Sahyadris to Hindukush (Flipkart & Amazon India)

Sahyadris to Hindukush – The Maratha Conquest of Lahore and Attock Second edition !!! Pgs : 187 Price : Rs 200 Purchase on FLIPKART Purchase on Amazon India Interview in DNA viz Sahyadris to Hindukush ‘A historical novel describing the rise and spread of the Maratha empire , culminating in the conquest of Attock , situated on the banks of the holy river Indus ( Sindhu ) .’ ———————————————————————- The year is 1740 and the budding Maratha empire has already spread across much of western and central Hindustan .Their commander Bajirao has died an unexpected and untimely death . The … Continue reading Sahyadris to Hindukush (Flipkart & Amazon India)

Raireshwar – Nakhind – Aswalkhind : Jan 2011

DAY 1 : Raireshwar – Nakhind – Kudali It had been 5 months since my last trek , what with me being away in Delhi . For someone accustomed to trekking once every 20 odd days , 5 months was quite a sabbatical ! . So when Priti asked whether I was interested in a trek to Raireshwar , and further to Nakhind and Aswalkhind , I jumped at the chance ! More so , because this would be a raw , hardcore trek , right from finding the correct route . Organized trekking , though hassle free , does … Continue reading Raireshwar – Nakhind – Aswalkhind : Jan 2011

Why have I chosen to write “Brahmaputra”

Do check out this great animation on Lachit Barphukan of which I was happy to be a part in providing the info . Many thanks to Akshay Joshi for the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fOayADK5NY Book : Brahmaputra Pgs : 232  , Price : Rs 250 Available on Amazon India   and  Flipkart Why have I chosen to write a book on Lachit Barphukan ? A person largely unknown outside his native Assam ? I had chanced upon an Amar Chitra Katha (comic book series on various personalities) on Lachit Barphukan around fifteen years ago. The Assamese warrior valiantly fought against the Mughal empire. What … Continue reading Why have I chosen to write “Brahmaputra”

Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar

Sample pages from  ” Sahyadris to Hindukush “ Chapter 3 — Jirga , Kandahar   The dry brown-red cedar leaf crunched under the horse’s hoof, splintering into a hundred pieces with a distinct crackle. Rehmat Khan Barakzai, astride the sturdy Arabian horse, wrapped his keffiyah closer to his face, to protect himself from the chilly autumn winds that had begun to blow across the Afghan city of Kandahar. He looked across the barren landscape, a drab mixture of  grey , light brown and yellow. Here and there, the spruce and deodar trees sprang out of the ground, bereft of leaves, … Continue reading Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar

Peshwa Bajirao v/s Mohammed Khan Bangash – Bundelkhand , 1729

Unfortunately, while a few popular books and now one popular movie has been produced on Peshwa’s love affair, the actual conquest of Bundelkhand by Peshwa Bajirao and its importance has somehow been lost. Here is my small attempt to rectify the same. The strategic importance of Bundelkhand —  The region of Bundelkhand is located on the border of today’s Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. As the below map will show, it borders the Malwa and Terai on the west and south , the very important Ganga – Jamuna doab on the east and ofcourse the capital Delhi to the north. … Continue reading Peshwa Bajirao v/s Mohammed Khan Bangash – Bundelkhand , 1729

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Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals

Today I shall talk about Lachit Barphukan – a household name in Assam, but largely unknown outside of that region. He is perhaps the reason why Assam is a part of India today and retains , nay celebrates its dharmic and Indic connections. He led a the Assamese armies against the Mughals and ensured that Assam remained free. The Sena dynasty of neighbouring Bengal (by this I mean West Bengal and Bangladesh both) was overthrown by 1206 by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq and the same year attacks on north east started. They wud continue every now and then for next four hundred … Continue reading Lachit Barphukan – Defeater of Mughals