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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Define Hyderabad by city’s localities

A rich repertoire of Hyderabadi naamaan by J. S. Ifthekhar, The Hindu: Hyderabad,February 13, 2013

Former principal of Anwar-ul-Uloom College Anand Raj Varma. Extract: Koka ki Tatti, Panchi Buraq, Kali Khabar, Behrupiya Galli, Jalalkutcha. Hold it, they are not tongue-twisters meant to test your pronunciation, they are just names of some of the city’s localities. Sure difficult to articulate, but not difficult to locate.
It is an endless list of funny, often outlandish names by which some of the areas in the old city are known. Interestingly, many of those who live here are not fully aware of how and why their ‘mohallas’ are known by such odd names.
Now, you need not struggle to find out. Just go through the book “Hyderabad – Mohalle, Gali aur Kooche” and the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle fall into place effortlessly.

Unique work

Noted academic Anandraj Verma’s book, scheduled to be released shortly, is a collector’s issue. It is the only such book in Hindi and this makes it unique.
It not only tells the story behind the area names but also dwells at length on the historical structures, religious places, social customs and important families of each locality...
And do you know about Rajarayan Shamraj Bahadur and the clock tower at Shah Ali Banda which shows the time in different numerals -- English, Roman, Urdu and Hindi -- on its four sides. Mr. Verma mentions many such little known things about Hyderabad.
The city’s famous bangle street, Laad Bazar, is ‘Hyderabad ka suhag bazar’ for Mr. Verma. He sums up its history with Firaq Gorakpuri’s verses:
Bindi, jhumar, jhumka aur bazoo ke joshan
Missi, gaja, kajal aur paoon ke chan
Itni cheezen dekh kar lalchaye gori ka man
Gori ko bazaar dikha kar pachtaye sajan

On the same shelf
  • Define Hyderabad by its Monuments
  • 'JOSH' in Hyderabad
  • Ex AP Jaiswal Sabha President writes Hyderabadi Itihas Ke Jharoke Mein.
  • ‘Soldier of Urdu' authors book on city in Hindi
  • Names of city localities hark back to a forgotten era - Times Of India
  • Often there is more than one history on offer for certain places. To wit, the origin of Abids is traced by Narendra Luther in his blog to "Albert Abid... a Jew and a valet of Mir Mehboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad (b:1866, d: 911). In course of time, he became quite rich and so he set up a shop where Palace Talkies ( presently Big Bazaar) and Bank of Baroda are located. He called it Abid & Company." It was from this shop that the whole locality derived its name, Luther writes. Alternatively, there is another version of an American Jewish gentleman called Abid Evans, after whose shop the area got its name.

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

    Chevella in Andhra Pradesh hails the 'snow'

    DC | Amar Tejaswi | 31st Jan 2013 Extract:

    "Hyderabad: Several villages in three mandals of Rangareddy in Andhra Pradesh were completely transformed on Wednesday as ice covered the entire area after a violent bout of hailstorm. It was an once-in-a-lifetime experience for people living in seven villages in Chevella, Moinabad and Shankarpally as hailstones, some as large as boulders, started falling from the sky on Tuesday night.

    Unconfirmed reports suggested that about nine people had died and many had been injured in the hailstorm. There were also heavy losses to livestock as huge pieces of ice came crashing through flimsy roofs.

    On Wednesday morning, the entire area resembled a valley in Kashmir in midwinter. Roads and fields were completely covered with small pieces of hail while extremely large ones, never witnessed before, were seen scattered all over." continue reading