History is boring for many and utmost fascinating for some. If only history was told with facts that thrilled you when in school. If only someone could demonstrate its relevance for me today, or even if not, at least make me proud! A king or a queen, a war or not, what is about history that I can take as something to inspire me? The unceasing commitment of the king to fight for his people despite being well into his eighties? The vision of a king to employ European workmen? The innovative strategies of war? The system of administration and tax? Or the magnanimity of city plans? Politics, tact, innovation, devotion to ideas and beliefs, from mega creations to complete destruction lost in time, India offers all extremes and the in-betweens!
But history speaks in a language, symbolism and motifs, and sometimes inscriptions. The architecture itself conveys something. India nearby brings to you for the first time a field guide (coming soon) to help read and decipher motifs in the field, read patterns of built form and construction. Learn to identify the details, feel like that explorer you only saw in the movies! Indiana Jones was not a name by accident!