What A Jain Merchant’s Autobiography Tells Us About Life In The Mughal Era?

Fascinating piece in Madras Courier:

How do you know about what happened in the past? What are the foundations of history? 

Archives. 

One such archive, the autobiography of a Jain merchant, from the seventeenth century, offers unusual, exciting and fascinating insights into life in the Mughal era. Aparna Kapadia,  a historian of South Asia at Williams College in the US, takes a look at the life of Banarsidas and illustrates the larger picture.

 

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