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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” !

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

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

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Ho! Ho! Ho! ….

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…even without the snow, the sleigh and the reindeers.

If you love Hyderabad, AND if you love Santa Claus, now you’d probably see everything in “red and white”.

On a seriously happy note, hope the last fortnight of the year brings you more reason to celebrate.

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Pruning the flower market

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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 good business on the day. The mounds and swirls of flowers are sure to delight many a pedestrians and commuter around the corner

In the recent years the flower market has faced a double whammy – first due to the road widening activity in 2009, which forced many vendors to relocate to more commercial markets. Currently, the Jambagh flower market is undergoing yet another drastic change with the construction of the Hyderabad Metro pushing the vendors further into the narrow bylanes. One cannot help but wonder if the efforts in modernization cannot be achieved without causing far reaching consequences to existing heritage components(traditional bazaar in this case) of the city.

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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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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 – the experience!

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