Chilling parallels can be seen in the Covid19 pandemic and India's war on smallpox. A gripping account of how a WHO team broke down doors, tailed devotees of the Smallpox Goddess, and used a novel technique to ‘break the chain’ in the 1970s. In 2 years, India was smallpox-free.
It is hard to imagine Washim as anything but a nondescript town in Maharashtra, yet it was the seat of the King who built the world-famous Ajanta Caves. Catch the story of one of the Deccan's most powerful but forgotten dynasties, in Part II of our series on the Vakatakas
The next time you’re chugging along in a train in India, spare a thought for the pair of tracks underneath. It took a century of politics and economics to decide on what the ideal distance between a pair of rail tracks – or ‘gauge’ – should be. Buckle up for a bumpy ride.
Embroidery is synonymous with Kutch and, in the last few decades, the craft has undergone a great revival. In our online discussion, Heritage Matters, meet some of the people who support local artisan communities and have helped reinvent Kutchi embroidery to ensure its longevity
Iswarchandra Vidyasagar was a fearless social reformer and educator, who took on the Hindu orthodoxy in his campaign for women’s rights. Here’s a refreshing look at a pioneer of the Bengal Renaissance, who also contributed to vernacular education and Bengali literature.
Harry Hobbs rose from being a humble piano tuner to Municipal Commissioner and a member of Calcutta’s upper crust. 'Calcutta’s oldest living European resident' was also one of its most beloved raconteurs. Here are some fascinating insights from his works
The Indian freedom movement bred tales of incredible bravery but few are as incredible as that of Rajamani. She was a teenage Indian spy in Burma, whose dramatic story, which includes living in a tree to save her life, will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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