10 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Evolution of Strategic Culture Based on Sun Tzu and Kautilya - A Civilisational Connect
By Col. Harjeet Singh
Published by Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi - 2016

The Art of War by Sun Tzu and Arthasastra by Kautilya rank among the finest war and political discourses ever writt... Read More
 10 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Chanakya and Machiavelli – Two Realists in Comparison
By Jaideep A.Prabhu

“Politics,” Ronald Reagan once said, “is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” Today, the former US president’s words may seem trit... Read More
 9 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Why the Indian soldiers of WW1 were forgotten
By Shashi Tharoor
BBC News - 2 July 2015

Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives. But history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices, which were rewarded with broken promises o... Read More
 7 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
The Goddesses Of The Mauryans
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - October 07, 2016

This is the time of the year, the Sharad Navratri, when we awaken the goddess inside us; Durga, Kali, Saraswati and the myriad forms of Devi which reflect her different aspects, a tradition whose beginnings a... Read More
 2 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
The Scientific Dating of the Mahabharat War
By Dr.P.V.Vartak

The Mahabharat has excercised a continuous and pervasive influence on the Indian mind for milleniums. The Mahabharat, orginally written by Sage Ved Vyas in Sanskrut, has been translated and adapted into numerous languages and ha... Read More
 20 Sep 2016 Article/Essay
Rare Book Society of India has been featured in the Economic Times
19 September 2016

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 19 Sep 2016 Article/Essay
The most exhaustive critical study of the CHARAKASAMHITA has been undertaken at the University of Vienna, Austria.

The project addresses these points by providing a critical edition and translation of two vitally important sections of the Carakasamhita, namely Vimanasthana 1-7 and Sharirasthana ... Read More
 19 Sep 2016 Article/Essay
The University of Vienna

The Research Library for South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies holds some 50,000 volumes relating primarily to the intellectual and cultural history of ancient and medieval South Asia, Tibet, and the Buddhist world. It also contains collections on the Himalayan count... Read More
 17 Sep 2016 Article/Essay
How Ayurveda Pioneered Smallpox Inoculation
By Subhash Kak
Regents professor of electrical and computer engineering at Oklahoma State University and a vedic scholar.
Swarajya - October 31, 2015

An interesting insight on the ayurvedic treatment of smallpoxes which preceded the germ theory... Read More
 28 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
Sir Charles Wilkins' Basic Contribution to Indology in the West
By Swami Tathagatananda
Vedanta Society of New York

It was only when the English became firmly established as administrators in the land of Bharat that India’s philosophy could be disseminated in England and other European na... Read More
 20 Aug 2016 Article/Essay

Why is the manuscript of Arthashastra in the Oriental Research Institute at Mysore so important?...

..."Until it was identified from a manuscript by Shamashastry, Chanakya’s opus was know only from references."

The Oriental Research Institute (ORI), set up in 1891 by the then Maharaja... Read More
 20 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
How Kautilya’s Arthashastra Shaped The Telling Of Ancient Indian History
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - August 19, 2016

The Arthashastra is so much a part of modern Indian vocabulary on politics, economics and society that it is hard to imagine that this was a book unknown to the Eng... Read More
 14 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
Why it is necessary for collectors to preserve the past...

Where history is set to fade into oblivion
By Soumya Das
The Hindu - August 14, 2016

“India Independent Today,” announced the August 15, 1947 edition of Amrita Bazar Patrika, one of the highest selling newspapers of India in 1947. The h... Read More
 14 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
Why the world needs collectors

Anna Faherty, explains the important role those who collect play as “facilitators of curiosity”.

If I ask you to think of “a collector”, what sort of individual do you imagine? Perhaps you envisage the reality-TV hoarders whose homes are invaded by declu... Read More
 10 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
The Morgan Library and Museum

Today is #BookLoversDay! Tag a fellow book lover or a book recommendation!

Don't forget, you can visit us and see these books in their glory: Read More
 7 Aug 2016 Article/Essay
Behold The World’s Oldest Continuously Operating Library – Saint Catherine’s Monastery In Sinai
By Dattatreya Mandal

The Sinai Peninsula and especially its summit of Mount Sinai, is considered as one of the most religiously significant places in three Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Ju... Read More
 29 Jul 2016 Article/Essay
Jambudwipa: The Seeds Of Political Unity In The Indian Subcontinent
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - July 29, 2016

The peacock flag of the Mauryans was the first to unify the Indian subcontinent under one political rule. From the Kubha River of modern Kabul in the north to the Vaigai R... Read More
 13 Jul 2016 Article/Essay
William Simpson (1823-1899) -- "Prince of Pictorial Correspondents"
By Adrian Lipscomb (Simpson's Great Grandson)

William Simpson is widely-known known today as the war artist whose first-hand depiction of the Crimean War helped bring home the reality of that ill-managed campaign to t... Read More
 4 Jun 2016 Article/Essay
Book Extract:
Birth and Early Development of Indian Astronomy
By Subhash Kak
Published January 15, 2001

This paper provides an overview of the birth and early development of Indian astronomy. Taking account of significant new findings from archaeology and literary analysis, it is shown that earl... Read More
 4 Jun 2016 Article/Essay
Varahamihira: The ancient astrologer, astronomer and mathematician
By Meera Sashithal
Free Press Journal - Oct 03, 2015

His encyclopaedic knowledge and his lively presentation of subjects, as dry as astronomy, made him a celebrated figure.

Even thousands of years before, India had beco... Read More