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

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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Khurshid Jah Baradari

The images that were seen in the last few posts were the interiors and details of the Khurshidjah Baradari, known more for the playground and cricket club than its history and heritage. Although it is called a Baradari, the twelve doors aren’t present. Instead you see eight iconic  imposing pillars supporting the pediment , reminiscent… Continue reading Khurshid Jah Baradari

A ceiling in one of the inner chambers of the same monument seen here. I was hesitant to click the lower half as people lived there ( people live there, even though they do not look like they own the place. ) All the images on this blog are protected by copyright. Please do not… Continue reading