Rana Safvi is a writer, historian, and chronicler, of Delhi and other stories that stones tell. She tweets @iamrana.
Home and muse to poets and artists, Shahjahanabad was the centre of the Mughal world.
In Bijapur and in Ajmer, sufi shrines welcome the dispossessed as well as the disenchanted
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.
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.
Taj Mahal’s exquisite floral inlay work was the result of meticulous medieval craftsmanship.
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.
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.”
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
Can the elegant gharara be worn on the red carpet?
Truth is, the movement for equality of Muslim women has been hijacked by political parties with their own axe to grind.
The craft behind Lucknow’s cuisine shows how food has always been serious business here.