The Pirate-Admiral of the Konkan
TRAIL ADMIN , April 8, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
The main base of the Western Naval Command in Mumbai is, like all naval bases, named as a ship would be. It’s called the INS Angre. If you ever have the pleasure of visiting the naval base, you can spot an imposing statue taking pride of place. It is the statue of a fierce warrior of the Maratha Empire, sporting an even fiercer moustache. This is the base’s namesake, Admiral Kanhoji Angre, one of the Indian Navy’s historical heroes.
The Bene Israelis of India
TRAIL ADMIN , March 14, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
In the 18th century, during the third Anglo-Mysore war, the ruthless Tipu Sultan captured a group of army officers fighting for the British and ordered their execution. But when Tipu’s mother discovered the identity of two brothers among them, she requested they be spared. She said that the Quran spoke highly of them. And the Sultan complied! The two brothers were Bene Israelis.
The Portuguese Doctor Who Fled To India
TRAIL ADMIN , March 7, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
The first contact between India and Portugal was when Vasco da Gama landed on the coast of Kerala in 1498. Over the next century or so, the Portuguese would become a permanent fixture in Goa, using it as a waypoint in their dealings with the islands of SouthEast Asia. In all their time in India, the Portuguese were not the friendliest lot. They had a very clear goal in the East: make heaps of money through trade and colonisation. So they had little interest in the culture and knowledge of these faraway lands. But there were some exceptions. One such exception was Garcia de Orta, a Portuguese physician, who wrote one of the first books printed in India.
The Sassoons: A Jewish Family which helped Build Bombay
TRAIL ADMIN , February 14, 2020 , LEAVE A COMMENT
One of the largest and oldest fishing docks in Mumbai, the Sassoon Docks, located in the South Mumbai area of Colaba, received a colourful makeover in 2017 as part of the ‘St+art Urban Art Festival’. While the art project paid homage to the Koli fishing community, it also brought attention to the family after whom […]
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