HYDERABAD: Hyderabad is on fire. Literally. Temperature this week rose steadily and stopped at 45 degree Celcius on Thursday. The Meterological Department has predicted that it is likely to hit a 49 degree mark in the next few days.
As outdoors burnt, a few Hyderabadis took to social media to vent their frustration. Some shared screenshots of the soaring mercury.
Entrepreneur Disha Bhandari was one of those vexed denizens. “I cannot stay indoors because I have been asked to pick and drop people. My skin is on fire and I feel helpless. I can’t even blame the government for this,” she jokes. She also adds that she is angry at her Facebook friends. “It is like they are out to discredit my 45 degrees screenshot with a 46 degrees screenshot,” she says.
Shruthi Tumma, a student, blames the heat wave for failing her in the driving test. “I went for my driving test and he failed me. I told him to keep my license with him,” she says. On any other day, she admits, she would have taken the blame on herself and admit that, “I failed my license test.”
Nihar Parulekar, founder, Animal Rehabilitation and Protection Front (ARPF) tells us how animals are facing the nature’s wrath too. “It is terrible. It is difficult to get out of the house. We place water bowls on our terrace for birds. They have dried up twice in the day and the water is boiling, literally,” he shares.
Aneeka Barkat, a second year B Tech student had to cancel her plans, thanks to the sun god. “My exams ended yesterday and today I was supposed to meet my friends for lunch and a movie. But the heat indoors gave me a scare from venturing out in the sun. I lied to them that am not well and hence can’t make it to the get-together. The fact is that I am lazing in my air conditioned room,” she says guiltily.
While a majority of us have lost our cool, Rajveer Kaur, who is associated with the hospitality industry, looks at heat as an opportunity to sport her best summer look. “It doesn’t bother me much honestly. No matter how hot it gets, I can still manage. My answer to this heat is wearing skimpy clothes and drinking lots of iced water,” she beams.
Anju Poddar agrees. “Heat does not bother me. I hydrate myself with lots of fluids – coconut water, raw mango juice, watermelon juice, nimbu paani with mint and buttermilk,” says the textiles expert.