ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Narendra Luther is a former top civil servant who kept his hobby of writing intact all through his career. He occupied the high table of humour for a long time and organized the World Humour Conference in 1985. His four books and numerous articles in Urdu won him seven awards.For close to half a century he has written … extensively on the history and culture of Hyderabad and is regarded as an eminent authority on the subject. His books include Prince Poet Lover Builder; Hyderabad ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ a Biography; The Nocturnal Court; Raja Deen Dayal – the Prince of photographers; Lashkar ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ the Story of Secunderabad; and Rockscape of Andhra Pradesh He is also contributing author of a number of books and has written columns for The Hindu, The Times of India, and the Deccan Chronicle. Some of his books and numerous other writings have been translated into some other languages.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The birth of Hyderabad is rooted in two legends. One is the early-teen love affair of Prince Mohammad Quli with Bhagmati, a beautiful singer and dancer. The other is the decree issued by him as the sultan of Golkonda that a new city which should be constructed which should be a replica of heaven. When the city was ready, he named it Bhagnagar after his beloved Bhagmati. Over the five centuries following its founding in 1591, numerous new legends have come to be associated with the city, its rulers, and people. Legends and anecdotes are generally considered as the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“gossipÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ of history. However, in some cases they are also the stuff of history. It is not easy always to separate chaff from the grain. It was not very long ago that ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“oral historyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ was acknowledged as a source of history. The author has written extensively on the history and culture of Hyderabad. Here he presents a selection of some interesting legends and anecdotes relating to Hyderabad which, despite their traditional spice and flavour, are rooted in facts. The ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“legendotesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢, as he calls them, form a chain of gripping ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“snippetsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ from the history of Hyderabad. This liberally illustrated volume thusprovides an absorbing glimpse of the history of a city much celebrated for its romantic origin and composite culture. It will be of interest both to lay readers and students of history.