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Lashkar: The Story of Secunderabad

Narendra Luther (Author)
Synopsis Narendra Luther is an eminent authority on the history and culture of Hyderabad. In his latest book Lashkar: The Story of Secunderabad, he writes about the 200-year history of Secunderabad, from a cantonment to an English town. Secunderabad has completed 200 years of existence in 2006, having started as a British cantonment town. Named after Sikandar Jah, the third Nizam, Secunderabad was founded in the early 18th century as a British cantonment. Though geographically separated from Hyderabad by the Hussain Sagar, today Secunderabad has become part of Hyderabad. Though they are called twin cities, the cities have both different histories and cultures, with Secunderabad having developed directly under British rule until 1948 and Hyderabad as the capital of the Nizams' princely state. Unlike Hyderabad, the official language of Secunderabad was English. Secunderabad was historically a liberal city compared to Hyderabad due the presence of the English. Due to the presence of various communities such as Parsis, Anglo-Indians alongside British & native inhabitants, Secunderabad was historically a cosmopolitan city. The culture of Secunderabad is therefore distinctly different from that of Hyderabad's Indo-Islamic culture. And its story needs to be told.
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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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Title Lashkar: The Story of Secunderabad
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190175211
length 162p., Col. Illustrations; Col. Maps; 29cm.
Subjects History