Friday photo: Charminar

Not a cliche photo of the four towers – but an image I love, of this silhouette at the top of the monument… *** Also see: Friday photo series

The hidden heart of Hyderabad

Novelist Doris Lessing felt pearls mean tears. In Hyderabad, it meant the laughter and glory of the Nizams. From the time they welcomed pearl merchants from the Arabian markets, Hyderabad has been the Pearl City. However, more interesting and lesser known is the story of the diamonds that light up the city’s history. Take the…

5 Must-Dos: Hyderabad

In 2013, Lonely Planet had declared Hyderabad one of the must-do destinations of the year, describing its old city as ““Elegant and blossoming, but also weathered and undiscovered…” and therefore “ripe for exploration.” This is a piece I had written for the inflight magazine of Silverkris on Hyderabad’s attractions, culled from my memory of several…

Pearl of the south

As I hand over the small fee to climb up to the top of Charminar, the iconic four-sided tower of Hyderabad, the woman at the counter shakes her head in refusal. “We don’t allow single women to go up alone,” she says. And why please? “Because they jump from there and commit suicide.” Mind you,…

The temple that time forgot

Published in the April issue of ‘Windows & Aisles’, the inflight magazine of Paramount Airways… Take a closer look at Lepakshi and discover a legend hidden behind every pillar and every wall in the temple… Lepakshi is a town that is fighting a hard and brave battle against obscurity. Despite being a contemporary of its…

On the road to Timbaktu

Each time I stepped out of the car for a break during our recent road trip, it took me a few minutes to feel “grounded” – the sensation of swaying ever so slightly even on solid ground was one that I got used to eventually, but never liked. But that was to be expected on…