The mansion weaves its own mystique with the Durbar Hall, painted ceiling, chandeliers, galleried halls, inlaid wood and drawing rooms. It was built in European neo-classical style, similar to the White House in Washington DC.

Bahubali 2 – a mega blockbuster

This has to go down as my first time in a theatre on a “first day – first show”. Its another matter altogether that I did not intend to watch the movie itself.

Back to life

A month ago, I had an opportunity to visit the Qutb Shahi tombs site and had a (brief) look at the restoration activities and to say that it is a mega project would be an understatement. The entire restoration project is divided into three phases and each phase is planned such that the visitors can move… Continue reading Back to life

Reflections, silhouettes and arches


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Photography Exhibition invite


I take great pleasure in inviting you for the upcoming exhibition of my photographs at the Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad. Many of these photographs have been exhibited at Hamburg last year as a part of the India Week, Hamburg 2015.

The opening is on Oct 18 (Tuesday) 6:30 pm at the Hamburg Hall, Goethe Zentrum, Hyderabad and the works will be on display till Nov 2nd. Details below:

 “Absolute Hyderabad” by Lakshmi Prabhala.
    OPENING: 18 Oct, 6:30 pm
    Venue: Hamburg Hall, Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad (Address: No. 20, Journalist’s Colony, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad)

Look forward to seeing you all there. Please share this with any of your friends who might be interested.

(Please RSVP here in case you wish to attend the exhibition on any of the days, including the opening as well)

the calm before the ….


Perhaps, the most photographed spot in Hyderabad. Whether you are a tourist or a resident. Whether the place is packed or empty. Whether the birds take off in all directions or stay put on the ground or eat out of the hands of the visitors. A peaceful morning or hectic dusk, in all probability you would return with some interesting images. Even if you happen to realise it much later.

Shot on an early morning visit, a rare quiet moment when the pigeons were gathering in great numbers, building a sense of anticipation before they eventually took off in a frenzy and circled around the monument.

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Pruning the flower market

An evening scene at the traditional Jambagh flower market, which was initially a part of the Moazzam Jahi Market, but shifted to the adjoining road. By default market places in India come with a lot of colours, vibrance textures, patterns and many a time chaos too. The empty baskets in the image perhaps indicate she had… Continue reading Pruning the flower market

Monsieur Raymond’s tomb

6. Raymonds Tomb

On the top of a hillock near Asmangadh, stands the tomb of Monsieur Raymond, or General Michel Joachim Marie Raymond.  Monsieur Raymond was a French General in Nizam’s military and was also the founder of Gunfoundry Hyderabad.

In 1775, Raymond set out for Pondicherry to start a merchant shop, but eventually joined the service of the ruling Nizam of Hyderabad in 1786. In 1796, he was appointed Controller of Ordinance and established several cannon and cannonball factories. Guns, ammunition and cannons were forged under his guidance.

Raymond was not only a close friend of the second Nizam, but also won the love and trust of the local people. He was known for his kindness, and bravery. The place where his tomb is constructed is called Moosa-ram-bagh, after him.

The tomb is conical with a square base and of 7 metres in height and has the letters JR engraved on it. The Nizam built the pavilion which collapsed during 2001 and was rebuilt in 2003.

In 1798, Raymond had an untimely and mysterious death. The cause is not known ; some believe he was poisoned while others suspect he may have committed suicide.

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Hillfort Palace ( Hotel Ritz )

Recently, the Hillfort Palace was open to the public as a venue for an interesting art exhibition titled “inBox” hosted by Shrishti Art Gallery. Art as well as heritage enthusiasts across the city were happy to be a part of the event. After the exhibition many of us checked out to appreciate the building even… Continue reading Hillfort Palace ( Hotel Ritz )

Naya Qila

When the Quli Qutb Shahi dynasty was ruling the Deccan region successfully, Aurangazeb had set his eyes on the Golkonda fort. Buoyed by victories over various kingdoms in 1656, Aurangazeb directed his forces to the surrounding areas of Golkonda. Abdullah Qutb Shah, who ruled Golkonda at the time, shut the gates to the fort. Aurangazeb… Continue reading Naya Qila

The changing skylines

It is not just the metro that seems to have an impact on the changing skylines. While changes are inevitable, one cannot but stop to wonder if they need to overshadow the past so decisively! All the images on this blog are protected by copyright. Please do not copy, blog or repost in ANY way.… Continue reading The changing skylines

Iftar 2013

Iftar 2013

The Mecca Masjid decorated with lighting during the holy month of Ramadan this year. The image has been taken during Iftar when the roza(fast) is broken.

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Hyderabad’s favourite timepass – irani chai, biscoot aur gupshap

I have always been wary of walking into an Irani Cafe, a woman in such a place would stick out like a sore thumb. And not really a tea drinker myself(thanks to the lactose intolerance), I wondered why I would bother going to one.

I had heard good things about the chai as well as the osmani biscuits at the Nimrah cafe near Charminar, but was warned not to go there alone or as a ladies-only group. I had wrapped up a meeting in the part of town very quickly and had some time on hand. Perhaps it was the right time to check out the most celebrated teatime fare of the city. There was the usual crowd but being the month of Ramazan, I would guess it was on the lesser side.

I took a place outside, and as one is bound to in such a place, began to observe the people, the life, the haste as well as the leisure all right in front of the iconic monument of the city. The waiters seemed to take no notice of my presence and for some reason it did not bother me. I decided to take out my camera to take a few shots and reckoned it was always better to ask for permission to avoid a round of questions or angering anyone around. It seemed like the manager was in a good mood, when I told him that I was keen on documenting things that were essentially Hyderabadi, he insisted I start clicking only after I had my cuppa and some biscuits(on the house). This wasn’t the reception I expected, moreover it also served to mock my initial apprehensions. He looked disappointed when I told him of my allergy and agreed to let me carry on with my work.

Once I was done, I went to say thank you, and he handed me a box of osmani biscuits, “Do visit us again!”

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March 21 2013 Secunderabad Fire temple opposite Chermas The place was decorated with unique and colourful rangoli and some simple torans and everyone who entered the temple greeted “Navroz Mubarak”. The Parsis dressed in all their finery, come together at the Fire Temple opposite Chermas to celebrate the first day of the Parsi new year.… Continue reading Navroz

Ramazan Shopping

As it happens every year, the Eid shopping is a delight to the senses, a plethora of sights, sounds and not to forget the aroma of the delicious food that wafts around. A seasoned shopper might set out for great bargains. But the best possible reason to be there is a sum-total of the above… Continue reading Ramazan Shopping

Bade Namaz

  Muslims in the city of Hyderabad thronged to the largest mosque, the Mecca masjid on 17 Aug 2012, to offer their prayers on this holy day. Women offer their prayers from the premises of the Unani Hospital. Text below from Wiki: Also known as Jumu’ah-tul-Wida. Jumu’ah-tul-Wida  (Arabic: جمعة الوداع‎ meaning Friday of farewell, also called al-Jumu’ah al-Yatimah Arabic: الجمعة اليتيمة‎… Continue reading Bade Namaz

Pulling the strings

Its festive time with Id-ul-Fitr less than two weeks away. The main preparation for the festival is Sheer Korma and the primary ingredient is the vermiclli. The three brothers live together and engage themselves in making them. With their deft fingers they work the magic and in a matter of minutes they convert a lump… Continue reading Pulling the strings

Bonalu – Closing Day

The final day of the Bonalu festival starts from the Akkanna Madana temple where the deity of the Goddess is carried on elephant top and proceeds to the Laldarwaza temple and back to the Charminar and finally proceeds towards the Nayapul. These processions seem to wear a very festive and carnival like atmosphere with drum… Continue reading Bonalu – Closing Day

Laldarwaza Bonalu 2012

On July 15, most of Hyderabad celebrated the Bonalu. A more historic venue of the celebration is at Lal Darwaza in the old city. More than 100 years ago, the Nizam’s Prime Minister Maharaja Kishen Perhsad prayed at this temple to provide relief the floods. Floods effected the whole of Hyderabad. and the flood waters… Continue reading Laldarwaza Bonalu 2012

Yellamma Temple Bonalu 2012

The Sunday following the Bonalu celebrations at Secunderabad at the Ujjaini Mahankali Temple, the rest of Hyderabad celebrates the festival. The more grand and prominent of these occur at Balkampet’s Yellamma temple as well as the Old City’s Laldarwaza. Here I present a series of visuals at the Balkampet Yellamma temple on Jul 15, when… Continue reading Yellamma Temple Bonalu 2012

Lashkar Bonalu 2012

After the Bonalu kicks off at Golconda fort it is celebrated in Secunderabad. The Mahankai Bonalu Jathara  is probably the most grand celebration of the Bonalu in the twin cities with the largest turnout. The energy and the spirit of the festival must be experienced to be believed. The preparations for the festival happen on… Continue reading Lashkar Bonalu 2012

Bonalu 2012

The month-long Bonalu festival started last Sunday(Jun 24) at the Golconda Fort. Every Sunday ladies would make offerings to the Goddess and carry it to the temple in decorated pots. They are at times accompanied by strong able bodied men who are smeared with a lot of turmeric, wear a garland of lemons and carry… Continue reading Bonalu 2012

Kalyani Nawab Maqbara

The tomb is all that remains of the Kalyani Nawab ki Devdi. The ornate arches, colourful tile work , delicate stucco surround the  filigree-worked marble grave which lies amidst many other graves would most certainly remind one of the Paigah tombs. Kalyani Nawab hailed from Kalyani in Bidar and came to Hyderabad in the late… Continue reading Kalyani Nawab Maqbara


Iftar at Mahboob Chowk Mosque – Ramzan 2011 Text from wikipedia below: Iftar (Arabic: إفطار‎), refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together.… Continue reading Iftar

Choodi Bazaar

One of the preliminary steps involved in making the famous Hyderabadi lac bangles would be to flatten the base aluminium rings. Going by the number of bangles seen in the image, it is not hard to imagine how many lac-bangles are made in a day. All the images on this blog are protected by copyright.… Continue reading Choodi Bazaar

Hyderabadi Dum ki

– Biryani from the famous Paradise Hotel. Recipe and text courtesy Hyderabad is famous for its Dum Biryani. Hyderabad is famous for its Dum Biryani.Hyderabad is famous for its Dum Biryani. It is a traditional celebration meal made using goat meat and rice and is the staple of a die-hard Hyderabadi. The Hyderabadi Biryani… Continue reading Hyderabadi Dum ki

Take on daily life

Always wondered if “reel life” mimics (or drew inspiration from) “real life” or vice versa! I was only trying to frame the actor/poster(on the bus) wondering which real life subject would be good to include in the frame. And the lady hurriedly ran past in the hope of catching a bus in front of this… Continue reading Take on daily life

Calm amid the flurry

We are all in a constant hurry to get somewhere, to get something done. Not in Hyderabad tho… the city is known for its laidback and unflappable ‘aaraaam se‘ attitude. All the images on this blog are protected by copyright. Please do not copy, blog or repost in ANY way. If you wish to use… Continue reading Calm amid the flurry