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Hyderabad: A Biography

Narendra Luther (Author)

In this book, the romantic story of the city of Hyderabad evolves into the history of a former princely state, and later, of Andhra Pradesh. Starting with the period prior to the birth of the city in 1591, Hyderabad: A Biography presents an unbroken and colourful chronicle of one of India's most legendary cities. Envisioned by its founder, Mohammad Quli Qutb Shah as a 'replica of heaven on earth', Hyderabad was razed to the ground by Aurangzeb after the longest siege of his life. Rising from its ruins, it became the capital of the Deccan--the largest province of the Mughals. In the eighteenth century, it superceded Delhi as the epicentre of Indian politics. Two centuries later, it emerges dramatically from its feudal position to become the capital of the first linguistic state of India. In its fascinating march from Bhagnagar to Hyderabad to 'Cyberabad', the 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. The reader is swept along the highway of history, through many bylanes that give insights into seemingly trivial incidents that shaped the course of history. Engagingly written, the book will interest general readers, scholars, and researchers, including journalists, urbanists, and historians. With its tremendous nostalgic appeal, it will also enthuse Indians settled abroad.

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About the author

Narendra Luther

Narendra Luther is an authority on the history and culture of Hyderabad. His works include a commissioned biography of the founder of Hyderabad, a history of Hyderabad entitled Memoirs of a City, and a novel, Beyond the Full Circle. He has also written a large number of stories, articles and essays on a variety of topics. He has won several awards for his works, which have been translated into a number of Indian and foreign languages. His columns include the popular weekly ‘Between You & Me’ for the A.P. edition of India’s national daily, ‘The Hindu’. He scripted India’s first full-length animation bi-lingual film on the legend of Bhagmati, and scripted and co-produced a documentary on the rocks of hyderabad, which won two ‘Golden Aster’ awards at the Japan International Festival of Heritage Films held at Osaka in 1999.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hyderabad: A Biography
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195675355
length xii+423p., Plates; Notes; Bibliography; References; Index; 23cm.
Subjects Biography