Lunliansam Vaiphei is one of the multitudes of young people who step out of the comfort of their homes in search of a good education. Vaiphei, who belongs to Imphal, is an undergraduate at Nizam College in Hyderabad. Excerpts from an interview about his choice
Why did you choose to study in Hyderabad and why at Nizam College? Which course are you doing at Nizam College? How did you get to know about this course?
I chose to study in Hyderabad because the atmosphere is good and I feel it’s better than other states and it also has a good quality of education. I chose Nizam because it is good and cheap. I got to know about my (BA) course from my friend.
Where did you go on your first outing in Hyderabad?
I went to see Golconda - it was really big and awesome.
What are the five things you love about the city of Hyderabad?
I love the people of Hyderabad - they are good, innocent and friendly - and the beautiful sights of great places like the Charminar, Golconda, etc. The winter season it is not so cold. I like it when it is neither too cold nor too hot. I like the wonderful taste of biryani. Also, I enjoy myself on Diwali.
What are the five things you dislike about it?
I do not like the hot summer, the traffic jam, the dirty dustbins on the roadsides which give out such a disgusting smell, the dirty air around the city, and the rainy season.
According to you, what are the five places/things that a student from outside Hyderabad must visit/do in Hyderabad?
Students from outside the city should visit Hyderabad to see the high level of education, the museum, and experience this wonderful place.
* Education: The quality of teaching is good. Our departments are in science and commerce
* Better living standards: The city is ­cosmopolitan with a lower cost of living than in Delhi and Mumbai. You could rent a two-bedroom flat for about Rs. 4000 per month in a good locality near the college. The standard of living is OK
* It is safe: The city is safe for outsiders and probably that is why so many international ­students – 1000 at Nizam College alone – consider Hyderabad for higher studies
* The yum factor: The food is tasty and not very spicy
* You do not hit a language barrier here. People speak Hindi and Urdu fluently. English is not a problem either
* Weather report: The climate is moderate except in April and May
* Hyderabadis are very friendly people
—TLN Swamy, principal, Nizam College, on the high points of Hyderabad
* Hot and wet: I do not like the hot summer and the rainy season
* Pollution and jams: The traffic jam and the dirty air around the city, too, put me off
* Filth in public spaces: The dirty dustbins on the roadsides give out such a disgusting smell
— Lunliansam Vaiphei, a BA ­candidate