Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar – A great Indian reformer

By Bhudeb Chakrabarti   India, in the 19th century, witnessed the peak of Britain’s colonial era, with the administration of the country shifting from the East India Company to the British Empire in the mid-19th century. This was also the period in which the many reform movements were initiated in an attempt to clear the web
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By Bhudeb Chakrabarti The extract from the poem ‘Jhansi Ki Rani‘ by Subhadrakumari Chauhan, is an ode to the valiant queen of Jhansi, who had challenged the British to defend her Kingdom and became a leading figure in India’s First War of Independence against the British rule. Here’s a look into the life of the brave queen, a
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“Mere Sapno Ki Rani kab aayegi tu….” This romantic Hindi song from the movie Aradhana had enchanted hundreds of thousands of people from all over India in the 70s. Sitting atop an open jeep, Rajesh Khanna, crooned the lively song to woo Sharmila Tagore, who sat reading a book in the Toy Train, as the miniature steam engine
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By Somali K Chakrabarti Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, was also once the city of adab and tehzeeb (etiquette and manners). Refined speech, manners, art, literature, poetry and “Nawabi” style cuisines once marked the culture of the city. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, on the bank of River Gomati, has a cultural legacy shared by Hindus and Muslims,
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By Somali K Chakrabarti “And here, over the portals of my fort, I shall cut in stone the word which is to be my beacon and my banner. The word which will not die should we all perish in battle..” –  Ayn Rand, The sacred word Taking on from my last post on Forts and Palaces
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By Somali K Chakrabarti “Sublime wonders lie in store, I am shown a regal residence; a mighty kingdom, an empire with more grandeur than before …”   – E.A. Bucchianeri, Poetry for the Phantom of the Opera Forts and palaces never fail to fascinate me. These rare examples of architecture offer a glimpse into the past grandeurs and
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