Of course, it’s festival time. But rather than saying so, Hyderabadis would relate to it better if we said it’s mall-hopping time! Sunday or Monday, the day doesn’t make any difference to the crowds that throng the city malls. Right from exclusive jaw-dropping offers to visits and launches by celebrities, a mall is the one-and-only platform for many occasions. And that too in the era of Internet of Things where you can purchase everything — a house, gold, car or a bike — with exciting offers and interesting rates without even stepping into the showroom. You just make your choice and voila, they are delivered at your doorstep.
Friends visiting? Out-of-town relatives are dropping by this weekend? No problem. Just take them to one of the malls in the city and take pride in their awestruck feeling. It has been over a decade since the concept of malls got introduced to Hyderabadis. Yet, they don’t stop hanging out at malls during their free time.
“I keep visiting malls regularly for some personal space. As a youngster, I need some privacy to deal with a few things and this is totally impossible at home. I visit the food courts at malls, to meet friends and also pass time. I eat, drink, enjoy, and then get back home. In this mechanical life, what else do we crave for,” asks Arun Mohan Enjamuri, a young short filmmaker.
Times have changed and there’s nobody who wouldn’t like to live a posh and luxurious life. And malls are such places where one gets to meet different kinds of people, some we may bond with socially while some may help us climb up the career ladder.
Mohan Sarma, employee of an MNC, says, “There’s nothing that you don’t get in a mall. Right from groceries to gold jewellery, the complete family needs can be fulfilled at one single place. Our kids can play, we have plenty of food choices, and my wife can buy clothes as well as spend some quality time with me. When I get to see my family enjoying, that is more than enough for me.”