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Follow Twitter handles that specialise in historical trivia

Sneha Mahale , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, December 18, 2013
First Published: 13:44 IST(18/12/2013) | Last Updated: 15:39 IST(18/12/2013)

Taking a walk down history’s bylanes need not be restricted to books or stories narrated by grandparents anymore. Thanks to technology, a treasure trove of information is now just a tweet away with handles that specialise in information about heritage structures and much more.


“Earlier, when people asked me what to see in Mumbai, my standard reply would be Gateway of India, Juhu Beach or the aquarium. Then, one day, a colleague took me to visit Sardar Griha at Crawford Market. Lokmanya Tilak breathed his last inside this building on August 1, 1920. Yet, I had never heard of this place,” says Kunal Tripathi, the man behind @MumbaiHeritage. He started gathering information about other such unknown places and posted pictures on Instagram (@mumbaiheritage). Recently, he also started tweeting trivia.

He says, “Now I suggest less-visited places, like the remnants of the original Bombay Fort near St George Hospital, or the replica of Gateway of India in Gamdevi.”

While @MumbaiHeritage focuses on heritage structures, another handle goes a step further and includes rulers and dynasties. “I start my work from the Mahabharat (which, according to some, is mythology) and discuss matters till modern day,” says Vikramjit Rooprai, who is the brain behind @DelhiHeritage. To ensure that the data quoted on his handle is correct, Rooprai has to constantly read up. He says, “I read books that were written 100-150 years ago. I cross-check with multiple sources or mention if the information hasn’t been verified.”

Local connect
@DelhiHeritage: This handle is dedicated to 1300-plus monuments, 15 dynasties and 100-plus kings that have ruled Delhi through the ages.
@MumbaiHeritage: One of the latest entrants, this handle covers the heritage structures of Mumbai.
@GujaratHistory: The handle claims, “Some may like or some may dislike historical fact but one can not change history (sic).” Apart from the history of Gujarat, neighbouring states too find a regular mention here. 
@Indianmemory: Perhaps the world's first online narrative that’s based on a visual archive. As part of the project,
one can trace the history of the Indian subcontinent through family archives.

Foreign interest
@HistoryInPics: This handle focuses on tweeting images that capture iconic moments in world history.
@LostIslamicHist: From Uzbekistan to India, you could trace Islamic history by following them. Also tweets about forgotten facts to help tweeple rediscover the past.
@HistoricalPics: Claims to offer the most beautiful, classic and iconic historical pics ever taken.
@History_Pics: Want to relive the good and bad or fun and sad moments of an era gone by? Well, then this is the handle
 for you to follow.


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