Articles by: Saurav Kumar Rai

Bid you adieu ‘Sultan’: Remembering Sunil Kumar

Bid you adieu ‘Sultan’: Remembering Sunil Kumar

It was in 2007 that I first came across the name of Sunil Kumar while reading an undergraduate course on medieval India at Delhi University. His newly published book on The Emergence of the Delhi Sultanate, 1192-1286 (Permanent Black, 2007) had already become talk of the town by that time. In fact, he was among very few active scholars working[Read More…]

by January 18, 2021 Life/Philosophy
Death of a Housewife: Some Thoughts on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

Death of a Housewife: Some Thoughts on Stay-at-Home Motherhood

The differential ways in which our society reacts to the death of a patriarch and a housewife manifest categorically the extent to which patriarchy and the associated hierarchy cut across various facets of our day-to-day life. Incidentally, the orthodox social wisdom views the death of even the elderly male head of a family as a greater loss than that of[Read More…]

by February 3, 2020 Patriarchy
The ‘Ayurvedic’ Supervisor: Remembering Biswamoy Pati

The ‘Ayurvedic’ Supervisor: Remembering Biswamoy Pati

My candid association with Dr. Biswamoy Pati began somewhere around 2012 when I eventually settled down for social history of health and medicine as my research theme for MPhil/PhD which was met by an equally enthusiastic and generous response by Dr. Pati. Although he had taught us earlier the paper on Social History of Modern India during post-graduation, the deplorable[Read More…]

by August 21, 2019 Life/Philosophy