Shahjahanabad

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Manan Kapoor
Although Chandni Chowk is a clumsy, congested market with narrow alleys today, it was once the centre of trade in Shahjahanabad. Built in 1650 by Jahanara Begum, daughter of Mumtaz Mahal and Emperor Shah Jahan, this glorious bazaar has a distinct charm that remains unmatched. (Photo Courtesy:…
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Giles Tillotson
Thomas Daniell (1749–1840) and his nephew William Daniell (1769–1837) travelled extensively in India between 1786 and 1793. On their return to Britain they produced many paintings, drawings and prints based on the sketches they had made while travelling. The 144 aquatint prints, collectively known…
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Manan Kapoor
The Bhagirath Palace electrical market is one of Chandni Chowk’s most famous bazaars, visited by thousands in search of lamps, lights and electrical knick-knacks. However, not many are familiar with the intriguing history of not only the 19th-century building that was once a symbol of power and sex…
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Manan Kapoor
Mirza Ghalib is a household name in the Indian subcontinent—a figure who is synonymous with Persian and Urdu poetry. The timeless nature of his verses and the universality of his themes have resulted in his works transcending borders and languages. Thanks to translations of Ghalib's ghazals to…
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Syed Mohammad Qasim
  Philosophy   Sufism is often described as a path—a path which is both the origin of the journey as well as the intended destination. Completing this voyage (from being with God before birth, with the illusory separation in-between—to being with God again after death, when one reunites with the…
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Jolly Rohatagi
  Shahjahanabad, now known as Old Delhi, has been a city where traditional crafts have been a part of the lifestyle of the residents. There is so much to see in its bazaars as we wade past the fruit sellers, tea shops, cloth merchants, artificial jewellery sellers, etc. The sounds and sights amaze…
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Dr Uzma Azhar
Around c. 57 BC, ‘Dilli’ was founded by Raja Dhilu, a king from the Mauryan dynasty who reigned in the 1st century BC (dates vary in different accounts)—and in c. 1450 BC, Indraprastha was said to have been established by Yuddhishthira, the eldest Pandav. Delhi remained the capital for rulers of…
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Rana Safvi
  Dilli saat baar ujadi aur basi.   (There’s a popular saying that Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt seven times)   Yet, Delhi remained unbowed, intact in its unique culture, leading a life of its own. As Hazrat Amir Khusrau wrote:   Hazrat e Dehli kanf e deen o daad Jannat e adan ast ke abaad baad…
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Dr Uzma Azhar
  Shahjahanabad, like the other older cities of pre-Partition India such as Lucknow, Hyderabad, Lahore, etc., was built by the Mughals in the medieval era. The cities had a few common characteristics—the city mosque-fort, a bazaar around it, very distinct socio-economic strata spread out from the…
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