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Ahmedabad – Part X: Sidi Bashir Mosque and the Shaking Minarets

This mosque is believed to be constructed by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. The mosque was constructed in 1452. Only the minarets and arched central gateway remain today, as the body of the remaining part of the mosque was destroyed in 1753 during the war between the Marathas and the Gujarat Sultanate. 94 more words


Ahmedabad – Part IX: The Pattharwali Masjid or Qutbuddin’s Mosque

This Mosque is one of the less explored mosques in Ahmedabad, but rich in intricate carvings and Hindu elements in its design. The mosque was constructed in 1449 during the reign of Sultan Muhammed Shah II by Nizam son of Hilal. 80 more words


A Lasting Memory

It was a beautiful, clear morning in South India. I boarded a local bus to the next town where I could easily tick off my long shopping list. 169 more words


Ahmedabad – Part VIII: Rani Sipri’s Mosque and Tomb

This small mosque is also known as Masjid-e-Nagira (Jewel of a Mosque) due to its graceful construction. The mosque is named after the Hindu queen of Sultan Mahmud Begada, Rani Sipri. 104 more words


When will India's obsession with Westerners end?

To be clear, I don’t mean modernization. I mean elements of Western culture such as Western songs (like rapping), valuing Western languages more than Indian languages, watching Hollywood movies. 848 more words


Guised colours

“With the enormous shades of life

Her skin has been tinted with cerise

Now she has wandered out to strive

For the counted days of her wounded life” 151 more words


In your culture, is it frowned upon to reveal your child's name before birth?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:

Thank you for the A2A.

In my home state of Kerala in India, among Hindus, a baby’s ‘naming ceremony’ happens on the 28th day after birth. 311 more words