deciding on a lifestyle is the problem.
The dilemma, my friends goes like this – all the “gated community highly secure newly built have-lots-of-kids” apartments, are, unfortunately in the “newer” areas of the city. If you read my earlier small rant on highrises – this is where they are all coming up. Its, in plain terms, very boring to live here for Appa and me. The restaurants – lounges – happenning places are all in the city, Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills area – and its unlikely we will go all the way there to party with all the traffic. So we will be in these gated community apartments with little to do in way of having a good time. With the exception of sports facilities – these communities all have swimming pools and gyms and at least a TT table – so thats good.
On the other hand there are these nice independent houses, with one floor occupied by the landlord and one floor available for rent. These are in Filmnagar/Jubilee Hills area, which means we have a fighting chance of going out once in a while. ( Maybe, if we can find somebody reliable to take care of N). Also, some friends happen to be living closer to that side. But if we stay in an independent house, N will not have other kids to hang out with. And it will be quieter with just me and her in the house most of the day.
SO there is our big lifestyle choice. What do you vote for?
< Blog edited with the decision: We went for the gated community. Sorry to disappoint you folks! Decided to “give it a shot” for various reasons. One of which is, we wanted to try to be more social, you know, be a part of the community and so on. So lets try it. Also, we’d lived in an independent house in Seattle, and thought this would be nice to try. The tennis courts helped>