“Caricaturing the Maharaja: Sources and meanings of Sayaji Rao III of Baroda’s 1901 caricature in London’s Vanity Fair magazine”. Exhibition presentation in National Lottery Heritage Fund project “Selective inclusion: African and Asian celebrities in London’s Vanity Fair magazine, 1868–1914”, South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), United Kingdom, 25 July 2021
“Maharaja Sayaji Rao III of Baroda in London: An Indian prince at the heart of empire, c. 1880–1900”. Talk in National Lottery Heritage Fund project “Selective inclusion: African and Asian celebrities in London’s Vanity Fair magazine, 1868–1914”, South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), United Kingdom, 10 July 2021
“Turbants, tigres i traïció? La història dels prínceps de l’Índia colonial, més enllà dels tòpics”. Talk in extension course program Aula d’Extensió Universitària del Masnou (AEUM), El Masnou, Catalonia, 19 January 2021
“The British empire, decolonisation, and refugees in the twentieth century: From Punjab to Palestine”. Obrim-los, Obrim-les Association Talk Series, La Llacuna Cultural Centre, Andorra la Vella, Andorra, 23 November 2019
“Reinterpreting History from a feminist perspective”. Workshop for secondary school students in course “Feminism: A tool to examine and transform society”. Campus Júnior, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 8 July 2019 (with Meritxell Ferrer)
“150 Years of Indian History in Cambridge” is the public engagement project I developed as a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. It is a walking tour that explores the last century and a half of Indian history through the stories of Indian students at the University of Cambridge. As it takes participants through Cambridge’s historic city centre, the tour examines the experiences of little-known early Indian students at the University, as well as the trajectories of those who went on to play central roles in South Asian politics, society, and culture — Jawaharlal Nehru, Aurobindo Ghose, Sarojini Naidu, and Muhammad Iqbal, among others.
I researched and designed the tour in 2013 as my final project for Rising Stars, a public engagement training course at the University of Cambridge. It went from idea to reality as part of three annual festivals that bring the University’s research closer to the public: the Festival of Ideas (2013), the Alumni Festival (2014) and Open Cambridge (2017). I guided the tours in all these occasions. The 2017 tours were organised in collaboration with the India Unboxed initiative, which marked the UK-India Year of Culture 2017.
As an offshoot of my research for the walking tour, in 2015 I wrote a piece on the unique history of Indian student admissions at Downing College, which happens to be my college in Cambridge. In 2017 the college archivist, Jenny Ulph, curated a temporary exhibition based on my research at Downing’s Maitland Robinson Library.
Interviewed in The Kootneeti. By Niranjan Marjani, 2021 (forthcoming)
Quoted in Ara. “Una llei discriminatòria amb els musulmans inflama l’Índia” by Cristina Mas, 16 December 2019
Interviewed in El Periòdic d’Andorra. “L’aparició del refugiat és un dels llegats més foscos del segle XX” by Laura Cugat Ruiz, 23 November 2019
Research featured in Sarmaya. “Babies of the empire”, 16 November 2018
Research featured in Varsity. “How a small society of Indian Cambridge students helped destroy the British Raj” by Peter Chappell, 16 September 2018
Research featured in Scroll.in. “How a British plan to convert an illiterate boy into a loyal maharaja failed”, 16 June 2016
Research featured in University of Cambridge Research. “The illiterate boy who became a maharaja”, 31 May 2016