In the interesting-facts-behind-a-Navneet-notebook style, a teaser for the sort of thing you can expect from this blog:
- Madras was under (sort of) Hyderabadi rule for a while in the 17th century. Take that, CSK!
- Mir Osman Ali Khan’s parsimonious ways were notorious; even TIME magazine made fun of them. He also gives his name to the Osman biscuit.
- Ibrahim Quli (father of Muhammad Quli, the city’s founder) wanted to establish a city of his own; that didn’t quite work out, obviously.
- Bhagmati is a made-up person, some historians claim.
- Hyderabad was once walled with gates (Darwazas) and posterns (Khidkis) for access into the city; the wall is all but gone and only 2 of the 14 gates now remain.
“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
For me, history has always been about stories: stories of valiant kings, beautiful queens, scheming progeny and the occasional joker. And it is these stories that this blog will (hopefully) retell. You, the reader, may have heard them a thousand times before or maybe you haven’t. If it is the former, I would love to hear your stories as well and if it is the latter, then I hope this blog will give you a piece of the puzzle that is Hyderabad.
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