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22 Feb 2018

How to: Merge Two Blogger Blogs, Delete Blog and Make the Blog Private

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Sometimes you may want to transfer the content (posts, pages and comments) from one blog to another. It is really easy to merge two Blogger blogs without losing contents. Follow these steps to move the contents of Blog A to Blog B. 

The first step is to back up Blog A's content. For that, navigate to Blog A's Dashboard → Settings → Other → Import & back up, and click Back up content. Then Save it to your computer. 

21 Feb 2018

The Legend of Maria, Akbar's Christian Wife

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14 Feb 2018

Anarkali, Legend or Reality?

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Perhaps the most famous love story in Indian history would be the legend of Salim and Anarkali (Pomegranate Blossom). Salim was the son of Akbar, who afterwards became the Emperor Jahangir. There are many novels, plays and movies based on their love story.

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Legend says that Anarkali was a name given to Nadira Begum or Sharif-un-nissa, the beautiful wife or concubine of Akbar. One day Akbar was sitting, arranging his turban by a mirror which he held in his hand, and Anarkali was standing beside him. Suddenly Prince Salim entered the room and smiled on Anarkali. She returned the greeting, and Akbar, who saw in his mirror (or by means of the mirrors on the walls of the Shish Mahal, or Hall of Mirrors) what passed between the two, rose up in his wrath and ordered that Anarkali should be buried alive. After the death of Akbar, when Prince Salim became the king, he constructed a tomb over her remains at Lahore.

11 Feb 2018

The Identity of Maryam Zamani, A Hindu?

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3 Feb 2018

Persian Translations of Sanskrit Works at Akbar's Court

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Though the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) himself was illiterate, he was a great patron of literature and art. Philologists were constantly engaged in translating Hindi, Greek, Arabic and Persian books into other languages. Naqib Khan, Akbar's book reader, superintended the translation of many Sanskrit books. Other chief scholars of Akbar's reign were Abul Fazl, Faizi, Abdul Qadir Badauni, Mulla Shah Muhammad, Mulla Shiri, Sultan Haji of Thanesar and Haji Ibrahim Sirhindi. It appears that the Brahmins at first read the Sanskrit books and explained to them in Hindi. Some of the learned Brahmins were Deva Misra, Satavadhana, Madhusadhana Misra, Chaturbhuja and Shaikh Bhawan (a Brahmin turned Musalman)

31 Jan 2018

The Legend of Akbar's Navratnas

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Recently I read an article about the Controversy over Akbar's Navratnas installation in heritage site. According to popular belief, Emperor Akbar had nine extraordinary people at his court known as the Nine Jewels/Gems or Navratnas. Here's the list of Akbar's Navratnas from Wikipedia: Abul Fazl, his brother Faizi, Miyan Tansen, Raja Birbal, Raja Todar Mal, Raja Man Singh, Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana, Fakir Aziao-Din and Mulla Do-Piyaza. Vincent Smith's 'Akbar the Great Mogul' has Hakim Humam in place of Fakir Aziao-Din; some general knowledge websites have Raja Bhagwan Das in place of Fakir Aziao-Din; some others have Mirza Aziz Koka. Some websites even have a trick to remember their names. But did Akbar really have the 'navratnas' in his court? In fact, there is no mention of the 'navratnas' in any of the contemporary history books. The Mughal historian R. Nath says that the concept of Akbar's navratnas is a part of the popular folklore. The historian Raj Kishore Raje is also of the same opinion. Ain-i-Akbari, Tarikh-i Ferishta, Akbarnama, Muntakhab-ut-Tawarikh or Tabakati Akbari say nothing about the nine jewels of Akbar.

26 Jan 2018

Historical Romance: Mastani and Bajirao

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Visaji better known as Bajirao was the eldest son of Balaji Vishwanath, the Peshwa (prime minister) of Shahu Maharaj. Bajirao (1720-1740) succeeded to his father's office of Peshwa in 1720 at the age of twenty. Being a great warrior, Bajirao was victorious in all his battles. By defeating Asaf Jah, the Nizam of Hyderabad, Bajirao made the Marathas supreme in the Deccan. He extended the Maratha power to Malwa, Bundelkhand and Gujarat and the territories were recovered from the Sidis of Janjira and the Portuguese. His younger brother Chimnaji Appa always remained with him as a pillar of strength. The romance of Bajirao and Mastani is very famous in Indian history. Here's an account of the romance of Bajirao and Mastani from the available historical records.