Navigating a Micro History

A Micro history is an interesting path to navigate larger socio-political phenomena down to individual stories!
In the first photograph one can locate the jagir of Kanhaiya Pershad (Kapoor) on the map to the right. My research got me to the Kalakriti Archives and to the many maps I browsed to get to this one.

Map Name (as per archival naming conventions; retained in spelling and order): Chadarghat & Residency_Area 9_Sheet 44_KA.MP.2016.1743
Creator of the map: Leonard Munn, A.F Chinoy, A.T Mackenzie
Date Created: December, 1912
Provenance: These sets of maps were created by the Hyderabad Municipal Survey during 1912-1915. he devastation caused by the flood of 1908 in the river Musi, prompted the Nizam’s administration to devise a plan for urban Hyderabad. This was led by an engineer Leonard Munn (1878-1935). The other people, who were part of the survey under Munn, was A.F. Chinoy as the assistant and A.T. Mackenzie as chief engineer from the P.W.D. What makes these maps much more precious is that each and every thing are depicted in it. The names of streets, landmarks, and even residents appeared prominently on the map. The dominant opinion on the creation of the municipal maps is the 1908 flood, which took over many lives as well as even merged some areas into one. After the flood, Nizam decided to change the future of the Hyderabad city, who could realize the pitfalls of unplanned growth, resulted in the formation of a planning body called city improvement Board (CIB) in 1912 under the able guidance of M. Vishveshwarya from Mysore. The following years marked by the development activities by the CIB such as improvement of the Musi river banks, slum clearance, construction of houses, construction of bridges and lakes, road and sewerage, and stormwater drainage etc. Also, M. Vishveshwarya submitted a comprehensive planning and some recommendation for the future modification of the city in 1930. The net result also included the idea of Municipal Survey, because without survey modification of the city would be impossible. Thus, survey became inevitable and became the base for everything. The original survey which was started in 1912, done using trigonometric methods with reference to Global Telecommunication System (GTS) points, took over three years to complete it.>> courtesy @Kalakriti Archives and Krishnakriti Foundation

The second photograph is Raja Kanhaiya Pershad (Kapoor) in the black shervani with his family. I had the good fortune of interviewing Dr. Sham Sunder Pershad Kapoor recently when I chanced upon the photograph.
Seating from left to right is Narender Pershad, Chanda Bai, Kanhaiya Pershad, Raj Kumari Devi, Urmila Devi.
Sitting on Floor is Ravinder Pershad
Standing from left to right is Murlidhar Pershad, Sham Sunder Pershad, Rupender Pershad and Surender Pershad.

The third picture is my team-from left to right- camera person Sharan Mohandoss, research assistant Sreesh Waghray, Director of Krishnakriti Foundation, Abeer Gupta and yours truly along with Dr. Sham Sunder Kapoor March 3, 2020

Kishen-Waghray Family circa 1956-57

Here is a photograph of the Kishen- Waghray family, from the years 1956- ’57. The following are the name listed of the people on the photograph. Check it out and see if you recognize your family members. 

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT ROW

Renuka Devi Kapoor (Waghray), Harish Narayan Mahendra, Naval Kishori Waghray (Mahendra), Dushyant Kishen Waghray, Anil Kishen Waghray, Ranjana Raj Shah (Kishen Waghray), Prahlad Kishen Waghray, Mukund Narayan Mahendra, Vijaylakshmi Narayan Mahendra (Waghray)

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT SECOND ROW

Savitri Bai Kapoor (Waghray), Sarla Devi Waghray (Sohni), Shama Bai Waghray (Shah), Mahalakshmi Bai Waghray (Mehra), Laltha Bai Waghray (Shah), Geeta Bai Waghray (Shah), Heeralakshmi Waghray (Sahgal) [Munnan Jiya], Susheel Kishen Waghray, Susheela Devi Waghray (Shah), Shanti Devi Narayan Mahendra (Waghray)

STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT FIRST ROW

Krishna Devi Shah (Kapoor), Nirmala Mahendra (Shah), Prem Kishen Waghray, Vijender Lal Shah, Laxminarayan (R. L.) Kishen Waghray, Gopi Kishen Waghray, Shyam Kumari Kapoor (Thakore), Tej Rai Kapoor, Gopal Kishen Waghray, Sumitra Devi Sohni (Waghray), Chain Rai Kishen, Nirmala Devi Desai (Waghray)

STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT SECOND ROW

Iqbal Kishen Waghray, Bal Mukund Waghray, Navnihal Kishen Waghray, Ashok Sohni

by Nina Lal

The women and girls at the wedding of Shri Parmanand Das Waghray 1945

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The women and girls at the wedding of Parmanand Das Waghray 1945 with compliments from Savitri Bai

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT ROW

1 ??, 2. Chandrakala Devi Sohni (Thakore), 3. Godavari Katti (Shah), 4. Heeralaxmi (Jiji) Mahendra (Mahendra), 5 ??, 6. Dr. Kalavati Thakore, 7.  Jaya Devi Mahendra (Waghray) [Jaanu Bua], 8. ??, 9. ??, 10. Leelavati Vohra (Thakore), 11. ??, 12. Malti Devi (Bhanu Bua) Desai (Waghray), 13. ??, 14. ??, 15. Kaushalya Devi Waghray (Waghray), 16. Rukmini (Rukhan) Sahgal (Mahendra), 17. ?? (Question marks are those folks not yet identified.)

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT SECOND ROW

1. Premavati Waghray (Thakore), 2. Damyanti Waghray (Shah), 3. Premlata Waghray (Shah)? 4. ??, 5. ??, 6. Kailash? 7. Susheela Devi Desai (Kapoor), 8. ??, 9. Shanta Mahendra (Shah), 10. ??, 11. Prema Devi Sohni (Waghray), 12. ??, 13. Vijaylaxmi (Halli) Penmetcha (Sohni), 14. ??, 15. Meera Devi Waghray (Meera Bua), 16. Chinamma (d/o Manik Lal Waghray), 17. ??, 18.??.

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT THIRD ROW

1. Phool Kunwar Waghray (Shah), 2. Sunder Bai Sahgal, 3. Shakuntala Rai Gayhee (Waghray), 4. Gangu Bai Sohni (Waghray), 5. Janki Bai Sekhar (Thakore), 6. ??, 7. ?? , 8 – baby in lap of 7,9.  Laxmi Bai Waghray (Mahendra), 10. Urmila Devi Waghray (Sahgal), 11. Permanand Das Waghray, 12. Savithri Bai Waghray (Sahgal), 13. Pushpa Devi Vohra (Waghray), 14. Haroo Bai Waghray (Shah), 15. Shama Bai Waghray (Shah), 16. Maya Devi Vohra (Waghray) in lap of Shama Bai, 17. ?? , 18 – baby in lap of 17, 19. Ishwari Bai Sahgal (Shah), 20. Kashi Bai Waghray (Tandon)

STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT FIRST ROW

1. Durga Bai Waghray (Mehra), 2. baby in lap of 3, 3. Tara Bai Waghray (Sohni), 4. Jaya Bai Mahendra (Waghray) [Jaya Dadi], 5. Krishna Bai Sohni (Waghray), 6. ??, 7. ?? , 8 – baby in lap of 7, 9. ?? , 10. Dullu Bai Thakore (Mahendra), 11. Mahalaxmi Bai Thakore (Waghray), 12. Susheela Desai (Thakore), 13. Deva Bai Desai (Waghray), 14. baby in lap of 13, 15. Savitri Bai Mahendra (Waghray), 16. Vainu Bai Mahendra (Waghray), 17. Shyama Bai [Gujarat] Desai, 18. Kaveri Bai Thakore (Sohni), 19. Vidya Gowri Kapoor (Sahgal), 20. Veermati Bai Waghray (Thakore), 21. Heera Laxmi Thakore (Mahendra), 22. baby in lap of 21. ??

STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT SECOND ROW

1. ??, 2. Deva Devi Sahgal (Waghray), 3. ??, 4. Heera Laxmi Kapoor (Sekhar), 5. Mrs. Chander Bhagya Mahendra (Sekhar), 6. ??, 7. Chandrakanta Kapoor (Sohni), 8. Rajeshwari Mahendra (Sahgal), 9. ??, 10. Kusum Kunwar Kapoor (Waghray), 11. Padma Devi Shah (Sahgal), 12.??

(The questions marks denote that the person in the picture has not been identified yet).

by Govind Lal Waghray and Nina Lal