Monthly Archives: January 2014

Sultan Shams-ud-din Iltutmish

Shams-ud-din Iltutmish (reigned: 1211-1236) was the third ruler of the Slave dynasty. He founded the Delhi Sultanate in 1211. Rise to Power Coins of Iltutmish His full royal title was Shams-ud-dunya w’al-din Abu al-Muzzafar Naib Amir Almu’minin Iltutmish – Nasir … Continue reading

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Sultan Ghiyasuddin Balban-A Pining Father

In the year 1287, Kushki Lal (Red Palace), was again filled with mournful wails of men, women, wives, concubines, all. The wives of the deceased threw off their veils and dishevelled their hair in utter misery; for the length and … Continue reading

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Talking of Ghosts!

Charged with gusto of encountering a paranormal activity, I stayed at Savoy Hotel (Mussoorie), for a couple of days and nights as well, alone in my hotel room. This was in 1987, when I had gone to do my course … Continue reading

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Beauty Tips-The Natural Look (After 50.5 yrs.)

1. No need to use Eye Shadow and stuff. Dark circles around the eyes do the trick. 2. Save on Mascara. The eye lashes have disappeared. 3. No need to thread the eye brows. They are already pencil line slim … Continue reading

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Chandni Chowk ka Chawri Bazaar ……

“Woh raqs, woh raqqasayen, woh Dilli ki galiyan, woh Chandni Chowk ka Chawri Bazaar-Woh beete daur ki batein…….” Photo of a Nautch Girl, sitting with her richly embroidered sari and her shy, yet assured look,photographed in Old Delhi on 1920s … Continue reading

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Ancient Sources of Knowledge

Tajur Masir – Hassan Nizami : This is the first historical narrative of which deals with the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. The author gives in detail the military exploits of Qutobuddin Aibek from 1192 to 1206. The … Continue reading

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A Powerful Sultan ill-Destined to the Ravages of a Saint’s Curse – Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq aka Ghazi Malik

Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq’s Coins Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq aka Ghazi Malik was destined to rule, to set up the Tughlaq Dynasty, to be embedded in memory of history of India. Just for information-“Tughlaq” is a name which originated from “Qutluq”. The original name … Continue reading

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Madarsa

Taaleem nahin tthi aasaan guzre zamaane mein……………. Image: The Madrasa Jurist. Painting by Muḥammad Riżā ca. 1611 (Or.7535, f. 25r).   (Source: BritishLibrary archives) During the time of Mughal Emperor Akbar, the syllabus of Madrasas all over the country was called … Continue reading

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Hijde ka Gumbad

India Gate of today proudly stands where once the nondescript ‘Hijde ka Gumbad’ once existed. Till a century ago, that location was where the ‘Hijde Ka Gumbad’ stood, silently nestled at the foothill of Raisina Hills, forlorn, gradually dilapidating and … Continue reading

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Qasr-i-Hazar Sutun

“Qasr-i-Hazar Sutun” – the palace of a thousand pillars built by Ala-ud-din Khilji in Jahanpanah-fourth medieval city of Delhi, no longer exists, but its memories and traces reverberate through time. The exquisitely carved wooden pillars of the palace could not … Continue reading

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