26 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
The Klementinum Library is easily the most beautiful library in the entire world. Originally opened in 1722, the library was a part of the Jesuit University. Today, it serves as a fine example of Baroque architecture. The opulent décor leaves no detail untouched, from the floors to the walls to t... Read More
 20 Nov 2016 Article/Essay
How Chanakya Dealt With Fake Currency And Corruption
By Sumedha Verma Ojha
Swarajya - November 18, 2016

Chanakya ultimately faced the same problems as the current government is facing in the present with corruption, counterfeiting and tax evasions. Flooding the economy with fake coins wo... Read More
 27 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
On Matrilineal Nairs , Diversity , and the nature of Uniformity to destroy Diversity
By Sunny Narang

The Khasis of Meghalaya and the Nairs of Kerala are both the uniquely matrilineal clans of India .

Jaintia and Garos are also matrilineal in Meghalaya but not so well known or historica... Read More
 18 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Book Review:

Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India
By Venkat Dhulipala
Published by Cambridge University Press - 2015

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In his book on the idea of Pakistan, the historian Venkat Dhulipala argues t... Read More
 15 Oct 2016 Article/Essay
Getting The Picture - The mystery of an iconic Partition photograph
By Anhad Hundal
Caravan - 1 September 2016

On 18 August 1947, the American magazine Life carried a photograph of BS Kesavan, who would soon become the first national librarian of newly independent India. Captured by the p... Read More
 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