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Indians Who Completed a Century

Veteran bollywood actress Zohra Sehgal passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 102. Here are a few other Indians who reached the 3-figure mark.


Rare Occurrence of Humour in Indian Budget Speeches

As the newly formed government presents its first budget, which will most likely be a lengthy speech (unpopular with most and criticized by many) filled with data, statistics and numbers , many news websites are trying to present it as it happens. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.  However, we’re in no hurry and take it easy […]


Battle of Gettysburg: The Bloodiest Accidental War

The Battle of Gettysburg started by accident on July 1, 1863, when General Robert Lee and General George Meade’s army literally bumped into each other. The war ended two days later, exactly 151 years ago, with over 45000 casualties. This video will explain the hows and the whys in 5 minutes.


Great Indian Maritime Forts

Many centuries ago, India was a great maritime and sea faring nation. However, after the 13th century, lack of appreciation of maritime importance by Indian rulers led to significant decline in sea influence. But when Portuguese, French, Dutch and English made their way into India, they revived the maritime influence by constructing (and conquering) coastal […]


If you’re fed up, blame World War 1

If you’re feeling washed out, fed up or downright lousy, World War One is to blame. Confused? It’s because these terms originated from the trenches of World War 1. The circumstances of the First World War were so horrific, so extraordinary, and involving so many millions of people that a new language was almost essential. […]


Some Anecdotes about Indian Participation in World War 1

What started as farce ended in tragedy. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand arrived in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, someone threw a bomb at him, but it missed. 19 year old Gavrilo Princip was meant to shoot him then and there but he couldn’t get a clear shot. So he went to a café to sulk. […]


Kuki-Chin-Mizo: A North Eastern Tribe that Claims to be from Israel

Zorawar Shukla, General Zooz from Delhi based Reggae Rajah,s made his first film ‘A Prayer for Aliyah’. It’s a film about 7,500 Kuki-Chin-Mizo (or Chhinlung Chhuak) tribals who believe that they are the descendants of the Lost Tribe of Menasseh, one of the two sons of Joseph, whose father was Jacob in the Bible. Having […]


Some Interesting Old Maps of India

Borrowing the pearls of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s geographical history can also be summed up as “a bundle of contradictions held together by strong but invisible threads”. Here are some unique old Indian maps that have successfully found their way into the digital medium and thus, eternity.


The Pakistan Army Major who Was an Indian Spy

The world of espionage is a world  of oblivion, betrayal and torture. Despite the threat of certain death, spies have never shied away from risks in  putting their life in danger for the sake of their motherland. One such spy was Ravinder Kaushik was born in Rajasthan on April 11, 1952. He was a famous […]


The Great Escape by Indian POWs

As the world debates if the freed American Prisoner of War Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter, we recall the story of three Indian POWs from 1971 Indo-Pak war who escaped from a Rawalpindi jail. Flight Lt. Dilip Parulkar’s Sukhoi-7 jet was shot down by anti-aircraft guns of Pakistan on 10 December, 1971 in Zafarwal, […]


Indian Politicians Who Died in Car Accidents

The alarming number of fatalities on Indian roads has been a cause of concern for the commoners as well as the ministers. According to some estimates, every four minutes a life is lost in a road accident in India with 1,40,000 deaths recorded in 2012 alone. To put this disquieting data in perspective, almost half […]


Legends From Indian History You Don’t Hear Much About

5 people whose life stories is a stuff of legend and worth telling for years to come. Yogendra Singh Yadav Yogendra Singh Yadav was a member of the 18th grenadier battalion  during the Kargil conflict with Pakistan in 1999. Their mission was to climb  Tiger Hill, and neutralize the three  enemy bunkers at the top. […]


Historical Military Strategies that Helped Rulers Expand Their Empire

Fighting with rulers of neighbouring kingdoms was how emperors of the past killed boredom. Proof? Open a history book of any country and you’ll have it. So what are some of these winning strategies that they implemented. Roadways as the lifeblood of Rome Over the course of 700 years, the Romans built more than 55,000 […]


Poor Military Decisions that have Cost India Dearly

Bad planning, lack of vision, going with the emotions and carelessness. These are a few reasons why some of India’s strategic defense decisions concerning its neighbours have haunted us in the past and will do so for some time to come. Today we revisit these decisions and how they still affect us. Kashmir Accession to […]