Love, affection, communal harmony formed the composite culture of Hyderabad, says Dr Shyam Sunder

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Hyderabad: Dr Shyam Sunder, a leading ophthalmologist of Hyderabad, recalled his memories and presented a delightful picture of Hyderabad which reflected the composite culture of the Nizam’s era and which now seems like a dream. Dr Shyam Sunder was addressing   ‘an evening with Dr Shyam Sunder’ organized by the Progressive Writers Association at Urdu Hall, Himayatnagar  on September 16. It was presided over by Prof Baig Ehsas, former head of Urdu department, Osmania University, and addressed by Syed Turabbul Hassan, Dr Sikander Khan Lodhi and Shayasta Sighal. Noted Urdu humour writer Mujtaba Hussain presented his sketch on Dr Shyam Sunder. Abid Siddiqui compered the programme.

Dr Shyam Sunder spoke of his teachers and lecturers, behavior of people, food habits and environment of the past in the city of Hyderabad. He wondered that most the people today  took Idli and dosa at beakfast and remembered Khechdi and keema. The relation between the teacher and the taught was based on love and affection. Love, regard, respect and affinity were the basic features of the behavior. Nizam of Hyderabad was given great regards by one and all as he was the embodiment of secularism. Dr Shyam Sunder specifically mentioned editor Siasat daily  Abid Ali Khan and joint editor Mahboob Hussain Jigar as the office of the paper is situated in the neighbourhood and said  he got lot of love and affection from them.

The sketch of Mujataba Hussain written a decade ago highlighted the multi-faceted personality of Dr Shyam Sunder and was lauded by the audience of writers and intellectuals.

Prof Baig Ehsas appreciated the feelings and sentiments expressed by Dr Shyam Sunder about the composite culture of Hyderabad.

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