Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tragic Life of the Daughter of an Unfortunate Father- “Princess Jani Begum” and “Prince Dara Shikoh”

“Jani Begum” aka Jahanzeb Banu Begum (d. 1705) – the Mughal princess, was the daughter of Crown Prince Dara Shikoh and his consort Nadira Banu Begum and the granddaughter of Emperor Shah Jahan and Empress Mumtaz Mahal. She was affectionately … Continue reading

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Nadir Shah and his paranoia, narcissism, egocentricity, grandiosity, military genius……

This is not an account of the conquests of Nadir Shah. That has been written about umpteen numbers of times. This is a story of the mentality of the person who lived within Nadir Shah. Nadir Shah aka Nader Shah … Continue reading

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Son of Shah Jahan-Shah Shuja-in a futile Battle for Power

Defeat and the Price Paid for Defeat…………. Prince Shah Shuja was the second son of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal. Shuja was born on 23 June 1616, in Ajmer. Died 7 February 1661 (aged 44) near … Continue reading

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The Khilji Dynasty-An Entourage of Power, Treachery and Bloodbath! (and also the vagaries of nature!)

Jalaluddin Firuz Khilji  (died 20 July 1296) – was killed by Alauddin Khilji, his nephew and son-in-law. Jalaludin Khilji aka Malik Firuz, was the first sultan of the Khilji dynasty, who reigned for four years- from 1290 to 1296. Born … Continue reading

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Life of Mughal Princesses-Lonely and yet not so Lonely

There was commotion in the Mughal harem……………… !!! The Emperor was getting married-perhaps for the 20th time! Amidst the rustle of silks and brocades, melodious sounds of songs, music and dance, the elderly dowagers voiced their advises, interrupted by the … Continue reading

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Battle Cries of the Past

The history of Delhi aka Dilli – the throbbing heart of Hindustan, has been carved out of days of past glory, conquest, conquerors, victories, losses, conspiracy, battles and bloodshed. Timur’s Battle Scene UNESCO archives The horrifying memories of some battles … Continue reading

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A Virtuous Queen who was an Epitome of Bravery

Rajasthan-the abode of proud Rajput clan is besotted with examples of supreme sacrifice and bravery. The brave men and women and queens and kings of Rajasthan have a long trailing history of valour, righteousness and patriotism, drenched in blood. Neither … Continue reading

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A Coup during Mughul Era-an Empress rescues an Emperor

Mahabat Khan aka Zamana Beg- Nur Jahan and Jahangir – all in the saga of a historical high drama of the early sixteenth century…………. Mahabat Khan – Originally known as Zamana Beg, had proved himself as a capable General and … Continue reading

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Qudsia Begum-The Tale of an Empress, in Fame and Notoriety.

Qudsia Begum aka Udham Bai an Empress, a Mother Dowager and the Emperors-her husband and son and also an Eunuch Udham Bai – (c1705 – 1754) was a Mughal queen. She was married to Emperor Muhammad Shah (1719 – 1748). … Continue reading

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Lal Bangla

The tomb of Enticing Lal Kunwar- a dancing girl destined to be a queen.  Portrait of Lal Kunwar This Mughal color-wash drawing, Walters manuscript leaf W.712, dates to the12th century AH/AD 18th and depicts Lal Kunwar, the beloved of the … Continue reading

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