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Cooking up a 4000-year-old curry

History. The word conjures up an unsmiling teacher driving a classroom of children into a slow coma by reciting a litany of irrelevant dates and places. The lessons never feel connected to anything real or useful. I remember a particularly dull day in sixth grade when our teacher brought up the Indus Valley Civilization. She droned on about… Continue reading Cooking up a 4000-year-old curry

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

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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