A piping hot cup of tea is something we routinely drink and also offer any and every guest. In fact, it is so common a courtesy, … Continue reading Garden to Cup – A history of tea !
What does ” Alternate History” mean to me ? What is a layman’s approach to history and how should that be addressed in my opinion ? … Continue reading There are two sides to a coin
Disclaimer : This post has not been written by me. It is reproduction of an essay authored by historian Narhar Kurundkar. It is one of … Continue reading Shivaji an analysis – by Prof Narhar Kurundkar
For three centuries from 712 AD to 1001 AD, Indian kings kept Arab invaders at bay ! A totally unknown part of history , how an … Continue reading Defeat of the 8th century Arab invasion
The great Ahom king Rudra Singha had mobilised 4 lakh soldiers to invade Mughal-ruled Bengal, but his untimely death at Guwahati stalled the campaign Read my … Continue reading Rudra Singha – Plan to invade Bengal
Some days ago, I was invited for a Google Hangout session by a group of IIT Delhi and IIT Roorkee students, some of them associated with … Continue reading Google Hangouts session on Indian History with Vision India Foundation , IIT D , IIT R students
The Evolving Idea of India – Revisiting History The following write up of mine was published in a publication by IPPAI a Delhi based organisation … Continue reading The Idea of India !
I had been on one ‘offbeat ‘ trek with the trekking group ‘ Offbeat Sahyadris ‘ before . It is something I like about this group , of doing treks other than well trodden routes . Its certainly their USP . So when Priti asked whether I could come for a trek from Valvan to Kandat , across two mountains , I readily agreed . In any case there had been a very long hiatus since I had trekked last , what with my job keeping me away from the country for half a year 😀 . We , eight … Continue reading Astansari – Dhaundasari (Konkan to Ghat)- Crazy trek !
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
Mr. Achyut Madhav Gokhale is a Padmashree awardee . He served in Nagaland cadre of IAS for 23 years as also for 12 in the Central Secretariat. He was Member Secretary of a GoI Committee set up to study the Bodo agitation, which gave him deep insights into Assamese culture and history. He has written this book’s foreword. Read about him here Book – “ Brahmaputra ” – The Story of Lachit Barphukan Pgs : 232 , Price Rs 250 Purchase on flipkart or with Amazon Fulfilled (Free Shipping) FOREWORD There was so much of ignorance, born out of indifference perhaps, about … Continue reading Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS , Nagaland cadre)