Living life and enjoying every moment is Jayanthi Jaisimha, wife of late cricketer ML Jaisimha and granddaughter of cricketing legend CK Nayudu. Talking to Sudeshna Koka, she recalls her memories of Secunderabad
I have been living in Marredpally since 1947. This was at that time when most people knew each other. Secunderabad was clean and beautiful, but now everything is changing.Secunderabad has developed but without proper planning. The infrastructure is developing without keeping the population in mind.
I remember days when we could walk in Marredpally, but today there is only traffic and bad roads. It really surprises me how quickly we are progressing without keeping the future in mind. If we look back we have left nothing for the future generations. I would say we need to become more aware and do our best to save Secunderabad from the disorganised development.
We need to consider Secunderabad as a community and not as individuals who want to create change. We should come out of our comfort zone and do something in the area that concerns us and make Secunderabad what it used to be.
Today, Marredpally has high rise buildings and politicians living who are least concerned about the colony. Back then I would walk from clock tower to West Marredpally it was so refreshing but today we just can’t, thanks to the traffic. In fact, I remember walking walk hand in hand with my husband in Secunderabad area and no one would care or be bothered.
The climate was also different then. Those days when it would get too hot it would rain and the whole place would cool down. But today, nothing like that happens. It’s all become a concrete jungle with problems like water and electricity shortage.
There was camaraderie in Secunderabad back then. Most people knew each other, which I miss now. When we were young an incident of robbery took place in Marredpally. In order to protect the colony, we made groups and would stay up all night and patrol the whole colony. That was indeed great fun and it showed the sense of belongingness. There used to be many mango yards in Secunderabad. My brothers would go and steal them, that’s one of my fond memories.
One thing I really miss in Secunderabad are the huge rocks that could be found in Mahendra Hills. We would go for picnics and cycling there. Today it’s all developed without rocks or greenery.
Nanking, Taj and Garden restaurant were my favourite restaurants. Paradise came later on. In fact, till date I go there. Over the years they have evolved and have become smarter without losing their old charm.
The biggest difference between Secunderabad and Hyderabad is the attitude. It’s like the north and south divide. Guess it’s the cantonment effect we Secunderabadis are more disciplined. There is no violence or any sort of aggression. People are more to themselves.
When one drives down from Hyderabad to Secunderabad we can see a sea of change. Its greener and well maintained. There are open lung spaces in Secunderabad like Parade Grounds and Gymkhana Grounds.
In my 65 years of experience, the good part about Secunderabad is the bond with the area. If one says I am from Marredpally there is an instant connection. Back then not many outsiders had come and settled in Marredpally. The bad thing is polarisation with high rise building and infrastructure development without keeping the population under consideration.
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