Monthly Archives: June 2016

Rajkahini, Abanindranath Tagore’s tales of the Rajputs

‘When Maldev brought Hambeer to the court where his father and his father’s father had ruled their kingdom from, one cannot begin to describe what was going through Hambeer’s mind. He felt as though all the brave men of the … Continue reading

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Clive of India

Seeing that it is the anniversary of the Battle Of Plassey, Robert Clive was born in September 1725 at Styche Hall, near the village of Moreton Say near Market Drayton. His father, Richard, was a lawyer and a former MP, … Continue reading

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Another Arjun, one with a thousand arms

Kartavirya Arjun was a Haihaya king who was so powerful that he was given the name Sahasrabahu or the One with a thousand arms. As always the gods were never too far from these tales of impossible numbers of limbs … Continue reading

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Today’s Google Doodle: Lottie Reiniger and her magic scissors

How I love Google Doodles! I would probably have missed out reading about Lottie Reiniger otherwise. She was a German film maker, who was making films before Walt Disney and whose influence is clear in the work of Tim Burton, … Continue reading

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