Culture

Jammu

The billions of dollars worth of my grandfather’s one rupee

My maternal grandfather’s pockets were always full of coins and everyday one of them was mine. It was invested into me everyday with a smile and a tap on my...

Poshina - a remote village in Gujarat

Poshina, where time stands still

Poshina may not be on India’s tourism map, yet it commands a visit from the discerning world traveler. It is a remote village in the state of Gujarat and is...

Shivalik National Educational Route

Can the ancient ‘Kashmir to Haridwar’ route be revitalised into a National Educational Route?

I hired a cab to the village of 95-year-old Beli Singh, a former bodyguard of Maharaja Hari Singh and also a former presidential guard during the time of India’s first...

The Gurkhas - Soldiers from Nepal

Tea with Gurkhas

Darjeeling – that quaint Indian hill station invented by the British east India company way back in the early 19th century is evocative of lush green tea estates, mighty Kanchendzonga...

Ancient Battles at India’s Gateway and and its Constant Reflections in Contemporary Geopolitics

Neglecting a region’s history is akin to waging a covert war against it. Recorded history has often been a mixture of fiction and fantasy, its angle is often defined by...

Rampur Rasool bowli

Hydro-geology, bowlis and the people we call Dogras

I’m a Dogra – put simply I’m from a land geologically sandwiched between the fertile plains of Indus and the mighty ranges of the North western Himalayas. For thousands of...

Gen. Hoshiyara Singh's ancestral home

My Discovery of a ‘Victorian Sword’ in a Sleepy Hamlet of Jammu and its Connection to Gilgit’s History

Its monsoons and my ancestral mountains are overflowing with water. Green forests stare glaringly at the cloudy sky as I make my way riding pillion with my father to Rampur-Rasool,...

The Wonder That’s Sanskrit

Is My Jammu Village Standing on a Civilisational Catchment?

People of the mountains in my region haven’t preserved history in the written form the way the modern world does. But somewhere embedded in the cultural beliefs there are things...

Jammu and Kashmir in 1946 - Map of India India by National Geographic

Small Piece of a Family’s History Could be Missing Chunk in Kashmir’s Puzzle

There was an ancient route from Kashmir to Haridwar traversing through the shivalik ranges of Jammu that brought traders, seekers and invaders to India. Haridwar is a pilgrimage town of...

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

– Mahatma Gandhi