World History

King Harshavardhana of Vardhana dynasty

King Harshavardhana of Vardhana dynasty

The elegant sight of white flowers presented a beautiful contrast to the cacophony of colours adorned all around the palace walls. The colours held luxurious textures of all kinds: muslin, linen, cotton, and abundant kinds of silk. The air bore the sweet aroma of scented ponds. The halls were...

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Indo-Roman trade relations

Indo-Roman trade relations

Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, serpents and many more exotic species were now in their land. People watched in awe as these animals gradually made their home in Rome. How did those animals get there? The answer is simple- trade.   The history of this trade is documented in the literature and...

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The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

The Rise and Fall of Alexandria

Think of a place where all the world’s artists, writers, scientists and such gathered, and where all the knowledge of the world, especially knowledge about maths, science, and literature, were stored. Now, think of the power this place has the potential to hold, especially at an age where...

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Pompeii

Pompeii

Pompeii is one of the world’s rarest phenomena. Unlike other historical sites, the age-old city seems petrified in time, much like a picture taken from the period when the city was alive. This is due to the ancient land being hidden under 13 to 20ft of volcanic debris caused by the eruption of...

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The Dancing Girl

The Dancing Girl

The Dancing Girl is an uncommon and exceptional work of art created during the Indus Valley Civilisation about 4500 years ago. It is an ancient bronze statue, one of the mere two statues of its time where the figure portrayed has an easygoing posture unlike other artworks that show people in a...

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Buddha

Buddha

Gautama Buddha is the man who holds the title of the Buddha, a Sanskrit word meaning “the one who is enlightened”. Gautama was born as Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century B.C. in Lumbini, Nepal. His father, King Suddhodana, was the ruler of a small kingdom and upon Gautama’s birth, wise men...

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Granada Alhamra and a love affair

Granada Alhamra and a love affair

Most European countries are recognized for their outstanding art and architecture. People from all around the world gather in countries like Italy, Germany, Spain, France to embrace the beauty of these fine arts. Whenever in Paris, France, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is an opportunity that must...

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Horses of Bakhtiyar

Horses of Bakhtiyar

Ikhtiyar al-Din Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khilji, also known as Muhammad Bakhtiyar Khilji, has been depicted both as a hero of Muslim conquest in Bengal and a destroyer of the great universities in Nalanda, Vikramshila and Odantapuri in present-day Bihar. It is still uncertain if he was truly the...

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Akbar and Birbal

Akbar and Birbal

Abu'l-Fath Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar, more popularly known as Akbar the Great, was the third emperor of the Mughal Empire. He ruled from 1556 to 1605 and is hailed as the most celebrated Mughal emperor since he not only strengthened the foundation of the empire but also spread the Mughal regime...

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THE HAUNTED OF HASTINGS HOUSE

THE HAUNTED OF HASTINGS HOUSE

Hastings House is an ancient, beautifully made house situated in Alipore, Kolkata. It was built in the late 1700s as a country house for Indian first Governor-General under the British rule, Warren Hastings. Even though it is a structure from decades ago, it is still talked about, not for its...

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Abdur Rahim Khan-E-Khana

Abdur Rahim Khan-E-Khana

The educational department flourished greatly during the 16th Century. The 16th Century consisted mostly of the good development of India in South Asia, which was mostly possible because of the third Mughal Emperor, Akbar, who was crowned at the age of thirteen by Bairam Khan. Khanzada Mirza Khan...

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Tipu Sultan’s Weapons

Tipu Sultan’s Weapons

The British East India Company's relentless enemy, Tipu Sultan, was at odds with his attack on British-allied Travancore in 1789. Although he gave them a good fight, Tipu Sultan was defeated, and the East India Company eventually took many of his things by force. From time to time, the arms of...

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PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE IN BENGAL

PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE IN BENGAL

All foods have history; where they originated from, what they looked like the first time they were seen as consumable and how they've evolved throughout the years. We take their history for granted because to us it's just food; we don't see it as something to have an interesting past. But a lot of...

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SATI: The blatant oppression of women

SATI: The blatant oppression of women

The blatant oppression of women and their rights throughout history is no surprise and is very apparent from looking into events that have taken place ever since history has been documented. Women were thought to only be a man's possession with no ground of their own to stand on. Their voices were...

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Bibi Pari-An enigma

Bibi Pari-An enigma

Among the great paradigms of Mughal architecture built in and around Dhaka, one of the more well-known ones is the famous Lalbagh Fort. The fort, though left incomplete, is adorned with an elaborate Mughal-style garden and stands by the River Buriganga in the old part of Dhaka. Its construction...

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Ziryab: The trendsetter

Ziryab: The trendsetter

Religion has always been one of the roots of conflicts in the world since medieval periods; with every era came a new religious controversy that marked the beginning of a new dynasty. One of the most peaceful ages in history, where people of different faiths lived in harmony, discussed daily...

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Alauddin Khilji: A hero or a villain?

Alauddin Khilji: A hero or a villain?

In the pages of history, Alauddin Khilji has enormously scorched his mark deeply enough to be recognized even today. But who was he? Should we call him a villain or a national hero; an eyesore or a treasure? Before we fall onto the conclusions of these queries, let us first know a little bit about...

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Forgotten Queen of Oudh: Malika Kishwar

Forgotten Queen of Oudh: Malika Kishwar

Queen Malika Kishwar was the mother of King Wajid Ali Shah, the last king of Oudh which was a princely state in the Oudh region of North India. Even though the queen never left the royal palaces of Lucknow, her grave now rests at the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. It lies unmarked and...

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Hamida Banu Begum: The Feminist Queen

Hamida Banu Begum: The Feminist Queen

The history of the Indian Subcontinent is rich and varied, full of heroes who have set great examples and made immortal contributions to the development of the land only to be forgotten. Of the many accomplishments of the West, one is that they have spent fortunes on research and preservation of...

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Victim of false propaganda

Victim of false propaganda

During the mid to late 17th Century, 25% of the world's GDP went from the Indian subcontinent- 50% was generated from Bengal, which made up 12% of the world's GDP. Bengal, the Mughal Empire's wealthiest province, was an affluent region with Dhaka as the capital and the business hub. Dhaka came...

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Great ruler Isa Khan

Great ruler Isa Khan

Isa Khan was born in Sarail of Brahmanbaria in 1529 to the daughter of the Sultan of Bengal Giasuddin Mahmud, Syeda Momena Khatun and Solaiman Khan, Diwan under the Sultan, who later got the Zamindari of Sarail. Following the death of Sultan Giasuddin Mahmud, his son-in-law Solaiman Khan declared...

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Jahanara! Sufi Mughal princess

Jahanara! Sufi Mughal princess

Among the many famous characters of the Mughal era, stands one name that deserves more recognition and glory than most. She is none other than Mughal Queen Jahanara Begum, the eldest daughter of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and his beloved wife, Mughal Empress Mumtaz Mahal. Women at that time were...

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