The blog draws from the following books in various degrees. Needless to say, they are essential reads for anyone interested in Hyderabad’s history.
1) White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India by William Dalrymple
White Mughals offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the 18th Century ‘Firangis’ of the city. And oh, what a glimpse it is. It paints a beautiful picture, one that only Dalrymple can create, of the Nizams, Begums and the eponymous White Mughals who gave us our favourite tales about the city. Image Source: Wikipedia
2) Hyderabad: a biography by Narendra Luther
Narendra Luther’s concise, yet comprehensive history of the city is the best place to start your rendezvous with Hyderabad. Image Source: Amazon.com
3) History of the Deccan by J.D. Gribble
One cannot fully understand why things were the way they were without understanding the political climate of the whole of the Deccan. The city’s history was forever linked to that of the region – in more ways than one. Gribble’s almost encyclopaedia-like book may not make for the easiest of reads, but it sure does make up in other ways. Image Source: Amazon.com
4) The Early History of the Deccan by Ghulam Yazdani
5) History of Medieval Deccan, 1295-1724: Mainly cultural aspects by Haroon Khan Sherwani & Ghulam Yazdani
Calling Gribble’s book encyclopedia-like was a bit of an exaggeration. Yazdani’s books, on the other hand, could very well be the official encyclopaedias of Deccan history. Written by the man who founded the state’s archaeology department, the books are extremely thorough and are possibly the most comprehensive sources of Deccan history out there. Good luck with finding a print version, though.
6) Days of the Beloved by Harriet Ronken Lynton
History books seldom talk about anyone but the royalty and their high circles. Lynton takes us all the way from the Nizam’s court to the household of a Hyderabadi commoner in early 20th century Hyderabad. It is unfortunately out of print and has become a rare find in Indian book stores, both virtual and brick-and-mortar. Image Source:Amazon.com