Hyderabad, India is a great city for many reasons. Beautiful architecture. Great food. Warm hospitality. Oh yeah, and my wife is apparently a celebrity there.
Heidi and I were exploring the city and stopped at the Charminar, a beautiful and ornate mosque constructed in 1591. While not as popular as Taj Mahal, Charminar is one of the iconic architectural structures of India.
Anyway, my wife and I were up inside and I asked her to pose for a picture. Suddenly, several people around us (all Indians) pulled out their cameras or mobile phones and also began taking pictures of my wife.
Then, a young man approached my wife and asked for a selfie with her. She obliged. That unleashed a torrent of others, men and women, young and old, who also asked for pictures with her. A line formed. Families gathered around her. People were taking pictures of other people taking pictures.
Meanwhile, I stood at a distant and smiled. But as the crowd grew, I could see Heidi becoming uncomfortable. She signaled for me to come over and after a couple more pictures, I escorted her away. A gaggle followed us, snapping more pictures.
When I first visited Beijing in 2010 with my brother, there were 6-7 young Chinese students who approached us in Tiananmen Square and asked for a picture, one at a time. But as the China continues to blossom and its citizens explore the world, white faces are no longer a novelty.
My wife is objectively beautiful…it was one of the many reasons I married her. In Hyderabad, I wonder whether those who queued for a photo with her were enthralled by her beauty, amused by a white girl in their midst, or simply following the crowd.
Whatever the reason, it made for an interesting afternoon.
Also recommended in Hyderabad:
- Hotel Shadab – a great restaurant serving traditional Hyderabadi biryani
- Chowmahalla Palace – beautiful Persian-style architecture
Here are some pictures: