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
 24 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
“Whoever has entered rooms which used to house volumes, maybe over the course of centuries, is aware of the feeling of holding ancient documents and books, and can imagine the emotion to give a new life to works that a long sleep has laid still for years. Through the bookseller’s search there ... Read More
 24 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime
By Asta Thrastardottir
Business Insider

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.

To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent ... Read More
 12 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
The Man Who Purchased Kashmir
By R.S.Gull
Published in Kashmir Life - June 2015

It was extraordinary for an illiterate man to evolve into a crafty warlord who worked for others to create his own empire. Promoted by Khalsa Durbar, he allied with the East India Company, and eventually rai... Read More
 11 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Colonial India - British versus Indian Views of Development
By Bipan Chandra

Two divergent theories of economic development were evolved by the British and Indians during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The two had divergent, rival perceptions of the nature of economic changes... Read More
 10 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Book review:
The Inordinately Strange Life of Dyce Sombre by Michael H Fisher.
By William Dalrymple
The Guardian - 2010

William Dalrymple marvels at the tragic and extraordinary life of Britain's first Anglo-Indian MP.

At around 4am on 21 September 1843, a man recently certified as a lunatic es... Read More
 9 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
England's First Non-European Civil Servant
By Jennifer Howes

This portrait is of Raja Ram Roy, the first non-European to be employed within the British Civil Service. When he arrived in Europe in 1831, it was never his intention to work in London. However, circumstances altered the fortun... Read More
 8 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
The Gayatri Mantra

The verse:
Om bhoor bhuvah svaha,
Tat Savitur varenyam,
Bhargo devasya dheemahi,
Dheeyo yonah prachodayat.

The translation:
"We meditate on the adorable glory of the radiant sun; may he inspire our intelligence."

What is mentioned, and what is not

Try a thought experiment. ... Read More
 8 Aug 2015 Article/Essay
Goddess Gayatri and History of Gayatri Mantra

Extract from: Hindu Gods and Goddesses
By Swami Harshananda
Published by Sri Ramakrishna Ashrama, Mysore - 1982

Gayatri Devi is an incarnation of Saraswati Devi, consort of Lord Brahma, symbolising the "shakti" (strength) and "dev" (quality) of Know... Read More