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Rana Safvi

Rana Safvi

Rana Safvi is a passionate believer in India's 'Ganga jamuni tehzeeb' (syncretic culture), which she documents through her writings, podcasts and videos. In 2011 she started the Twitter forum #shair which was responsible for popularising Urdu online. It's a unique platform, which is still going strong with over 20,000 members. She has published seven books so far on culture, history and monuments of India. These are Tales from the Quran and Hadith, the Delhi Trilogy, Where Stones Speak, The Forgotten Cities of Delhi and Shahjahanabad the Living City of Old Delhi. She has translated both the editions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan 's seminal work on Delhi -Asar us Sanadid, Dastan e Ghadar and four accounts of 19th and 20th century Delhi from Urdu to English. She is also a regular contributor to various national newspapers and magazines. Her blog is a repository of cultural, literary and historical heritage


Ajmer Sharif: The Path of Devotion

Syed Salman Chishty in conversation with Rana Safvi

The revered Dargah of the 11th Century Sufi saint, Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hassan Chishty, has been a binding force in our nation's secular fabric.
Syed Salman Chishty, hails from the Chishty Sufi family of Ajmer Sharif. The Nizami Chishty Order is considered the most inclusive of Sufi philosophies. Exploring the nuances of Sufi philosophy with its interplay through history, Syed Salman takes us on a mystical journey of faith, harmony and inclusivity. In conversation with historian and author Rana Safvi, Syed Salman discusses the importance of Ajmer Sharif and the resonating power of its traditions.