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#HistoryOnAPlate Classroom


Food of the Mughals with Salma Husain



In our midst there are amazing scholars and experts who have spent their whole lives passionately putting together a meticulously researched a body of work that is breath-taking.

As with Salma Husain and the Food Of The Mughals.

After much gentle persuasion (mostly to do with tech) Salma Aapa is looking forward to sharing with us, some of what she has learnt from her explorations. I’ve spent many an afternoon at her house, listening to her read out bits and bobs off brittle sheets of paper with beautiful Urdu calligraphy, sometimes even Farsi, pausing to translate intermittently – her face shining with happiness.

It is this magic that I’m trying to create in what can be at best called an experimental online classroom. There shall be readings and conversations, a mehfil of sorts. A presentation, only if one is called for. Stories. Knowledge-sharing. Come armed with an open mind.

The sessions shall be divided over four Sundays, and we shall, in turn, touch upon each Mughal emperor and their time – Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jehangir, Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, as well as the pre-Mughal Sultanate period, and Bahadur Shah Zafar and the post-Mughal period leeching into Awadh and Hyderabad, in a bid to understand the culinary culture of the great Mughals.

Do note that the readings and conversations will be in Urdu and Hindi largely, and the Q&A will be a mix of Urdu, Hindi, and English.


11th October, 18th October, 24th  October (Saturday, as 25th October – Sunday is Dussehra), and 1st November, 2020


10:30 am to 12:00 pm


The videos of these sessions shall not be available later. We encourage you to attend the sessions LIVE and participate in the conversations, to make the most of these Classrooms!



Recipe Cards of Recipes shared by Salma Aapa shall be shared with all participants on email.


The classrooms will be hosted on Google Meets. All participants will be issued temporary email IDs by the organizers, which will enable attending these sessions without any restrictions that are now applicable on 'Google Meets for free Gmail'. It is mandatory to use the temporary email ID provided, there is no exception possible. Detailed technical instructions will be provided.

Confirmed Participants:





The proceeds from organising this event will be used to pay the resource person and remainder will be used to support Kalap Trust (, a non-profit organization working on rural healthcare, education and livelihood generation in the remote upper Tons Valley of Uttarakhand, India.
Kalap Trust is founded and run by Anand Sankar, (husband of Shubhra aka Historywali)

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