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A History of Mughal Cuisine through Cookbooks

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On any given weekend, my head is usually occupied with the thoughts of food. The tastebuds have been working over time for a year...
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In Pictures: Christian Art in the Mughal Period

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The Introduction of Christianity Jesuit missionaries were the first group of Europeans to visit the Mughal court. They initially arrived at the Portuguese colony of...
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The Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta : Salar Jung Museum

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This is probably the most-photographed sculpture at the Salar Jung Museum. Popularly known as the "Double Statue of Mephistopheles & Margaretta", this sculpture is...

The Romance of Laur-Chanda

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Love stories never go out of fashion, especially when they are narrated using songs and drama. The story of Laur and Chanda, is one...
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In Paintings: Diwali & A History of Firecrackers in India

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This Diwali, I'm exploring the many paintings that depict the celebration and ethos of Diwali while digging out the history of firecrackers. The use of...

In Objects: Ramayana across South-Asia!

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Having been brought up in a Bengali household, the run up to Durga Puja & Dussehra would always be full of Mahisasur-Mardini stories, and it is only on Diwali that I would revise the little I knew of Ramayana.  Working in the crafts space for 8 years now, I’ve seen how different episodes and Rama stories inspire artists not only across India, but various South-east asian countries. And then, the other night I went for my first Ram-Leela. The story was told slightly differently from the one I kne
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Guru Nanak and the Monster Fish

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Guru Nanak and the Monster fish is a story that teaches us the values of Sikhism - that of having your faith and focus...

Nataraja : The Lord of Dance

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WHAT IS IT? 'The Nataraja' is one of the most important, visually thrilling forms of the Hindu god Shiva. Artists in Tamil Nadu, India began to...

Naan Wa Halwa : An Illustrated Manuscript

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WHAT IS IT? Naan wa Halwa (Bread and Sweets), is a an illustrated manuscript about the merits of the ascetic life. It was composed in Persian...

The Everlasting Flame

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Contributed by Sunny Narang There are about 130,000 Parsis or Zoroastrians in the world , about 61,000 in India , 25,000 in Iran and 14,000...
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