“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” - Romain Rolland

We love India and came across few beautiful pictures of India/ Indians from yesteryears. Pictures that made us proud, pictures that made us smile and pictures that left us speechless. Here are some of them:

 

1. Gandhi ji leaves the home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, en route to the Viceroy’s Lodge in Delhi, 24th November 1939

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi leaves the home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of the Muslim League, en route to the Viceroy's Lodge in Delhi, 24th November 1939

 

 

2. Nathuram Vinayak Godse, bottom right, on trial for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in the red fort, Old Delhi, 27th May 1948.

Nathuram Vinayak Godse, bottom right, on trial for the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in the red fort, Old Delhi, 27th May 1948. The presiding judge Atma Charan is on the left

 

 

3. Delhi 1955, a beggar in Connaught Place, Delhi

Delhi 1955, a beggar in Connaught Place, Delhi

 

 

4. Dara Singh with a Trophy

Dara Singh with a Trophy

 

 

5. The Beatles In India 1968

The Beatles In India 1968

 

6. Jesse Owens in India 1955

Jesse Owens in India 1955

 

7.Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehur and his Daughter Indira in Moscow – 1956

Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehur and his Daughter Indira in Moscow - 1956

 

8.Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia

Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia

 

9.Reita Faria in 1966. She was also the first Asian to win the title.

Reita Faria in 1966. She was also the first Asian to win the title.

 

10.Amitabh Bachchan padded up for a charity match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India circa 1980

Amitabh Bachchan

 

11.The daughter of an Indian Maharaj seated on a panther she shot. Early 1920s

The daughter

 

12.Air India Receptionist in Sari – 1971

Air India

 

13.A group of British tennis players photographed in India about 100 years ago.

Major Som Nath SharmaMajor Som Nath SharmaA group of Britis

 

14.Gandhi Ji addressing people

Gandhi Ji addressing people

 

15.Dharmendra, Hema Malini and Amitabh bachchan on the set of sholay

sholay

 

16.A hairdresser giving a ‘Hindustani haircut’ (pudding bowl), on Strand Road South, Kolkata

A hairdresser

 

17.2nd April 1947, the Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten meets Prime Minister Pandit Nehru in the Moghul Gardens in New Delhi

Viceroy of India

 

18.Family Planning Contraceptive Hoarding – Delhi 1967

Family

 

19.The picture dates back to the time when Amitabh Bachchan resumed work on the sets of Coolie after the life threatening accident and Amjad Khan had come to visit the actor on the sets

sets

 

20.Tagore in his bed in a railway compartment at Howrah Station (Kolkata) on 22 November 1940

Tagore

 

Not sure if this is from India, but the Air India sign left us wondering. This one is for the love of ‘The Doors’.

The Doors

Images source @IndiaTasveer

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