The sherwani that Mahbub Ali Khan wore evolved from the achkan with elements from Edwardian and Victorian frock coat It is a known fact that the Sixth Nizam Mahbub Ali Khan had a taste for the good things in life. Visitors to the Nizam’s Museum in Purani Haveli area of Hyderabad are stunned to see the walk-in wardrobe that appears endless. “He never repeated a dress,” is the whispered word. But new research has spotlighted his role in the evolution of the sherwani which is now the dress of choice during weddings and is preferred by the political class during ceremonial occasions. Former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru even used the sherwani as a style statement during his visits to various foreign countries and events in India. Soldiers of the Pakistani Army are allowed to wear it for various events.
The Hindu Lit for Life was born out of the need to celebrate the 20th year of The Hindu Literary Review in 2010. Held in January every year at Chennai, the festival is home to a host of conversations on a wide gamut of topics ranging from contemporary issues, politics, films, theatre, and music to popular fiction, food, translations, trends in regional literature and young adult fiction. The Hindu Prize, a crucial part of the festival, is awarded to the best-fiction written by an Indian author, in English.