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 !

Katraj Aquaduct – Pune’s 18th century water supply

Pune of the 18th century was the focus of the Maratha empire. The city added ever new areas and the population boomed. Little wonder then, that the Peshwas were faced with a common municipal problem - water supply ! This article by me describes the Katraj aquaduct system set up by the Peshwas of Pune. … Continue reading Katraj Aquaduct – Pune’s 18th century water supply

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