Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

The Queen who reigned over Great Britain for over 6 decades in the 1800s had a very different view of gender equality

Imagine living in a lavishly decorated mansion. Enough rooms to house a mini army.

Despite all this, imagine sharing a room with your mother, having to hold your governesses hand while climbing down the stairs even when you are as old as 17. Never being left alone, playing with the plethora of dolls you own but never having any real friends your own age except maybe your German governess to keep you company.

This was how Queen Victoria grew up.

Her frustration is very evident in the famous anecdote about when she became the Queen.

Two men from St James Palace arrived at the 18 year old Princess’ home at Kensington Palace bearing the news of her uncle’s death. Victoria was asleep. Read more about Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

A brief history of Bombay

Maybe it seems like a fantasyland, a land where money grows on trees. Or maybe it is just a throbbing vein that attracts blood cells from all over. Be it the fish eating Konkanis, the carol singing Goan Christians or be it the Banias from the north- You’ll find each kind of human specimen thriving here. This is Mumbai.  Read more about How Bombay Became Mumbai

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata's Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

The Esplanade House is tucked behind the Bombay Gymkhana ignored by the daily commuters; once upon a time India’s famous House of Tatas called this place home

Today the old mansion is hidden behind foliage and dwarfed by other similar buildings around it. However back in the day, it was all you could have seen as you took a walk across Bombay’s esplanade.

The lush green esplanade with a sense of calm that follows after a long day in the factory would have been soothing. The Arabian Sea, a cradle for the tired sun, a copious water mass stretched out ready to put the sun to bed was indeed an inviting view.

Jamshedji Tata was of a similar opinion. He had come a long way from the grimy factory life. He owned his own empire which he had built from his father’s merchant business.

Jamshedji shared a dream with his father Nusserwanji- what if they constructed a home here for their family and enjoyed the view not just while taking a walk across the esplanade but living right opposite to this grand view itself. It was also conveniently located a short distance from the Tata headquarters. Read more about Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

Must See Historical Places in Delhi

5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Delhi spoils you for options on historical sites to visit. Which five should make your list? 

Delhi has seen the play of power. A relentless greed for control and rule. It has seen the first Islamic Rulers that came to this Indian subcontinent and captured it. Delhi has seen Hindu Temples, Islamic Mosques and been witness to many of India’s hot political topics. After all, it is where the Indian Parliament sits, the Indian President stays and plenty of tourists flock to see the capital of India.

If you are one such tourist in Delhi, trying to keep an eye out and hand securely over your pockets, whirling through the crowds, wondering wether your local guide is lying to you at least make sure that you visit these Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Of course though, I haven’t visited all the multitudes of historical destinations Delhi has to offer but I have in the time that I spend here, visited a few famous ones.

My trip to Delhi went by in a blur of excitement, delirious happiness and in a frenzy with friends knowing it was the best school trip we would ever have, miles away from home.

Luckily for me, my less than average (horrible I mean) camera skills helped me remember the spots we had visited more eager to joke around with each other yet find the time to reflect on what our history textbooks had said.

From all those cherished memories and photographs here are the 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi Read more about 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Antara Das explores Budapest, a melting pot of cultures filled with history and vibrance

Budapest, made of two towns Buda and Pest, are split by the Danube but connected by bridges. They were once two different cities. Everyday there is something new to find or discover here, as the locals suggest.

Yes, this city has a lot to offer, right from it’s rich historical architectures, to bustling nightlife, cafes and amazing food. Budapest will savour all your senses. So on the occasion of my birthday which other city to explore than this beautiful Eastern European wonderland.  Read more about Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

George Thomas: the Irish Rajah of India

George Thomas: The Irish Rajah of India

George Thomas: The Irish Rajah of India

The surprising story of a young lad from Ireland who became a Rajah in India

While speaking with my fellow history enthusiast I came across a man named George Thomas: the Irish Rajah of India. I was very intrigued by this. How did an Irish Rajah never make it into our history books?

I did some research and indeed such a man did exist. He is a part of multiple memoirs too. George Thomas has gone down in books as an incredible man, one who won plenty battles in his time in the subcontinent.

This victorious stories though seem very fishy. All these memoirs he stars in as a hero have been penned down by Europeans. Back in the 18th century European men, especially those away from their homeland had a special talent to record facts in a very dramatic fashion. These exaggerated facts made their way onto Army men’s boss’s desks and then were passed into other influential hands, often changing the order of events. Sometimes or rather most of the times, these stories were cooked up to impress unassuming naive young ladies back home in Europe.

Considering all this, what remains the crux of George Thomas’ life is the fact that he did lead a rather remarkable one. Thomas went from being a nobody from Tipperary in Ireland to the Rajah of Hansi in India. So how did his life play out? Read more about George Thomas: The Irish Rajah of India

Highnoon in the Raj Part 3

Highnoon in the Raj- Part 3

Highnoon in the Raj- Part 3

This is the last part of the three part series written by Gerald Kuchyt. Read the previous part here

 

Franz Ferdinand had begun his journey in Bombay, travelled south and was mesmerised by the North-east.

The Archduke absolutely loved the tea clad hills of Darjeeling,

“A wall of fog as if grown out of the valleys lies just up to the throning peaks which emerge out of the clouds. In olympic calm, bloom and decay of peoples these ephemeral being in the aeons of existence. A feeling of helplessness overcame me in view of nature at such a grand scale that even the most hard headed person has to bow in humility.”

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Deciphering the Pandav Caves

Deciphering the Pandav Caves

Uncover the relatively unknown Pandavleni in Nashik 

Nashik is India’s wine capital. It produces about 75% of the total wine produced in the country. However this is a recent development. About 2000 years ago, the region around Nashik was not a wine producing area but a centre of Buddhist activities.To remember its cultural past, Nashik sports its very own cave complex- the Pandavleni.

It was my first visit to Nashik and the temperatures in summer were a gruesome 40 celsius. So it was after much debate that we decided to save our visit to the Pandavleni for another trip in winter.  Read more about Deciphering the Pandav Caves

Highnoon In The Raj- Part 2

Highnoon In The Raj- Part 2

This is the second part of the three part series written by Gerald Kuchyt. Read the first part here

Franz Ferdinand had been to Ceylon where he was mesmerised by the people and the culture. From there he journeyed to the busy city of Bombay. He wrote about his first impression of Bombay-

“A thick fog covered the sea during the morning. When the veil lifted the profile of Bombay and the surrounding mountains became visible.”

He was again taken up by the people and the culture in this vast country under the British Raj- Hindustan.

From Bombay, he ventured into south Indian cities of Tadur (Telangana) and Hyderabad. Read more about Highnoon In The Raj- Part 2

Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers

6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers

6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers

Tips when you plan your British holiday, from a heritage lover’s experience

The red telephone boxes, London black cabs, the Monarchy and history are what entice me to the United Kingdom. The UK has held my fascination for years. It was a dream to visit this country and see the red telephone booths, the Underground and the many historical monuments with my own eyes.

My travels led to the northern Scottish Highlands and down south to London. If I were given a month to explore Britain it wouldn’t suffice! The castles that adorn the Aberdeenshire county in Scotland and the well known heritage buildings in London are simply overwhelming.

Where to travel to? What to see and what to skip? Deciding which destinations to explore in Britain is indeed very difficult.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to visit Aberdeenshire. This county in Scotland has about 300 beautiful castles whether they be ruins or mighty fortresses.

In this article I would like to recollect and point you to the top 6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers. This list might make it easy to plan a trip and not miss the beautiful historical destinations. I have personally visited these historical sites. There are of course hundreds more that you can explore which are equally magnificent.

If you decide to travel to all the mainstream destinations in the UK, you must take some time to visit these and add them to your list if you haven’t already.

I must advice you- make sure you at least read a gist of British history. Britain has a huge, vast history. If you don’t know any, you could easily be lost!

Lets begin with our Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers Read more about 6 Must See Historical Destinations in England and Scotland for Heritage Lovers