25 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
RBSI Essay Series:

The Trading Guilds of South India and South-East Asian histories.
By Sunny Narang

We cannot understand India and South-East Asian histories without understanding the Tamil and Kalinga empires and the trading guilds of South India .

I am continually shocked at the bad and st... Read More
 25 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Reinventing the Library
By Alberto Mangueloct
NYT - October 23, 2015

Plato, in the “Timaeus,” says that when one of the wisest men of Greece, the statesman Solon, visited Egypt, he was told by an old priest that the Greeks were like mere children because they possessed no truly ancient ... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Ancient civilization: Cracking the Indus script
By Andrew Robinson
Nature magazine - 20 October 2015

Andrew Robinson reflects on the most tantalizing of all the undeciphered scripts — that used in the civilization of the Indus valley in the third millennium bc.

The Indus civilization f... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
The Colonial History of Sculptures from the Amaravati Stūpa
By Jennifer Howes
Extract from the book: Buddhist Stupas in South Asia
Published by Oxford University Press, Delhi - 2009

The first Buddhist site to be examined and excavated in India by the British was the second- century stūpa ... Read More
 19 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
This hero stops the plunder of India's past

'Imagine how secure are our seaports and airports that 10,000 objects can leave every decade and our custodians are not even aware?'

'This kind of targeted looting when thieves pick and choose the best of Indian art and steal on an... Read More
 4 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Interview with D.N. Jha, historian of ancient India and the author of
‘The Myth of the Holy Cow'
By Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta
Frontline - 2012

Q: Your book ‘The Myth of the Holy Cow' dispels the impression that Muslims introduced beef-eating in the Indian subcontinent. What were the m... Read More
 2 Oct 2015 Article/Essay
Relevance of Sanskrit in Contemporary Society
By B Mahadevan
Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in 2003

..."The first and the most important and dominant theme, in the last two to three years is that if you talk anything about Sanskrit, then it is immediately brand... Read More
 29 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Humans of New York

“I’m a rare book librarian. I get to touch books every single day. My colleague and I have a joke that we are Defenders of Wonder. A physical book assigns a sense of reverence to the content inside. It’s the same feeling you get when you look at a painting or hear a piece of m... Read More
 25 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Mosque in Kerala dates back to the Prophet's time
Times News Network | Jul 20, 2015

KODUNGALLUR (Kerala): One will find nothing unusual about this place of worship for Muslims as one drives past this town in central Kerala, just 30km north of Kochi. But it's when you go in and chat up w... Read More
 23 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Sultan-ul-Mashaikh, Mehboob-e-Ilahi, Hazrat Shaikh Khwaja Syed Muhammad NIZAMUDDIN AULIYA (1238 – 3 April 1325) (Urdu: حضرت شیخ خواجہ سیّد محمد نظام الدّین اولیاء), also known as Hazrat Nizamuddin, was a famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the Indian Subcontinent, an order that believed in ... Read More
 22 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Love and Betrayal in India: The White Mughal
By Marina VaizeyFriday
04 September 2015

William Dalrymple finds in an Anglo-Indian marriage that crossed cultural boundaries hope for today.

William Dalrymple has discovered a fascinating true romance from history in this story of the relat... Read More
 21 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
The vivid paintings that record a Briton's love of Delhi
By William Dalrymple
BBC News - 19 September 2015

A book of illustrations painted in the 1840s captures the Indian capital, Delhi, in all its glory shortly before the 19th Century's biggest anti-colonial revolt - and the British b... Read More
 20 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Indian Elephant Corps under the Ghaznavids
by Syed Jabir Raza
Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Mumbai - 2012

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An Imperial Mughal procession in an extensive landscape
Lucknow, circa 1770
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 19 Sep 2015 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
 17 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Ganapati Bappa Morya

Morya Gosavi or Moraya Gosavi (Morayā Gosāvi) alias Moroba Gosavi was a prominent saint of the Hindu Ganapatya sect, which considers the elephant-faced god Ganesha as the Supreme Being. Morya Gosavi is considered the chief spiritual progenitor of the Ganapatyas and has been ... Read More
 16 Sep 2015 Article/Essay
Nawabs and their love to see self on canvas
By Shailvee Sharda
TNN | Nov 2, 2014

LUCKNOW: Narcissism omnipresent now in the form of 'selfies'—pictures people click of themselves—was manifest in the form of portraits the high and mighty got painted of themselves for posterity. Nawabs of ... Read More
 31 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
What poetry has to do with math
By Rohan Murty
The Indian Express - 31 August 2015

Over the past year, I have heard my friend, mathematician Manjul Bhargava, give several public lectures on the deep connections between poetry, Sanskrit and mathematics. Like many other mathematicians bef... Read More
 26 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Charles William Bartlett (British, 1860-1940)

Charles William Bartlett was one of the first artists to work with the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Bartlett designed a total of 38 woodblock prints for Watanabe, beginning in 1916 and lasting through 1925. Twenty-two of these prints were pro... Read More
 24 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Whether to Read

For some bibliophiles, the merits of the content are irrelevant: They judge books by their covers. An often-told tale has a collector, a Mr. Locker, taking a rare book with a small imperfection back to a binder. The binder examined the faulty cover and then, looking over his spec... Read More
 24 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
20 Libraries In India Which Will Appeal To Every Bookaholic!
By Mohita Adhvaryu

We often exalt libraries across the world for their collection, their architecture etc. but we often fail to notice the beautiful libraries we have at home. These libraries in India are not only spreading k... Read More