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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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Architecture · Daily Life · Monument · Out of place · Urban

The changing skylines

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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!

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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 18th century. His residence was known as Kalyani Nawab Ki Devdi and he was buried in the same residence when he died, so the place also came to be known as Maqbara Kalyani Nawab.

Incidentally this site was also the birthplace of the Kalyani Biryani, a biryani supposedly made out of beef and equally aromatic and palatable and available at less than half the cost. The devdi served two meals a day to guests (from their estates in Kalyani) who were staying in Hyderabad. When fortunes dwindled and the expenses soared the recipe for the biryani was modified without the knowledge of the Nawab and is still well know today.

Never ceases to amaze me how there are so many tales waiting to be told in these lanes and bylanes!

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Judi Mosque

What lies beyond the walls of the mosque in the previous two post are the graves of the last Nizam and his family. The tomb covered in green satin is that of Nizam VII Mir Osman Ali Khan. Rather a simple one, for possibly the richest person in history. The Nizam had willed that he be buried in the mosque that faced his residence, as his final resting place.

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Mah Laqa Bai Tomb

Mah Laqa Bai is one of the most illustrious women of Hyderabad’s cultural history. Also known as Chanda Bibi, she died in 1824 after leading an exemplary life as the court dancer for the second and third Nizams.

She was among the first women to author a full collection of Urdu ghazals. She was active in the religious and political life of Hyderabad during the city’s golden age.

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Sometimes a very small but seemingly insignificant part of an image ends up holding your attention more than all other ornate details that surround it.

As a visitor to the QS Tombs complex would almost immediately know, the place is filled with couples and clandestine romances, all tucked away amongst those arches. While walking past, I looked back and he was sitting just where I would have wished he was, possibly in conversation.

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