Just to make sure that I won’t be abstaining from blogging, forget the volley of reasons whatever may be, Arigato gozaimas for dropping by in my insaturation at blogging, perhaps!
Now, its been a good 2 years since I last blogged, but coming back with a post about one of the greatest Melas or fairs at Hyderabad – The Numaish or the All India Industrial Exhibition, currently in its 78th edition ; which very well is yet another festivity happening in ‘apna’ Hyderabad, reminiscent of the opulence & public empathy that the Nizam era had. The history behind the fair is even more grandiose, way back in 1938, started by a group of students from the prestigious Osmania University to showcase local products, this industrial exhibition has taken giant strides , from about 100 stalls to more than 2500 stalls in the current edition.
Call it my silver-tongued touch coupled with my hermeneutic nature , all thanks to google alongside, I could manage to tug along my group of friends to pay a visit. The marrow of the magnanimity of this exhibition can be testified by our struggle to find a parking as well the traffic near the venue at Exhibition Grounds, Nampally (near Hyderabad Station), and the beeline for an entry thereafter. However, contrary to the scenes outside, everything from the ticketing (an entry fee of 30rs)to the crowd management, security etc were pretty impressively organised. Well, that certainly forms the presentiment, given the fact that its 78 yrs old, and thus was it satiated. We were greeted with featly laid out stalls exhibiting almost every imaginable product from handicrafts,electronics, clothes, wares what not! Call it the perils or compulsions of being abominable bachelors, we ventured to begin our evening with something that the heart & mind craved in unparalleled unison – FOOD! The chaat stall just cajoled us to empty our pockets with servings of chole-bhature, bhelpuri, papri chaat among others. Tummies inflated, we set out to explore more, all thanks to the sole lady in our gang, our maladroitness at negotiations was well tackled, and some of us had some purchases meanwhile. But, my paralipsis over get-back-to-childhood was sinfully echoed by many in our gang,and we set our eyes on the rides, yes there were many of them, that’s what a Mela signifies after all. We were soon to have a quodlibet of sorts with the guys at the ticket counter having been duped for the merry go round, instead of the Ferris Wheel , so was our tragedy that had befallen that this was discovered post a waiting in queue for about an hour. Perturbed, yet high in spirits, we resorted to some Brand Dropping photo shoots, thanks to my newly acquired Iphone8plus ( I didnt quite sell my kidney for it!). Given our undulated cravings for food, and aided by the girtherness of our gang, we started laying our hands on almost everything that we set our eyes upon, be it Kebabs, sugar candies, haleem (There was a Pista House stall too!), & even water bottles! (the spices be put to blame!). All done,it was time to follow the same bee-line for exit, and there we were bidding bye to an evening joie de vivre, all thanks to one of the hidden gems of Hyderabad – Numaish Masnuaat-e-Mulki .
Folks, do pay a visit and experience the extravaganza in first person. However, not to forget a few flip sides, personal observations may kindly be given due cognizance , the pricing was a bit on the higher side, which otherwise isn’t the case with fairs, particularly in terms of food, despite the fact that it was ticketed! Nevertheless, the fun & frolic is unmatched. For more information on Numaish,which is held from January 1st to February 15 every year (tentative), you can “Jagoogala” [JUST GOOGLE IT!]
Summing up, let the pics talk the rest…