Darjeeling Himalayan Railways in the 19th century – Vintage Pictures

“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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“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 in Rajasthan –
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“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 reveal many a story
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A city with a curious blend of tradition and modernity, Chennai has a rich historical legacy. Formerly known as Madras, Chennai was a leading urban location and naval base, at the time of the British rule. Madras derives its name from Madrasapattnam, a fishing village located on the Coromandel Coast, where the British East India Company had
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I asked my soul: What is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life. ~ Mirza Ghalib An excerpt from Delhi : A Novel, by Khushwant Singh. Delhi, a city with a rapidly changing skyline, has been a part of India’s ancient history. Indraprastha, the legendary capital of Pandavas, is described in
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