Beyond Charminar

Beyond Charminar – explores the cultural heritage of Hyderabad. Narrated by Yunus Lasania, aka “That Hyderabadi Boy”, the series brings incredible stories from the city’s 428 year history. Remember the first time you saw Golconda Fort? When you were awestruck by its labyrinthine passages and imposing ramparts. Every episode will recreate similar moments from some of the well-known to little-known places in the city. We also ask some important questions- why is Hyderabad’s rich history often ignored in textbooks? Why is there apathy and little interest in protecting the structures and culture around it? What does heritage truly mean?

Show Host: Yunus Lasania

Podcast Episodes

A poignant tale of caste struggle

A poignant tale of caste struggle

The stories of Dalits in India and their role in different movements in India remains largely untold. In Telangana, the…

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The Nizam-era banking scandal which shocked Hyderabad

The Nizam-era banking scandal which shocked Hyderabad

We all know of the Nizams and their wealth, especially of Osman Ali Khan, the last Nizam. He appeared on…

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Growing up in Hyderabad as a woman

Growing up in Hyderabad as a woman

History is mostly written by rulers and by men! Hyderabad is no exception to it. Regardless of what we know…

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Reimagining Golconda

Reimagining Golconda

The Golconda or Qutb Shahi dynasty founded Hyderabad in 1591. Its history isn’t known to much of the Hyderabadis, let…

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A house frozen in time

A house frozen in time

Imagine living in a house where the furniture hasn't changed for over 100 years. That's the kind of heritage Zubair…

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The tale of Irani chai and its origin in Hyderabad

The tale of Irani chai and its origin in Hyderabad

Recently, Hyderabad was included in the UNESCO’s culinary heritage list, as the Creative City of Gastronomy. Hyderabadi’s love their daily…

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Secunderabad and an old timers tale

Secunderabad and an old timers tale

The twin City of Secunderabad, established in 1806/7, was built as the British cantonement, after the East India Company signed…

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Dakhni as we know it

Dakhni as we know it

“Even most Hyderabadis don’t realise that what we speak today is Hyderabadi, definitely not Dakhni, it is closer to the…

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The times of anti-feudal Telangana armed struggle

The times of anti-feudal Telangana armed struggle

While the Nizams stood against acceding to India or Pakistan, the peasants from rural Telangana revolted against the landlords with…

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Operation Polo – The story retold

Operation Polo – The story retold

In Part two of our episode on Operation Polo, host Yunus interviews Mr Mohammad Khaja Mohinudeen, now in his eighties.…

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Operation Polo – Hyderabad’s accession to India

Operation Polo – Hyderabad’s accession to India

History, as we know, is told by the winning side, in the way they’d choose to. During Indian independence, the…

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The curious case of Errum Manzil – When custodians want to become owners

The curious case of Errum Manzil – When custodians want to become owners

In this episode of Beyond Charminar podcast, we continue our conversation with Yunus Lasania, who will host the subsequent episodes…

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Meet the Pucca Hyderabadi

Meet the Pucca Hyderabadi

Hyderabad’s heritage & history when told by journalist Yunus Lasania sounds so intriguing in the weekly history walks that he…

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