Let me do a disclaimer before I try to tickle your bones. All the explanations (or rather definitions) down below are purely fictitious and not intended to hurt or derogate anybody or anyplace. It’s just my attempt to make it sound funny.
I was born and grew up in Hyderabad. I have come across lot of places in Hyderabad during my school, college and other day-to-day events. I found some of the places really have funny names if we just alter them or try to derive meaning either from Hindi, Urdu or Telugu language. So, why to delay? Lets get started now.
Begumpet – Some of you might have heard of this name. We used to have our old airport here. Begum in Hindi or Urdu is someone’s wife. So, why would a place be named after belly of somebody’s wife? Does it not sound funny? I know guys, Pet is not exactly a belly or stomach, but like I said I am just taking the meaning from the way it sounds. “Butterflies in my stomach” is a saying, but for Begumpet its “aero planes in her stomach”. Kick me if you don’t like though.
Lal Darwaza – It means a Red Door, and who’s door is what I always wonder whenever I had been to this place. I cannot find one now though.
Madannapet – ‘Anna’ means brother in the local language and this place is famous for “mandi” where you find all vegetables for a cheaper rate. How does the name sound if we tweak a bit: Mad-Anna-Pet. Mad Brother’s Belly, my God there you go, you find another belly or stomach here. I would like to know the guy who fancied belly in the name of the place now.
Sikh Village – There is a small story associated with this place. My mom used to take me to this place whenever I was ill in my childhood. Why only this place? Because my mom found a best allopathic doctor here and he could cure illness with his midas touch. Fair Enough! When I was a kid I used to think this place as “Sick Village” not Sikh and it was only when I grew little old, I realized the actual name of this place. Blame me for this misinterpretation.
Banjara Hills – The word ‘banjar’ means a barren land, and obviously you would expect lot of poverty in such places. Wrong, this place has Richest of Rich people living. What a contrary and misleading name?
Amberpet – Scratching my head now to find another pet in the name. As it was not enough to mention pet of mad brother, begum earlier, somebody has really gone further to imagine a pet for Sky (Amber in Hindi) to name a place.
Barkatpura – This is another contrary name is what I found. The word ‘Barkat’ means prosperity, and I don’t think rich like who lives in Banajara lives in this place to be prosperous.
I will stop now as some of you are already started growing impatient with my poor jokes. In case if you are not, I will come back with some more definitions soon. Cheers!