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Rana Safvi

Rana Safvi is a writer, historian, and chronicler, of Delhi and other stories that stones tell. She tweets @iamrana. 

Paradise City
Sun, Jul 28, 2019

Home and muse to poets and artists, Shahjahanabad was the centre of the Mughal world.

The Sufi dargah passes no judgement, welcomes all
Sun, Mar 25, 2018

In Bijapur and in Ajmer, sufi shrines welcome the dispossessed as well as the disenchanted

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat: More fiction than history
Sun, Feb 04, 2018

In killing the spiritual core of the epic on which his film is based, Sanjay Leela Bhansali set up his movie, and its characters, all wrong.

Indian Muslims must re-read Syed Ahmad Khan
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

Sir Syed’s legacy is so immense because he played a critical role, at a historic juncture, in the life of the Indian Muslim community. In the aftermath of the 1857 uprising, Muslims were disfranchised, thrown out of their homes in Shahjahanabad and generally looked upon with suspicion.

For the queen’s paradise: Taj Mahal’s exquisite floral inlay work
Sun, Oct 29, 2017

Taj Mahal’s exquisite floral inlay work was the result of meticulous medieval craftsmanship.

By the Ladies of Awadh: The Ismati Dastarkhwan is your go-to for dahi ke kebab
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

Compiled by Amina Nazli, Ismati Dastarkhwan showcased recipes collected from the women of Awadh, whose husbands were highly placed officials like district collectors or in the army or royal households.

Building a library, feeling the footpath in Old Delhi
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

In the space of one tiny room of the Shah Waliullah library are original works of Ghalib, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Zauq, Momin, Sir Syed Khan, an Urdu translation of the Bhagwad Gita, a 700-year-old Arabic book on logic and medieval Sufi treatises along with other contemporary books. Since all the books don’t fit in that room, they have been kept elsewhere. As Naeem says, “We have so much, by God’s grace, now all we want is space.”

Remembering the fall of Delhi, in September 1857
Sun, Sep 10, 2017

Although both Hindus and Muslims, upper and lower castes fought in the First War of Independence, the wrath of the British Empire fell on the Muslims because they fought under the banner of the Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar

A Flare For Style: Can the elegant gharara be worn on the red carpet?
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

Can the elegant gharara be worn on the red carpet?

The battle against ‘triple talaq’
Thu, May 11, 2017

Truth is, the movement for equality of Muslim women has been hijacked by political parties with their own axe to grind.

Heaven On Your Plate: From kebabs to biryani, food is serious business in Lucknow
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

The craft behind Lucknow’s cuisine shows how food has always been serious business here.