Sep 5, 2008

In The Bazaars of Hyderabad

Yes, yet another post about Charminar! Since this is the Ramzan month, now is the best time to take a walk through the quaint alleys around Charminar. Bangles, lehengas, shararas, pearls, yards and yards of beautiful fabric of all kinds, lace, zari, mehendi, saris, dry fruits, spices, ethnic name it, you'll find it! I went there a couple of days ago with a friend who also loves taking photographs. We shopped and took pictures all evening :)

I love this poem by Sarojini Naidu called "In The Bazaars of Hyderabad", that beautifully describes the Charminar experience :)

What do you sell, O ye merchants?
Richly your wares are displayed.
Turbans of crimson and silver,
Tunics of purple brocade,
Mirror with panels of amber,
Daggers with handles of jade.

What do you weigh, O ye vendors?
Saffron and lentil and rice.
What do you grind, O ye maidens?
Sandalwood, henna, and spice.
What do you call , O ye pedlars?
Chessman and ivory dice.

What do you make, O ye goldsmiths?
Wristlets and ankles and ring,
Bells for the feet of blue pigeons
Frail as a dragonfly's wing,
Girdles of gold for dancers,
Scabbards of gold for the king.

What do you cry, O ye fruitmen?
Citron, pomegranate, and plum.
What do you play, O ye musicians?
Sitar, sarangi and drum.
What do you chant, O ye magicians?
Spells for aeons to come.

What do you weave, O ye flowergirls
With tassels of azure and red?
Crowns for the brow of a bridegroom,
Chaplets to garland his bed,
Sheets of white blossoms new-garnered
To perfume the sleep of the dead.

~ Sarojini Naidu


  1. look at the colours,wow.
    i like this blogsite of yours :)

  2. the pictures were real;ly good..
    especially the charminar one...

    i guessv ur obssesed( in a good way) with charminar!!!


  3. Thank you, megha!

    Wooow, thank you, Hyderabadiz! I'm delighted! :)

    Thank you, Vemuri, yes, I guess I'm obsessed with Hyderabad...and I'm happy to be :)

  4. Slogan Murugan,
    THank you so much!! :)

  5. I've been living in hyderabad for 10 years.never knew it the way you have described it. i want to know more about the history of Musi, in case u have some more info do post the way you see things. :)

  6. Hii Madhu....
    Gr888 Yaar...Me too obssesed with Hyd....and infact i try to check out authenticity and nativity of hyd..

    Pics deserve a sepcial mention.Nice Job :-)

  7. Anonymous6:24 PM

    great job here! the colours and the texture defies description.
    Keep shooting!

  8. I love the picture of the bangles. Its so colorful and full of life. Beautiful.

  9. anuradha10:04 AM

    you have a great asthetic sense. I am impressed

  10. LOvely pics, I was actually looking for write up on the poem and came across this, and I think the pics just typify the poem!

  11. OMG, you are making me super nostalgic!! :-(

    Beautiful clicks!

  12. Anonymous6:53 AM

    luv you . muuuaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!
    What a wonderful description ,yaaarr !
    awesome. dil chhu liya aapne.

  13. Anonymous1:22 AM

    Awesome!! great job...

  14. very nice to see this poem with beautiful photographs. -keshav

  15. Anonymous7:15 AM

    its awesome!i really love it . thanks for the poem

  16. very nic poem i lik it a lot

  17. Anonymous5:43 AM

    There is sentence missing

  18. Anonymous5:00 AM

    awesome this is truely....Hyderabad in its full form!!!!!

  19. It was good reading the peom once more ever since I passed out my ICSE. I never knew this peom had a reference to Hyderabad! Good reference. Keep it up.