On a sultan who ate poison, loved samosas, had a giant moustache, chopped his enemies into pieces, and ruled with such fearsome success that, as a Sanskrit mahakavya tells, Indra's court paled in comparison and Saraswathi decided to emigrate to Gujarat.
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On a sultan who ate poison, loved samosas, had a giant moustache, chopped his enemies into pieces, and ruled with such fearsome success that, as a Sanskrit mahakavya tells, Indra's court paled in comparison and Saraswathi decided to emigrate to Gujarat.
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Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the forgotten "maharaja" of Travancore — @Manupillai's excellent essay:

"As the product of a fading matrilineal society, in theory Sethu Lakshmi Bayi ought to have lived a life of tremendous influence: When in power, she was addressed with the male honorific of maharaja, for instance, and while the British defined her as regent for her nephew, in practice they permitted her to govern like any other male ruler."

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The Maharani of Travancore, Madras, 1957. Today is Sethu Lakshmi Bayi's birth anniversary and also, as it happens, the day when four years ago I announced my first book, The Ivory Throne, after six years of research and writing :) Basically a decade since it all started.

My review of Avik Chanda's new book on the tragic Mughal prince Dara Shukoh--a beautifully written biography which, however, succumbs to romanticising Dara at the cost of fully understanding his historical reality.
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My review of Avik Chanda's new book on the tragic Mughal prince Dara Shukoh--a beautifully written biography which, however, succumbs to romanticising Dara at the cost of fully understanding his historical reality.
thehindu.com/books/books-revie

This is one part of our history that we should all be proud of and not be afraid of repeating.... Live peacefully together no matter what our differences. @Manupillai in yet another beautiful article. livemint.com/mint-lounge/featu

“Over a dozen tax officials interviewed by Reuters said they are stuck between a push to meet unrealistic collection targets, which influence their appraisals and transfers, and the fear of being accused of over-zealousness if they crack down on evasion.”
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Went to Baroda Palace the other day where there are de facto dwarapalakas at one entrance made of Murano glass tiles from the 1880s and another massive mosaic mural on an outer wall depicting a couple and their attendants. Indian themes but highly European in artistic influence. (Inside the palace and in the separate museum building is also an extraordinary 19th and early 20th century art collection.)

On what is believed to be the oldest mosque in India (in Kerala) and how the very architects, masons and carpenters who built temples to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti constructed, in similar style, houses of worship to Allah and Mary: livemint.com/mint-lounge/featu

Just confirmed: it is indeed @DerekOBrien on Mastodon! Good to have you here.

On what is believed to be the oldest mosque in India (in Kerala) and how the very architects, masons and carpenters who built temples to Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti constructed, in similar style, houses of worship to Allah and Mary: livemint.com/mint-lounge/featu

On Baiza Bai who held power in Gwalior for 6years & whose life featured a murdered father, an uninspiring husband, success as a banker, failure as an anti-British plotter, a love of horses, and an episode where she rode into battle w/an infant in her arms.
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Photographs from Tharananalloor Mana, ancestral home of the Padmanabhaswamy temple priests. Located in erstwhile Cochin territory, the house was a 16-wing mansion constructed by the Travancore rajah. Only 4 wings survive today but one beam within depicts the arattu procession in faraway Trivandrum, paying homage to the ruler who built the house in the nineteenth century.

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Read the summary here: bit.ly/2PY2Rv3
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