Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lal Mahal – Shaniwar Wada a guided walk on 18 April 2015, World Heritage Day

Lal Mahal – Shaniwar Wada

a guided walk on 18 April 2015, World Heritage Day


From  young Shivaji’s Pune, Shaiste Khan’s famous combat to around 87 years of Peshwa rule & victories of Marathas
Fires, Murder, Suicide, Death, Treachery,
Growing British dominance, Union Jack hoisting,
Mental asylum & Prison, hospital,
Shaniwar Wada and Lal Mahal are witness to
incredible history of India!

Join us to hear some fascinating facts & stories. Open to All!

Saturday 18 April 2015
4 – 5.30 pm
50 INR/-
(Entrance fee to Shaniwar Wada not included)Booking: On the spot from 3.30pm
Meet our volunteer at Delhi Darwaja
Walk available in Marathi, Hindi and English

More info at / 020-25709013

Read more on Shaniwar Wada

Senapati Bapat Road

Pune, Mh 411001

“Chandigarh’s ‘heritage’- real or flippant” by K.J.S.Chatrath

aa-               Pottery discovered at Bhirrana.

There is a stunning news. The Archelogical Survey of India has, on the basis of excavations which they have been undertaking, declared that  Haryana’s Bhirrana is oldest Harappan site and Rakhigarhi Asia’s largest. These date back to 7300 B.C. Now this is a heritage that we would really like to be proud of.

Recovered_File_4906And here we have some ‘heritage lovers’ in Chandigarh who opine that the 50 year old Open Hand Monument of Chandigarh is a heritage item. One just can not ignore that this emblem appears to have been ‘borrowed’ by late Le Corbusier from the symbol of ‘Fatima’s hand’, which one can see everywhere  in  Morroco, Iran and the adjoining countries.

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 Chandigarh’s ‘heritage’- real or flippant?

You decide.


‘Short trip to Japan’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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The wonderful Group members with whom I made a short trip to Japan to see the Cherry Blossoms. Thank you all.

The trip was run by It was a trip where the organisers had claimed that one could leave one’s purse behind as besides Indian food, even tea coffee and ice-creams were included. The young Group Leader Bipin Sawant (first row extreme right in red shirt) was knowledgeable, efficient and helpful.

Bravo Kesari.

‘Interesting Air France ticket offers to Latin America’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

We are sharing below an email received from Air France.

IMPORTANT is in NO way connected with this offer. This is being shared only for the convenience of our readers who are requested verify all facts before taking any decision.

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“Air France: LATINO FESTIVAL:air franceUp to 50% Off !

Home to the famous Andes Mountains & Bay Islands and a host to two of the wonders of the world, South & Central America is definitely the answer to your perfect getaway this year.

What’s more, when you book on you get an additional flat discount of INR 4000 in Economy class. All you need to do is enter your advantage code AFCSAY644 on the personal information page.

See Terms and Conditions

From Mumbai
Sao Paolo- INR 63,000
Brasilia – INR 80,000
Rio de Janeiro -INR 80,000
Buenes Aires -INR 93,000
Caracas -INR 93,000
Montevideo -INR 92,000
Santiago -INR 91,000
Bogota -INR 103,000
Havana -INR 107,000
Cali -INR 110,000

Source:  “

‘Memorial to Indian soldiers of WWI at Neuve Chapelle, France’ by K.J.S.Chatrath

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New Chapelle Memorial France Oct 15, 2009 049-580 75I visited the Memorial to Indian soldiers who attained martyrdom during the First World War  at Neuve Chapelle, near Lille in France on 15th October, 2009.

Coming soon more details in my book ‘Indian martyrs of World War-I in Neuve Chapelle Memorial and Mazargues Cemetery, France’