The second edition of my book Battles of the Maratha Empire is now out. Covers important battles from the days of Chhatrapati Shivaji to the fall of the Maratha Empire. Read about Pratapgad, Salher,Palkhed, Rakshasbhuvan, Kharda, Delhi, Laswari, Panipat in a single volume. Purchase at : Battles of the Maratha Empire The newer edition incorporates a number of letters from contemporary sources, to go with the relevant chapters. Do go through them to enrich your experience if you have read the first edition. I hope these letters pique your interest in Battles of the Maratha Empire. Continue reading Battles of the Maratha Empire – Important letters and quotes.
This is sample chapter from my latest book ” Battles of the Maratha Empire” . The full book covers many more such pivotal battles – Pratapgad, … Continue reading The Battle of Salher – 1672
Jaichand is today a name synonymous with treachery. But what exactly did he gain by siding with Ghori ? A comfortable life one would reckon ? … Continue reading What happened to Jaichand of Kannauj ?
Hemchandra conquered Delhi and Agra . He won twenty two consecutive battles against the Mughals. He was crowned as a monarch and took the title “Vikramaditya” … Continue reading The Forgotten King – Hemu
So you actually clicked on that title !! Wow ! That’s quite amazing . I hope you can brave it out till the end of this blog .Well , would just like to discuss the basics of administration , finances etc in the 18th century . The boring jobs that the Peshwa and others did when they weren’t invading kingdoms left , right and centre . Ofcourse , the boring jobs were then introduced to these conquered people . I will concentrate on specifically the Peshwas for the purpose of this blog . The land , just like today’s talukas … Continue reading Marathas : Administration and finances in the 18th century
I want to speak here about the third battle of Panipat and the disproportionate importance it has in our knowledge and understanding of India’s history. There are more pages written about 14th January 1761 than there are on the eighty years preceding it or the forty years following it. Continue reading Maratha Empire – The Panipat Fixation.
A short write up on Maratha cavalry and military system in 18th century Continue reading Maratha Cavalry
Zahir ud din Babur arrived from faraway Samarkand in 1526 and annihilated Ibrahim Lodi’s army at Panipat . Lodi was no pushover . What made the difference ? Babur’s guns , the likes of which the Indian sub continent had … Continue reading MARATHA ARTILLERY
Chhatrapati Shivaji was one of the greatest men to be born in this country. His exemplary vision and courage gave us “swarajya” from the clutches of the Mughals and Turkic sultanates. A lot has been written about his prowess on the battlefield the incidents involving Afzal Khan, Shaiste Khan, the battle at Kolhapur, the siege of Salher (a fort near Nashik), are all legendary and excellent examples of how Shivaji put the terrain and the meagre resources at his disposal to good use to win against far more formidable enemies. Bravery and cunning were gifts found in ample measure even … Continue reading Chhatrapati Shivaji -An inspiration for many generations