A vile plan was devised by a handful of powerful princes to not join either India or Pakistan and instead create a third dominion called Princestan consisting of the 565 princely states and retain paramountcy. However, three persons stood in the way...Author and journalist Sandeep Bamzai throws light on this subject on #LHIBookClub
‘Blacked-out’ by contemporary chroniclers, the Kalabhras acquired an air of mystery for the lack of information on them. Yet they seem to have held sway over the deep South of India for 300 years. We dive into Tamil country and find how they were on the wrong side of history...
The temples at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh are synonymous with erotic art but did you know that these astonishingly sensual carvings comprise only 10 percent of the sculpture on these medieval masterpieces? Catch the story of Khajuraho’s temples, the builders of these magnificent shrines and why they fell to ruin
Kharavela was the mighty king of Kalinga who rebuilt the empire destroyed by Ashoka and greatly expanded its territory. Yet we know so much about him from so little – just 17 lines of text inscribed in the Udayagiri caves in Odisha. Catch the story of this powerful but enigmatic ruler whose legacy lives on to this day
How is the great Egyptian Pharaoh Ramesses II connected to present day Kerala? A small stretch of land, in a sleepy town in Kerala hides secrets to a past when this was an international trading hub. We travel through the deep South of India to find some buried treasures.
North East India has always acted as a cultural bridge between India and the rest of the region. It might even be where rice was first cultivated. Still relatively unexplored by archaeologists, it presents an exciting frontier in the human story
The Harappans tend to dominate any conversation about the early history of the Indian subcontinent but the truth is, there were many other ancient cultures that existed before, during and after the Harappans . Catch the story of these often forgotten, ‘Others’.
The Harappa story has unfolded over the better part of a century, and if we now know why this ancient civilisation appeared to have vanished, their script still remains a mystery. Let’s return to some key Harappan sites and revisit the secrets they gave up
Mehrgarh on the foot of the Bolan Pass, facing the desolate plains of Balochistan in Pakistan has yielded one of the subcontinent’s most exciting archaeological finds. Here, you will find the story of how one of the oldest farming settlements evolved as the Indus Valley Civilisation rose.
Emperor Ashoka was one of India’s most extraordinary rulers and his transformation from a brutal conqueror to a propounder of peace is stuff of legends. Yet his memory was forgotten for centuries. How was the story of Ashoka pieced together and what do we really know of the man?