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Ashokamitran, legendary Tamil writer on life in Hyderabad and Chennai, passes away మార్చి 23, 2017

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Culture, Essays, heritage, Hyderabad, Identity, Secunderabad.
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Born in Secunderabad, in 1931 as Jagadisa Thyagarajan, passed away in Chennai on Thursday. His novel The Eighteenth Parallel (1977) is about life and times in late 40’s of Hyderabad that witnessed rapid change in every sphere of life because of Razakars, Police Action and ‘liberation’ of Hyderabad. This story by Ashokamitran,also translated into Telugu, is one of his highly acclaimed novels. It is a powerful narrative of changing times and how he saw it happening as a resident of the railway colony in Secunderabad. He had written more than 250 short stories and eight novels and 15 novellas. His stories of Hyderabad and Chennai provide great insights into their recent history from a different perspective. (మరింత…)

Heritage is the core of our identity – Anuradha Reddy నవంబర్ 28, 2009

Posted by Telangana Utsav in Culture, Hyderabad, Identity, Mulki, Secunderabad, Telangana.
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Once was Laskar
Serish Nanisetti

Heritage, travel, photography and conservationist, Anuradha Reddy offers a rare glimpse into the world of Hyderabad and Secunderabad at the turn of last century.

Listening to Anuradha Reddy in her colonial era bungalow in Padmaraonagar as she talks about Hyderabad (Patnam) and Secunderabad (Lashkar) as two distinct enclaves one can easily get lost in time. A time that’s as still as her house, with a shimmering sunbird having the nectar from the pomegranate flowers surrounded by frenetic building activity that is going all around it. She starts right away: “We don’t offer half a cup of tea. That’s not the culture. We will offer the tea in a smaller cup,” she says remembering her grandmother’s saying.

Born amidst the turmoil of Razakar trouble in 1947, in a family that traced its lineage to two samasthanams and intimately connected to nobility, Anuradha Reddy, who calls herself a mulki Hyderabadi, offers a vantage point view of what was Hyderabadi geography, culture, heritage and ethos.

“I was born in this house in No. 12, Walker Town at 8.30 p.m. as the doctor had his clinic in Kachiguda and could not reach here in the night. My maternal grandparents were worried so they packed us off to Bangalore in a Deccan Airways DC-3 aircraft,” she says. Anuradha marks out the geography of the place where she was born to etch out the threat of Razakars. “Walker Town or what is now called Padmaraonagar marked the southern extremity of Secunderabad which was a British Cantonment and was in a state flux while Hyderabad was relatively quiet after 1947. So, my grandparents who lived in Jambagh, which was in Hyderabad, were worried about our safety. My love of aviation is perhaps a memory of the time when an aircraft took me to safety within one month of my birth,” says Anuradha walking through her garden. (మరింత…)