Garden to Cup – A history of tea !

A piping hot cup of tea is something we routinely drink and also offer any and every guest. In fact, it is so common a courtesy, that not being offered a cup of tea would seem rude to many people! Let us see how tea began it’s journey in the jungles of Assam as a … Continue reading Garden to Cup – A history of tea !

The Peshwa’s private zoo !

The Peshwa was a fifteen-year-old boy named Sawai Madhavrao. For the entertainment of the young Peshwa, a menagerie — a collection of birds and animals — had been set up in the jungles near Parvati. It housed a large collection of fauna — tigers, lions, a lynx and even a rhino! Read more about this … Continue reading The Peshwa’s private zoo !

The Bombay – Poona Road : Story of a highway !

In today's world, travelling from Mumbai to Pune or vice versa is a breeze. For those of us who remember the two-lane road and its serpentine traffic jams, the Expressway came as a much needed relief. But connectivity between the two cities has a long and interesting history. A history involving war, Wellesley, metalled roads, … Continue reading The Bombay – Poona Road : Story of a highway !

European travelers in medieval India

Prosperity drew many a traveler from Europe to the shores of India ! Portuguese , French , Germans , Spaniards , Italians as also Hungarians , Polish and the odd Russian all can be found. Read this article by me , originally published in DNA , to know more about these intrepid travellers. European travellers … Continue reading European travelers in medieval India

Durgadas Rathod – Embodiment of valour

The brave Rajput who challenged Aurangzeb's rule and freed Jodhpur from the clutches of the Mughal empire. Read the complete article by me in DNA --> Durgadas Rathod Aneesh Gokhale is the published author of two books and numerous articles. His books can be purchased at --> Amazon India

Katraj Aquaduct – Pune’s 18th century water supply

Pune of the 18th century was the focus of the Maratha empire. The city added ever new areas and the population boomed. Little wonder then, that the Peshwas were faced with a common municipal problem - water supply ! This article by me describes the Katraj aquaduct system set up by the Peshwas of Pune. … Continue reading Katraj Aquaduct – Pune’s 18th century water supply

Chilarai – The swift – as – a- kite Koch warrior

The Senapati of the kingdom of Koch Behar led many victorious military campaigns. He also gave protection to Shrimant Shankaradeva and rebuilt the destroyed Kamakhya temple in Guwahati. Read more about him in this article by me , originally published in DNA : Chilarai - Swift as a kite Koch warrior

What happened to Jaichand of Kannauj ?

Jaichand is today a name synonymous with treachery. But what exactly did he gain by siding with Ghori ? A comfortable life one would reckon ? Find out in this article by me , published in DNA -->  What happened to Jaichand of Kannauj

Amazing journey of the Nassak diamond

We have all heard of the Kohinoor , this article tells the tale of the lesser known " Nassak diamond" In a span of about 150 years, it had travelled from the Trimbakeshwar temple at Nashik to being in the personal possession of over a dozen people spread across three continents and at least six … Continue reading Amazing journey of the Nassak diamond