Garden to Cup – A history of tea !

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, that not being offered a cup of tea would seem rude to many people! Let us see how tea began it’s journey in the jungles of Assam as a … Continue reading Garden to Cup – A history of tea !

Shivaji an analysis – by Prof Narhar Kurundkar

  Disclaimer : This post has not been written by me. It is reproduction of an essay authored by historian Narhar Kurundkar. It is one of the best analysis of Chhatrapati Shivaji , and originally intended as the Preface to Shrimaan Yogi. The greatness of Shivaji and his limitations must be understood clearly. It is … Continue reading Shivaji an analysis – by Prof Narhar Kurundkar

Defeat of the 8th century Arab invasion

For three centuries from 712 AD to 1001 AD, Indian kings kept Arab invaders at bay ! A totally unknown part of history , how an arc of Indian kings from Kashmir to Karnatak kept invaders at bay. The full article was published on DNA . Read here : Defeat of Arab invasion Check out my … Continue reading Defeat of the 8th century Arab invasion

Rudra Singha – Plan to invade Bengal

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 full article in DNA Newspaper  - Rudra Singha Check out my book on Lachit Barphukan at Amazon India

Google Hangouts session on Indian History with Vision India Foundation , IIT D , IIT R students

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 a group named Vision India foundation. It was indeed a privilege and honour for me to interact with them. A big thank you to Shubham Kumar for organizing the … Continue reading Google Hangouts session on Indian History with Vision India Foundation , IIT D , IIT R students

The Idea of India !

The Evolving Idea of India – Revisiting History The following write up of mine was published in a publication by IPPAI ­ a Delhi based organisation / think tank . Was also invited to speak at their Goa seminar (IPPAI's Regulator's and Policymakers Retreat , Marriot Hotel , Goa) but couldn't make it unfortunately. Extremely … Continue reading The Idea of India !

Astansari – Dhaundasari (Konkan to Ghat)- Crazy trek !

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 … Continue reading Astansari – Dhaundasari (Konkan to Ghat)- Crazy trek !

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 … Continue reading Chapter 3 – Jirga , Kandahar

Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS , Nagaland cadre)

  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 … Continue reading Foreword to Brahmaputra by Padmashree Achyut Gokhale (IAS , Nagaland cadre)