Meet Wazir Chand - The scientific community has intervened very late at Rakhigarhi. The villagers had been selling finds from this site to bounty hunters for the past 20 years. Wazir Chand was one local resident who didn't sell, but built up a collection which he ...
The journey of Abdur Razzaq
By Aadisht Khanna
LiveMint - Sep 02 2011
Years before the 18th century had travellers and explorers—and travel writing—too. Generals, missionaries or ambassadors would bring in details of the places they had visited between descriptions of military tactics or...
In 1880s, people were coaxed to move out of city to Malleswaram, Bangalore
MALLESWARAM: Did you know that Malleswaram got its pin code 560003 because it was the third `extension' created out of the old city? Or that the temple after which it was named contains an outcrop indicating it w...
The Mastani Mystery
By Mitali Parekh
Ahmedabad Mirror | Sep 13, 2015
Chitapavan brahmin Bajirao I married Mastani and they had a son named Shamsher Ali Bahadur (born Krushnarao). His descendants became the Nawabs of Banda district (in Uttar Pradesh), but lost their estate in another inc...
The Goddess and a Sultan: Hindu Coinage of Tipu Sultan
Published in The Seringapatam Times
Tipu was also a master at propaganda. Along with attempting to help the Math recover, Tipu wished to emulate the example of Karnataka’s greatest ruler, Sri Krishnadevaraya who initiated the custom o...
One of the most intriguing items in the British Library Persian manuscripts collection is a small unexceptional looking volume which contains a personal record, written in his own hand, of 37 dreams of Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore.
Why we love to hate Tipu Sultan
By Vikram Sampath
LiveMint - 09 November 2015
After the storming of the fort of Srirangapatna in May 1799, which led to the annihilation of the most feared foe of the British—Tipu Sultan of Mysore—the victors found a curious toy in his chambers. “The Musi...