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  • Kalka to Shimla by road

    07-02-2019 21:45:00

    There were multiple reasons for building this road - possible trade ties with Tibet, strategic cum defence reasons, connectivity to hill stations.

  • A bridge over the Damodar

    17-01-2019 20:59:00

    When one reads old district gazetteers, one marvels at the wealth of material and at the reading habits of the authors

  • On the grand trunk road

    03-01-2019 20:37:00

    What is a "trunk road" and who decided GT Road and BT Road should be trunk roads? Also, what does it take for a truck road to become an "imperial" trunk road?

  • Trip down Grand Trunk Road

    20-12-2018 20:41:00

    Under the Maurya Empire, roads were built, one from Takshashila to Pataliputra and beyond. There can never be an exact match, but that's more or less what GT Road is

  • A sense of deja vu

    06-12-2018 21:53:00

    In 1927-28, the Indian Road Development Committee, chaired by M R Jayakar, had implicitly thought of a multi-layered network of roads, main roads and feeder roads

  • The Imperial Gazetteer on roads

    22-11-2018 21:42:00

    Before the advent of British rule, roadways in the modern sense were practically unknown; and even after its establishment there were few to be found, except within urban limits

  • Darjeeling in 1905

    08-11-2018 21:30:00

    The two most important factors in the development of Darjeeling have been the choice of the district for a health resort and the subsequent planting of tea in the hills

  • Howrah in 1909

    24-10-2018 21:50:00

    The district gazetteer for Howrah in 1909 has a description of the district that is considerably different from today's Howrah

  • Gurgaon in 1883

    11-10-2018 22:27:00

    What was the irrigation system like? And how were ailments treated?

  • What Delhi looked like in 1883-84

    20-09-2018 20:18:00

    Not much was manufactured in the city and one could actually see the Himalayas from Delhi, according to the Delhi Gazetteer for the period

  • Rohtak, more than one hundred years ago

    06-09-2018 21:03:00

    Would you have expected irrigation and canals to lead to inferior health outcomes?

  • A treasure trove of information

    23-08-2018 20:38:00

    The British were wonderful at documenting and the colonial gazetteers contain information of great strategic importance

  • Gauge conversion issues

    09-08-2018 22:58:00

    In this process, 36 unmanned level crossings were eliminated and replaced by manned level crossings

  • A sugar mill locomotive

    26-07-2018 21:34:00

    When we think of assets of sick public sector enterprises, we think of land or plant and machinery. But there are locomotives too

  • The case of the missing locomotives

    13-07-2018 06:00:00

    One of the four steam locomotives that turned up in 1909 is on display at National Railway Museum. A second locomotive is on a plinth in Amritsar workshop