Friday, 29 December 2006


Hyderabad was my first stop in India.

Market stallholders held up yard-long gourds or plump melons and stood to attention.

People called from shed-like shop entrances. ‘Photo, here please! Photo!’

Shops selling colourful lac-bangles, wares spilling out onto the streets.

The Charminar, an ancient Islamic arch that stood in the centre in a state of splendid decay.