Fall of Golconda



Standing on the ramparts of Golconda fort as a tourist, I was transported to a day in September 1687.

From the fortified walls, eighth Sultan of Golconda, was looking at the imperial siege of his fort for the last eight months. How much longer?

In the imperial tent, impatient emperor Aurangzeb asked,

I am here with you for eight long months. My generals, how long will you make me wait? Bring insolent sultan in chains.”

Your imperial majesty, we have found a way out,” Emperor looked inquisitively at the young commander, “what is in your mind, general?

Your majesty, a traitor is ready to open a secret gate. With your permission, I shall enter the fort tonight. God willing, you shall decide fate of low bred Qutb Shah, sitting on his throne, soon.”

That night in September of 1687, Sultan Qutb Shah was captured alive and later sentenced to life imprisonment.

Word Count : 151

This is a piece of  historical fiction.  Facts and dates are original. Dialogs are mine. This week Pegman takes us to the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India. Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the photo supplied with the prompt, or find your own in Hyderabad, using street view or photo spheres available at the location. More posts on the topic will be find here.

15 thoughts on “Fall of Golconda

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    1. Thank you for reading. Indeed, most Indian forts have a lots of history. Many of these places have seen battles as late as hundred year before. One can feel human emotions inside the forts if gone with right mindset.

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  1. Intriguing bit of history. I am currently reading a book on historical castle and keep construction and siege techniques, so I am finally understanding the purpose for those posterns (back doors) — as an escape route, or as a way to sneak behind the siege force and harry them.. I wonder how often they were instead used to let the attackers inside covertly.

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    1. There may be a variety of reason. I am sure which one is correct. First, Qutb Shah was a shia muslim and Aurangzeb was a sunni muslim. It is possible, that emperor did not want to shed blood of a coreligionist. But such a theory may not fly because emperor had killed his brothers. It is possible that since emperor had got his prisnor without much resistance, he had been magnanimus in sparing his life. Those days, rulers used to be whimsical. It is difficult to understand what were they thinking.


    1. What could be worse than losing his sovereignty? That too not on a straight fight but through treachery. Death would be immediate dignified release. Qutb Shah survived eight long years remembering his ignominy.


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