A Step away from Heaven| Taj Mahal, Agra

August is a month of holidays, and everybody I know is busy making plans for those long weekends that are just waiting to be lapped up! If you haven’t yet planned anything fun, you might just have a really hard time booking anything at this point. But worry not, folks. If you are in Delhi you know…

Featuring ‘Irresistible India’

Recently I was on board an Austrian Airlines flight. I was pleasantly surprised to see the in-flight magazine featuring ‘Irresistible India’ as their cover story. Moreover, the main focus of the feature was Delhi and I immediately grabbed it to read up. It is so true when the article talks about how tourists somehow bypass Delhi…

A Tawaif’s Palace| At Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Most of you out there must have heard about the tragic tale of Devdas, brought to life on the silver screen multiple times, played across time right from Dilip Kumar to Shah Rukh Khan. In the last version, too, the ‘tawaif’ Chandramukhi was immortalized by the lovely Madhuri Dixit, mesmerising us all with her graceful…

One thousand desires | An Ode to Mirza Ghalib

It has been more than 200 years since the birth of the great poet Ghalib but his poems continue to have a remarkable relevance to our time. His works, when recited with élan, still leave people spellbound. Born as Mirza Asadullah Baig Khan, Takhallus Ghalib Ghalib (meaning, not surprisingly, ‘the most excellent’),  as he chose…

Street Art!

I was dragging a friend along to take a peep into the Agrasen ki Baoli near CP, when I stumbled upon Lord Ganesha himself 🙂

The Rage of an Emperor | Adham Khan’s Tomb, Mehrauli

If you like old paintings, you would love to take a look at this page from court poet Abul Fazal’s Akbarnama, depicting Mughal Emperor Akbar punishing his foster brother Adham Khan by throwing him down the terrace of Agra Fort, not once but twice! Reason? Adham Khan had killed Akbar’s favorite general Atgah Khan out…

Sibling Rivalry

The fascinating story of blood thirsty rivalry between two crown princesses… I know you must be wondering what’s the big deal about a little fighting here and there with your own brothers and sisters. You all fought as kids, got your parents to scold the ‘other one’, and while you smiled gleefully, your sibling secretly…

Not Just Paranthas

This article is a part of our series where we invite contributions from Delhi lovers. This article has been penned by Sanchita Srivastava, who is a student of history at the Delhi University, and loves to write. Alright people, we all know that Delhi is pretty famous for its historical monuments, its cultural heritage and…. well,…

Wonder where this is?

An ornate little tomb cordoned off from the world…do you know what or where this is, dear readers? Update: This is the mausoleum of Atgah Khan, foster-father to Mughal Emperor Akbar, and minister at his court. He was murdered by Adham Khan  (a foster-brother of Akbar, not Atgah Khan’s son) out of jealousy. Those who’ve seen…

A Pilgrimage of Sorts

If you have been to Delhi but not visited the dargah of Hazrat Nizamuddin, you have missed something! Even if you are not a particularly devout follower of Sufism, this shrine would still give you a spectacle of how faith can indeed move mountains. But let’s begin at the beginning….. So the other day, together…