Background audio clip, 'Golkonda - 20 rupees'
Courtesy: intelligent audio
wasn't it it Emperor Jahangir who said that Kashmir was a paradise on earth--'gar firdaus bar ru-e-zameeN ast.....'
ek aisa Hyderabad bhi hua karta thha. A hyderabad where 'sukoon' was a catch-all, a word that captured the essence of Hyderabadi life. As Maqdoom tells us--
yahiiN ki thhi mohabbat ke sabaq ki ibtida maine
yahiiN ki jurrat-e-izhaar-e-Harf-e-mudda'a maine
yahiiN dekhe thhe ashwe naaz-o-andaaz-e-Hayaa maine
yahiiN pehle sni thhi dil dhhaDakne ki sadaa maine
yahiiN khetoN meiN paani ke kinaare yaad hai ab bhi'
The Hyderabad that I grew up in, in the innocent sixties (elders say that the city had lost its old world charm by then), had next to nothing beyond Mehdipatnam and Malakpet in two different directions and half a dozen cars or so to a neighbourhood,as many as one finds in one garage today. The hyderabad I live is another city in itself--
na ab woh khet baaqi haiN, na woh aab-e-rawaaN baaqi
magar us aish-e-rafta ka hai ik dhhundhla nishaaN baaqi'
There's much more to say and share, but I'll save it for another day.
more on this and other subjects later. hope taher will excuse me for this rambling, discursive bit of 'bakwaas'. 'kuch na samjhe Khuda karay koi'.