June 29, 2013
INDIA. Rajasthan. Jaipur. Stone polishing. One hand works a bow which turns a disc against which the precious stone is pressed. by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1947

INDIA. Rajasthan. Jaipur. Stone polishing. One hand works a bow which turns a disc against which the precious stone is pressed. by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1947

June 28, 2013

Indo-Pakistani conflict. November 1971. by Raymond Depardon

June 15, 2013
INDIA. Varanasi. 1996. by Steve McCurry

INDIA. Varanasi. 1996. by Steve McCurry

June 10, 2013
Oarsmen by Challiyan, 2008

Oarsmen by Challiyan, 2008

June 9, 2013
Untitled by Viswanadhan, 2000

Untitled by Viswanadhan, 2000

April 12, 2013
muslimwomeninhistory:

 Begum of Bhopal at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Photo: The Alkazi Collection photography 
The Four Begums of Bhopal - Rulers
Between 1819 and 1926 four Muslim women rulers reigned over Bhopal, the second largest Muslim state of India, despite staunch opposition from powerful neighbors and male claimants. Even the British India Company initially opposed female rule in Bhopal until the Begums quoted Queen Victoria as their model and inspiration. Each Begum—or Queen—impressed her own personality on the role and succeeded in reigning over a mostly Hindu population. Qudisa, the first Begum, was supported by her powerful French-Bourbon Prime Minister in her departure from the traditional. She was succeeded in 1844 by Sikandar, her only daughter, who was also followed by her only daughter, the highly controversial Shahjehan. The story ends with the last Begum, Sultan Jehan, and her abdication in favor of her son, the first male ruler (Nawab) of Bhopal in five generations. (Via “The Begum of Bhopal”)
Begum Jahan, a highly educated woman, financed one of the most respected Urdu biographies of the Prophet Muhammad written by Sulaiman Nadwi. (via) She also wore a full niqab while attending the coronation of King George V in 1911. Shah-Jahan Begum was known for commencing the construction of the Taj-ul-Masjid mosque in Bhopal and for other public work projects such as subsidising the cost of a railway to be constructed between Hoshangabad and Bhopal. (Via Old Indian Photos)
More Information
1.) The Begums of Bhopal: A History of the Princely State of Bhopal (Book)
2.) Begums Of Bhopal (Book)
3.) VEILED BEGUM OF BHOPAL.; Indian Ruler In London Says She Liked Mme. Tussaud’s. (New York Times Article dated October 8, 1911)
4.) Photos
5.) Wikipedia Page (Can also learn a lot from Google searches)

muslimwomeninhistory:

Begum of Bhopal at the 1911 Delhi Durbar. Photo: The Alkazi Collection photography

The Four Begums of Bhopal - Rulers

Between 1819 and 1926 four Muslim women rulers reigned over Bhopal, the second largest Muslim state of India, despite staunch opposition from powerful neighbors and male claimants. Even the British India Company initially opposed female rule in Bhopal until the Begums quoted Queen Victoria as their model and inspiration. Each Begum—or Queen—impressed her own personality on the role and succeeded in reigning over a mostly Hindu population. Qudisa, the first Begum, was supported by her powerful French-Bourbon Prime Minister in her departure from the traditional. She was succeeded in 1844 by Sikandar, her only daughter, who was also followed by her only daughter, the highly controversial Shahjehan. The story ends with the last Begum, Sultan Jehan, and her abdication in favor of her son, the first male ruler (Nawab) of Bhopal in five generations. (Via “The Begum of Bhopal”)

Begum Jahan, a highly educated woman, financed one of the most respected Urdu biographies of the Prophet Muhammad written by Sulaiman Nadwi. (via) She also wore a full niqab while attending the coronation of King George V in 1911. Shah-Jahan Begum was known for commencing the construction of the Taj-ul-Masjid mosque in Bhopal and for other public work projects such as subsidising the cost of a railway to be constructed between Hoshangabad and Bhopal. (Via Old Indian Photos)

More Information

1.) The Begums of Bhopal: A History of the Princely State of Bhopal (Book)

2.) Begums Of Bhopal (Book)

3.) VEILED BEGUM OF BHOPAL.; Indian Ruler In London Says She Liked Mme. Tussaud’s. (New York Times Article dated October 8, 1911)

4.) Photos

5.) Wikipedia Page (Can also learn a lot from Google searches)

April 8, 2013
indophilia:

Hindi alphabet

indophilia:

Hindi alphabet

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April 6, 2013
les-sources-du-nil:

Ram Singh II Maharaja of Jaipur (1833-1880)
Self Portrait, 1856

les-sources-du-nil:

Ram Singh II Maharaja of Jaipur (1833-1880)

Self Portrait, 1856

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April 1, 2013

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March 31, 2013
georgebezhanishvili:

Decor India

georgebezhanishvili:

Decor India

(Source: georgebezani)