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  • MURUD JANJIRA -Located on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharasthra. Built in 1490 and occupied by the Siddis, holds the unique distinction of being the only fort along India's Western Coast that remained undefeated by the Europeans.

    MURUD JANJIRA -Located on an island just off the coastal village of Murud, in the Raigad district of Maharasthra. Built in 1490 and occupied by the Siddis, holds the unique distinction of being the only fort along India's Western Coast that remained undefeated by the Europeans.

  • KHANDERI- Khanderi is a small island fort located south of Mumbai. It was built in 1660 and in 1679 was occupied by Shivaji. Shivaji used this fort to keep a check on the Siddis of Murud Janjira. The fort was subsequently ceded in 1818 to the forces of the British East India company as part of the Peshwa territory.

    KHANDERI- Khanderi is a small island fort located south of Mumbai. It was built in 1660 and in 1679 was occupied by Shivaji. Shivaji used this fort to keep a check on the Siddis of Murud Janjira. The fort was subsequently ceded in 1818 to the forces of the British East India company as part of the Peshwa territory.

  • DIU- Located on the west coast of India in Diu, the fort was built by the Portugese in 1535 in a defense alliance forged by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The Portugese ruled over this territory from 1537 to 1961, when 'Operation Vijay' forced them to quit.

    DIU- Located on the west coast of India in Diu, the fort was built by the Portugese in 1535 in a defense alliance forged by Bahadur Shah, the Sultan of Gujarat and the Portuguese. The Portugese ruled over this territory from 1537 to 1961, when 'Operation Vijay' forced them to quit.

  • PADMADURG- Built by Shivaji in 1663, Padmadurg is a small island fort near Janjira. It was commissioned to keep close watch on Siddi Naval Forces which operated from Janjira. However Sambhaji could not maintain it and it fell to Siddis who used it as their outpost.

    PADMADURG- Built by Shivaji in 1663, Padmadurg is a small island fort near Janjira. It was commissioned to keep close watch on Siddi Naval Forces which operated from Janjira. However Sambhaji could not maintain it and it fell to Siddis who used it as their outpost.

  • DANSBORG- Located in Thaarangambadi in Tamil Nadu, this fort was built by the Danish for their settlement in 1620. It was sold to the British in 1845 but the fort lost its significance as the town was not an active trading post for the British.

    DANSBORG- Located in Thaarangambadi in Tamil Nadu, this fort was built by the Danish for their settlement in 1620. It was sold to the British in 1845 but the fort lost its significance as the town was not an active trading post for the British.

  • RATNAGIRI- Ratnagiri is actually a composite fort consisting of three fortified peaks located near Goa overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was built by Bijapur Sultans in the 16th century, strengthened by Shivaji in 1670 and became an important base of the Maratha Navy.

    RATNAGIRI- Ratnagiri is actually a composite fort consisting of three fortified peaks located near Goa overlooking the Arabian Sea. It was built by Bijapur Sultans in the 16th century, strengthened by Shivaji in 1670 and became an important base of the Maratha Navy.

  • SINDHUDURG- Sindhudurg was built by Shivaji on an island near Goa off the Malabar Coast in 1656. It is one of the largest sea forts with perimeter wall of about 3.5 kms. In many places molten lead was used as mortar and its structural strength speaks volumes about the engineering skills of the Marathas.

    SINDHUDURG- Sindhudurg was built by Shivaji on an island near Goa off the Malabar Coast in 1656. It is one of the largest sea forts with perimeter wall of about 3.5 kms. In many places molten lead was used as mortar and its structural strength speaks volumes about the engineering skills of the Marathas.

Great Indian Maritime Forts

Many centuries ago, India was a great maritime and sea faring nation. However, after the 13th century, lack of appreciation of maritime importance by Indian rulers led to significant decline in sea influence. But when Portuguese, French, Dutch and English made their way into India, they revived the maritime influence by constructing (and conquering) coastal […]

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How Cold War was Responsible for Chinese Gooseberry to become Kiwifruit

This is Kiwifruit. It was earlier known as Chinese Gooseberry. So why was its name changed? This fruit was introduced to New Zealand in 1904 by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls’ College, who had been visiting mission schools in China. The seeds were planted in 1906 by a Whanganui nurseryman, Alexander Allison, […]

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If you’re fed up, blame World War 1

If you’re feeling washed out, fed up or downright lousy, World War One is to blame. Confused? It’s because these terms originated from the trenches of World War 1. The circumstances of the First World War were so horrific, so extraordinary, and involving so many millions of people that a new language was almost essential. […]

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  • Vijender Singh- Boxing. Made his debut in Akshay Kumar's Fugly

    Vijender Singh- Boxing. Made his debut in Akshay Kumar's Fugly

  • Sunil Gavaskar- Cricket. He played the lead role in the Marathi movie

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  • Sandeep Patil- Cricket. He also starred in the movie Kabhi Ajnabi The with Poonam Dhillon and Debashree Roy

    Sandeep Patil- Cricket. He also starred in the movie Kabhi Ajnabi The with Poonam Dhillon and Debashree Roy

  • Dara Singh- Wrestler. He started his career as an actor in 1952 with Sangdil. But he became popular as an actor when he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayan.

    Dara Singh- Wrestler. He started his career as an actor in 1952 with Sangdil. But he became popular as an actor when he played the role of Hanuman in the television adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayan.

  • Leander Paes- Tennis. Leander made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.

    Leander Paes- Tennis. Leander made his film debut in Ashok Kohli's Rajdhani Express, a socio-political thriller.

  • Ajay Jadeja- Cricket. Jadeja acted in the 2003 movie Khel with Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty. He also acted in the 2009 movie, Pal Pal Dil Ke Saath, directed by V Krishna Kumar.

    Ajay Jadeja- Cricket. Jadeja acted in the 2003 movie Khel with Sunny Deol and Sunil Shetty. He also acted in the 2009 movie, Pal Pal Dil Ke Saath, directed by V Krishna Kumar.

  • Jwala Gutta- Badminton. She made her debut in the film 'Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde' where she had a special appearance.

    Jwala Gutta- Badminton. She made her debut in the film 'Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde' where she had a special appearance.

Indian Sportspersons Who Became Actors

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Historically Inaccurate Hindi Films

Last week, we talked about Songs that Described Historical Events and today we explore whether historical films should stick to facts? While historians believe ‘Some accuracy and a basic adherence to facts are necessary because films and TV have a hold on the popular imagination and shape perceptions’, the movie buffs like to be entertained, […]

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Some Anecdotes about Indian Participation in World War 1

What started as farce ended in tragedy. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrived in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, someone threw a bomb at him, but it missed. 19 year old Gavrilo Princip was meant to shoot him then and there but he couldn’t get a clear shot. So he went to a café to sulk. […]

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5 Ways how LEGO is helping Science make World a Better Place

We all know why LEGO has done a phenomenal job of creating a multibillion dollar business from small toy bricks. But LEGO is not just about selling brick toys to adults, it is helping scientists conduct experiments to help the world become a better place. How? As a scientific tool to study plant growth Engineers […]

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When Dubai was selected as the host for Expo 2020, little did we know that the latter part of UAE’s theme for the event- “Connecting minds, creating the future” would be taken with so much seriousness. As UAE’s monarch said on winning the bid, Dubai would ‘astonish the world’, we take a look at what […]

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Some Magnificent Sculptures at the Sand Sculpting World Cup

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Songs that Describe Historical Events

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    Indian Badminton League

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    Golf Premier League

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    Indian Super League

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    Elite Football League of India

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    Prokabaddi League

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    Hockey India League

The Rise of Professional Sports Leagues in India

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