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Welcome: This blog is about Hyderabad culture, land and people, "with a whole spectrum of experiences of Khatta (sour), Meetha (sweet), Pheeka (unsalted), Teekha (off), Khara (spicy), Kadva (bitter) brim with caring and lots of loving." as phrased by Mike Ghouse, a hyderabadi damad.

hyderabadi dholak ke geet by arjumand nazeer

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Thursday, August 30, 2007

The spirit of Hyderabad

‘No matter what we will stand together’ Citizens Take

"One thing that is important to know about Hyderabad is the spirit of the city. Initially people were disturbed by the two events but then Hyderabadis are known for their cool kind of perspective to life. The evening after the blasts, people returned.... The Hindu, Aug 30, 2007

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Ram-Rahim fight terror after blasts

If disrupting the life of the city was what our 'friends' across the border wanted, they failed miserably in achieving their aim.

Hyderabad is certainly more resilient than they thought it was. It's back on its feet, mourning for the dead, but dealing with the complexities of daily life.
Gone are the days when a single incident could rip the social fabric of the city apart. Hyderabad is stronger than some of our 'brothers' across the border think. It has emerged stronger than before from the recent series of blasts.
'dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil meiN hai'......

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Life after the blasts....

 A policeman looks at a damaged restaurant, one of the sites of Saturday's bomb blast in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, August 26, 2007.

Will Terror Threaten India's Economy?, Aug. 27, 2007 By MADHUR SINGH, Time Magazine

Hyderabad expatriates shrug off role of external forces
By Sunita Menon, Staff Reporter, Gulf News
Published: August 26, 2007, 23:40

Terror 'outsourced' in India, By Siddharth Srivastava, Asia Times

India finds unity in terror, By Sreeram Chaulia, Asia Times

Hyderabad has bounced back, as our news channels and papers remind us. But, the eerie sense of unease that follows a tragedy of this scale, hangs over the city like a dark cloud. Public places are best avoided feel most people, telling their children not to frequent local hotspots. How could the police not screen visitors at the Lumbini Park after a warning from central Intelligence that another round of blasts could take place? Why was the security of the park given to a private agency, which had no screening mechanism in place? These are questions Hyderabadis are asking, knowing what answers to expect from politicians.
We have a low-key raksha bandhan today, marred by the grim background of death and suffering of innocent victims.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Hyderabad mourns again!

Barely 3 months after the Mecca Masjid blast, the city has been rocked by serial blasts killing many more this time, in 2 crowded places--the Gokul Chaat Bhandar in Koti and Lumbini Park. Hyderabad mourns the dead and the injured yet again. Another black day. Another mindless act. Another trail of grief, destruction, loss, suspicion and blame.

See more details:
  • Hyderabad—time for accountability
  • 36 killed, 40 hurt as 2 blasts hit Hyderabad
  • Google News: image version

    Bottomline: Ishwar Allah Tere Jahan Mein Nafrat Kyoon Hai - 1947 Earth - [Azgar Khan]

    Ishwar Allah Tere Jahan Mein
    Nafrat Kyoon Hai, Jung Hai Kyoon
    Tera Dil To, Itna Bada Hai
    Insaan Ka Dil Tang Hai Kyoon

    Ishwar Allah, Tere Jahan Mein
    Nafrat Kyoon Hai, Jung Hai Kyoon
    Tera Dil To, Itna Bada Hai
    Insaan Ka Dil Tang Hai Kyoon

    Kadam Kadam Par Sarhad Kyoon Hai
    Saari Zameen Jo Teri Hai
    Suraj Ke Pherey Karti Hai
    Phir Kyoon Itni Andheri Hai
    Is Duniya Ke Daaman Par
    Insaan Ke Lahoo Ka Rang Hai Kyoon source: Ibibo

    Ishwar Allah Tere Jahan Mein
    Singer: Chorus - 1947 Earth
    Brought to you by: Azgar Khan

    Shabana Azmi's Voice: 250 years of the British empire ended in 1947, but whats there to show for it? except the country divided, the massacres and kidnappings, vendettas and more violence, was it all worth it?

    50 years have gone by since I betrayed my Aaya, some say she married Ice Candy Wala, some say they saw her in a brothel in Lahore, others that they saw her in Amritsar. But I never saw her again.

    That day 1947 when I lost Aaya, I lost a large part of myself.

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2007

    Heera, moti......

    Watch this video: HYDERABAD - The Pearl City of India - {Azgar Khan}

    Golconda Diamonds
    For generations, Hyderabad has been known as the last stop for good pearls. A news channel reported yesterday that the 'City of 'Pearls' was fast turning into a centre for diamonds, as well. Hyderabadiz can pride themselves on the fact that there has been a 40% rise in the sale of diamonds, according to the report. Lightweight diamonds are light on the purse too and a cluster diamond is so exquisitely cut that it resembles a solitaire! Apparently, traditional Hyderabadi designs of jewelry are gaining increasing popularity among the younger folks. 'aage aage dekhiye hota hai kya'!

    see Golconda Fort's neighbourhood

    See also:

  • The Pearl City Hyderabad, by Random Southerner
  • Pearls of Hyderabad, by travelchacha
  • PEARLS by Sultan
  • Hyderabad - The city of pearls
  • Hyderabad Pearls by Pradeep Sadanapalli

  • Sunday, August 19, 2007

    Hyderabad's diaspora--vibrant overseas communities

    Hyderabadiz started moving out ages ago. The migration to distant lands gathered momentum in the 80s, picked up further in the 90s and is at an all-time high now, thanks to the IT boom. Many of the early settlers be they in the UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia or elsewhere in the world have their own little Indian communities and within that a community of Hyderabadiz that they move in.

    London, Chicago and Toronto among dozens of other cities across the globe are clear examples of little Hyderabads that get built abroad. The second and third generation immigrants can barely relate to their roots, in the way their parents and grandparents want them to. But then, it's unfair to transplant them on alien shores and expect them to behave as though they live in Dabeerpura or Dilsukhnagar. It's only right that they are romans in Rome.

    See also:

  • HYDERABADIS, by SHEHLA BURNEY [in Multicultural Canada]
  • An ode to Hyderabad, By SANGEETHA DEVI K [in a review of the film Dead Body, by Kaz Rehman, the Canadian film maker]--Kaz is a son of a Hyderabadi, late Mohammed F. Rahman, settled in Canada.
  • Far and away... Locating Home: India's Hyderabadis Abroad, by Karen Isaksen Leonard
  • Sunday, August 12, 2007

    Emerging lifestyles

    Hyderabad Muslims by Aniket Alam: On the march to modernity

    The one thing that's changing rapidly in Hyderabad, is the lifestyle of the average middleclass citizen. In tune with the changing skyline and towers that mark this change. The malls are a huge attraction and there are quite a few of them. The pubs are a big draw as are a host of new restaurants, and some resorts. The one refrain that's heard all the time is about the 'wretched traffic'. Not much can be done say some Hyderabadiz. There's nothing that can't be regulated say others. The rains are not making it any easier for us here. What are the silver linings then? We need some Hyderabadiz to respond to this query. Is it that it still has the most laidback lifestyle in the country? Or that it gives you the sort of cuisine that few regions offer? We need some Hyderabadiz to give us their take on this.......