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 … Continue reading The Maharaja Takhta Singh Observatory of Pune !
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 … Continue reading SS Enterprise – First Steamship to India
“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 of Independence. It was actually sent by two young boys, William Brendish and J.W Pilkington who worked as signalers at the newly formed Delhi Telegraph Office. Clerks, sending and receiving messages as ordered to.The first telegraph line was tested in 1837 between Calcutta and the nearby … Continue reading The Post Office, the Telegraph and 1857
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 … Continue reading Purandar Fort – A post 1818 history.