After hearing from my colleague Irfan and learning about the road trip I mentioned in my previous blog, I decided to accompany him on the next road trip from Karachi to Hyderabad to have a dinner of Palla fish. The group consisted of both mid-level as well as low level staff. It seemed like placing a Manager and a Janitor together so you can imagine the clash of standards as well as the taste regarding music, habits etc. Anyhow, we all regrouped at the office and from there, we had booked a bus to take us to Hyderabad using the National Highway. We departed minutes after 2 p.m. and reached the highway almost within an hour.
Hyderabad Trip Intro
The time we got on the highway, we were speedy as there was very limited traffic. We even saw the newly built Bahria Town and DHA city on the way.Soon we reached at Nooriabad in the afternoon at 4 p.m. and had tea as well as prayed ASAR.
Stopover at Nooriabad
After the tea break, we left for Hyderabad and reached there by sunset. After prayer at the mosque near the famous Bombay Bakery, we came to the bakery to buy their famous cake. These bakers have opened their bakery at their own residence and have no other branch most probably because they don’t want their recipes to be leaked. Cakes weren’t there and were supposed to be ready after an hour. So we had to wait for an hour even though being the first in line. During out wait, we met another customer in the line who had given the order in advance of cakes. He explained that at least 2 lbs of chocolate and coffee cakes are the specialty of this bakers because these cakes include an extra layer of butter to make it tastier.
Bombay Bakery and the crowd
Anyhow, after nearly an hour wait, we got the cakes and went for Al-Manzar Restaurant at Jamshoro to have the fish dinner. Upon arriving there, we learned that there wasn’t the season for Palla fish. All they had was the fish from cold storage. Instead, they had Rahu fish which was big and fresh. We ordered Barbeque and fried fish which was marinated with batter made of tamarind and spices and was absolutely delicious.
BBQ and Fried Rahu fish
After the dinner, we headed back to Karachi. We had a small stopover for tea on our way back to Karachi and after nearly 3 hours, we finally reached our meetup point in Karachi which was couple of blocks away from home.
Karachi to Hyderabad road trip quick view
The thing I learned in this trip is that there will be situations that you might have to travel with different kinds of people. Likewise I said earlier that I travel with low level staff, they belong to different class, had different set of values and the way they were behaving like ignorant irritated me a lot. I admit I struggled half of the trip with the way they were behaving and in fact became so frustrated that I even tried to throw the cell phone of one of the guys traveling with me out of the window. Anyhow, after a few rough encounters, I finally had in under control and enjoyed the rest of the trip with quite ease.