Ethnographic images of native women were a way for the dominant white masculine culture to have a good purve (what is the anthropological term for this ?). The colonial gaze included sexual privileges.
I know this flyover infested spot but never imagined it once looked like this. Go Byculla !
The game of chess and the majority its many precursors originated in Asia and Asia Minor, as early as the 6th century. Most historians put the origins of chess in India during the Gupta Empire (320-550 CE) where the game was known as chaturanga, which means something akin to “army”. Chess’s earliest incarnation led to the development of other strategy games all across Eruasia, including xiangqi and go in China as well as shoji in Japan. Chess owes its modern adaptation to the Europeans, introducing the black and white board and as well as the modern accepted movement of individual pieces.
Chaturanga spread to the rest of Asia and Asia Minor along the Silk Road, where it became a favorite game of the Persians, which led to it becoming popular by the Muslims who inhabited Persia and then North Africa. The Persians spread chess through Russian trade routes until it hit Europe as well as pushing it through Greece and Spain.
Moslem Indian Guard at the Mosque of Omar [Dome of the Rock], 1917 (Library of Congress). This image portrays members of the British Indian Army along with British officers in Jerusalem in front of the Dome of the Rock following the allied capture of Palestine in 1917. During World War I, the British military used over 500,000 soldiers and officers from its empire in India, including Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. These soldiers played a prominent role in many military campaigns during the war, including combat in the Middle East and the march on Baghdad.
Shaniwar wada is a palace fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1746
to those who think he’s some sort of saint