The Patiala Necklace; designed by Cartier

In 1928, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala arrived at Cartier’s headquarters in Paris. He presented 2,930 diamonds, including one inherited from his father which was the world’s seventh-largest diamond at the time, with a pre-cut weight of 428 carat; the ’De Beers’. He asked the famed Parisian jewellers to make him a necklace. They obligedContinue reading “The Patiala Necklace; designed by Cartier”

Zohra Shah & Pakistan’s Child Labour Laws

Trigger warning: mention of child abuse Behind the gates of Pakistan’s most affluent neighbourhoods, an estimated 8.5 to 12 million children work as servants. Some of them are treated with kindness like an unpayable favour; second-hand clothes, eating from the same plates and sleeping in the same house. Others are not so ‘blessed’, leaving theirContinue reading “Zohra Shah & Pakistan’s Child Labour Laws”

The Relationship between Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten

The relationship between Jawaharlal Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten of Burma, was indeed ubiquitous. There is a hum of agreement that Lady Mountbatten held strong influence, even in brokering talks between Nehru’s India and Imperial Britain, represented by her husband. But their relationship transcended the bloody politics that introduced them.⁣⁣Lady Mountbatten and Nehru shared a deeplyContinue reading “The Relationship between Nehru and Edwina Mountbatten”

British Sport: Paki-Bashing

The United Kingdom has seen waves of South Asian immigration. Following World War II and Indian Independence from British rule, Britain encouraged South Asians to emigrate to repair their broken nation. In the 1950s to 1970s, immigrants were usually manual labourers working in industrial settings. The ‘80s and ‘90s saw a shift to immigrants trainedContinue reading “British Sport: Paki-Bashing”

The Swadeshi Movement⁣⁣

In the 1830s, the British East India Company educated select Indians, mainly from Calcutta, described by Thomas Babington Macaulay as ‘a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect’.⁣⁣⁣⁣In 1858, Queen Victoria announced ‘equal opportunity’ for all races and the ambitious young Indians feltContinue reading “The Swadeshi Movement⁣⁣”