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The (hi)story behind the Taj Mahal

he A post by our guest blogger, Vandhana K., a sixteen-year-old who talks in puns and writes in poems, enjoys tasty food and tasteful books (both at once if she can get them).  This is the story of how the Taj Mahal, the epitome of historic architectural finesse came into being in Agra, in the heart of… Continue reading The (hi)story behind the Taj Mahal

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The Story of Jaipur, Part 5: A City is Born

It was the year 1727. Twenty years have passed since the death of the Emperor Aurangazeb, the last of the Great Mughals and the Empire’s glory days are fading rapidly. After Bahadur Shah, Aurangazeb's heir, monarchs come and go with the changing seasons. By 1719, the real power behind the throne are a scheming duo… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 5: A City is Born

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The Story of Jaipur, Part 4 : Brother’s Keeper

Young Jai Singh was quite pleased with himself. At the age of twenty, he had recaptured his kingdom from the Mughal Empire and symbolically declared his independence by performing the Vajpay Yagna, an ancient ritual reserved for absolute monarchs.  In the eyes of the Rajputs, the House of Amber had regained much of its lost… Continue reading The Story of Jaipur, Part 4 : Brother’s Keeper

Jai Singh & Vajpey Yagna
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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