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Old City, Hyderabad

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It was the month of Ramadan and we decided to visit the Old City and experience what it was to be there at night while the city was wide awake. So off we were to Charminar.

We were welcomed by the organized chaos. Vendors wide awake, business going on as usual. From a distance we could see the Charminar, well lit up and welcoming us to the old city.

Old City, Hyderabad

We squeezed pass the crowd and made our way towards it.

Old City, Hyderabad

And there it was, the Charminar. The beauty of the Old City.

Old City, Hyderabad

We carried on.

Old City, Hyderabad

Here is a short video of Sharmila zipping past the chaos.

Old City, Hyderabad

Ah, don’t worry about this fellow, he was with us.

Old City, Hyderabad

We stopped at a store selling bangles and other jewelry while we waited for some more folks to catch up with us.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And then, to the streets.

Old City, Hyderabad

There were a lot of bangles for sale.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And this old man, although the stern angry look on this face, he was very happy to have his photo clicked. Once I showed him his photograph on the LCD, he gave a nod of approval and then I was back on the street.

Old City, Hyderabad

Walking along the road was getting us nowhere, so we decided to use the divider instead. Saved us a lot of time.

Old City, Hyderabad

This man was selling bread. He was very happy to see us and gave us his best pose.

Old City, Hyderabad

Then we passed by a shoe store.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur found a kid at the shoe store who was all too excited to have his photo clicked.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And then we did some more waiting.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur got some more shots.

Old City, Hyderabad

Somewhere hidden in all this was is the Charminar College.

Old City, Hyderabad

This young fellow was in two minds whether to let me click his photo or not. I asked him if he was cool with me getting his headshot. First he went, “No.” But then he got his cup of tea, started to sip on it and was like, “Okay, click now.”

Old City, Hyderabad

Sharmila also wanted her photo clicked, but she ain’t had no cup of tea!

Old City, Hyderabad

More shots from the street.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Kapur’s toothache started to get worse. Wisdom teeth are only for a gifted few I guess. The rest of em just gotta get it taken off!

Old City, Hyderabad

We went in search of a medical store. And passed by a Nikon outlet!

Old City, Hyderabad

More street shots.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

This chap saw me walking past him with my camera in hand and went, “Hey you. Are you from some newspaper or magazine?” And before I could reply, he asked me to click his photograph. I obliged.

Old City, Hyderabad

He made sure I got a photograph of the guy next door too. And then asked me if his photograph will be published in the next days newspaper. I said, “No, I’m just clicking for fun.” He was a bit surprised, and then asked me if I was going to be passing this way tomorrow. And, if I was, he would like to have his photograph. I replied, “No, but in case I do, I shall get you a print.”

We exchanged pleasantries and then I carried on.

Old City, Hyderabad

We then passed by a chicken shop.

Old City, Hyderabad

I stopped. And, the guys there we all to happy to see me. Once again, the “Am I from the newspaper” conversation propped up.

Old City, Hyderabad

I passed by another shop and got this simple shot of the price.

Old City, Hyderabad

The chap there asked me to get a shot of him.

Old City, Hyderabad

It then suddenly occurred that people don’t really mind having their photos clicked. Something I’m very careful of. I normally always ask before clicking anyone’s photo on the street, which is very rare. But all the folks at the Old City were happy to have their photos clicked.

The walk went on. And we made our pit stop for the night. Shah Ghouse it was, for some good biryani.

Here is a scene of what was going on outside the restaurant. The guys are serving Haleem.

Old City, Hyderabad

We went up and grabbed our grub.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Stomachs full, and we where back down. No change in the scene. Madness as usual. Haleem was selling like Hot..er..Haleem!!

Old City, Hyderabad

Found this video on YouTube, look at these human machines go!

Everyone was up for some Irani Chai. So we headed to a restaurant next door.

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

Old City, Hyderabad

And we were done! Plans were to finish off the whole Old City experience by having ice cream at Famous Ice-cream. So we made our way to the Mozamjahi Market.

Everyone got a taste of the ice cream.

Old City, Hyderabad

And a view of the clock tower.

Old City, Hyderabad

Then it was pretty late and exhaustion started to show.

Old City, Hyderabad

It was almost 1:30 am, so we all headed home after that. And that was it. Old City during Ramadan was great!

Written by Lovell D'souza

August 21st, 2011 at 8:48 pm