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Starting with the period prior to the city's birth in 1591, the book presents an unbroken and colourful chronicle of Hyderabad, one of contemporary India's most important cities. Charting the city's fascinating march from Bhagnagar to Hyderabad to 'Cyberabad', this story is replete with diverse engaging, eccentric, and often daring characters, some of whose lives are stranger than fiction. Narendra Luther describes the origin and evolution of Hyderabad's unique composite culture, which has continued to attract people since its founding by its poet-builder. Retaining the basic information from the original, this paperback edition includes a new chapter and updated information.
Narendra Luther is an authority on the history and culture of Hyderabad. A former bureaucrat, he has held several senior positions in the Government of India as well as in the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. He has also translated Sidq Jaisi's Darbaar-e-Durbaar into English, titled The NocturnalCourt: The Life of a Prince of Hyderabad (OUP, 2004).
Table of Contents
Photographs Preface Preface to the Paperback Edition Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition PART 1: THE BEGINNING: 1. Antenatal Scenario 2. Birth of Bhagnagar 3. Ma Saheba 4. In Praise of Bhagnagar 5. Abdullah's Humiliation 6. Mendicant to Sultan 7. Kuchipudi, Ramadas, and Madanna 8. Madanna's Fall 9. The Long Siege PART 2: A CHANGE OF GUARD: 10. A New Titan 11. Dissipation of the Legacy 12. Musa Ram and Hashmat Jung 13. The Resident's Playing 14. A Parade of Diwans 15. 'If Hyderabad is lost ' 16 The Great Diwan 17. The Toddler Nizam 18. Paigah's Fancy Dress Party 19. Mahboob's Camelot 20. The Great Achievers PART 3: END OF AN ORDER: 21. A Unique Collection 22. The Masters of Verse 23. Chunnu Nawab and the 'Balishter' 24. The Troubled Decades 25. Nazar for the Nizam 26. 'Head Over Heart' 27. 'Rabbit in a Hutch' 28. Dissent and Sanity 29. The Short March 30. The Debacle 31. Hope, Despair, Hope 32. An Escape and a Sentence 33. A Call to Arms PART 4: DAWAN OF DEMOCRACY: 34. The Transition 35. Chief Ministers Galore 36. Politics of the Theatre 37. The e-Governance 38. The Seething Cauldron 39. Epilogue Notes Bibliography Oral History References Index