Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Nizam and I....

Remember that ancient movie starring Yul Brynner called 'The King and I..."
Well... here I am with Mukkaram Jah, the elusive Nizam of Hyderabad. It is my very own 'royal' moment. He has a majestic presence, and it required a little strategic positioning to get this shot to happen. We were at the spectacular opening of the Taj Falaknuma Palace Hotel ( richly and lovingly restored by Princess Esra Birgin of Turkey, ex-wife of the Nizam saheb ). It has taken the Taj Group ten long years to reopen this magnificent palace that was lying abandoned and neglected since 1911. With its countless Venetian chandeliers and priceless antiques, is it any wonder that its themed , opulent, and wildly extravagant suites go for 5 lakhs a night, making this one of the priciest palace hotels in the world?
'Falaknuma' means 'Mirror of the Sky ."
Some sky! Some palace!

32 comments:

Sadiya Merchant said...

well i hope the palace looks good...cos the nawab sure doesn't!

Vivek Nanda said...

Over pricey..5 lakhs is too much !!

Vivek Nanda said...

Btwz...you look great in the picture.

Harman said...

nice... kinda Hawaiian look you have given!!

AbhiLaSH RuHeLa said...

Cool... congrats for the respect..

Jayakrishnan G. Pillai said...

this is just why they say.. "rich just get richer" ;)

cmpershad said...

Your Yul Brynner has some hair left on his head :)

Vikram K said...

Debauchery with a debauch ex ruler. to hell with the Nawab's and their ilk. have we not suffered from these people enough that a person like yourself has to stand next to them to get photographed and give them totally undeserved recognition. Shobhatai dint expect this from a self respecting and a proud Indian like you

Aryavrat said...

Fearless to the point of being 'politically incorrect', a person like you must comment on the big revealation

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/nation/tell-me-what-should-i-tell-them

Everyone is wondering is the 'most respected' journalist Ms Barkha Dutt is mrere a power broker and a front(wo)man for Congress????

You must speak!!!

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Jogeshwar said...

Nice picture, btw which flower is that? just curious!

goodluck said...

Garish and ghastly.

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obssesor said...

I am jealous that you got a shot with the N.

Bollywood News said...

You are so lucky you got this oppurtunity.

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Madhu said...

OMG...5 lacks a night! tring tring hubby dear! I know what I want on our 5th wedding anniversary!

Divya Virmani said...

What the heck??? 5Lakhs, I mean who in the world spends this kind of money for a night in a hotel????

Reality check: It's only attracting biggies, not the common man!

bindu said...

Errr...the Nawab doesn't look too pleased standing next to you!

goodluck said...

Write something about the power woman Nira Radia. Many journalists are red faced. What is your take?

Pooja Rathore said...

WoW! for you and the nizam.
5lakh too much but everything comes with a price.
Ma de its one month since i have applied your tips from your Book(shobhaa at sixty) Food,excercise and yes skin tips - there is a change i have become more disciplined , skin is looking better but enjoying the whole process and feeling good thats sufficient reason that i will continue.
I understand the reason why you have said no to certain food i was reading one of my astro book i came across this line - "Never forget that what you eat and what you think is what you are . the food taken into your body is what gradually ...slowly but surely ...forms your thought patterns.And thoughts, both conscious and subconscious , are in absolute control of your bodys health or lack of it".- how true i just wanted to share it with you.

goodluck said...

If a politician commits a mistake, the entire media reports non stop. IIf a filmstar says something, they are after him. After this radia tapes exposure, TOI, HT, NDTV, IBNlive all are just shutting their eyes as though nothing is amiss. This is called unholy nexus of journalistic brotherhood. Only Midday, Outlookindia are carrying these stories. Rajdeep Sardesai, what is stopping you from going hoarse on this subject? Hello crusader Arnab. Hello , hello, hello.

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Venai said...

Dear M(r)s De,

You should totally write about the most popular woman in India currently, Savita Bhabhi.

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Satish Ashtaputre said...

u sudd write something about ongoing TV serial on STAR PLUS 'PRATIGYA'. What a horrible depiction of a woman shown in that serial! Consider yourself 'Shobha at sixteen' & just watch the serial.

Teju said...

truly a porn star in that outfit, buck teeth. fits a porn writer. how did nizaam saab pose with you!

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