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Now Hiring! Job Opportunities for Cats

Do you lick a person and purr to show affection? Do you knead when in a state of ease? Do you use facial marking to signify your territory? If your answer to the above questions is a resounding yes, then we have some good news for you, dear cat. You can be employed in a […]

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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 […]

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  • Mercator Map (16th C.) - Sri Lanka connected to Indian mainland: Unlike most maps of the time, where Sri Lanka is depicted as a huge island, this maps shows modern day Sri Lanka connected to the mainland. The map shows the entire region of southeast Asia with the Ganges River in the west, the “Sinae” (China) in the east, and southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and China Sea.

    Mercator Map (16th C.) - Sri Lanka connected to Indian mainland: Unlike most maps of the time, where Sri Lanka is depicted as a huge island, this maps shows modern day Sri Lanka connected to the mainland. The map shows the entire region of southeast Asia with the Ganges River in the west, the “Sinae” (China) in the east, and southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and China Sea.

  • A 1905 Longmans map, showing India in 1760 when Robert Clive had established a strong foothold in India. The map shows India's divisions at the time

    A 1905 Longmans map, showing India in 1760 when Robert Clive had established a strong foothold in India. The map shows India's divisions at the time

  • Indian Railways network, 1893- In 40 years since its debut journey the Indian railways connected all important centers for trade and manufacturing.

    Indian Railways network, 1893- In 40 years since its debut journey the Indian railways connected all important centers for trade and manufacturing.

  • Created by the Dutch merchant and historian, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, this map from the late 16th c. is far ahead of its peers. It has incredible amount of detailing, including the name of the cities and their placement. His maps and navigational routes helped the Dutch East India Company and British East India Company to break the trade monopoly of the Portugese with the East Indies.

    Created by the Dutch merchant and historian, Jan Huyghen van Linschoten, this map from the late 16th c. is far ahead of its peers. It has incredible amount of detailing, including the name of the cities and their placement. His maps and navigational routes helped the Dutch East India Company and British East India Company to break the trade monopoly of the Portugese with the East Indies.

  • This undated 20th-century map, shows place names in India associated with the Mahābhārāta. Unfortunately, there isn't much information about this map but the title of the map is in Marathi and the place names are in Sanskrit.

    This undated 20th-century map, shows place names in India associated with the Mahābhārāta. Unfortunately, there isn't much information about this map but the title of the map is in Marathi and the place names are in Sanskrit.

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.

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Falsely Attributed Quotes

Ravi Shastri once said ‘Sunday is a funday‘ . He has also said a lot of other things. But at least he is the authentic source of these quotes unlike some of these quotes which have been wrongly attributed to some unsuspecting individuals. Let them Eat Cake The Misquote: “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”  was […]

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  • QuizUp -  Would you believe it. QuizUp, the world's most addictive-ly awesome quiz app comes from Plain Vanilla, a Reykjavik based game developing company.

    QuizUp - Would you believe it. QuizUp, the world's most addictive-ly awesome quiz app comes from Plain Vanilla, a Reykjavik based game developing company.

  • LazyTown, the popular children's musical TV program which is broadcast in more than 100 countries and dubbed into 12+ languages is produced by Iceland based LazyTown Entertainment.

    LazyTown, the popular children's musical TV program which is broadcast in more than 100 countries and dubbed into 12+ languages is produced by Iceland based LazyTown Entertainment.

  • Eidur Gudjohnsen- Iceland's most famous footballer who gave his valuable footballing skills to Chelsea and FC Barcelona. He won the EPL with Chelsea in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and La Liga and UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09. He is also the highest goalscorer for Iceland National Team.

    Eidur Gudjohnsen- Iceland's most famous footballer who gave his valuable footballing skills to Chelsea and FC Barcelona. He won the EPL with Chelsea in 2004-05 and 2005-06 and La Liga and UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09. He is also the highest goalscorer for Iceland National Team.

  • Reykjavik Summit- Iceland hosted a summit in Reykjavík in 1986 between United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, during which they took significant steps toward nuclear disarmament, which set the stage for the end of the Cold War. The summit led to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty the following year, under which the superpowers agreed to eliminate all intermediate-range ground-based missiles.

    Reykjavik Summit- Iceland hosted a summit in Reykjavík in 1986 between United States President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, during which they took significant steps toward nuclear disarmament, which set the stage for the end of the Cold War. The summit led to the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty the following year, under which the superpowers agreed to eliminate all intermediate-range ground-based missiles.

  • The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull- The volcanic eruptions on one of the ice caps of Iceland caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern European countries. Over 10 million travellers were affected, the most since the Second World War. However, it wasn't all that bad as local tour operators started organizing 'Volcano tourism', day trips to see the volcano.

    The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull- The volcanic eruptions on one of the ice caps of Iceland caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern European countries. Over 10 million travellers were affected, the most since the Second World War. However, it wasn't all that bad as local tour operators started organizing 'Volcano tourism', day trips to see the volcano.

Iceland’s Most Awesome Contributions to the World

TODAY is the National Day of Iceland, commemorating its independence from Denmark on this day 70 years ago. While the US government decided to issue a 131 words press release, we try to do something more interesting like talk about their contributions to the world in these 70 years.

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Bollywood Actors with their Own Production Companies

You think you’ve been in the industry for over a decade and can safely call yourself a star. And so, any script  that you bring will be readily accepted by the big studio heads, sitting at the top of the ladder. But what if that script is not accepted by them? You create your own […]

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Who will Win the 2014 Football World Cup?

Unless you are Paul’s blood relative, you must be looking at validation of your gut feeling while challenging your friends at ‘Who will win the 2014 Football World Cup?’. So, your friendly neighbourhood digital  knowledge magazine brings to you the world cup predictions of some of the world’s reputed research and sports organisations. You might […]

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Elon Musk Doesn’t Want to Play it Dirty like these Patent Wars

Yesterday, Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, wrote a blogpost where he informed that Tesla is suspending enforcement of all its patents, “in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.” Like him, many believe that patent wars have done little but reduce competition and tie up useful capital in […]

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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 […]

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One China, Two Systems- When Capitalist Economies Join a Communist Power

Beijing recently released a white paper where it announced that the central government holds “comprehensive jurisdiction” over Hong Kong and is the source of its autonomy. Hong Kongers burned copies of Beijing’s white paper on “one country, two systems” and accused the central government of treating the Basic Law like toilet paper. They said Beijing […]

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  • Futevolei- A combination of beach volleyball and football, Futevolei was created in Brazil in 1965 by Octavio de Moraes, a who represented Brazil football team 4 times. In futevolei, creativity is king: Players use their feet, shoulders, chests, heads and anything else that would be legal on a soccer field to get the ball on the other side of the net. A soft touch, powerful legs and sharp reflexes are critical.

    Futevolei- A combination of beach volleyball and football, Futevolei was created in Brazil in 1965 by Octavio de Moraes, a who represented Brazil football team 4 times. In futevolei, creativity is king: Players use their feet, shoulders, chests, heads and anything else that would be legal on a soccer field to get the ball on the other side of the net. A soft touch, powerful legs and sharp reflexes are critical.

  • Biribol- Another sport that combines volleyball, Biribol is played in a swimming pool. It originated in the 60s in the city Birigui by Prof. Dario Miguel Pedro.  It is a fast-paced game played in close quarters, which adds to the excitement of the sport. Brazil also has a National League of the sport. The moment ball hits the water in the opponent's side, points are scored.

    Biribol- Another sport that combines volleyball, Biribol is played in a swimming pool. It originated in the 60s in the city Birigui by Prof. Dario Miguel Pedro. It is a fast-paced game played in close quarters, which adds to the excitement of the sport. Brazil also has a National League of the sport. The moment ball hits the water in the opponent's side, points are scored.

  • Futsal- Futsal is a fast paced variation of football played indoors in a much smaller area with 5 members per side. It was developed in the 1930s and 40s. The reigning number 1 team and the world champion is.. Brazil. Due to its popularity, futsal competitions have been organised in many unique locations like building roofs and inside malls.

    Futsal- Futsal is a fast paced variation of football played indoors in a much smaller area with 5 members per side. It was developed in the 1930s and 40s. The reigning number 1 team and the world champion is.. Brazil. Due to its popularity, futsal competitions have been organised in many unique locations like building roofs and inside malls.

  • Peteca- Badminton without racquet. Peteca is a traditional Brazilian sport where the objective is to hit the Peteca (a shuttle cock like object) with your hand towards the opponent's court. Doubles and singles, male and/or female matches are played, both for competitive or leisure purposes.  Peteca originally was played with music and songs as part of a celebration.

    Peteca- Badminton without racquet. Peteca is a traditional Brazilian sport where the objective is to hit the Peteca (a shuttle cock like object) with your hand towards the opponent's court. Doubles and singles, male and/or female matches are played, both for competitive or leisure purposes. Peteca originally was played with music and songs as part of a celebration.

  • Vale Tudo-  Vale tudo are full-contact unarmed combat events, with a limited number of rules, that became popular in Brazil during the 20th century.Vale Tudo has been considered a combat sport by some observers. Vale Tudo uses techniques from many martial art styles, making it similar to modern mixed martial arts. The meanness of the sport can be understood by its name Vale Tudo, which means 'Anything goes'

    Vale Tudo- Vale tudo are full-contact unarmed combat events, with a limited number of rules, that became popular in Brazil during the 20th century.Vale Tudo has been considered a combat sport by some observers. Vale Tudo uses techniques from many martial art styles, making it similar to modern mixed martial arts. The meanness of the sport can be understood by its name Vale Tudo, which means 'Anything goes'

Brazil Invented Brazil Mastered

 ‘England invented football, Brazil mastered it’ goes the popular saying. And this summer, Football will be the trending topic across the world. But as the World Cup arrives, some Brazilians will stay put with these uniquely Brazilian games that they have created.

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  • United States First film shot in Hollywood- In Old California (1910) First Motion Picture with full-length soundtrack- Don Juan (1926) Highest grossing film adjusted for inflation- Gone With The Wind (1939)

    United States First film shot in Hollywood- In Old California (1910) First Motion Picture with full-length soundtrack- Don Juan (1926) Highest grossing film adjusted for inflation- Gone With The Wind (1939)

  • China First Film- The Battle of Dingjunshan (1905) First sound film- Sing-Song Girl Red Peony Highest grossing film- Lost in Thailand (2012)

    China First Film- The Battle of Dingjunshan (1905) First sound film- Sing-Song Girl Red Peony Highest grossing film- Lost in Thailand (2012)

  • Japan First documentary- Geisha no Teodori (1899) First feature length talkie-  Fujiwara Yoshie no Furusato (1930) Highest grossing Japanese film- Spirited Away (2001)

    Japan First documentary- Geisha no Teodori (1899) First feature length talkie- Fujiwara Yoshie no Furusato (1930) Highest grossing Japanese film- Spirited Away (2001)

  • United Kingdom  First British Film- Incident at Clovelly Cottage (1895) First British sound feature film- Blackmail (1929) Highest grossing British film- Skyfall (2012)

    United Kingdom First British Film- Incident at Clovelly Cottage (1895) First British sound feature film- Blackmail (1929) Highest grossing British film- Skyfall (2012)

  • France First French Film-  The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1895) First French Talkie film- Les trois masques (1929) Highest Grossing French Film- Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008)

    France First French Film- The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station (1895) First French Talkie film- Les trois masques (1929) Highest Grossing French Film- Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis (2008)

  • India First full length  motion picture- Raja Harishchandra (1913) First Indian Talking Film- Alam Ara (1931) Highest Grossing Indian Film- Dhoom 3 (2013)

    India First full length motion picture- Raja Harishchandra (1913) First Indian Talking Film- Alam Ara (1931) Highest Grossing Indian Film- Dhoom 3 (2013)

The Largest Film Industries of the World

Wikipedia lists largest film industries in two ways- And The second list is skewed towards more populated countries. Thus, we talk about the film industries from the first list.

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Does Technology Make Current Generation Athletes Better

First a graph- The chart shows the percentage improvement in the Olympic timings of the winners from 1912 to 2012. For long distance(marathon), the winner in London 2012 (Stephen Kiprotich) got an 18% better timing than the winner at Stockholm 1912 (Ken McArthur). For middle distance (800m), the improvement has been 10% and for sprint […]

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5 Initiatives Undertaken on World Environment Day

Yesterday, was World Environment Day. The day that little kids write ‘Save environment’ messages on paper made from cutting trees. And the day when people undertook some initiatives worth talking about here- UK: Royal Mail launched special stamps to highlight threat to UK fisheries   Catch of the day! Check out our new #SustainableFishStamps we’re […]

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