- On February 21 and 22, a conference on the Sindhu-Saraswati civilization was held at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. K B Nair has a report.
- Prof. Arvind Sharma explains why “Western assumptions of time and space can be potentially distorting when applied uncritically in an Indian context.”
- Anuraag Sanghi has a long post on three battles that changed both world and Indian history
- Three silk fragments dating to the Mature Harappan Period (2600-1700 BCE) has been found in Harappa and Chanhu-daro which shows that Indus people knew about wild silk around the same time as the Chinese.
- The Thalassery Protestant Church was built sometime after 1840 and was in real bad shape when local authorities decided to restore it. Nick Balmer has a post with some photographs.
- In his trip to Kerala, Nikhil visited many forts, temples and caves. HeÂ too mentions the Thalassery church.
- Sir Richard F. Burton,Â known for his translation of Arabian Nights and Kamasutra visited Malabar in 1846. He met the Zamorin as well as a crowd of dames in the palace: “The translator of Kamasutra turns poetic while describing the ’sight of Nair female beauty’ : ‘The ladies were very young and pretty-their long jetty tresses, small soft features, clear dark olive-coloured skins, and delicate limbs, reminded us exactly of the old prints and descriptions of the South Sea Islanders”, writes Calicut Heritage.
- Chandrahas in his post on the Surya Mandir at Modhera in Gujarat writes, “The idol of Surya inside the garbhagriha, or sanctum sanctorum, of the Modhera temple is long gone, plundered by Mahmud of Ghazni on one of his many raids on northern and western India in the eleventh century CE.“
- Now that the general elections are upon us, Arby_K looks at the elections from 1952 to 1999 and reads between the numbers.
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