A Visit To Charminar in the Old City of Hyderabad during Ramzan
|Saif Poses in Front of Charminar|
Today we visited Charminar Once again to soak in the festivities for the holy month of Ramazan. Every single inch around Charminar was decorated and the few inches that were not decorated were occupied for walking. While I will write in details I am posting this picture of Saif Ali who wanted me to post it asap so that he can watch it on this blog.
When I reached my office next day I met an NRI who hails from Mumbai made this comment to me ” that I feel that Hyderabad does not have life”…, I just smiled and requested him to visit the old city of Hyderabad if he wants to see first hand what life is all about in Hyderabad.
Indeed the flavors of Hyderabad are unique and endemic to the city of Nizams, due to constant mixing of culutres and religions the old city in my opinion is the real melting pot of Hyderabad and not the IT part where all we have a mixture of glass and concrete to boast of.
The Whole area around Charminar bursts into a riots of colors and aromas and it creates an energy level that can launch a thousand rovers to mars.
|Pearls Seller And Photo Clicker|
Here in old city I could see both a temple and a Dargah in the precincts of Charminar the very symbol of Hyderabad. I saw a man with a long red tilak symbolizing he is hindu sipping Irani Chai( Tea), with his friends who were all wearing the traditional caps of local muslims. I quizzed him what is he doing there in the month of Ramazan and the guy just smiled and said all my friends are fasting and I keep one fast a week during Ramazan so that I also go through the same purification experience as my friends do! Some of his friends fast with him during Navratras! I am not sure where else in India you will find such a spirit to share and care.
At the end of the walk all of us went to an Irani Cafe and had hot cup of authentic Irani chai right here in Hyderabad. The link to earlier visit to Old City is here.
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