Gold objects, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

These objects were found at the base of the temple dedicated to Buddha at Bodh Gaya, Bihar - probably offered by various devotees. It includes a coin moulded on those during the times of the Kushana king Huvishka I. Aren't these objects intricate and beautiful? They are quite small, as if someone would have taken them off their personal... Continue Reading →


Gold coins of the Gupta dynasty – 3rd – 6th century

These are the three gold coins that I saw at the British Museum, London, South Asia Gallery. While researching and writing about the Gupta dynasty for the Bihar Museum, I read and wrote about these gold coins by just seeing their images on the British Museum online database. But seeing them today offered a different perspective... Continue Reading →

This exquisitely carved flower is on the massive entrance gate to the Bibi – ka – Maqbara – the tomb of the wife of the last important Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, at Aurangabad

The Archaeological Survey of India website tells us about the historic monument in greater detail: The Bibi-Ka-Maqbara (19°55’ N; 75°15’ E) is a beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb (1658-1707 A.D.). This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of... Continue Reading →

Akbar and Dyslexia

Akbar_Dyslexia The above is a link to an article written in 2008 in Housecall Magazine by Dr Asok Kumar Das. Most of us might be aware that one of the greatest emperors of the Mughal dynasty, Akbar, could not read or write. He maintained an elaborate taswirkhana or atelier where painters were commissioned to illustrate... Continue Reading →

‘Varnika’ explained

Many friends have asked about the name of my blog and tiny firm 'VarnikaDesigns'. The name is borrowed from 'Varnikabhangam' from the Six Limbs of Indian Painting. The Six Limbs of Indian Painting is a set of cannons and guidelines that were assembled around the 6th century to guide artists for creating paintings. If you... Continue Reading →

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Jaipur - home. Pink City of the world. Where it all started - my love and appreciation for things old, the past, the present, the future, memories, fragrances, winding paths, love, happiness, crowds, colour, dynamism, skills, craftsmanship, and, of course, museums. Behind a carved veil, I gaze at the world passing by - amazed, bewildered,... Continue Reading →

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