Beyond Charminar

Suno India

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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

Aug 24, 2021

Will Hyderabad's Qutub Shahi tombs make it as a UNESCO World Heritage site?

If there is one place in Hyderabad that can usurp the Charminar and Golconda fort and replace both as the main tourist attraction in Hyderabad, it’s the Qutb Shahi tombs. The Qutb Shahi tombs are the royal nec...

27 mins

Jul 20, 2021

House of Memories

When we think of history, we often ignore the most important and closest things – our own material possessions which connect us to our past. And one such person who has treasured his family heirlooms, and had...

47 mins

Jun 29, 2021

Is the historic Moula Ali Hill shrine in danger?

Many Hyderabadis often go to the Moula Ali shrine, sometimes with religious intent, and otherwise just to go up the huge hill for its view. However, many are perhaps unaware that the shrine is in fact one of th...

37 mins

May 26, 2021

How Hyderabad under the Nizam dealt with a pandemic 100 years ago

The corona virus pandemic today has changed the world, and one by one, country after country, is dealing with challenges. While most of the problems are unique to what's happening, Hyderabad in fact also dealt...

38 mins

Apr 24, 2021

How to survive patriarchy, the Fatima Ahmed way

In a city where students are still expected to study engineering, anyone choosing arts and social sciences is a step away from the norm. One can hardly imagine how difficult it must have been for anyone, especi...

32 mins

Mar 23, 2021

When old is real gold: How Mahboob Radio Service survived the test of time

Gone are the days when owning a radio even registered in our minds. Over the years, as we moved from tape recorders, LED TVs, to finally smartphones, the physical manifestation of radio has been long forgotten....

36 mins

Jan 31, 2021

Let's talk Dakhni Part 3

One of the idiosyncrasies in Hyderabad is its language – Dakhni. Known as ‘Hyderabadi’, ‘Hyderabadi Hindi’ or even ‘Hyderabadi Urdu’, people in general, in Hyderabad and even the Deccan region, don’t actually k...

28 mins