Marathas : Administration and finances in the 18th century

 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

Maratha – Rajput relations in 18th century- A complete mess

The fractured and disjointed nature of the events in this part of the country showed me the limits of a historical novel . I did not have the luxury of putting a title on top – Marathas and Rajputs – and then blazing away with all facts and figures .  Through this blog post , I will try and paint a picture of the scene that was Rajasthan in the 18th century . When the Marathas were on the ascent and the Rajputs had become truly free after serving some or the other sultanate for upwards of 800 years . … Continue reading Maratha – Rajput relations in 18th century- A complete mess

An avatar of Shrimaan Yogi – Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar

Uniting the whole land of Bharatvarsha and rejuvenating Hindu religion and Hindu religious places was Chhatrapati Shivaji’s dream. Ahilyabai Holkar gave the much needed religio – cultural coat to the political and military conquests of Peshwa Bajirao and Maratha sardars such as Malharrao Holkar and Jayappa Shinde. She gave the strong support of dharma to the political and military conquests spanning a whole century. The Marathas had built their empire over the smouldering ruins of the Mughal Empire. The political renaissance that followed under the Marathas was given the pillars of cultural and religious renaissance by Ahilybai Holkar. In a … Continue reading An avatar of Shrimaan Yogi – Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar

Chhatrapati Shivaji -An inspiration for many generations

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