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Afsarwala (?) Mosque and Tomb Complex

Afsarwala Mosque & Tomb Complex. Afsarwala Mosque and Tomb Complex 1803 Painting Mosque of Afsarwala Tomb of Afsarwala Internet The mosque sits on a raised platform, to the southwest of Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb adjacent to the mosque is better … Continue reading

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Madhi Masjid and Baagh e Naazir-Delhi

I chanced upon Madhi Mansjid whils I was looking for Baagh e Naazir. Little did I know that the area has now been taken over by Ashoka Mission, a Buddhist organization. Baagh e Naazir (“Garden of Nazir”) was built by … Continue reading

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Tales of Lost Pride

Article taken in toto from Internet Living a `lost’ legacy Of the many descendants of the Moghuls living in Hyderabad are Begum Laila Umhani and her sister Husn Jahanara Begum and their families. Shorn of any royal or political patronage, … Continue reading

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8 Indian Royal Families Once Wealthy but Struggling To Survive Today

(Compiled from Internet) The wealth of royal families (500+ of them) in India has been in decline for all, for a long time. Their flamboyant lifestyles have been whittling away dramatically after independence from Britain in 1947. The various royals, … Continue reading

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Jehangir-The Curious Emperor (From Jahangir-Nama)

Jahangir Jehangir can be called the first scientist emperor (and only) of India. He had child like enthusiasm to discover something new and keenly observed nature and animals. Jehangir’s temperament for discovering new things and new facts was unmatched. He … Continue reading

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Nai-ka-Maqbara

‘Nai-ka-Maqbara’ (in the fore ground) Internet Photo Barber’s Tomb or ‘Nai-ka-Maqbara’ as it is locally refered, is located in Humayun’s Tomb complex. It stands on a platform on the south-east side of Humayun’s Tomb, which is not even 3 minutes … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Talkatora

Remnants of Talkatora Photo Credit-Monika Bradoo Talkatora Bagh/Garden is a Mughal-era Garden situated on the Mother Teresa Crescent (previously Wellingdon Crescent) in New Delhi. In ancient times, it used to be a tank and a Swimming pool. The Marathas defeated … Continue reading

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Khwajasara’s of Jahangir and Shahjahan

1. Khwajasara Aitbar Khan and his tomb 2. Khwajasara Firuz Khan and his tomb Aitbar Khan literally means-a trustworthy man. Perhaps this was the reason why Khwajasara Aitbar Khan was given the responsibility to manage the royal harem of Jahangir, … Continue reading

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‘Abdu’n Nabi’–At the court of Akbar

Akbar showed great respect for the two leading religious leaders at the court, Makhdum-ul-Mulk and Shaikh Abdul Nabi. Makhdum-ul-Mulk, who had been an important figure during the reign of the Surs, became even more powerful in the early days of … Continue reading

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Inside a Harem – Dar Harem Awurd-Dar Nikah Awurd

Dar Nikah Awurd (brought into the legal wedlock) and Dar Harem Awurd (admitted to the harem) these were used in order to indicate the manner in which particular women were admitted into the Harem, as the number of legally wedded … Continue reading

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