Jai Singh & Vajpey Yagna
History

The Story of Jaipur, Part 3 : Divine Approval

The first decade of the 18th century is drawing to a close. For the first time, in nearly 150 years, the House of Amber, in what is today North-Eastern Rajasthan, was free of the Mughal Empire. Its young ruler, ‘Sawai’ Jai Singh, the one-and-a-quarter king, was in a quandary. He knew that his position as… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 3 : Divine Approval

History

The Story of Jaipur, Part 2 : A Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse

Dear friends, the fanatical Emperor Aurangazeb is no more. His son, Shah Alam defeats his brother, Azam Shah, to take control of the Mughal Empire and crowns himself Emperor Bahadur Shah, the brave king. The hero of our story, the young royal from Rajasthan, ‘Sawai’ Jai Singh of the House of Amber, scion of the… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 2 : A Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse

History

The Story of Jaipur, Part 1 : A One and a Quarter King

Dear friends, over the course of a fortnight, I am going to narrate a fascinating story - a tale of ambition and trickery, of battles fought for pride and of alliances forged in secret - a historical saga that very few remember today. You will meet a wily king, one who was worth one and… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 1 : A One and a Quarter King

History, Pavan's Adventures

The City Where A Rabbit Chased A Dog

Over a thousand years ago, King Asha Bhil ruled from Ashavalli, a town on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Gujarat. Lying at the crossroads of many trade routes, the town grew prosperous as time went by. Merchants brought silks from China and perfume from Arabia; taking back fine cotton textiles and spices from… Continue reading The City Where A Rabbit Chased A Dog