Queen of Fire: Read an excerpt from Devika Rangachari's novel about Rani Lakshmibai, the rebellion simmering in Jhansi
Rangachari draws a detailed portrait of how the newly-widowed Rani Lakshmibai took the reigns of an unsteady kingdom into her own hands.
In conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni: The bestselling author on new book The Last Queen, and her craft
In Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's latest book, the forgotten story of Rani Jindan Kaur comes to life.
Nandini Sengupta on how her childhood pets inspired her to write The Blue Horse, a collection of animal tales
The Blue Horse is filled with animals that can talk, think and feel in keeping with traditional storytelling cultures that attribute to animals their own distinct point of view.
Read an excerpt from Sarbpreet Singh's Night of the Restless Spirits, a searing narrative of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots
Eight stories chronicle the lives of different characters attesting to the loss, betrayals and rage wrought by the violence of 1984.
The Friday List: From the storytelling spectacle dastangoi to a tour of ringmaster Gregangelo's home museum, your weekly calendar of virtual events
Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.
White Mughals, Whitewashing, Whitesplaining: The neo-colonial manipulation of our history by its self-appointed gatekeepers
As long as we allow people with colonial mentalities to act as the self-appointed gatekeepers of our own history, culture, and knowledge systems, placing them upon a pedestal because of their accents or social circles, the process of decolonisation is incomplete.
A fascinating new history of Dara Shukoh delves into the life, ideas of Mughal scion who would have been king
An immensely fascinating subject, Dara Shukoh was a modern intellectual: a practicing Sufi, scholar, theologian, poet, calligrapher, chronicler, builder, connoisseur of the arts, and an indefatigable evangelist of syncretic ideas that were centuries ahead of his time
Laal Kaptaan’s textured portrayal of warrior ascetics brings a new, much-needed focus to an obscure history
Although the presence of warrior ascetics has been known in some quarters, it has variously been attributed to the advent of Islam and the depredations of Muslim rule in the subcontinent
William Dalrymple’s The Anarchy offers a vivid reconstruction of Indian history under East India Company
William Dalrymple's new book The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence and the Pillage of an Empire deals primarily with the East India Company, its history and doings in India, concluding with its final triumph when it defeated the Marathas and directly or indirectly controlled all of India under Richard Wellesley
How Meerut's Kali Paltan Mandir, launchpad for the Sepoy Mutiny, is a beacon of the city's rebellious spirit
The Augarnath temple, locally known as the 'Kali Paltan Mandir', has an interesting story behind its name. During British rule, the Indian soldiers in the regiment were called the ‘Kali Platoon’ (black army). Since the temple was located close to the soldiers’ quarters, it came to be called as the ‘Kali Paltan Mandir’, which eventually went on to become a launchpad for the Great Revolution of 1857.
Rajasthan govt's move to 'roll back BJP's changes' in history textbooks has academicians displeased, students resigned, parents worried
The Congress government in Rajasthan has decided to change the biography of freedom fighter Veer Sarvarkar in the history textbooks of the state curriculum.
India's history of hate needs retelling; secular paradigm has its own problems and requires revision
A new secular paradigm should not be afraid to admit Hindu and Muslim identities have deep roots
Muslim women of 20th century India are being celebrated through a history project that decimates stereotypes
A new history project-cum-exhibition called Pathbreakers puts together the stories of 21 Muslim women who — the horrors of Partition notwithstanding — rose to prominence in modern, independent India.
On Amish Tripathi's attempt to connect India's past, present, and the Brahminism of his Ram Chandra series
If Amish Tripathi’s enormous popularity means that a sizeable part of the educated class shares his attitudes, it could be a cause for alarm | #FirstCulture
Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama on Friday said the younger generation needs to focus and learn more about the ancient knowledge.
Over 40 of Dillu Ram Kausari's eulogies to Prophet Muhammad were compiled in a book called Hindu Ki Naat
India and the World is a first-of-its-kind exhibition where 228 artefacts contributed by three musems will establish the interconnectedness of the world and its people, over centuries
Ordinary objects steeped in the past form the mainstay of the Museum of Material Memory | #FWeekend
Historian challenges Yogi Adityanath's statement that Taj Mahal 'has no connection with Indian culture'
Noted Mughal historian R Nath, who has written over 50 books and authored more than 200 research papers, accused the chief minister of belittling the genius and excellence of people and ignoring the contribution of Mughal rulers to Indian arts, culture and literature