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“The doors of wisdom are never shut.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Devdi Asman Jah

The gate portion of the Asman Jah Devdi is all that remains of this devdi.

Like many Hyderabadi, Sir Asman Jah is said to be a great food lover and would request his Darogha Pakwan (shahi bawarchi) to prepare unique dishes like baara singha (Antelope) cheeks curries, kababs and at least 18 different types of biryanis & pulaos. When Sir Asman Jah a book was said to be published of all the recipes that the Nawab patronised with the help of the daorgha pakwan.

More about Asman Jah Bahadur below from wiki :

Sir Asman Jah or Nawab Asman Jah Bahadur, was a noble man belonging to the Paigah family. He was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad state (1887–1894), India.

Sir Asman Jah’s full name and titles were: Muhammad Mazharuddin Khan, Nawab Rafat Jung, Bashir-ud-Doula, Umdat-ul-Mulk, Azam-ul-Umara, Amir-e-Akbar, Sir Asman Jah K.C.I.E. He was born in the year 1256 hijri and was married to Sahebzadi Parwarishunissa Begum, daughter of Asaf Jah V. He was a council was appointed to carry on the administration of the state and acted as co-regent in addition to carrying out the duties of minister of justice and was the Prime minister from 1311 hijri till 1318 hijri.

He built the famous Bashir Bagh Palace and Asman Garh Palace, now part of the hertige structures of Andhra Pradesh.

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A common sight with respect to Heritage Buildings in the city. I will leave you to try figure out which building this is. Hint : There is enough evidence of European influence(hence it could be from the Asaf Jahi era)

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K K

Not just any other door/window. It is possibly how/why King Kothi got its name.

A nobleman by the name Kamal Khan constructed the palace as his personal residence. And had engraved the initials K K on the doors, windows, and other furniture. The Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan was impressed with the mansion, acquired it and declared it his Royal Residence. But it went against the Nizam’s pride to have the initials of some other nobleman at his Royal Residence, and it would involve lot of rework to replace the glass/furniture. He issued a farman declaring that the K K was now King Kothi meaning King’s Mansion. That is how the name King Kothi came to be.

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