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Ramzan nights (around Charminar)

To describe the Ramzan experience around Charminar as a sensory overload would be an understatement. There is so much to see, feel, hear, smell , eat or even buy and take delight in. The experience might even leave you wiser in consumer behaviour too and render you incapable of bargaining because you are after all a “king” !

All you need to make Sheer-Korma (apart from milk and sugar)
The gentlemen around the shop assured everyone passing by that they would find the most fashionable designs here
The only time I might be seen amidst so much bling!
Daawat-e-Iftaar – when the fast is broken and the entire community eats together


Makkah masjid 1
Iftar at the Makkah Masjid
If you started out in the hope of a good bargain – he will certainly not entertain you!
Still trying to figure out what pendel would mean.
And the shopping and feasting continue into the night

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A few years ago, when I visited the Residency at the Koti Womens College, I was told about the opulent Durbar Hall and the double stairways. I could hardly imagine the grandeur I would see,  when I finally got the opportunity to visit the Residency during the event Reviving Residency.

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. It was intended to cement the power of the British East India Company, and maintain its influence over the independent state of Hyderabad and the Nizam. The Resident was appointed to protect the British interests in the Deccan region.

It was commissioned by the British Resident in Hyderabad, James Kirkpatrick, around 1803. Up until Independence this colonial building served as the seat of the British Resident after which, in 1949 it became part of Osmania College for Women.

The Residency was the backdrop of the romance between British Resident James Kirkpatrick (the protagonist of William Dalrymple’s ‘White Mughals’) and Khairunnisa. Kirkpatrick fell in love with and eventually married Khairunnisa, a local girl from an aristocratic Muslim family, and adopted the local customs and rituals.

The British Residency is now a protected monument under the control of Telangana State Department of Archaeology and Museums. An anonymous British donor had pledged $1 million to the World Monument Fund for its restoration. The  ongoing conservation work is in collaboration with World Monuments Fund (WMF), National Culture Fund of Union Ministry of Culture and the State Department of Archaeology and Museums.

Reviving Residency was organised to commemorate the completion of phase I of the Restoration of the site and the commencement of phase II.

There are plans to convert the Residency to a museum once the restoration is complete.

I hope to revisit sometime soon, see it in natural light and experience it’s architectural beauty all over again.

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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.

The day: 28th April 2017, about 10 am

The movie: Bahubali-The Conclusion

Location: Sudarshan theatre, RTC Crossroads.

When I read that – BookMyShow (an online portal for selling movie tickets) had claimed to have sold a million tickets – two days before the release of ‘Bahubali-The Conclusion’ (!!) –  I was eager to see the craze for myself. Friends and family were keen to know if I was sure – I am habituated to watching a flick only on its way out even it has a rating of a 5* and comes highly recommended. But hey who said I wanted to watch this movie today itself?

A promotional poster featuring Prabhas and the leading lady Anushka Shetty

With its grand sets and epic performances, Baahubali-2 was the most-anticipated film of the year. The film had released in 6,500 screens, which is highest ever in Indian history.

The question “Why Kattappa Killed Bahubali” even got its own hashtag after the film’s poster and trailers and the first look were out.

Drumrolls were the order of the day – drumming up the celebrations as well as the hype.


A huge garland for ……
……for the larger-than-life Bahubali!!
One of those rare movies where the director as well as the antagonist get their hoardings!
Can we believe Bahubali gets an abhishekam (milk poured over his head) amidst all the fanfare?


The ardent fans ensure Bahubali enters their digital world as well!!

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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)