Banias and Havelis

Why Rajasthani Banias Built Havelis

Why Rajasthani Banias Built Havelis

A short story

Rajasthan is by far the most touristy state in India. From its vibrant culture and dresses to its grand royal palaces, it is no wonder that Rajasthan attracts tourists.

Rajasthan is also home to the Marwari community. Generally, Marwaris are famous for their businesses and business acumen. Shekhawati is just a city where trading won most merchants money and money has built this beautiful place.

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Slaying Jack the Ripper

Slaying Jack The Ripper

Slaying Jack The Ripper

The Murderer who ‘Ripped’ through London

*Warning: Disturbing Images

Have you heard about the Ripper? It is one of the bloodiest serial murder cases ever to occur on earth.

In 1888, London wasn’t the clean city we know today. Poverty, sickness and stench was everywhere. The poor had to build themselves a living. To pull this off, some had to resort to extreme cases. The Ripper took advantage of this situation.

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Undeciphered Voynich Manuscript

Breaking the World’s Most Mysterious Code: The Voynich Manuscript

Breaking the World’s Most Mysterious Code:

The Voynich Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is the biggest unsolved code in the world. What is it that fascinates people to find it?

You might have never heard about the undeciphered Voynich manuscript. It is not really that famous in the Eastern part of the world. Whilst watching a video on the world’s most strangest books, I came across this name. Fascinated by it, I also found the manuscript’s mention in the world’s biggest unsolved mysteries. This is when things got interesting.

The Voynich Manuscript is one of the world’s biggest unsolved mysterious. Even though it may seem familiar to my earlier blog about the undeciphered Indus script, this manuscript is different. In case of the Indus script, decipherers don’t have the necessary information. On the contrary, the Voynich manuscript is a long and well-illustrated 240 pages manuscript.

Undeciphered Voynich Manuscript
The writing in the manuscript is an unknown, a strange code

The Voynich Manuscript is written in the Voynich Code, one of the few codes from middles ages that is still undeciphered today. Decoding this code is much like a game: legendary decoders have tried and failed. The Voynich Code smirks at the number of people who have tried their entire lives but failed miserably.

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Theories on the Mysterious Disappearance of Indus Civilisation

Theories on the Mysterious Disappearance of Indus Civilisation

India’s first and most progressive civilisation vanished in 1700 BCE for 2 millennia, what must have happened to the people living there? Here are 2 debate provoking theories on the Mysterious Disappearance of Indus Civilisation.

The Indus Valley Civilisation is one of the world’s first civilisations. It started on the banks of the Indus river in 2600 BCE. They began cultivating land here and soon settled down.

The people who resided here might have been our ancestors, the very first ones to find their way into India. The civilisation is set to have housed 50,00,000 people. It stretched from Pakistan to north-western Indian states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Indus Valley Civilisation
The Indus Valley Civilisation stretched from Pakistan to north-western Indian states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

 

The Indus Valley residents were more developed than other civilisations of their time. It would take others several centuries to build what they had. They were excellent in town planning- from building houses to sanitation. Unlike the Romans, sanitation was hygienic, roads were well lit and there were no social caste systems. They had built houses in such a way that each house would get natural light and ventilation. The bathing area was situated away from the actual town to prevent leeching of unhealthy substances into the drinking water in the city.

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Red Lipstick

Red Lipstick Taboos You Didn’t Know Existed

Red Lipstick Taboos You Didn’t Know Existed

The Flamboyant Evolution of Red Lipsticks

I love a red lip – red is one of my favourite colours, and I really don’t wear many other lipstick colours than red.

-Kendall Jenner

 

Lipstick has been painting faces for centuries. It is a part of every cosmetic make up line. Every woman wears lipstick in her lifetime- be it for a party or to look silly during school concerts.

Nudes, mattes, glossy lipsticks are often in vogue and sometimes recede in the background. Despite this the lipstick is an imperative accessory in our make up kit.

Let’s talk about lipsticks, more accurately the sensual Red Lipstick.

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Indian Notes Currency

Indian Currency Notes Before Gandhi

What Did The Indian Currency Notes Look Like Without Gandhi

Did you know Indian currency notes never had Gandhi on them till recent?

 

A friend recently came across a very suspicious looking Rs. 20 note. The note not only looked different from the ones in normal circulation but also had something missing, or rather someone. There was no Gandhi staring back at you! Was this a fake note?

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Amul Butter Girl

India’s Butter Girl

The Cartoon On The Amul Butter Advertisement has Captured India’s Heart for Decades

The Story of how Amul created India’s Butter Girl

Amul, the Taste Of India brought us Asli Butter.

Amul Butter is synonymous with butter back home in India. And Amul is India’s leading Food company, undoubtedly voted the best. It is also the company who owns the Butter Girl of India. Read more about India’s Butter Girl

History of Modern Chocolate

History of Modern Chocolate

What Came First: Solid Chocolate or Chocolate Drink? This is the Story of the Modern Chocolate   Breathe in. Can you smell it? That sweet, vanilla and a little bitter aroma? Now close your eyes and imagine this thick creamy brown liquid. A brown glossy liquid with that mouthwatering aroma. Imagine it, think about it. […]

Old Blue Jeans

Jeans

The Story Of Old Blue Jeans

Jeans aren’t just a trend, they are signs of youth

 

Rip them, fold them, taper them, dye them, wrinkle them- they look stunning on everyone. The denim or jeans as we so call them, are one of the most comfortable clothes to spend the day in.

‘Denim’ is believed to be the end product of the word- Nimes. Serge de Nimes was a type of cloth containing some wool sold by France and England. It is difficult to pin point the exact origins of this cloth or how it ended up in jeans. Nimes was a french city and thus most historians argue that it is not possible for ‘denim’ to have its origins in Nimes.

Old Blue Jeans
The red location icon is where the city of Nimes is. This city is considered the place where the word ‘denim’ is derived.

At the same time, Italy began using another material called ‘Jean’ to make men’s clothing. This material was also imported by England! Which adds into the complexity.

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