CONTRIBUTORS: Rick, Dylan In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, the ice melting revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around… Read More


Scientists from the University of Cambridge have demonstrated that an abrupt weakening of the summer monsoon affected northwest India 4,100 years ago. The resulting drought coincided with the beginning of the decline of the metropolis-building Indus Civilisation, which spanned present-day Pakistan and India, suggesting that climate change could be why many of the major cities… Read More

The 19th century Urdu poet Asadullah Khan Ghalib, who saw his beloved Delhi destroyed by the grip of the British East India Company during¬†¬†Indian rebellion of 1857, famously said; zakhm gardab gaya, lahu na thama, ‘though the wound is hidden, the blood does not cease to flow’.… Read More


John Keay’s India: A History is a probing and provocative chronicle of five thousand years of South Asian history, from the first Harrapan settlements on the banks of the Indus River to the recent nuclear-arms race. In a tour de force of narrative history, Keay blends together insights from a variety of scholarly fields and… Read More