British India

Syed Abul Fatah Sharfuddin Sharaf Al Hussaini: A forgotten poet

The first traceable progeny of the lineage, Syed Fida Hussain, had settled in Delhi during the reign of the fourth Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, with his son, Syed Golam Hussain and his grandsons, Syed Faizuddin Hussain and Syed Mozaffar Hussain; they eventually moved to Kolkata and finally settled down in Dhaka.

December 2, 2021
December 2, 2021

In 'Thug', Mike Dash myth-busts British India’s cult of stranglers

It is nearly impossible to know nothing about British India’s infamous cult that systematically killed and robbed Indian travelers for hundreds of years. However, almost every write-up available today is an exaggerated horror story that fails to reflect upon the real events.

November 18, 2021
November 18, 2021

Syed Abul Fatah Sharfuddin Sharaf Al Hussaini: A forgotten poet

The first traceable progeny of the lineage, Syed Fida Hussain, had settled in Delhi during the reign of the fourth Mughal Emperor, Jahangir, with his son, Syed Golam Hussain and his grandsons, Syed Faizuddin Hussain and Syed Mozaffar Hussain; they eventually moved to Kolkata and finally settled down in Dhaka.

September 16, 2021
September 16, 2021

Tarana Husain Khan's 'The Begum and the Dastan': Patriarchy is a labyrinth that defies time

I am convinced that while writing her book, The Begum and the Dastan (Westland Publications, 2021), Tarana Husain Khan’s aim was to leave her readers in a literary stupor, dizzy and yearning for more.

June 25, 2020
June 25, 2020

Into the nuances of history: Sudeep Chakravarti unpacks the Battle of Plassey

Sudeep Chakravarti is an eminent commentator and author whose narrative non-fiction and fiction have been translated into Bangla, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, German and more. In January 2020, his book—Plassey:

March 13, 2016
March 13, 2016

Happy Birthday, Monomohun Ghose

Today is the birthday of barrister Monomohun Ghose, the first practicing barrister of Indian origin.