Contrasting realties of Indian metropolises never fail to amuse, and Hyderabad is no exception. The city that houses the iconic Charminar, the Golconda Fort and several other antiquities, also holds the new-world expertise to build some of the finest aviation technology in the world. Having visited the capital of India’s youngest state Telangana (formed in 2014) for the third time, I was surprised to learn that the cabin of US President Barack Obama’s Sikorsky S-92 chopper and even components of ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organisation) craft to Mars are in fact manufactured in Hyderabad.