Photographer's Note

I can't say much about this photo. I have no memory of taking it, but I know it's from somewhere in Hyderabad, one of India's largest cities.

Today it is one of the centers of India's hi-tech industry, but in 1987 I was mainly impressed by the many grand public buildings from the days when the princely state of Hyderabad enjoyed a certain level of independence during British colonial rule.

In the colonial days up to 1947 hundreds of small areas of India had a status of vassal states, run by local leaders in an alliance with the British colonial power. The largest and most important of these states was Hyderabad, which from 1724 had been ruled by a royal dynasty whose leader was known as the Nizam.

After Indian independence on 15 August 1947 Hyderabad managed to keep its separate status until September 1948, when it was invaded by Indian troops and forced to join India.

A successful communist uprising in the Telangana region and fears that the Muslim Nizam would merge Hyderabad with Pakistan, rather than with India, prompted the government in New Delhi to act.

In my diary from my visit in October 1987 I noted that I saw a few slummy areas (maybe this was one of them), but I paid more attention to the many magnificent buildings from the days of the Nizam. I noted that Hyderabad generally looked much cleaner and tidier than Calcutta, where I had started the journey.

However, I didn't have much interest in wasting expensive and rare Kodachrome photos on the magnificent palaces. I was more keen on capturing scenes of daily life like in today's photo.

There is another totally nothing special scene of daily life in the WS. Both photos were scanned from precious Kodachrome slides.

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