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 !

The ghost of 1857 forever haunted the British Empire

The backbone of the British Empire was the army it created in India. It had one of the best cavalry and armed soldiers amongst all its colonies comprising of Indian and British soldiers. The British Army ensured that the subjects and the slaves lived in constant fear and retribution. Hence, the 1857 ‘War of Independence’ … Continue reading The ghost of 1857 forever haunted the British Empire

Durga Malla – Gorkha in INA

The role of the INA is often under rated when we discuss India’s freedom struggle. It singularly threatened to achieve what the British Empire was mortally scared of — a repeat of the events of 1857, with the added advantage of a highly-trained and modernised army. It is with relation to this INA that we … Continue reading Durga Malla – Gorkha in INA

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

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

Jagannath Puri – Survivor of 18 invasions

This article, published in Indiafacts , is a summary of the eighteen invasions the temple of Jagannath at Puri had to bear. The overwhelming majority of them in the medieval ages. Read the full article at : Indiafacts - Jagannath Puri Check out the author's books on Indian history at Amazon India 

Kapilendradeva: An invincible Odia king

The founder of the Gajapati dynasty ascended the throne at Bhubaneswar in 1435 AD. Fighting numerous wars in all directions, his empire eventually would include all of today’s Odisha, as well as parts of Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh etc. Who was this great unknown king ? Read my full article in DNA -- … Continue reading Kapilendradeva: An invincible Odia king