Rudra Singha – The greatest king of North East India

Originally published in DNA on 26 Feb 2017 When we speak of medieval Assam, Lachit Barphukan is perhaps the only name known to us, for his exploits against the Mughals. But the person who took Assam to its cultural and political zenith was a king named Rudra Singha, who ruled between 1696 and 1714 AD.Continue reading “Rudra Singha – The greatest king of North East India”

The Maharaja Takhta Singh Observatory of Pune !

First published in DNA on 15 September 2019 The Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics or IUCAA has put Pune on the astronomy map of the country for over 30 years. The radio telescope at Narayangaon (GMRT) is another feather in the astronomy cap. But, while these are well-known recent modern day developments, what isContinue reading “The Maharaja Takhta Singh Observatory of Pune !”

SS Enterprise – First Steamship to India

Originally published in DNA on 20 Jan 2019 Many of you must have read about the first train in India — the famous 1853 run from Boribunder to Thane. It heralded a new dawn for communications, industry and transport in India. An equally important event happened 30 years prior to that, in 1825 in Calcutta.Continue reading “SS Enterprise – First Steamship to India”

The Post Office, the Telegraph and 1857

“We must leave office; all the bungalows are being burnt down by the sepoys of Meerut. They came in today morning. Mr. Todd, we think, is dead. We are off.” – This short message sent on a telegraph line from Delhi into the Punjab in 1857 probably changed the course of India’s First War ofContinue reading “The Post Office, the Telegraph and 1857”

Purandar Fort – A post 1818 history.

Originally published in DNA on 8 Sept 2019. When things had reached the breaking point between the East India Company and the Peshwa Baji Rao II in 1818, the British set out on a campaign to capture the forts in the Sahyadris. Purandar, along with Sinhagad, Raigad and Trimbak, commanded a status of importance evenContinue reading “Purandar Fort – A post 1818 history.”

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 aContinue 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 thisContinue 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 travellersContinue 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