Bangalore To Hyderabad – A Tale of 2 Cities

Alrighty then, with due apologies to the Pet Detective. I had blogged about a similar topic on my personal blog, but I digress.
To those not in the know, Bangalore had until recently been known as the Silicon Valley, Tech city, blah blah, of India for a long time. The city of Hyderabad is now upping the ante.

So without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen(drum roll please), I present
In this corner the reigning Tech City of India, weighing in at 500 pounds of flab, BANGALORE! (Cheers, catcalls, boos etc.)
And in this corner the challenger, weighing in at a lean 250 pounds(some muscle, some flab), HYDERABAD! (Lot of cheers primarily from authors on this blog)
And thus it begins. A lot of hits from the smaller challenger to the reigning champion, but he’ s unable to penetrate that extra layer of blubber. The champion indulges the young kid on the block by taking the time to pick his teeth, but there are lines of worry on his forehead.
What’s this? The challenger having been rendered ineffectual, now pulls out his trump card(pls. excuse the mixed metaphor), his ace, his haymaker if you will, and it is……yes, Fab City!!!!
It works. The champion reels, groans and I can see he has been deeply hurt.

To cut a long story short, Hyderabad is growing fast and contrary to Bangalore, the infrastructure of the city is more or less keeping in pace with the development. City authorities are hungry for foreign investment and this can be seen by the sky rocketing real estate rates.
But what does it mean for a person who has lived in both the cities? More on that in a later post.

8 Comments so far

  1. Rajan (unregistered) on June 7th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm


    I studied College(IIIT) in hyderabad & my home is in bangalore right now. I have moved back in hyderabad for work again. As I keep moving between these two places often and thus draw parallels and do copmarsions between them.

    I wrote a post on comparing Hyderabad vs Bangalore a couple of months ago here.

    My opinion on bangalore being the SV of India is that as of today that is true (relatively) but slowly it can change and hyderabad can become that & I am doing my two bits to make that happen :)


  2. Suyog (unregistered) on June 11th, 2006 @ 9:48 pm

    One thing I have always wondered is why cities in India compete so much amongst themselves. We need to compete at a global level. Companies take decisions to set up or expand their operations based on a variety of factors. Most global IT and product companies are already in Bangalore and have peaked at their capacities. Obviously they would look to expanding to other cities. Hyderabad and Chennai are good options to them. So it is good for India as general.

    One correction – Bangalore was never competing with Hyderabad for the Fab City project. Mysore was the choice of the state government for this project. So Mysore has been a loser in this case and not Bangalore. I have never understood why the media does not get the facts right in this case.

  3. TheRapture (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

    To correct the correction. I never said that Bangalore competed with Hyderabad on this. What I meant was that Fab City was Hyderabad’s trump card, so to speak, of stealing some of the limelight away from Bangalore.

    As for the earlier comment, I fail to see how we can encourage so called “global” competition when we barely have a locally strong industry? To give an example, GE pulled out of the local Chinese lightbulb market primarily because of the very strong local competition. One needs to consider building up a strong base internally within the country and then think of “going global”. However if you were referring to having a city with a global culture and attitude, then my take is that this will never happen.
    There is a specific culture inherent in every country, region or locality, that will always assert itself. For good or for bad this should not be pushed under the carpet. The essence of the city should be preserved, otherwise all you have then is so called carbon copies of Singapore, New York or whatever.

  4. Anonymous (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 7:23 am

    I am a resident of Bangalore and I have worked with several people from all over the country (and across continents), what is most evident among the Indians is their contemptuous pride (as is dripping all over your article). They most certainly are not proud of their nation – only that they are a Hyderabadi, Chennai-ite, Rajasthani, Bihari etc. Attitudes like this reflect why India, inspite of being such a tremendous intellectual hub, is still struggling to stand on par with other developed nations of the world. Sorry, but you definitely need to broaden your perspective, even if you want Hyderabad to genuinely evolve. Good luck!

  5. Suyog (unregistered) on June 14th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    @TheRapture – Thanks for your reply. Regarding the Fab City project, as I was saying, why should Hyderabad try to steal the limelight from Bangalore or the other way round ? Should not we try to have both the cities in the limelight ? Is it not a proud moment for India, that the SemIndia guys decided on India and not a Shangai or a Budapest to set up their factory ? That is what I meant. Let us not make petty local issues a priority. When I meant global, I meant we should compete with the best and not just among ourselves. Hyderabad should compete with Seattle in getting companies and not feel happy about having trounced Mysore. The key to being a great country for us is to expand our horizons and focus globally. Do not let a narrow vision get you down.

  6. TheRapture (unregistered) on June 20th, 2006 @ 1:34 am

    Hey Anonymous, you claim to have worked with people from other continents like its a big deal. No it isn’t my friend, cos your attitude hasn’t changed at all. It is obvious that you have never even interacted with people from other communities and/or regions. Every state, every city in say, the US has a sense of personal identity, that makes them want to compete with others from different states/cities. They are NO less patriotic because of it. So please spare me the inane platitudes and refrain from commenting on things you do not understand.

    You need luck more than I my friend.

  7. Suyog (unregistered) on June 21st, 2006 @ 9:51 am

    @TheRapture – This is becoming quite an interesting dicussion. No personal offence, but I think your responses are a tad immature (as your post). I would suggest you start posting more and develop a certain broader perspective about matters that affect you. Also, respect your readers. If we were not there, there would be no need for you to blog.

    And you do need luck man to write better and with more maturity!

    @TheRapture Replies:
    My responses are as per the responses I get. The tone of the post was jocular and light . It has been turned into something else entirely. Furthermore I would expect others to be able to get as good as they give.
    And Suyog, respect is not a one way street, if respect is shown then it is reciprocated, the same as contempt, and it seemed that the latter was evident in the Anonymous post.

    Anyway, I made my point, and don’t want to harp on about it. Again, this was a light post, and thus your reference to immaturity as far as the post is concerned is there deliberately.

    And finally, MY need to blog is to put my thoughts out there, readers can discuss and post whatever comments they want, you are free to disagree just DO NOT MAKE IT PERSONAL.

    Thank you and continue posting….

  8. Braja (unregistered) on June 24th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    I have been living in the USA for the past 11 years and would be returning to India in the first week of Jan 2007. Getting acclamatized to the weather is the main reason for choosing a Jan return. We are targeting Bangalore or Hyderabad with no particular preference. My wife is in biotech and I am in IT. So, both cities are professionally congenial for us.

    I have done my B.Tech from REC, Warangal and hence know the Hyderabadi summers. I noted points from this discussion thread that the weather is extreme in Hyd compared to Blr. However, I wanted to know how extreme is it and how much of a difference does it make if you live in AC environments at home, work and commute (assuming your combined family income will help pay for AC bills).

    Also, my friends and colleagues tell me, just as mentioned on this thread, that there are more jobs in Blr than Hyd. What factor or multiple are we looking at? This is of particular interest because if I don’t like the first job I should have ample options to move on. Who are the major IT and biotech employers?

    In general I think real estate is about 20 lakhs cheaper in Hyd than in Blr on comparing apples to apples. Could you folks suggest good places to live in. We would prefer flats as opposed to single houses. Who are the well reputed builders in the city?

    How is schooling in both cities?

    Please give a well though of suggestion and honest feedback about which might be the better place to start off in India returning from USA after 11 years – Blr or Hyd.


    @TheRapture Replies to Braja:

    Bangalore or Hyderabad? Hmmmm… depends on what you need Braja. For example are you a person who enjoys some of the finer things in life, a more shall we say atmosphere similar to the one in some parts of the US? Then Bangalore would be a good place to start. Plus, the additional fact that given your and your wife’s background, it should be fairly easier for you to change jobs(if necessary) in a place like Bangalore.
    The infrastructure in Bangalore is a bit of a pain, and this is where Hyderabad scores ahead. Also Hyderabad is in the growing stages currently whereas I believe Bangalore is quite saturated.

    Schools are decent in both cities. Now, one of the things that is cropping up in both cities is that with land prices kinda skyrocketing in both cities(BTW most new areas in Hyderabad are just as much or more expensive that Bangalore) near office hubs, people are graduating towards places further away from their place of work. This thus means that there is definitely a need for better arterial roads and public transportation. Again I feel Hyderabad is better in that respect, than Bangalore.

    But, real estate is fairly advanced in Bangalore vs. Hyderabad, somehow Hyderabad has still not got the “cosmopolitan” attitude of Bangalore, with the result that home wise I don’t feel you will get the same value for money as you get in Bangalore, except maybe in the higher valued properties, that may be equivalent.

    One additional fact is that as far as scenic weekend getaways go Bangalore definitely has a very good advantage, you can drive easily to Kerala, Goa and other parts.

    So I have put these things together off the top of my head, its your call to compile the list as you see fit.

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