The Story of Babur — The Beginnings
~ Simran Lal
“While reading books to my two little boys and my young niece and nephew, I felt the need for books that told stories about India’s history through real historical events and people; stories about our jungles, rivers, animals, mythology and cultural history.
I wanted to create books that ignite their curiosity about where we come from and who came before us. We start the series with the story of Babur, who was the founder of Mughal dynasty in India.
In a chatty style, the writer playfully adds jokes and pranks played by young Babur and the importance of relationships and duties of a young leader, while imparting historical events with its share of villains, heroes and battles! The gentle watercolour illustrations are influenced by Mughal miniatures and have been rendered in a modern, youthful style.
Wishing all our readers many hours of happy reading! Dedicated to my four young readers who know it almost by heart — Raghav (who celebrates his 8th birthday today), Zarovar, Leila Noor and Arjuna.”
The Case of The Missing Tiger Cub
Adventure through India's tropical landscape and explore the magic of India's wildlife and forests through the eyes of Rainbow Raghavan.
A beautifully illustrated children's story about a jungle girl and a city boy on their search for a missing tiger cub in Bandhavgarh, brought to life by writer, Kalpana Subramanian, and illustrator, Prashant Miranda. A story of friendship and discovery.
The Case of The Missing Tiger Cub is available across shops and on our Web Boutique.
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Treasure At The Train Station
An intriguing adventure set in Mumbai's iconic Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus that takes you back to the magnificent railway station in 1967, one of Mumbai's iconic landmarks.
The railway station was once a grand architectural example of intricately carved interiors and charming stone sculptures, brought to life in this story that conjures India's rich history.
Immerse yourself in the wonder of the majestic interiors of the once grand Victoria Terminus with the enchanting tale Treasure At The Train Station.
The soil is replenished, the trees are green and heavy with joy, the air is full of romance, and the time is ripe to sit back and rejoice in music.
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Immerse yourself in the wonder of our Rosabagh dining collection
Uniting two of our favourite designs, Persia Garden and Baradari, we bring you RosaBagh, a collection of fine bone china tableware with leitmotifs inspired by a vintage Persian miniature, and the enchanting garden life of the Mughals.
A celebration of our love for Van Vaibhav, or the splendour of the forest, the collection captures intricate outdoor pavilions, birds and butterflies in an oasis of verdant blossoms, illustrating a paradise garden with accents of 24 carat gold.
We at Good Earth, have always been inspired by the magnificent Indian Elephant, that nurtures and thrives on our landscapes.
Van Vaibhav: the Splendour of the Forest
The Dharma Wheel, Conch, Lotus, Victory Banner, Mystic Knot, Wisdom Urn, Protective Parasol and the Fertile Fish
Nicobar's miniature elephant, Kandy, offers an artistic interpretation of its signature motifs with a deeper allusion to the dwindling natural habitat of our elephants.
While the fronds represent the lack of forest cover, the zebra crossings symbolize roads and railway tracks
affecting the natural dwellings of the majestic elephant.
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20% of Elephant Parade® proceeds from our Eles are donated to the noble cause of elephant welfare and conservation projects!
Through the doors of an ancient palace, she found herself in the room of illusions. A transient sanctuary of power, a realm beyond life, where dreams manifested into reality. She explored its sparkling treasures, felt its elusive walls, and wandered deep into its beguiling lacuna.
They say the room appeared only when summoned, engulfing all it encountered.
From the room of illusions, she wandered into the hall of mirrors, where sapphire walls blended into antique faceted glass. Above her, a starry cosmos, turbulent with swirling clouds. She saw a hundred versions of herself in each mirror, a hundred stories of her life. Alternate realities for every decision she would ever make.
Down a golden staircase, through the dense foliage, into a hidden garden of trees. She found a man seated at a table with a majestic tiger at his knee.
He told her stories of the realm beyond, an endless continuum where one had to sail through misty vapour and tangled weeds. He invited her to travel with him, and promised her the riches and dreams she desired. She politely declined.
"Find yourself here," she said.
In the depths of an ancient step-well sat a bustling souk, glittering with treasures from the Silk Route. Precious jewellery and rich embroideries, fine shawls and porcelain cups – she searched for something that could truly be hers.
She found it eventually in a quiet corner: a hand-etched vase of tuberose flowers, a window of filtered light.
As you wander, you may glimpse the whirring of everyday life behind the shuttered blue doors and worn indigo facades, and take in each shade of cool blue tempered with a warm toffee-tone palette.
Toorji Ka Jhalra
Toorji Ka Jhalra (Toorji’s Stepwell) is a rosy-red sandstone stepwell built in the early 18th century by Maharaja Abhay Singh’s wife. Restored after years of neglect under the brand new JDH project that seeks to replenish Jodhpur’s stunning cultural legacy, this stepwell is where our new Silk Route-inspired shop is located. A stone's throw from the ramparts of Mehrangarh fort, its undulating chevron-like stairs bring back the old-world charm of Jodhpur royalty.
A beautiful summer palace with the lapping waters of the Balsamand lake and surrounded by lush green gardens is where we're heading next in Jodhpur. Built in 1159 AD by the city's rulers as a reservoir to supply the city of Mandore, Balsamand Lake is now a sunny picnic-spot shaded by mango, papaya, pomegranate, guava and plum trees.
(📷 Andrew Collins)
Raas, Jodhpur’s first luxury boutique hotel
Umaid Bhawan Palace
A gorgeous duet of sandstone and marble makes up the stunning interiors of one of the world’s most beautiful hotels, the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. Designed by British architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester, the palace is a symphony of architectural elements characteristic of the Indo-Deco style popular in the ‘30s and ‘40s, infused with the essence of Indian craftsmanship.
Amer in Jaipur
In the ancient citadel of Amer in Jaipur, the stunning Dil-e-Aaram Gardens is where the elements of nature, majestic views of the land and a stunning geometry of design coalesce. Built within the sandstone fort in a syncretic style that skillfully blended elements from Rajput and Mughal architecture, its beauty lies in its Charbagh format (an Islamic principle based on Chahar Bagh or four gardens), with channels of running water cross-crossing a manicured garden and embraced by a lattice-like marble walkway. It is here, in the Mughal Gardens at Amer Fort, that a love for natural beauty and symmetry is ever-present.
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The Villa d'Este
A 16th-century villa in Tivoli, Rome, finds itself surrounded by a terraced hillside of gardens and an extraordinary design of fountains. The Villa d'Este has an artful maze of greenery, interspersed with beautiful niches, grottos and nymphaeums fed by the nearby River Aniene.
The gardens are home to a remarkable network of cascades, waterfalls and fountains, furnished by the diverted river that travels through the town of Tivoli, and each intricate channel operates without any pumps, entirely by the wonder of gravity.
Each water channel is fed by the nearby River Aniene, that journeys through
the old town of Tivoli. The fountains operate by the wonder of gravity, without any pumps.
Nishat Bagh | East of Dal Lake, Srinagar
In the springtime, a meandering wooded pathway into the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands can leave you spellbound: tulip fields until the eye can see, dotted with colourful narcissi, daffodils, hyacinths and bluebells. Each year, 7 million bulbs blossom into a riot of colour.
Shalimar Bagh | Lahore, Pakistan
The Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, was known by Moorish poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’, an allusion to the breathtaking mosaic of gardens and architecture.
With a host of wildflowers, roses, myrtles, orange trees and English elms, the gardens sally into palace courtyards and rooms, with flowers climbing over moulded stucco walls and vines draped across gorgeous architectural niches. A mesmerizing interplay of fountains, cascades, shaded walkways and pergolas decorate the complex, transporting you to a bygone era.
The palace is a mosaic of breathtaking gardens, fountains and architecture.
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Rich lavender wisteria flowers decorate the gardens.
Rozana Flow is our range of comfort clothing that enables an effortless transition between moments of leisure and yoga, meditation and mindfulness.
I. The Plantain tree, a tree of plenty and prosperity. Traditionally planted during festivities and special occasions, the banana tree finds its way into temple offerings and rituals. Its sacred leaves decorate homes and weddings, and it was once believed that the gods delighted in the food offered on these expansive greens.
(Image Credit: plantes.bougeret.fr)
II. According to Hawaiian legend, the slender coconut tree once served as a bridge between the earth and the heavens, a link between humanity and the gods. It represented a channel to the otherworld, and in many countries, it was celebrated as the 'Tree of Life’.
III. The Tropical Palm tree, an emblem of victory, triumph and peace. In ancient Egypt, the tree was sacred, worshipped as a symbol of immortality. Varieties of the tropical palm grow naturally across India, although the origins of the tree can be traced all the way back to the world’s earliest civilizations, where it was once celebrated for its life-giving qualities.
IV. The Pomegranate tree bursts with fruits of paradise, the anar or pomegranate, a symbol of regal abundance. Also known as the Fruit of Fertility, the pomegranate embodied eternal life and rebirth in many cultures through Central Asian and European history. The word itself was derived from the French ‘pome garnete’ or ‘seeded apple’, referring to its treasure trove of ruby seeds.
V. We’re celebrating the magnificent trees of India that eternally nurture the earth and nourish our wildlife. With its large, bright blooms, the impossibly fragrant Frangipani or Plumeria tree blossoms in lustrous shades of pink, yellow and white. Also known as the Champa, the flowers of this small tree symbolize immortality, flourishing as many times as they wither. Join us to celebrate our favourite summer trees with #9TreesOfSummer.
VI. In India, the radiant Chinar tree was historically celebrated by the Mughals, who planted over a hundred majestic Chinars in Kashmir's paradise gardens. Also known as the Royal Tree, the Chinar was once valued for its medicinal properties, its splendid form and fiery leaves marking the onset of autumn each year.
VII. Our landscape brims with vibrant Apple and Cherry blossom trees that have profound cultural and historical significance. While apple trees symbolize virtue and knowledge, a tree of immortality, the Himalayan cherry blossom trees herald autumn in Shillong with exquisite white, pink and crimson flowers flourishing on slender branches.
VIII. We’re celebrating the magnificent trees of India that eternally nurture the earth and nourish our wildlife with #9TreesOfSummer. A symbol of wish-fulfilment and fertility, the Mango tree draws us in with its deliciously sweet fruit. Known as the tree of abundance, it has a rich presence in our legends, myths and folklore, its fruit the king of all fruits. Our designs celebrate the majestic tree with stylized motifs of birds hidden in its verdant leaves.
IX. In Greek mythology, the beautiful Cypress tree was associated with Hecate, the goddess of magic, light and the underworld. In Srinagar, the Mughal gardens were once ornamented with these grand conical trees. Its slender leaves appear historically across jewellery, art and as a symbol depicting scenes of mourning.
Delighting in the magnificence of the flora and fauna of our subcontinent, our motifs pay homage to the allure and charm of their inherent characteristics.
One of the most famous botanical painters of all time, Pierre-Joseph Redouté loved flowers. Fascinated, especially by lily and rose blooms, he was renowned for his unique prowess to portray light and shadow, undulating colour and clarity of form. Redouté went on to tutor the likes of Marie Antoinette, receiving the title “Draughtsman and Painter to the Queen’s Cabinet.” Over his lifetime, he painted 1800 species, some of which had never been recorded before.
Lillian Snelling is widely considered as one of the greatest botanical artists of the early 19th century. As principal lithographer of Curtis’ Botanical Magazine, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, she painted “with remarkable delicacy of accurate outlines, brilliancy of colour and intricate gradation of tone” over 800 paintings and lithographic plates, over her 30-year career.
16th century Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi’s charming and delightful illustrations like this sunflower, give us insight into the colourful life he led as an influential botanist of the time. In the small town of Bologna in 1587, he founded a botanical garden in the only space he was given: a tiny courtyard. It eventually blossomed into one with over 5000 endemic and exotic species of flowers and plants. If his illustrations are anything to go by, we can only imagine how beautiful his garden was.
Botanical artist Marian Ellis Rowan “enjoyed the accident of life, the fusion of one aspect of nature with another”. Unbridled with the scientific limitations of botanical drawings, she spent her life traveling to unexplored territories across the world, painting wildflowers, insects, birds and butterflies. A true testament of Rowan’s determination lies in her documention of almost every species of wildflower across her homeland of Australia.
Meet royal lithographer Étienne Denisse, whose career would take him from the botanical gardens of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris to the French West Indies Islands. Denisse’s work of collecting and hand-painting wild species from the Caribbean Islands in almost 200 lithographic plates enraptured the New World with America’s exotic and undiscovered flora.
(📷 Biodiversity Heritage Library)
Contemporary botanical painter Anna Masonart's dexterity with intricacy and realism is clear to see: Her line work is masterful, her colours are beautifully intense, and her compositions beckon the viewer to stay awhile. A penchant for gardening during her childhood and a love for painting inspired her to pick up watercolours in adulthood, and we are spellbound.
(📷 Anna Mason)
Meet Ustad Mansur, the most celebrated nature painter from Mughal Emperor Jehangir’s court, — a talented botanical illustrator suited to scientific documentation, and a modest artist who never signed his paintings. In the pages of Jehangir’s memoirs, Mansur is said to have painted over 100 flowers on a single trip to the Kashmir Valley.
Arundathi Varthak’s botanical illustrations draw from a depth of sources, including miniature paintings and Sanskrit classics from Kalidasa. Her tree-portraits are simple, graphic documentations of India’s most common trees with birds, insects and animals, however her morphological notes support the illustrations in subtle ways. Depicted in a flat style on gouache, her lines come to life with fine fluency and vibrant colour.
2 lt vegetable stock
50 ml pure Olive Oil
50 g Butter
1 medium - sized onion, finely chopped.
300 g Arborio rice
100 ml good white wine
300 g Beetroot, peeled and cubed
100 g Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to season.
The garnish: a handful of rocket leaves.
- Simmer the vegetable stock in a saucepan over medium heat.
- Heat the oil and butter in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. Sauté the onions till they turn opaque, and then add the Arborio Rice. Stir well until the rice is coated with oil and is shiny.
- Add the wine and cook over high heat till the liquid has been absorbed.
- Reduce the heat to low and add the cubed beetroot and a ladle of simmering vegetable stock. Continue adding the simmering stock to the rice, a ladle at a time, adding the next ladleful once the previous ladleful has been absorbed. Stir continuously.
- Continue adding the stock and stirring for about 20 minutes, till the rice is cooked but retains a ‘bite’. The consistency of the risotto should be soupy and not too stodgy.
- Add Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper, finish with soft butter.
- Mix well and serve with a handful of rocket leaves as garnish.
Soft shell crab – 2 pieces
Tempura batter – 1 tbsp
Cornflour – 4 tbsp
For coconut mixture
Coconut flakes – 7-8
Gunpowder – 2 tbsp
Coriander leaves, chopped – 1 tsp
Spring onions, chopped – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ¼ tsp
Split urad dal, washed – ¼ tsp
Curry leaves – 4-5 pieces
Garnish with beans
For tomato pickle chutney
Tomato pickle – 1 tsp
Mayonnaise – 1½ tbsp
Tomato ketchup – 1 tsp
Garam masala powder – ¼ tsp
Chaat masala – ¼ tsp
Coriander leaves, chopped – ½ tsp
Spring onions, chopped – ½ tsp
- Clean soft shell crab thoroughly. Pat dry and keep aside.
- Prepare coconut mixture:
- Dry roast coconut flakes till they are completely dry, crisp and slightly golden in colour from the edges.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and add gunpowder, chopped coriander and spring onions. Mix gently, taking care not to break the coconut flakes. Keep aside.
- Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, split urad dal and curry leaves. Allow to crackle. Pour over coconut mixture. Toss gently and keep aside.
Prepare tomato pickle chutney:
- Use savoury tomato pickle. Take required quantity in a blender and grind the pickle.
- Pass the mixture through a fine sieve to make a smooth paste.
- Mix tomato pickle paste with mayonnaise, tomato ketchup, garam masala powder andchaatmasala.
- Mix well, adding a little water if required. The consistency of the chutney should be a drippy sauce.
Prepare the crab:
- Dip the cleaned crab in tempura batter. Dust generously with cornflour. Shake the pieces to remove excess cornflour. Deep fry in hot oil till crisp and golden. Remove and drain excess oil.
- Place fried crab in a bowl. Add coconut mixture. Toss well, till the masala coats all the crab pieces. Finish with chopped coriander and spring onions. Serve hot with tomato pickle chutney.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
8 cups or 2 lt Water or Vegetable stock
1 knob Ginger, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup Jasmine sweet rice, rinsed well
1/2 cup unpolished Himalayan brown rice
2nos. 2 by 4 inch strips of konbu
Salt, white pepper and light soy sauce for seasoning
25 ml Any chili oil (for garnishing only)
25 gm Scallions, chopped
60 gm Green coriander, chopped
- Bring the vegetable stock or water to the boil. Add the konbu and ginger.
- Add the rice and stir; simmer until fully cooked (about 3 hours or so)
- Season with salt, white pepper and light soya sauce; mix well.
- Serve garnished with toasted peanuts and a drizzle of chili oil and freshly chopped scallions and green coriander
For the meatballs
Mutton keema (Lean) - 1 kg
Toasted gram flour powder - 1 heaped tbsp
Hung yogurt - 1tbsp
Ginger and garlic paste - 2 tsp
Grated onion - 2 tsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Coriander seed powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
For the masala
Onions coarse grated - 11/2 cups
Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
Cinnamon stick - 1/2 inch piece
Black cardamom seeds, crushed - 1/3 tsp
Dried whole chilli - 3 pcs
Bay leaf - 2 pcs
Green cardamoms - 6-8 pcs
Mace - 1/3 tsp
Black peppercorns - 1 tsp
Mustard oil - 1/3 cup
Fresh yogurt - 2 cups
Water - 3 cups
Garam masala - 11/2 tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Fresh coriander chopped - 1/3 cup
Salt to taste
- Place all the meatball ingredients in a large steel bowl and knead by hand. This takes a while – make sure the mixture is emulsified and pinkish in colour. The keema will start sticking to the sides of the bowl as you continue to mix; a few drops of ghee blended in and kneaded helps. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
- Make walnut-sized balls of the keema using a little water to wet your hands as you’re doing this. Press them in your fist (mutthi) so you get a tight ball. Place these in a tray and keep aside.
- Whisk fresh yogurt and water in a bowl and keep aside at room temperature.
- Heat mustard oil in a large kadhai or wok till it begins to smoke. Lower heat and add black peppercorns, green cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf and mace. As they begin to sputter and change colour, add the red chilli and crushed cardamom followed almost immediately by the grated onion. Give it a good stir and begin to cook. As the onions turn golden, sprinkle water and let them come together. Add ginger and garlic paste and cook until the mix is nicely browned and fragrant. Lower the heat.
- Slowly stream the yoghurt water into this mixture, stirring constantly. Be careful not to split the yogurt. As a cheat, one can add a few pinches of cornstarch to the yogurt water if worried about splitting. Let the mixture come to a slow simmer. Stir occasionally.
- Gently lower one kebab at a time into the simmering liquid. Don’t toss them in, for the sake of your hands and the kebabs. One can use a slotted spoon to do the same. Give the kadhai a gentle shake from time to time to evenly disperse the kebabs in the pan. Add the garam masala and red chilli powder.
- Place a lid on the kadhai and let it the kebabs slow poach for 30-40 minutes. One can give the kadhai a gentle nudge from time to time.
- Remove lid – the kebabs would have increased in size, and the mixture would start turning brown. Continue to simmer with an open lid. Season with salt, and using a flat and wide spatula, gently turn the kebabs once. Reduce the moisture till it’s a thick masala and not watery, another 20 minutes. Sprinkle generously with fresh coriander and remove from heat. Give it one turn and let them sit for an hour or so before serving hot with rotis or rice. Serves four.
For me these always taste better the following day reheated. The flavours all come together. I used to pop them between two slices of bread cold when I was growing up to make a cold meatball sandwich.