My parents and siblings had made the journey to Hyderabad, our firstimmigration destination, by a passenger train that stopped at everystation helping them excitedly write down the name of every stationbetween Rayanapadu and Secunderabad from where they took a shambling meter gauge train to Kacheguda, a suburb of Hyderabad city.
Under the Nizam the city had the highest mileage off cement roadsin the country.
It also built a wall around Urdu graduates who couldn’t get a job or college seat outside Hyderabad.
Hyderabad is a city where history is impounded like it is in Delhi.
Charminar is a metaphor for Hyderabad, a matrix from where both its political and cultural life emanated.
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