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Apart from the wives and daughters of the Mughal Emperors, the matriarchs of the family played a critical role in establishing and keeping the Empire intact. Contrary to the many myths, education was quite important to Mughal Women. While Gulbadan Begum became the first to pen a memoir (Humayun’s biography), and would inspire future generations; Hamida Banu Begum collected manuscripts (which would later be inherited by Jahangir). Here’s a glimpse into some books owned by Hamida Banu Begum. Take a…

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At the age of thirty, a Kshatriya Prince from Bihar renounced the comforts of his palace to seek spiritual awakening. By the age of 72, he attained ‘nirvana’ and came to be known as Lord Mahavira. Jainism believes him to be the 24th Tirthankara (spiritual teacher). Lord Mahavira’s teachings are centred around the concept of ‘Ahimsa’ or non-violence. The Kalpasutra…

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Of the Mughal era-monuments in Delhi, many were built under the patronage of the Empire’s women. But somehow, the story of their accomplishments lacks detail in tourism brochures and hardly feature in schoolbooks! Owing to the growing popularity of heritage walks in Old Delhi, at least now one knows that Chandni Chowk was designed by Jahanara, Mumtaz-Shahjahan’s eldest daughter !…

The Muraqqa-e-Chughtai, Diwan-i-Ghalib is one of the most fascinating objects from the Partition Museum, Amritsar. With this illustrated selection of Ghalib’s poems published in 1928, artist A.R Chughtai shot to fame, in South Asia and internationally. The Artist : Abdur Rehman Chughtai Chughtai was an artist from Lahore, known for his distinctive style that combined the Mughal and calligraphic styles;…

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What does war look like? When you hear of the Indo-Pak Kashmir conflict, what is the visual image that comes to mind? A quick google-image-search reveals images of soldiers, politicians, protests : but we rarely see or hear the women. At the ongoing Chennai Photo Biennale, a powerful photo-installation is drawing attention to women in Kashmir. A collaboration between artist…

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