I recently picked up Hyderabad: A Biography by Narendra Luther but gave up a little too soon into it. I need to furnish a lot more context of the 19th c. city into a course I am planning for next term. A classic in the field is Margit Pernau’s The Passing of Patrimonialism: Politics and Political Culture in Hyderabad, 1911-1948 (2000). CM friend Qalandar has recently produced an enviable review essay on the book. I highly recommend reading it.