What were the Buddha’s last words, his final instructions? Here’s a look at what records remain, and what now stands in the place of his passing – Kushinagar, a tiny kingdom at the foot of the Himalayas and one of the four most significant sites of Buddhist pilgrimage
Fort William College was meant to train young British lads for the Company but it ended up as a great centre of Indian languages. Find out how a college set up by the East India Company became the ‘birthplace of modern Hindi’ and went on to even influence the Bengal Renaissance
History may not remember him but Bhaskar Varman was one of Assam’s greatest emperors. During his half-century reign, he greatly expanded the borders of Kamarupa and used diplomacy to ensure that his fame spread to new lands. Catch the story of the last and most dynamic king of the Varman dynasty
Maharaja Duleep Singh of Punjab, the little boy who handed over the Kohinoor to the British, was one of the most enigmatic and tragic personalities in Indian history. Discover the unknown facets of his life, in conversation with British historian, Peter Bance.
A mission to protect a site where the early Parsis hid their sacred fire led to the discovery of an entire medieval port in Gujarat. Catch the story of how the Sanjan excavations not only supported accounts of the Parsis’ arrival in Gujarat, but also helped reveal a once flourishing city!
In the early 19th century, two simians were the toast of the town in colonial Calcutta. In this moving essay, we introduce you to Lady and Sir Oran, among the first orang-utans in India to be scientifically studied as they lived amidst human society.
On a rainy afternoon in August 1914, revolutionaries in Calcutta pulled off an arms heist that sent shock waves through the British administration. All it took was a bullock cart that ‘lost its way’. Catch the dramatic story of the ‘Rodda Arms Heist’ and its stellar cast of characters