Shows and describes wallpapers, incense burners, vases, bowls, bronzes, textiles, ivory carvings, furniture, spears, arms, and armor from India
For 5,000 years, India has undergone continual transformation, and the past is still very much present in modern-day India. Packed with outstanding photographs accompanying an insightful text, this book traces the evolution of ancient India, examining the major historical events from the 3rd millennium BC until the arrival of the Muslims in the 12th century AD. The text delves into aspects of daily life in ancient India–the social and political structures, village and city life, arts and aesthetics, and religion. The final section is a useful reference for travelers to India, presenting the country’s most important artistic and religious sites, complete with floor plans, close-up details of statues and works of art, and a wealth of photographs that walk us through the country’s most significant monuments. Throughout the book, hundreds of images depict the jewelry, statuary, and other artifacts created during each epoch, revealing details of daily life, spiritual beliefs, changes in dress and fashion, advances in technology, and much more. At the back of the book, an extensive glossary explains relevant terms. Anyone interested in ancient civilizations will be fascinated by this painstakingly researched and gorgeously illustrated volume.
India's rich heritage of jeweled artistry is expressed in extravagant and opulent creations that range from ornaments for every part of the body to ceremonial court objects such as boxes, daggers, and thrones. Treasures from India presents more than sixty iconic works from the renowned Al-Thani collection, including pieces created for the imperial Mughals in the seventeenth century, others made for the nizams of Hyderabad and the maharajas of the Rajput courts from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, Indian-inspired jewelry fashioned by Cartier and other Western firms, and contemporary designs. The lucid text discusses the significance of these objects within the history of Indian jeweled arts, demonstrating how they stand among the highest expressions of Indian culture.
The definitive, illustrated children's travel book on India, as it exposes them to all of the cultural treasures that have made India a destination of choice for travelers of all ages.
This book is an anthology of stories from the magazine India Beckons. We have picked up the best stories in the heritage, culture and travel space and made a volume on that. The stories talk about travel, culture, heritage, and traditions of Indians. India is a profoundly complex and beautiful country and, as you travel across the country, you can find some beautiful stories and places unravelling for the traveller. The book is for people who would like to learn more about India’s heritage and are looking for the right places in India to include in their travel plans. This book is also a good read for children who want to learn about the diverse traditional and cultural values that stitch into the very fabric of India, making it a popular tourist destination. From Pochampally Ikat sarees to the Kuchipudi dance form, from festivals like Ugadi to a recount of the life and teachings of Adi Shankaracharya, from the celebration of Lathmaar Holi in Mathura to the spiritual journey at the Kumbh Mela in Pragyaraj (which has been declared an intangible heritage by UNESCO), this book documents India's glorious and rich heritage thoroughly. The editor of the magazine endeavours to keep the readers engaged with novel and interesting articles.
?I joined Nadwat al-_Ulam__ and felt as if I had been raised from the dusty ground to the stars up above, from the level earth to the high heavens. I came across ancient books and studied with great teachers who were knowledgeable scholars, learned scribes and pious worshippers. . . ." This is how Mo_ammad Akram Nadw_ fondly recalls his alma matter in the heart of Lucknow. Lessons Learned is a celebration of his journey of discovery, by sharing the biographies of some of his senior teachers along with lessons and insights learned along the way. The book is arranged topically as a critical survey of the Islamic sciences, and he selects one key teacher from each discipline he has chosen to highlight, giving us glimpses into their lives, personalities, habits and more. Some of these teachers are still alive, and many long gone but certainly not forgotten. All of this provides a poignant snapshot of life and scholarship at Nadwah and the Muslim literary and intellectual world of the Indian subcontinent.
The East India Company at Home, 1757–1857 explores how empire in Asia shaped British country houses, their interiors and the lives of their residents. It includes chapters from researchers based in a wide range of settings such as archives and libraries, museums, heritage organisations, the community of family historians and universities. It moves beyond conventional academic narratives and makes an important contribution to ongoing debates around how empire impacted Britain. The volume focuses on the propertied families of the East India Company at the height of Company rule. From the Battle of Plassey in 1757 to the outbreak of the Indian Uprising in 1857, objects, people and wealth flowed to Britain from Asia. As men in Company service increasingly shifted their activities from trade to military expansion and political administration, a new population of civil servants, army officers, surveyors and surgeons journeyed to India to make their fortunes. These Company men and their families acquired wealth, tastes and identities in India, which travelled home with them to Britain. Their stories, the biographies of their Indian possessions and the narratives of the stately homes in Britain that came to house them, frame our explorations of imperial culture and its British legacies.
To achieve greatness in this life, we need to have a vision, a goal. When we are aware of our ancestors and our cultural heritage, we have a starting point, a real sense of where our lives began. We came to this country by our own will, with a rich culture from India. We struggled but worked hard with endless determination to be financially secure in this new country. We overcame many challenges and obstacles. After forty-four years of living in this wonderful country and having two generations of our family growing up here, I now realize that our children are not fully aware of the vast richness and glorious heritage of our ancestors. I believe that my generation is the only living link between our past in India and our future in the United States. It becomes my duty to collect all the information I can so that I can share it with my children. Please join me in this autobiography where I share my lifes struggles, successes, and secrets throughout my personal and financial life. I hope this inspires my children, grandchildren, and future members of our family to dream bigger and achieve great things in their lives.