Beyond Charminar

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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

Feb 28, 2022

Untold history: Deccan empires of the South

When we talk about Indian history, the Deccan and South India's narratives are largely missing from popular narratives, given that most of it is looked at from a prism of Delhi. Breaking away from that is auth...

36 mins

Jan 31, 2022

Secunderabad: The Cosmopolitan Twin City of Hyderabad you didn't know much about

When we talk about Hyderabad or its history, one major aspect people often miss out on is Secunderabad. A former British cantonment, its 216 years of history is rich and much lesser known about. Host Yunus Y. L...

106 mins

Dec 22, 2021

Connected histories: Hyderabad and the Arab world

Hyderabad’s connection with both the Persian and Arab worlds is well-known. In fact, Barkas in the city is considered as a ‘mini Yemen’ because of the Arab soldiers who came to work under the Nizams of Hyderaba...

56 mins

Nov 16, 2021

Understanding Golconda fort and the origins of Hyderabad

The Golconda fort is one of Hyderabad's major tourist attractions, but many don't know that the ticketed area they go to is just one part of the fort - the royal area. And beyond that, there's a massive 6.5 km...

37 mins

Sep 16, 2021

Sept 17, 1948: Operation Polo - Understanding Hyderabad's annexation to India. the importance of oral history and trauma

September 17 this year (2021),  will mark 73 years since the annexation of the princely state of Hyderabad to India in 1948. The major historical event is remembered for the violence that people in the state wi...

86 mins