Books, books, books, life is so full of them. As long as they are around we are truly wealthy. Be it fiction, an encyclopaedia or just a dictionary; books are an expert with matters of the heart and the soul.
More often than not, we forget about these loyal companions and about the whirlwind romance we shared with books. Our hate for textbooks takes away most of our time. Occasionally a short reminder of an engaging novel takes us back into fantasyland. There is no greater sorrow than a completely read novel. You can’t experience the story again like its new and you can’t live in it any longer. Turning the last page in a book is like a slap in the face, the slap of reality. Don’t we all have a moment of silence after every book we finish? I know we all do.
In our haste to get the book read, there are some small elements that add to our experience which we miss. But when these elements are amiss, the situation is like reading with the Kindle; you read the book but you don’t get the general satisfaction of actually having read a book.
Millions of tourists visit this city every year yet some things remain hidden
When I say London, these are the pictures that come before most eyes. The ‘Big Ben’ and London’s black cab.
The ‘Big Ben’ as it is so famously called is not the accurate name of the tower. The tower is christened Elizabeth Tower and the bell that chimes inside the tower is called the Big Ben. Now, the Elizabeth Tower is a part of the Houses of Westminster. The House of Westminster is where the parliament of the UK meet and conduct sessions. The House of Lords and House of Commons meets here.
Just opposite the Houses of Westminster is the Portcullis Building that has the offices of the minsters since the old parliament has little space to fit all MPs.
Now for the head turner trivia.
Did you know that the Portcullis building sits on an underground train station called Westminster? If you get out of the station and turn around, the building will be right over your head!
Do you fantasice about traveling back in time? Or are you horrified at the idea?
Traveling back in time would mean no wifi, mobile phone, laptops, social media, earphones- scratch that, going back in time would mean wearing some funny clothes.
The 20th century did not begin on a good note. This century saw the first ever World War.
All countries damaged their resources and work force. They went down in a vicious cyclone even after the end of the war in 1918.
After a revival form the horrid times, the Wall Street Stock Exchange crashed in 1929. This led to the Great Depression. People stopped buying and producing in the USA. This affected many countries. Read more about 5th Anniversary Issue …
In every Maharashtrians’ heart, the mention of the Shivaji Maharaj sparks a flame. He was one of the earliest freedom fighters in India’s history. He didn’t fight against the European powers but showed his discontent to the foreign Mughals
The best part in Indian history that I love, is this phase of Shivaji and the rise of Swarajya (Independence).
What amazes me is that this King started with a small piece of land that he owned, a jagir in historical terms, and converted this into an empire.
He became the King that other Kingdoms feared. All this in a span of three decades in the 17th Century AD.
Shivaji Maharaj didn’t have a lot of treasury. The strength of this army was tiny compared to his rivals and his kingdom was also small.
With these little resources at is disposal, he managed to horrify those who threatened and harmed his subjects. This made him an immediate favourite amongst his people.
Alexander the Great conquered a huge part of the world in his short life span
Was it just bloodlust that drove him or something more?
In history there are a few warriors who are known for their bloodlust and yet being loving towards their subjects. Alexander III of Macedonia was one such soldier. He fought many battles and won them yet he didn’t oppress his people.
Alexander was born in Pella now located in Greece in 356 BC. Legend says that he was a God’s child because he was talented.
One of Alexander’s teachers was the famous Aristotle. Aristotle was the one who had stated the fact “Man is a political animal” and he was also one of history’s greatest scholars.