Hyderabad: Then and Now

For those who are interested in what’s become of Hyderabad since The Betrayal of the Blood Lily, a friend just forwarded me this fascinating article on Hyderabad’s past and present. It sounds like a city which, while changed, would still be entirely recognizable to Pen and Alex (although not Freddy; he wasn’t paying much attention).

For those who would like to know more about Hyderabad during Penelope’s day, I recommend William Dalrymple’s White Mughuls, my primary resource on late eighteenth/early nineteenth century Hyderabad.


  1. Liz C. on February 20, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Thanks for the fascinating article!

    (One of my other obsessions is Indian film, specifically Telugu films. I follow several people who blog about Telugu films, so when the title of this post popped up in my dashboard it wasn’t anything new, but then I did a double-take when I saw it was from you!)

  2. Erin M. on March 1, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    There’s also an exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario called Maharaja: The Splendor of India that touches on life in Hyderabad back in Pen’s day. I was all excited when the exhibit description mentioned it and I was like “I actually know where that is — thank you Lauren!” I’m going up there to see Waterhouse’s “I am half sick of Shadows” but totally going to check out the exhibit too!”

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