A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav

A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav

A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav

This unique stepwell 18 km from Ahmedabad will take your breath away….

King Rana Veer Singh was the ruler of Dandai Desh, the area around today’s Adalaj. He was a descent from the Vaghela dynasty. A dynasty whose end was caused by Allauddin Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate.

King Rana Veer Singh was sensitive towards his subjects, especially their need for water considering the arid conditions in his kingdom. To provide for year round water for his subjects, the King decided to build a stepwell. Read more about A Masterpiece of a Well: Adalaj Ni Vav

Razia Sultan: India’s Most Underrated Ruler

Razia Sultan: India’s Most Underrated Ruler

Razia Sultan: India’s Most Underrated Ruler

Razia Sultan’s short reign in the 13th century was more radical than any other in Indian history

We’ve read about Boudica’s wrath and Joan of Arc’s exemplary leadership. We’ve heard great stories of Queens and lady warriors in Europe and Russia but do we have similar counterparts in India as well?

Yes we do.

India, has been a vast country never fully united in history like it is today. But India’s capital Delhi has seen power struggle and court politics for centuries together.

Most of us may point to the Mughals and say that they were the first to rule from the region of Delhi. Although this is not true.

The first Islamic rulers in India were not the Mughals but the Delhi Sultanate rulers. They came to the subcontinent from Turkey. Since they haven’t left many beautiful monuments to gawk at unlike the flamboyant Mughals, the Delhi Sultanate is almost forgotten by us today.

Nonetheless, as history would have it, the Delhi Sultanate left behind something more important and awe inspiring than even the Taj Mahal– a female ruler.

This female ruler is known to us as Razia Sultan. Unfortunately she isn’t a part of folklore as much as she should be. Razia Sultan is not even prominently mentioned in history textbooks. Let us set history right today and learn more about this incredible Muslim female ruler. Read more about Razia Sultan: India’s Most Underrated Ruler

The Curse of Fatehpur Sikri

The Curse of Fatehpur Sikri

The Curse of Fatehpur Sikri

This beautiful city Emperor Akbar built had a tragic fate

Red sandstone on more intricately carved sandstone and in that sea of red, a peaceful white marble abode, calm and serene. That is how you could describe Fatehpur Sikri.

I visited the cities of Delhi and Agra a couple of years ago. It was one of those long awaited school trips, the best of the lot. Needless to say, we had tremendous fun. It was icing on the cake that this trip came long with a package of many historical monuments.

Amongst these plethora of historical monuments, is the city of Fatehpur Sikri. If you look at legends, the origins of Fatehpur Sikri all point to Emperor Akbar.  Read more about The Curse of Fatehpur Sikri

India’s First Major Financial Scandal- the Mundhra Scam

India’s First Major Financial Scandal- the Mundhra Scam

The Mundhra Scandal gathered nationwide interest after all it was India’s First Major Financial Scandal

“Zindagi ke Saath bhi, zindagi ke baad bhi”

If you are an Indian you should know who I am talking about.

The Life Insurance Corporation of India is the biggest life insurance company in this fast growing economy. But did you know, till 2000 LIC was the only life insurance company in India.

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The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower Part 2

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower and its Astonishing Details

The Eiffel Tower has so much of history and stories to share, they are all hidden in its details

*This a follow up article to Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower though it can be read as a stand alone too

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower

The Parisian Charm is hard to miss especially atop the Eiffel Tower. The city of Paris spreads beneath your feet. The hustle bustle is not to be heard, the delicious smells of crepes and baguettes seem far away, the top of the Arc de Triomphe peeks at you amidst houses. It is indeed a spectacular view.

However we have seen such incredible aerial views- from the airplane when the skies are clear or perhaps from a mountaineering trek this view is not that jaw dropping. However almost 128 years ago, no one had seen the world from such heights. The idea of a nice flight alongside the birds was only via a hot air ballon. Such frivolous pleasure rides were exclusively for the rich. The spectacle that was the Eiffel Tower could almost lay the entire world underneath your two feet for a few euros! That was fascinating for most.

The story of the Eiffel Tower is overwhelming, awe-inspiring and mind boggling.

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One of the First Financial Scams in History: Tulip Crisis

One of the First Financial Scams in History: Tulip Crisis

One of the First Financial Scams in History: Tulip Crisis

Would you sell your house to buy a tulip? Some people almost did that

Financial scams are some of the most powerful frauds ever. They can throw the entire country or worse even the world in turmoil. We frequently hear of a financial scandal breaking families and burning holes into people’s pockets. We hear how prices have plummeted or sometimes broken through the roof and how people have lost jobs.

As a student of Commerce, we learn about business ethics and all the new laws and governance codes enforced on businesses yet the scandals just keep cropping up like annoying website pop-up ads.

‘Money is the root cause of all evil,’ isn’t it? Fascinatingly so, this has been the case ever since money was invented.

Paper money was a method of currency. Soon this was not enough. People wanted to make their money grow for them without having to slog for it. And this idea has stuck in human minds till date.

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6 Instagrammers Talk About The Most Influential Women in History

7 Instagrammers Talk About the Most Influential Women in History

7 Instagrammers Talk About The Most Influential Women in History

And this is enough to get you all inspired to go change the world

Do you think there were inspirational women in the past before women got any rights and a say in society? You’d be surprised to know that there wasn’t just one but many women who have achieved groundbreaking accomplishments in their own right. Some women fought wars, others were mathematicians, some helped run entire countries. These are the women who make your heart swell with pride and assure you that you to can make your own mark in this world.

The best place to seek this motivation is none other than good old Instagram. There are many history fanatics who are on a mission to get these trailblazing yet forgotten women in history to you.

This March I asked them all a question- Who is the most inspirational woman in history, according to you? Here are their answers- Read more about 7 Instagrammers Talk About the Most Influential Women in History

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower

The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower Part 1

The Parisian charm and visiting the Eiffel Tower- my treasured travel memory

It seems to be extremely difficult to imagine the city of lights without its Iron Lady, as the Parisians have dubbed the Eiffel Tower. Paris has been the city for lovers and lights alike and there is no other monument in the world which combines the both together is such a simplistic manner.

This iron tower stands as a stark difference to the rest of Paris. The city of Paris is the haven for artists, painters, poets, writers, food lovers, perfumers and every one who believes in the idea of pompous elegance. The Eiffel Tower though seems to be neither very elegant or very coquettish. On the contrary it appears out of place and crude in the backdrop of French and Baroque architectural styles. Despite this, we can’t think of Paris without talking about the Eiffel Tower.

It is easy to think of the tower as a very modern sculpture. When was the Eiffel Tower built?

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The Princely States of Hindustan

The Princely States of Hindustan

The Princely States of Hindustan

Land of Tigers -The Rajputs

 

“India is a place beyond all others” said one of the 19th century’s most famous poets and native of India, Rudyard Kipling. From antiquity to present has India been a place of unfathomable wealth, a land of maharajas, nizams, sultans, and warrior princes, a crucible of faith and empire which had often attracted both the commerce and conquest of foreign powers such as the Mughals, Timurids, French, and English. At the heart of this wealth and struggle for political order were the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh rulers, who descending from age old dynasties were among the most opulent and extravagant rulers in history. They built palaces of heavenly beauty, hosted the grandest of processions such as the Delhi Durbar, and were noted for their fortunes that would make even the gods envious. Thus when one sees a photo or listens to a story about them it is hard not to be struck with awe, yet their legacy today is also one of great controversy, for to secure their power often did they submit to and aid in the foreign occupation of India. For this when India achieved independence in 1947, within a decade did everyone of these centuries old monarchies crumble.

The Princely States of Hindustan
The Chamber of Princes was a body consisting of all the heads of the Princely States and presided over by the Viceroy of India

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4 Monuments That Are Symbols of Love

4 Monuments That Are Symbols of Love Love is of multiple types and these four monuments celebrate it in its different forms This February as we celebrate love, it is but obvious that we must talk about those monuments that symbolise eternal love. You must have pictured the Taj Mahal as the ultimate symbol of […]