Dholavira – India’s First Water Tech Park

From Kashi to Maheshwar and Ekamra to Adalaj, one sight that is common to all is ghats on rivers, tanks or step-wells – all pointing to one idea, India’s spiritual … Continue reading Dholavira – India’s First Water Tech Park

Ajrakh – A Journey with Dr. Ismail Mohammad Khatri

For an archaeologist from South Asia such as me, what could be a more precious discovery than the Priest King of Mohenjo-Daro! Archaeologists have been debating on his role and … Continue reading Ajrakh – A Journey with Dr. Ismail Mohammad Khatri

The Port of Ghogha – Where India met Arabs

Gulf of Khambhat previously known as the Gulf of Cambay had been India’s magnet to pull ideas and resources throughout the history. Situated between the Saurashstra Peninsula and the mainland … Continue reading The Port of Ghogha – Where India met Arabs

The Dutch Connection – Katargam Cemetery and Hortus Malabaricus

Remember your Class 8 History textbooks? One of the most interesting chapters is on the Age of Exploration or the Age of Discovery that dominated the world history between the … Continue reading The Dutch Connection – Katargam Cemetery and Hortus Malabaricus

Step – Wells of Gujarat – a Timeless Journey

In 1990s when I was a doctoral student in Pune’s Deccan College, I did not know much about step-wells or vavs (in Gujarati), Gujarat’s incredible subterranean structures that were created … Continue reading Step – Wells of Gujarat – a Timeless Journey

Mandvi’s Sea Trade – A Pilot’s Story

Imagine Indian Subcontinent, what if there were no coasts! Geographically speaking, the oceans bring in moisture and that get converted into monsoon rains every year sustaining billions of human and … Continue reading Mandvi’s Sea Trade – A Pilot’s Story

Bead Craft of Khambhat – A 5000 Year Old Legacy of Indian Civilisation

About 5000 years before, the region of Indian Subcontinent entered through the 1st step of civilization that simultaneously occurred in Egypt, Sumer and China. The human society became complex with … Continue reading Bead Craft of Khambhat – A 5000 Year Old Legacy of Indian Civilisation