Saha Sutra

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B.N. Goswamy
The collection of texts, which goes under the name the Bower Manuscript, points towards things that India was known for throughout the pre-modern world once. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes about this text written on birch bark dating to the Gupta period, and the sharing of ideas in ancient times between…
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Shruti Chakraborty
Long before the Taj Mahal emerged as THE monument of love in the world, there were several others as well—some even predating the seventeenth-century mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for Mumtaz Mahal. Here, we list five. (Photo Courtesy: Arian Zwegers/Wikimedia Common) Think of a monument of love, and…
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Madhav Nayar
As students across India protest against the CAA and NRC, there is an increased interest in scholarship on student movements in the postcolonial context. We attempt to highlight milestones in student politics since Independence. (In pic: The iconic September 1977 photo of JNU student leader Sitaram…
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Paromita Shastri
The Jhulta Minars, or Shaking Minarets, in Ahmedabad are one of only two of the kind in the world. Having baffled architects, design engineers and tourists alike, we attempt to find out more about these unusual minarets that once belonged to the Sidi Bashir mosque. (Photo courtesy: The British…
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Narayani Gupta
Just in his 20s, architect and artist Gordon Sanderson assumed charge of conserving and landscaping many clusters of historic monuments. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, Sahapedia focuses on the young archaeologist’s engagement with Delhi’s architecture, and his fascination for the craftsman…
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B.N. Goswamy
Two books on the life and times of Burma in the early 20th century talk about Burmese silk having been 'introduced from Assam and China at an early date along the Irrawaddy Valley'. Prof. B.N. Goswamy talks about how 'hundreds of these Muneepoorian captives were put to weaving' in Burma in the…
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B.N. Goswamy
Ibn Batuta has often been called the 'greatest of Muslim travellers'. Prof. B.N. Goswamy writes how the Moroccan traveller was in every conceivable part of northern Africa and Asia, covering some 75,000 miles, over just twenty-nine years. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) This article appeared…
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Shruti Chakraborty
The Handmade Paper Institute in Pune has the unique distinction of providing the paper on which India’s Constitution was first written. It even supplied silk-based paper for Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi’s wedding. We explore its vibrant history over 80-plus years. (Photo Courtesy: World Digital Library)…
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Bhavana Pankaj
Mandodari is much more than just Ravana’s wife from Ramayana. Who was she? What are her origins? We explore the rich lattice of story-work that gives us a fascinating Mandodari, if not a definitive one. (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)   Mandodari (one of the slender waist). The name…
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Narayani Gupta
British architect Edwin Lutyens was given the task of designing the Viceroy’s House (which we now know as Rashtrapati Bhavan), and the imperial enclave in 1912. As part of the series ‘Reading a City’, we look back at the master town-planner’s legacy. (Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) Of the many…
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