THREE YOUNG STUDENTS loiter at the gate, debating who should foot the Rs 15 entry fee. The matronly ticket seller (with a distinct south Indian accent) tells us, “Only garden entry. No climbing.” Sleeping dogs startle awake at the tread of strangers. A ... Open Magazine, 1 month ago
IN 1575, a lady by the name of Gulbadan Begum set out on pilgrimage to Mecca, only to find herself delayed for an entire year in Surat. The authorities wouldn’t grant her permission to sail, and in the end she had to arrange for the town of Bulsar to be ...Open Magazine, 2 months ago
A dual biography traces the lives of two courtiers and poets in the Mughal court against the backdrop of the courtly intrigues, brutal power struggles and the grand literary endeavours of that period. Bairam Khan and his son Abdur Rahim were soldiers, poets ...Business Standard, 2 months ago
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