Beyond Charminar

Suno India

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Jul 23, 2023

Tracing the Trails of India's Prized Heritage- The Nizams' Enigmatic Jewels

One of the biggest enigmas of Hyderabad's heritage are the famed Nizams jewels, a portion of which are with the Reserve Bank of India. The collection, which includes the infamous 186 carat Jacob diamond, is al...

59 mins

Jan 12, 2023

It's Dakhni Not Urdu! - Understanding the Deccan's (spoken) language

Language is a means of communication, which often is shaped (or changes) based on our socio-cultural and political milieu. In India's Deccan region, the spoken language (widely) today is in fact Dakhni, and not...

70 mins

Oct 30, 2022

An extraordinary life: How a Hyderabadi helped set up CMC (now TCS)

Most of us today know of software giant TCS (Tata Consultancy Services). It's part of Hyderabad's Hitec City that emerged in the 21st century.  However, many aren't aware that TCS in fact was originally a gover...

94 mins

Sep 30, 2022

Who were the Razakaars of the Hyderabad state? A brief history

Off-late, the word Razakaars is being thrown around in political circles quite often in Telangana. Referring to the militia under ex-MIM Leader Qasim Razvi in the Hyderabad state during its last Nizam, the Raza...

49 mins

Aug 31, 2022

Tales from Indian independence: Bose, INA and the man who coined our 'Jai Hind' slogan

When it comes to our freedom struggle from the British, one doesn't think of Hyderabad. More importantly, we're seldom taught about how the 'Jai Hind' slogan came about. Abid Hasan Safrani, a Hyderabadi, was on...

38 mins

Jul 30, 2022

The story of Chermas and Hyderabad's oldest fire temple

2022 July marks the 175th anniversary of the Seth Viccaji - Seth Pestonji Meherji Parsi (Zoroastrian) fire temple in Hyderabad. Founded by the two brothers in 1847, it's also the oldest fire temple in south Ind...

48 mins

Jun 30, 2022

Tale of the Charminar's Bhagyalakshmi temple

Over the last few decades, the Bhagyalakshmi temple on the Charminar, which is Hyderabad's foundation, has become a matter of heated debate given the fact that the religious structure is an unauthorised structu...

41 mins

May 31, 2022

Understanding Telangana: The story of how the demand for a separate state was born

For many, the demand for a separate state of Telangana was something new when they first heard of it in 2009. It was perhaps out of context, given that school textbooks also barely mentioned the name. However,...

53 mins

Apr 30, 2022

King Kothi Palace and Hyderabad's Last Nizam: An unfortunate legacy

Earlier in April, Hyderabad woke up to the shocking news that over 100 goons tried to siege the Nazri Bagh complex, the only remaining part of the historic King Kothi Palace. It was followed by an alleged demol...

31 mins

Mar 31, 2022

Khajaguda Rocks: How activists saved one of our most ancient historical sites from destruction

When we talk of heritage, old buildings usually pop up in our minds. However, more than monuments, or anything else, our most precious historical sites are our rocks which have been around for millions of years...

32 mins