Buddhism: A Brief Look Into the Religion

Buddhism: A Brief Look Into the Religion

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

How Florence Nightingale Helped India

How Florence Nightingale Helped India

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

The History of Stock Market

History of The Stock Market

History of The Stock Market

The Biggest Tool of Today’s Era of Capitalisation is the Stock Market. Let us explore the story of how this market came to be & evolved

*Scroll down below for the glossary to uncover all the technical terms:)

Every newspaper, news channel and e-newspapers keep going on about the Sensex, the stocks and where to invest. Instead of the horrid humid weather and animated political talks, people consider it cool to discuss about this thing called the stock market.

What is this strange market we call the ‘Stock Market’?

To the uninitiated, stocks are simply a way to gain part ownership of a company. These stocks are first sold by the company to some people. These people further sell their stocks to others thus transferring their part ownership to the new buyer. This buying and selling of stocks takes place in a ‘Stock Exchange’. Together, this entire system is what we collectively call the ‘Stock Market’

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The History Of Stock Market

The story of how stock markets came to be is very fascinating. It is so because the first stock exchanges never traded any stocks!! Read more about History of The Stock Market

The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry

The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry

The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry

The Indian Curry has journeyed across time and place becoming the oldest continuously eaten dish on the planet!

 

The sumptuous smell of burnt garlic and fried brown onions enter my nostrils. The hot smell of spices fill the air. The mouthwatering taste of garam masala topped off with turmeric, chilli powder and pepper dazzles me, I can feel its taste on my tongue. It is then that I know; the most fulfilling meal awaits me. I am ready to tuck in!

These rather illustrious sentiments of mine were shared by the colonists who came to the Indian shores in the 17th century. They might have come to trade or plunder this rich land, dominate their culture over the people of this subcontinent. What these colonists were definitely not ready for was the spicy aromatic flavours of the native food that hung over a village street, dancing on the wind, inviting every passerby to stay for lunch.

It was because of this addictive food that kept evolving with the myriad communities of the Indian society that the British might have gotten confused with what to call a standard Indian meal.

Even today when someone remarks about their love for ‘Indian Food’ I often wonder what that is. Do they mean the Xacuti or the Fish Curry the Goans cook or the ghee based gravies of the North, Dal Bati of Rajasthan, the Mangalorean curry or the food cooked using mustard oil in Bengal? Read more about The Aromatic Romance of Indian Curry

Homi Bhabha and Modern Art

Homi Bhabha and Modern Art

Homi Bhabha and Modern Art

A man who played a soothing rhythm of science and art

Every science touches art at some points—every art has its scientific side; the worst man of science is he who is never an artist, and the worst artist is he who is never a man of science.
-Armand Trousseau

Despite this metaphoric description of how art and science blend together like bread and butter, today’s education system holds these two apart like chalk and cheese. It is pointed out time and again that those who master in science cannot excel at art and vice versa.

Owing to this prejudice set in stone in our minds, we were a bit skeptical while making our way towards the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for an art walk.

The TIFR is a famous institute governed under the Central Government of India which primarily encourages education and research in physics and mathematics.

What art could they possibly possess? Read more about Homi Bhabha and Modern Art

Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

The Queen who reigned over Great Britain for over 6 decades in the 1800s had a very different view of gender equality

Imagine living in a lavishly decorated mansion. Enough rooms to house a mini army.

Despite all this, imagine sharing a room with your mother, having to hold your governesses hand while climbing down the stairs even when you are as old as 17. Never being left alone, playing with the plethora of dolls you own but never having any real friends your own age except maybe your German governess to keep you company.

This was how Queen Victoria grew up.

Her frustration is very evident in the famous anecdote about when she became the Queen.

Two men from St James Palace arrived at the 18 year old Princess’ home at Kensington Palace bearing the news of her uncle’s death. Victoria was asleep. Read more about Queen Victoria: A Feminist Icon

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

How Bombay Became Mumbai

A brief history of Bombay

Maybe it seems like a fantasyland, a land where money grows on trees. Or maybe it is just a throbbing vein that attracts blood cells from all over. Be it the fish eating Konkanis, the carol singing Goan Christians or be it the Banias from the north- You’ll find each kind of human specimen thriving here. This is Mumbai.  Read more about How Bombay Became Mumbai

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata's Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

The Esplanade House is tucked behind the Bombay Gymkhana ignored by the daily commuters; once upon a time India’s famous House of Tatas called this place home

Today the old mansion is hidden behind foliage and dwarfed by other similar buildings around it. However back in the day, it was all you could have seen as you took a walk across Bombay’s esplanade.

The lush green esplanade with a sense of calm that follows after a long day in the factory would have been soothing. The Arabian Sea, a cradle for the tired sun, a copious water mass stretched out ready to put the sun to bed was indeed an inviting view.

Jamshedji Tata was of a similar opinion. He had come a long way from the grimy factory life. He owned his own empire which he had built from his father’s merchant business.

Jamshedji shared a dream with his father Nusserwanji- what if they constructed a home here for their family and enjoyed the view not just while taking a walk across the esplanade but living right opposite to this grand view itself. It was also conveniently located a short distance from the Tata headquarters. Read more about Esplanade House: A Mansion that Tata’s Called Home

Must See Historical Places in Delhi

5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Delhi spoils you for options on historical sites to visit. Which five should make your list? 

Delhi has seen the play of power. A relentless greed for control and rule. It has seen the first Islamic Rulers that came to this Indian subcontinent and captured it. Delhi has seen Hindu Temples, Islamic Mosques and been witness to many of India’s hot political topics. After all, it is where the Indian Parliament sits, the Indian President stays and plenty of tourists flock to see the capital of India.

If you are one such tourist in Delhi, trying to keep an eye out and hand securely over your pockets, whirling through the crowds, wondering wether your local guide is lying to you at least make sure that you visit these Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Of course though, I haven’t visited all the multitudes of historical destinations Delhi has to offer but I have in the time that I spend here, visited a few famous ones.

My trip to Delhi went by in a blur of excitement, delirious happiness and in a frenzy with friends knowing it was the best school trip we would ever have, miles away from home.

Luckily for me, my less than average (horrible I mean) camera skills helped me remember the spots we had visited more eager to joke around with each other yet find the time to reflect on what our history textbooks had said.

From all those cherished memories and photographs here are the 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi Read more about 5 Must See Historical Places in Delhi

Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest

Antara Das explores Budapest, a melting pot of cultures filled with history and vibrance

Budapest, made of two towns Buda and Pest, are split by the Danube but connected by bridges. They were once two different cities. Everyday there is something new to find or discover here, as the locals suggest.

Yes, this city has a lot to offer, right from it’s rich historical architectures, to bustling nightlife, cafes and amazing food. Budapest will savour all your senses. So on the occasion of my birthday which other city to explore than this beautiful Eastern European wonderland.  Read more about Exploring the Pearl of the Danube: Things to Do In Budapest