Beyond Charminar

Our new podcast – 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?

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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