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Secunderabad Club was the perfect venue for launch of book on Secunderabad

Well-chronicled: Historian Narendra Luther at the launch of his book on Secunderabad, on Tuesday. — Photo: G. Ramakrishna
Well-chronicled: Historian Narendra Luther at the launch of his book on Secunderabad, on Tuesday. — Photo: G. Ramakrishna

In a span of an hour, the story of how Secunderabad came into being, its metamorphosis from a cantonment to a bustling metropolis in the last 200 years was delineated lucidly to a rapt audience by noted historian Narendra Luther here on Tuesday at Secunderabad Club.

The setting for the launch of Mr. Luther's latest book ‘Laskhar: The Story of Secunderabad' couldn't have been better. The Samantik Hall at Secunderabad Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country, was packed with families drawn from the old communities of Secunderabad, including Parsis, Anglo-Indians, Mudaliars and Christians.

English town

“Secunderabad grew with an image of an English town while Hyderabad remained a medieval city with a strong Islamic imprint. It was the early communities like Mudaliars who started developing the Secunderabad Cantonment commercially. Otherwise, Secunderabad had only large number of tents housing the troops of the British army,” Mr. Luther said.

The raconteur also shared some of the unique aspects of Secunderabad, which were painfully researched and included in the book along with photographic evidence, wherever it was possible. “There was the Persis Hotel and Plaza Cinema, which are now completely wiped off from Secunderabad. Winston Churchill stayed at Secunderabad as Second Lieutenant and Secunderabad Club during those days was only known as Garrison Club. Later it became Gymkhana Club and was again renamed United Service Club.”

Key personalities

The historian pointed out that the book talks about the important personalities who played a vital part in the history of Secunderabad. “The next generation should know the contribution of communities like Anglo-Indians, Parsis and Christians in the development of Secunderabad. We have managed to collect several pictures from families who have been residing at Secunderabad for centuries.

The book release function was attended by a host of families drawn from Parsi, Christian and Anglo-Indian communities.


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