Sunday, October 21, 2007

House Hunting

Five months in Hyderabad and we are house hunting again. I can't believe it. My flat mate (thats technically not correct as we live in an independent house and not a flat. But house mate sounds way too corny) Amandeep has decided to quit her job and move to Bangalore, to be with her boy friend. She has to go through a lot of protocol in office and the whole deal turns out to be really expensive, but I don't blame her. This city really is depressing. Garima (the other flat mate) has decided to take up the free accomodation available at The Taj, where she works. So that leaves just Tara and myself. The house we live in currently is way too big for us and we have been having a lot of water, rodent and plumbing issues lately. So we decided to move.

We set out yesterday to see some houses. The first one was pretty good. It's a one bedroom place, but Tara and I don't mind sharing a room. The house is big enough for the two of us, has a small balcony, is quite airy and clean as well. The whole deal works out pretty cheap too. But Tara is not quite happy with it as it's a little inside. As in, we won't be living close to the main road. But there are shops and auto stands close by. So I don't think there should be a problem. But we decided to see some more places and not decide on anything in a hurry.

It was a long, tiring day and we were roaming around Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills and Sri Nagar Colony the whole day until evening. Flats, houses, rooms, shared rooms - we saw it all. I think we really looked lost and homeless, because we were asked by some strangers on the road if we were looking for some place to rent out; and this happened twice. We were desperate enough to take the second stranger's number, who turned out to be a broker and considered some of the options he gave.

We tried raising our budget, although I would find it difficult to shell out so much money. Still no luck. None of the decent apartments are available for two single working women as they assume that we have ulterior intentions of starting a brothel. The brokers tell us that straight on our face with such attitude, as if it's a crime to even consider that as an option. So houses or rooms are our best bet.

Seven hours, four brokers and ten houses later, we are still homeless.

Maybe we should just move into that first house we saw and liked. So what if it's a little far from the main road? There are so many people from both Tara's and my office living close by. There are shops too. The area is safe as well.

Sigh.

We are going to see some more places today. Hope something works out soon.

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