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Lamakaan - A rendezvous with yourself
Today's my first time here at Lamakaan on a rather rare, bright Sunday evening. So armed with a map, I set out from home excitedly to find the place that has just been a virtual anchor point; & I almost got lost looking for it, or rather its landmark gate. Well, this place isn't up for any publicity of sorts. Not a single signboard, and no one around knows of its existence. Quite unobtrusive and intimate, it is the quintessential, inclusive, cultural space that every city needs.
Tucked away neatly in one of those nice streets of urbane Hyderabad. It was someone's house, I am told - who prematurely died giving it away to relatives. Being a culturally vibrant personality, his dream was to begin such a space - where people could meet, eat & discuss. And what a fitting tribute to his soul - its as if he continues to live here through all of this. So I enter and see nervous guitarists sitting in line awaiting their turn to perform, having a smoke, air-guitaring....:) And I walk down the antique wooden steps to hear someone wailing upstairs - thankfully it was the opera listening post. That meant that I was in time for the classical guitar concert.
Under a canopy of Asoka trees and bougainvillea bordering the walls, you feel like you are sitting in the lap of nature and just feeling yourself breathe. Thats when I realised that such a reinstatement is necessary for anyone to feel alive amongst all that we do to survive & in my case 'to feel creatively potent'. It's not a formal auditorium or an amphitheatre - it's just your own front yard. Calm but with the occasional laughter, some intellectual chit-chat, some gossip - coming together has never been so meaningful.
The concert was spell-binding in every sense of the word- so the guys played Bach, Santoalalla & Morrecone and few more - about 8 compositions, each lasting for roughly 10 mins.I've never had the patience or conscious mind to listen to classical guitar renditions but this one meant that I've been missing out on an entire side of fabulous world music.
I'm alone today but will definitely bring in some like-minded friends and treat them to this abode of a place. And not necessarily does one have to socialise here - just be at ease! At least that's what its genius loci tells me.
Travelling to Hyderabad as a student on an excursion from college, some nine years ago, took me to the typical tourist sites of the Salar Jung Musuem, the Botanical Gardens and of course, the Charminar! The actual monument aside, (yes, it's lovely with great views from the top and all that) we were told that the Charminar area was great for shopping.
Armed with a few girl friends and just enough dough (we were only students then!), we decided to hit the streets for some local shopping. Hyderabad is known for its bangles and to our luck, of the four main streets leading to the Charminar, the Lad Bazaar Road has the highest concentration of these stores selling traditional bangles. You can literally find any colour of bangle to match any outfit you may have! Lac, stone work, metal bangles, you think of a type, they have it all. The tiny, colourful shops line both sides of the narrow street and we hit them like bees, going from one to the other, picking up items we liked.
With all that shopping, there have to be food breaks, naturally! After tucking into some of the Hyderabad street food and yummy chaat we were back to browsing and shopping. We even tried some traditional pagdis and took photographs just for fun. Ah, good, silly times.
Jhumkas, pearls, lace and zari borders, slippers and ittar stores also dot the entire buzzing street, and of course, we had a go at them. After sundown, all the stores and the Charminar itself, light up in yellow luminescence and it was quite a sight to see. I can safely say, this is when the monument really got our attention.
I was a happy camper returning from that trip with not only some fabulous purchases and souvenirs for myself and friends, but with vivid, colourful memories that remind me of those streets when anyone even mentions 'Charminar'.
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