OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Hyderabad: Memoirs of a City (3rd edition)

ISBN : 9780199492459

Price(incl.tax): 
¥4,015
Author: 
Narendra Luther, Late
Pages
432 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Pub date
Feb 2021
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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 fi ction. With a new chapter and updated information, this edition will appeal to anybody keen on learning more about the city, including scholars, researchers, journalists, and historians.

Index: 

Contents
Photographs (between pp. 210-11) ix
Preface x
Preface to the Paperback Edition xii
Preface to the Second Paperback Edition xiii
ONE: THE BEGINNING 1
Antenatal Scenario 3
Birth of Bhagnagar 20
Ma Saheba 31
In Praise of Bhagnagar 44
Abdullah's Humiliation 54
Mendicant to Sultan 62
Kuchipudi, Ramadas, and Madanna 69
Madanna's Fall 81
The Long Siege 86
TWO: A CHANGE OF GUARD 97
A New Titan 99
Dissipation of the Legacy 106
Musa Ram and Hashmat Jung 113
The Resident's Playing 123
A Parade of Diwans 129
If Hyderabad is lost ... ' 142
The Great Diwan 149
The Toddler Nizam 158
Paigah's Fancy Dress Party 166
Mahboob's Camelot 173
The Great Achievers 179
THREE: END OF AN ORDER 193
A Unique Collection 195
The Masters of Verse 204
Chunnu Nawab and the 'Balishter' 213
The Troubled Decades 221
Nazar for the Nizam 237
'Head Over Heart' 244
'Rabbit in a Hutch' 252
Dissent and Sanity 259
The Short March 272
The Debacle 284
Hope, Despair, Hope 292
An Escape and a Sentence 302
A Call to Arms 311
FOUR: DAWN OF DEMOCRACY 329
The Transition 331
Chief Ministers Galore 345
Politics of the Theatre 360
The-e-Governor 367
The Seething Cauldron 377
Epilogue 386
Notes 393
Bibliography 402
Oral History References 415
Index 423

About the author: 

Narendra Luther, a former top civil servant is the best living authority on Hyderabad. His important books include Biography of the Founder of Hyderabad; three coff ee-table books: Raja Deen Dayal: Prince of Photographers, Lashkar: The Story of Secunderabad, and The Rockitecture of Andhra Pradesh. Some of his books have been translated into Urdu, Telugu, Hindi, and Oriya.

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