Hyderabad is a city of contrast, with ancient sites that we will chronicle a bit later, to a large and recently-emerged part of the town called Cyberabad -- a significant hub for high-tech businesses in the region. IT heavy-hitters such as Microsoft, Dell, IBM and TCS (Tata Consultancy Services) have facilities in this part of the city.
Since we have been here it is easy to see the size of India simply by the change of climate from north to south. A 1,000 mile trip took us from what seems like early summer in Delhi (by midwestern U.S. standards) to the height of summer in Hyderabad, with a temperature forecast for Monday of about 35 C, which is 95 F. (Click here for a neat temp converter.)
A bit drained by the trip, we took in a late lunch then a couple of hours down time before the spectacular dinner at Amrit's family home. The dinner was so wonderful, and the hospitality so warm, we'll make a separate post about it.
As I type this text it is early evening and it sounds like a call to prayer in the distance.