A cure for everything

zt Any true “Hyderabadi” would know what Zinda Tilismath is!! Known  for its efficacy in treating anything from the common cold, cough,  ear-ache, stomach ache, toothpain to scorpion sting – the Zinda  Tilismath is a common man’s remedy sold since 1920’s in Hyderabad.



A purple tinged liquid sold in 5 ml pack, costs Rs 17 and is used both for internal and  external application, and works like a charm. 

 Every time we go to Hyderabad, we replenish the stock at home, a few bottles of this Unani  medicine are always lying around in the house. Last evening, Tanvi (my daughter) was  down with a bad cold and on top of it we had to take her to the dentist to get a broken tooth  extracted. 2 drops of the miracle cure was all that was needed for her to be back at the  school today.

A search for Zinda Tilismath yields no website of the company which manufactures this medicine, except, a vague link of the factory in wikimapia.

The Hindu writes “In these days of e-business when companies are sinking huge money in publicity blitzkrieg and relaunching products with elegant look, the makers of Zinda Tilismath are content with their present marketing strategy which is nothing much to write about. Yet, the product sells and sells fast. Reason – its high curative value and easy accessibility. This is often the only antidote available in remote villages and comes handy for a variety of ailments. What is more it has no side-effects and doesn’t run the risk of deterioration.”

And to the question as to what the magical liquid consists of, here is what The Hindu says “The popularity of Zinda Tilismath has lot to do with its rich medicinal properties. The basic compound of course is Eucalyptus oil and the other ingredients include cinnamon, cloves, mint, loneple, black pepper, cardamom, alum, ferric oxide and omum seeds. Another important factor why many prefer Zinda Tilismath is that it can be used both internally and externally.”

No wonder it is known as “Har marz ki dawa” in Hyderabad – loosely translated as “a medicine for every disease”!


Happy Sankranti!

Starting December end to all the way to 14th Jan was a time I used to look forward during my childhood for two reasons: The first being the freedom to fly kites leading upto Makar Sankranti festival. It is unbelievable to think that the skies in Hyderabad used to be full of kites, more so during the last few days leading upto the festival and the whole 3 days – a day before Sankranti festival, on the day of the festival and the day after the festival, we kids used to be on the terrace all the way from 7AM to 7PM. Somewhere around 1985 onwards the decline of the kite flying started, today I guess it is restricted to only a few areas in Hyderabad. Here in Bangalore, it is even difficult to find a kite shop (there is one in Shivajinagar area though) and hardly anyone flies kites in Bangalore. The second reason was the mandatory visit to “Numaeesh” ( a Urdu word which means exhibition) or exhibition grounds in Hyderabad – a once a year event that used to start on Jan 1st and go all the way to mid Feb. Both remain only memories now. But I look forward to celebrate Sankrantri tomorrow the traditional way!

Happy Sankratri to you all dear readers wherever you are! Enjoy the festival and spread the sweetness!