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A life in pictures - Britain's Prince Philip

From his early years to the duties and pleasures of royal life, we take a look at the life of the Duke of Edinburgh. Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, prior to his marriage to Princess Elizabeth,......

The royal and political privileges of the Scindias

People close to the erstwhile royal family underline that Jyotiraditya Scindia is neither as accessible nor as unpretentious as his father.Sandeep Kumar reports. IMAGE: Jyotiraditya Scindia......

Monarchs who abdicated in 21st century

Japan's cabinet approved a bill on Friday that would allow Emperor Akihito to step down, paving the way for the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries. Following is the list......

Queen@91: 15 facts about her that might surprise you

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, turns 91 on Friday. In celebration of her birthday, here are some interesting facts about her life. IMAGE: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince......

The maharaja who gave his people museums

The collector king Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who lived a century ago, put together a fantastic world of Indian and European art for his subjects. IMAGE: Baroda's Sayajirao Gaekwad III ruled......

Have you seen a car collection like this?!

Dr Ravi Prakash's 250 vintage car collection includes J R D Tata's 1940 Buick Limousine and a Sunbeam-Talbot used by Lord Mountbatten.Nikita Puri reports. All Photographs: Kind courtesy Classic......

A fantasy trip onboard the Deccan Odyssey

Anybody who's watched the 1974 whodunit Murder on the Orient Express or read The Mystery of the Blue Train will find it hard to resist the fantasy of a week on a luxuriously languorous train ride......

Taj launches Best of Sri Lanka package

In an effort to take advantage of the high tourist interest in Sri Lanka, Taj Group has launched a package that lets tourists take a close look at the nature, culture and people of the island......

Asian admen get royal welcome

Jaipur is bracing up for its second Diwali this year. Only this time the colourful lanterns are replaced by glow signs as admen from across Asia converge on the city for a four-day congress, AdAsia......

Planning a wedding? Help's at hand

Is marriage an adventure? It could certainly start out on an adventurous note if you decide to get married on a machan in the middle of Ranthambhore Game Reserve.Here's the scenario: the bride,......

Jodhaa Akbar may make more money than OSO

Getting a royal welcome on both sides of the Atlantic, Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar, grabbed an estimated $1.3 million in North America and $750,000 in the United Kingdom over the weekend.......

Jodhaa Akbar is okay, but overlong

In Ashutosh Gowariker's Jodhaa Akbar, there is a particularly outstanding song sequence that must be praised. The titular couple's wedding banns have just taken place, and a group of singers sit......

Jodhaa Akbar is a spectacular watch

Set against the bloody and turbulent period of the 16th century when Akbar is consolidating his empire through unorthodox alliances that includes a marriage to a spirited Rajput princess, Jodhaa......

What if Amrapali were remade today?

He believes all is fair in love and war. She believes in sacrificing for her nation.What happens when two such ideologies clash?In 1966, filmmaker Lekh Tandon explored the consequences of this......

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