Hyderabad: Forty-four dead and over a hundred injured – the twin blasts in the heart of Hyderabad shook the city on Saturday.
A red alert was sounded in Andhra Pradesh and a bandh call issued by various political parties, but a day and a night after the horrific blasts, life is almost back to normal in Hyderabad.
The two blast sites, Lumbini Park and Gokul Chat Bhandar, were cordoned off but almost everywhere else in the city, shops are open, roads packed and spirits uplifting.
“I am scared, but we can't stop going out because of such incidents,” a resident said.
The fear isn't completely gone yet but it's slowly being eroded. Traffic is back to its normal pace but painfully slow in areas, which are a few kilometres away from where the bombs went off.
“I am a little scared but, not so much, else I won't be out right?” another resident said.
Meanwhile, the shopping spirit continues in areas like Begumpet, Tank Bund and Necklace Road.
“I am scared but then we Hyderabadis are strong. We move on,” a young enthusiast said.
Investigations are still on and speculation is rife about the hands behind the attack. But that hasn't deterred the average Hyderabadi from venturing out of the safety of his home.
Though, in small numbers but the steady stream of people trickling out on the streets, is an indicator of the city limping back to normalcy.