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Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

Hyderabad for me is a special city – well it’s a city I grew up in and have some of my fondest memories of this bustling metropolis. Known for its Hindu and Muslim traditions and a culture that is a mix of Arabian, Turkish and Persian, the buildings, language, food and arts of Hyderabad have… Continue reading Hyderabad beyond the Charminar, pearls and biryani : an offbeat tour of old city

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Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

Given India’s rich cultural history and diverse religious beliefs, temples have always been an integral part of our ethos and culture.  Exquisite temples that are an epitome of grandeur have been built by Indian rulers since time immemorial.  A travel to any nook and corner of the country is sure to reveal architectural gems in… Continue reading Veerabhadra temple, Lepakshi: a picture of architectural splendour

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Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

An integral part of our culture, India is home to a number of indigenous crafts that are the lifeline of several communities.  Influenced by several factors like availability of raw materials, influence of ancient dynasties and local traditions, handicrafts of India are as diverse as distinct.  One such distinctive craft are the colourful wooden toys… Continue reading Wooden toys of Kondapalli: of colour, charm and creativity

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Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad: a testimony to the glory of the Nizams

Founded in 1591 by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, Hyderabad, is a city replete with royal traditions and regal history.  During the early years of the 18th century it was India’s biggest and richest princely state and was ruled by the Nizams once Mughal power came to an end.  While the city has grown much beyond… Continue reading Chowmahalla Palace, Hyderabad: a testimony to the glory of the Nizams

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Paigah Tombs: a legacy of grandeur and opulence

Often referred as the “Taj of the South”, the Paigah tombs are a symbol of architectural brilliance and remarkable creativity.  Cliched as it may sound, the tombs located in the Santosh Nagar area of Hyderabad are truly a hidden gem.  While the old city is synonymous with the iconic Charminar, Golconda fort and the more… Continue reading Paigah Tombs: a legacy of grandeur and opulence

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Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

Large expanses of freshly dyed fabric spread out on the roads greeted me as I entered the dusty by lanes of the seemingly sleepy town of Pedana.  While I wanted to ask for directions to the weaving colony, the meters of cloth left to dry almost on every road, nook and corner of town made… Continue reading Bold, bright and beautiful: the indigeneity of Pedana Kalamkari fabrics

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Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

Given my love for indigenous textiles, I never miss an opportunity to visit handloom weaving centres during my travels.  In line with the country’s rich footprint of textiles, the southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telegana are prominent torch bearers too.  Apart from the Ikkat, Kalamkari, Gadwal and Narayanpet, the elegant sarees of Mangalagiri have… Continue reading Magical weaves: the elegance of Mangalagiri textiles

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A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

It is often said that ‘too many disappointments are usually a sign of too many expectations’.  Just like for most things in life, this quote is totally applicable to travel too.  Many a time I have visited places with preset expectations and have come out utterly disappointed.  This is when you realize the importance of traveling… Continue reading A volery of birds at Uppalapadu Bird Sanctuary, Guntur

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Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

Having lived in Hyderabad for a major part of my life, visiting Pochampally was always on the agenda, given my undying love for handlooms and ethnic weaves. However, it was always one of those elusive trips that somehow never seemed to materialise. But the plan remained firmly harboured within me. Hence, when I visited the… Continue reading Pochampally: weaving handlooms in alluring patterns and bright hues

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Pochampally through images: the magical appeal of simplicity

Located at a distance of just 45 km from the City of Nizams aka Hyderabad is the pleasantly unpretentious village of Pochampally.  The dusty, deserted roads dotted with old fashioned houses present a picture of simplicity that is refreshingly uncomplicated, elementary and devoid of unnecessary fuss.  I fell in love with the plain and ‘clutter-free’ look… Continue reading Pochampally through images: the magical appeal of simplicity