Spooky Stories: Who is Bloody Mary
Is the folklore about Bloody Mary real? It might be…
We’ve all heard the spooky story of Bloody Mary. As a child, I was too creeped out by this story even though in my early days I would be scared of the smallest of things, like the Dementors in Harry Potter.
However some adventurous sorts have tried chanting ‘Bloody Mary’ thrice in front of a mirror at midnight in hopes to say hi to this crude looking woman. This legend also narrates how Bloody Mary would appear and steal children.
Most adults (who aren’t creeped out anymore, like me) would dismiss this ancient legend by thinking it as a nice gimmick to get children to bed on time. However this story of Bloody Mary is not just an old myth but a story woven around a real person! Read more about The Story Behind Bloody Mary …
The Entire World on A Golden Platter
The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum
Jamshedji Tata dreamt of building his business into an empire it has grown to become today. Despite being wealthy, the Tatas are known throughout history for their philanthropy.
It can be pointed out that Jamshedji Tata sowed the seed for this generous habit of theirs. His younger son, Sir Ratan Tata might have grown up surrounded by riches but he never let that get into his head.
Sir Ratan Tata was born on 20th January, 1871. After graduating from the St Xavier’s College, at 25 he found himself becoming a Partner of the Tata & Sons firm. Read more about The Sir Ratan Tata exhibition at the CSMVS Museum …
History of the Kilts
The story of how Scotland’s Traditional Dress Came to Be
Home to the most stunning landscapes this planet has to offer with a castle or two nestled between the majestic mountains, cool refreshing breeze that carries the tune of a bagpipe and a whiskey to keep you warm, this is Scotland. A country known for its ‘Harry Potter’ bridge, and men wearing skirts, at least that’s what part of the world thinks this clothing is, a skirt.
These ‘skirts’ are technically called Kilts and worn by Scottish men as a traditional dress. If you were to visit Scotland, you’d find most guides and a few guards around castles wear these kilts. They indeed make you look smart!
In a country situated close to the North pole, the weather is chilly most of the year. Looking back in Scottish history, life in the Highland was tough. The Highlanders had to protect themselves from the bitting cold amidst the many regional conflicts that often took place in this land especially with the English in the south. Read more about The History of Kilts …
Ever Expanding: The Story of the Bombay Stock Exchange
From a beautiful bay to India’s financial guru, the journey of Bombay and its Stock Exchange
As the rush hour trains reach CST, people jump out, there is no time to linger about, they are on a tight schedule and the clock’s ticking. Outside the station, the queues for a share taxi are expanding and there is a probability of being late for work.
Life is tough, as it has always been in Bombay. This city which runs on the sole principal of ‘Time is Money’ has no time to stop and take a break. Money is what every single heart living in Mumbai wants.
This city is a strange soap opera. The people, businesses, technology is ever changing but Bombay’s love for Money, has always been constant.
But Bombay wasn’t always a money making factory. Some historians say that the origin of ‘Bombay’ comes from Bombhaim meaning a beautiful bay in Portuguese. And the Bombay of the 17th century was indeed an inhibited paradise with canopies of coconut trees and water all around.
It was when the British Crown won over a few islands and gave them on loan to the British East India Company that things began to take a turn for these seven islands. The East India Company saw the opportunity that Bombay provided being a safe harbour, something that wasn’t seen by the Portuguese or the British Crown previously.
It was then that ships began docking here: Parsis, Banias, Gujuratis and people from all over came to Bombay for one single purpose- to make money. Businesses bloomed, money exchanged hands and some people became rich. Rich enough to fund the East India Company’s infrastructure projects.
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Lost in the City of Dreams: Exploring Bombay
The City of Mumbai has some of the best gems of British colonial architecture, most of them forgotten to time
The City of Dreams, where there is no place for rest and the idea of roads without traffic almost foreign; yet despite the plethora of negative multimedia on Bombay, nobody seems to be able to keep away from it. Thousands of people from across India and abroad come here to chase their ‘dreams’ not really caring that it is indeed simple to get lost in them.
As crowds come and go like the ocean tides, there are a few monuments scattered around the city that define these people. The South Bombay, the place where all trains lead to can be called a point where Bombay transformed from a merely beautiful group of 7 islands to India’s trillion dollar financial capital.
Needless to say, this southern side of the city is scattered with many a monuments that take a visitor back 150 years. Previously at GiGlee Magazine, I have written about these few monuments and have myself been shocked at the layers of history underneath.
In this article let us take a breath and revisit 4 Monuments in the City of Dreams…. Read more about Lost in the City of Dreams: Exploring Bombay …
Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia
The Royal Yacht at Edinburgh tells a tale of two almost separate worlds
It is a fact when I say that every inch of Scotland is scenic. Standing at the helm of the Royal Yacht Britannia, the view across from me was no different.
Colours of blue and grey with the birds flying across the harbour was a sight from a watercolour painting. The calm waves of the water, smaller yachts and boats bobbing on the waves alongside a little white lighthouse reminded me of a coastal village.
However I wasn’t standing at the shore of a village but at Port Leith, a half an hour ride away from Scotland’s capital Edinburgh.
The sole attraction on this side of the city is this Royal yacht. Read more about Stepping Onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia …
9 Pioneering Women in the Creative Field
Ambitious women shine despite being hidden in the shadows
Women are stereotypically considered to be creative. Despite this attribute, 100 years ago a woman trying to make it into any such creative industry was frowned down upon. It was not just a glass door but an iron one with blots on the inside. Nonetheless there were a few women, some who were acknowledged and some shadowed by men, who broke through and sent a cold shiver behind a chauvinist’s back.
This is a list of 9 Women in the Creative Industry who were first in their respective fields.
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Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments
Explore perhaps the Most Opulent Apartments in the City of Lights
Paris, the city of Lights and Love is irresistible with its Iron Beauty, croissants, chocolats, patisseries and of course the inevitable Parisian charm.
It is on everyone’s bucket list to visit Paris and soak in its vivacious air, and its leisure breeze. Visiting the city of lumiere and amour in summer was one of the best experiences of my life. As it is the norm, I visited the Eiffel Tower, it is also imperative to call upon Mona Lisa and see her smile when in Paris!
The Mona Lisa finds herself the most visited lady in the world and her residence is the grand Louvre Palace. Most of us know this place as the largest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum.
It was lucky that we had a guide to take us through the important bits in this museum or we’d definitely lose our way.
I had studied about Louvre in my French lectures, one of the few subjects I really liked. I was expecting a modern structure much like the glass pyramid that is symbolic of this museum. Little was I expecting a royal palace! Read more about Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments …
Buddhism: A Brief Look Into the Religion
Explore a religion that embraces simplicity and rejects ignorance
It was on a rainy day that I found myself at the CSMVS Museum yet again. The excuse for my visit was to enjoy the best monsoon views in the city of Mumbai which the museum has to offer & to revisit the Nepal and Tibetan gallery here. This gallery was long due a good thorough examination.
I have never visited any of India’s neighbouring countries. But I have always found them rather fascinating with their connection to Buddhism, a religion born in India.
Buddhism might not have as many followers in India as its neighbours but the essence of this religion finds its way into a student’s textbook at an early stage.
The enlightenment of Buddha and his story is a widely narrated folktale in India. The 4 Fold Path that is the crux of Buddhism is taught in schools too. However what the folklore and textbooks miss is the very essence of Buddhism and its oxymoron with Hinduism.
Visiting the Nepal and Tibetan Gallery, I learnt something very exciting about Buddhism that I couldn’t wait to share with you. Read more about Buddhism: A Brief Look Into the Religion …
Spreading Light In the Dark: How Florence Nightingale Helped India
Florence Nightingale never set foot in the Indian subcontinent but had a fevered desire to help those in need
“It would be a noble beginning of a new order of things to use hygiene as the handmaid of civilisation”
Human health and medicine has been a part and parcel of life ever since the first humans walked this earth. Over a span of thousands of years, our knowledge about the human body and the successful treatment of diseases has grown exponentially.
What would be fatal not a 100 years ago, is but a mild hindrance in today’s times.
The field of Medicine with its doctors whom we set on a high pedestal, are truly god sent saviours. Their tireless efforts to bring health and hope to thousands of ailing patients is a noble task.
But just think a moment: are doctors the only saviours? Read more about How Florence Nightingale Helped India …