Whenever someone mentions dictators, Hitler with his hand raised, standing on a platform amidst multiple soldiers in a military uniform comes to mind. Thinking about it, Stalin too is famously remembered in his crisp uniform.
That leads us to this pertinent question- Why, why do dictators wear uniforms?
“India is a place beyond all others” said one of the 19th century’s most famous poets and native of India, Rudyard Kipling. From antiquity to present has India been a place of unfathomable wealth, a land of maharajas, nizams, sultans, and warrior princes, a crucible of faith and empire which had often attracted both the commerce and conquest of foreign powers such as the Mughals, Timurids, French, and English. At the heart of this wealth and struggle for political order were the Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh rulers, who descending from age old dynasties were among the most opulent and extravagant rulers in history. They built palaces of heavenly beauty, hosted the grandest of processions such as the Delhi Durbar, and were noted for their fortunes that would make even the gods envious. Thus when one sees a photo or listens to a story about them it is hard not to be struck with awe, yet their legacy today is also one of great controversy, for to secure their power often did they submit to and aid in the foreign occupation of India. For this when India achieved independence in 1947, within a decade did everyone of these centuries old monarchies crumble.
4 Monuments That Are Symbols of Love Love is of multiple types and these four monuments celebrate it in its different forms This February as we celebrate love, it is but obvious that we must talk about those monuments that symbolise eternal love. You must have pictured the Taj Mahal as the ultimate symbol of […]
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Rajabai Tower Mystery Two young girls fell to their deaths from the tower and the case was never really solved. Here are some of the details It was a lazy April afternoon in Bombay 1891. The city was vibrant yet luxurious. Students were busying studying for their upcoming exams as is the case with April. […]
How To Build Your Own Castle 5 easy steps to creating your own castle Spending time with 6 year olds did do me good, you should try it too. Last Sunday I attended a programme ‘What Makes A Palace.’ Unbeknownst to me, this session was for 6-14 year old children. Since I had already paid […]
Stonehenge is more awe-inspiring than you can imagine
A few years ago, when in school, we had a computer class. Some computers had this strange windows wallpaper of random stones standing on the grass. I distinctly remember laughing at the wallpaper, why stones?
As we grew up from those carefree days into more knowledgable human beings, I realised that these ‘random standing stones’ were called Stonehenge. Stonehenge also happened to be one of the most precious historic sites in the world.
Fast forward a couple of years and here I was a few miles outside of London, in a bus making my way to this acclaimed site. The view from our bus was simplistic. We were surrounded by fields of grasslands on both sides of the road. Ultimately up ahead, we saw a small circle of stones- Stonehenge.
This small circle soon got bigger and bigger until the stones looked much larger than boulders placed along the seaside. Stonehenge had got me hooked. These set of huge stones emitted a mysterious aura, an aura reeking of history. Why had they built Stonehenge? What does it signify?
Whilst on my visit there and after devouring the guidebook, I learnt some really Fascinating Things About Stonehenge.
The Taj Mahal Palace hotel is Mumbai’s oldest building to have lifts and style in harmony
Whilst standing at Mumbai’s Apollo Bunder, one question plagued my mind- what was built first: the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel or the Gateway of India?
The architecture and logic makes an onlooker point the finger at Gateway of India and say “look it reads ‘1905.'” Alas you are mistaken. The very ground that the Gateway stands on today never existed before 1905.