Delhi’s Two Faces

Delhi has two faces – one which we see every day and the other that is hidden and has to be discovered by lifting the veil. The capital of many kingdoms and now the seat of the Indian Government is t...

Delhi’s Medieval Wells and Baolis

The history of the baoli is well known: how it was built in the 14th century by the mystic and divine in opposition to the command of Ghiasuddin Tughlak, who was having his fortified city Tughlakabad...

The Amazing Havelis Of Delhi

Haveli, few are aware, were the mansions of earlier days and several of them still survive in Delhi, both in the city and on its outskirts. The haveli was a very modern structure when it was built, s...

Half A Millenium Of Mughals And Their Food

Mughlai food has a history of about 500 years of delicious dishes. When Babur came to India, he was fascinated by the country’s cuisine and the large variety of spices available. Hitherto he was used...

Delhi During The World Wars

After the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife in Bosnia on June 28, World War 1 broke out in 1914. Delhi was still basking in the glow of the Grand Durbar held for George V and Q...

Braving Delhi Summers

Summer is a harrowing time in Delhi but even it has certain natural safeguards which offset the effects of the blistering loo wind in the day and the sweaty nights. The loo may blow at its worst but ...