The town of Aihole in Karnataka is famous not only for temples built by the Chalukyas of Badami but also for an inscription dedicated to a mighty 7th century CE King. Find out what it reveals and why it must be taken with a pinch of salt
What if we told you that India’s most iconic cosmetics brand, Lakmé, was launched because Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had a brainwave? Here are some fascinating facts about post-Independent India’s first cosmetics company.
In Kashmir, architecture acquired new dimensions and possibilities as a result of the syncretism this region provided. Hakim Sameer Hamdani's new book traces the historical identity of Kashmir within the context of Islamic religious architecture between the early 14th and mid-18 centuries.
India’s only woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, made the cut as a powerful syndicate in the Congress party wanted a puppet. But it didn’t take the ‘goongi gudiya’ long to prove she had nerves of steel. Here’s the story of Gandhi’s spectacular rise and how she held her own.
The decision to set up a university in Aligarh has revived the memory of a royal who renounced the good life to become a revolutionary and fight for India’s freedom. History remembers Mahendra Pratap as the founder of India’s first Government-in-Exile. Here’s his incredible story.
Sultan Zain-ul-Abidin was a progressive ruler of the Shah Miri dynasty of Kashmir and was known for his innovative socio-economic reforms that could teach us a thing or two even today. More than 500 years later, his legacy continues in the music and handicrafts of the region.
Salvaging India’s film heritage from crumbling celluloid reels, hunting down prints in cowsheds and attics, and making iconic Indian and world cinema accessible to all was his life’s mission. Catch the story of pioneering film archivist P K Nair and his priceless body of work
The 11th-century collection of Indian legends and folk tales, 'Kathasaritsagara' as written by Somadeva is well known for life lessons that can be taken from all of the stories presented in the compilation. Author Meena Arora Nayak’s new retelling of the Kathasaritsagara, the first major rendition of the epic in a quarter-century, closely follows the adventures of Naravahanadatta and brings these ancient tales to new and enthralling life.
Exactly 100 years ago, the Malabar was engulfed in the Mappila Rebellion. Was the revolt a part of the nationalist uprising, was it a communal tragedy or much more? Read about one of the most violent phases in the region and the debate that has erupted in its centenary year
She broke the glass ceiling more than once and went on to become the first woman Chief Justice of a High Court in 1991. Catch the story of Justice Leila Seth, who as a ‘lady judge’ was asked to organise official tea parties but who learnt early to stand up to the patriarchy.
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