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 […]
This is Kiwifruit. It was earlier known as Chinese Gooseberry. So why was its name changed? This fruit was introduced to New Zealand in 1904 by Mary Isabel Fraser, the principal of Wanganui Girls’ College, who had been visiting mission schools in China. The seeds were planted in 1906 by a Whanganui nurseryman, Alexander Allison, […]
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. […]
Indian boxing star Vijender Singh recently made the switch from trying his hand at boxing to acting, we look at some of the other well known sports persons who did the same.
Last week, we talked about Songs that Described Historical Events and today we explore whether historical films should stick to facts? While historians believe ‘Some accuracy and a basic adherence to facts are necessary because films and TV have a hold on the popular imagination and shape perceptions’, the movie buffs like to be entertained, […]
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. […]
We all know why LEGO has done a phenomenal job of creating a multibillion dollar business from small toy bricks. But LEGO is not just about selling brick toys to adults, it is helping scientists conduct experiments to help the world become a better place. How? As a scientific tool to study plant growth Engineers […]
When Dubai was selected as the host for Expo 2020, little did we know that the latter part of UAE’s theme for the event- “Connecting minds, creating the future” would be taken with so much seriousness. As UAE’s monarch said on winning the bid, Dubai would ‘astonish the world’, we take a look at what […]
As Switzerland prepares to shed its tax haven image with its government getting ready to prepare a list of Indians suspected to have untaxed money in Swiss banks to be shared with the Indian government, we take a look at countries/territories that have ceased to be tax havens either due to pressures from other powerful […]
Atlantic City will see the world’s top 20 sculptors create some eye-popping masterpieces at the ongoing DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup.
Even though the FIFA committee is yet to ‘officially’ decide whether Luis Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini in yesterday’s Uruguay vs Italy game, most betting agencies have already decided to pay up for those who placed their bets on – ‘Will Suarez bite an opposing player? Soccer / World Cup / 2014 World Cup’. Here, are […]
Music and our history books have complemented each other. Some of the more thoughtful songs have chronicled major events with ease. Today we talk about some amazing songs popular not just for their music but also the way they talk about historical events. Gulaal, “Ranaji” Jaise durr desh ke tower mein ghus jaaye re aeroplane […]
The success of Indian Premier League Has led to the rise of numerous professional sports leagues in India. Here’s a citywise plotting of the franchises in these leagues. Indian Badminton League First Season: 2013 No of Teams: 6 Past Winners: Hyderabad Hotshots Franchises: Hyderabad Hotshots, Banga Beats, Pune Pistons, Mumbai Masters, Awadhe Warriors, Delhi Smashers […]
If Brazil takes the title this World Cup, then the Da Silva family might be the only one to count the all its wins on one hand. Confused? It’s because the 14 members of the family were born with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, because of a rare genetic […]