A Tale of Two Cities
The city of Hyderabad was always two cities, one city of the rich, and the other of the poor. Neither side knew how the other lived or trusted each other. There was the Nizam who was the richest man in the world and his sizeable family and ministers. There were the millions of destitute poor, unable to share in the riches of this Golconda.
Golconda is where the fabled mines, lost for posterity through the centuries, from where almost all the famous diamonds originated. These diamonds today are prized possessions of monarch and legendary figures around the world. The Heart of the Ocean in the Titanic film was from these fabled mines.
Hyderabad is an old city, similar to the Golconda fort that still survives. It has a rich and varied history, a strong and unique culture, so much promise that still remains to be realised. History does not so much repeat as it rhymes, which is good so the next coming of age might be a more inclusive one.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying
“Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India.”
— Gary Weiss