Indian Freedom Struggle

Origins of the British Empire

Origins of  the British Empire

A country with vast fertile land, a plethora of cultures and people, India has so much of diversity. This land had been set free 70 years before. 300 years of this land’s equally vast history has been reserved for the Indian Freedom Struggle.

As I always mention, history is a story. And every story has 2 perspectives. Similarly we are lucky enough to have 2 different versions of the Indian Freedom Struggle.

This weekend let us find an answer to this simple question- Why did a Company like the British East India Company want to set up a colony in India instead of Britain’s Monarch? Read more about Origins of the British Empire

Indian Freedom Struggle

Indian Freedom Struggle: Part 1

Indian Freedom Struggle: Part 1 A country with vast fertile land, a plethora of cultures and people, India has so much of diversity. This land had been set free 70 years before. 300 years of this land’s equally vast history has been reserved for the Indian Freedom Struggle. As I always mention, history is a story. […]

Berthillion, Paris

Exploring Paris

Paris Is More Than Just The Eiffel Tower Exploring the family run Ice Cream Shop in the city of lights  Artists flanking the Seine, l’amour in the air, croissants, crepes and baguettes savouring everyone’s stomaches, fashion and perfume maniacs meandering around Champs Elysees- that’s the Paris we see and know. Let me show you a […]

Ancient Pergamon Library

Library of Pergamum

The Forgotten Library of Pergamum

The Library of Pergamum was the second largest library after the Library of Alexandria. Laura Rodríguez explains why it is missing from our history textbooks today and her opinion about how these old libraries revolutionised our world

Pergamum, now the modern Turkish city of Bergama, was one of the most important cities of Hellenistic Greece. Hellenistic Greece is the time period after the death of Alexander the Great till Greece’s downfall against the Roman empire. There was a culturally rich, extensive library founded by King Eunemes II in the city of Pergamum. This city had gained popularity as an administrative centre. The library of Pergamum was located on the northern end of this fortified city.

Bergama Ancient Pergamon Library
Pergamum was located in the present day Bergama in Turkey (Google Maps)

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and essayist, wrote that the library had a total of 200,000 volumes. There is no catalogue to ascertain the number of books that survives from that period. But it it is believed that Plutarch’s account is indeed true. Due to its 200,000 books, this library was the second most important after Alexandria and rivalled the latter, as Pliny the Elder, Roman author and natural philosopher, pointed out in his “Natural History”. It had a grammar school, but unlike Alexandria, where they specialised in the literary and critical texts, in Pergamun they leaned towards philosophy, especially the stoic Philosophy.

There was such a rivalry between both these libraries, tradition tells us that the Ptolemaic Dynasty of Egypt stopped the shipment of papyrus to Pergamum in the hope of putting the growth of the library to an end. But it didn’t help; the city turned parchment into substitute for papyrus and also became the centre for the production of parchment. Parchment is derived form the Pergamum which comes from Latin word pergamenum and the French word parchemin. Read more about Library of Pergamum

reading mania

Reading Mania

The scandalous Reading Mania

When books Cast their Spell on the World

reading mania

History Repeats Itself, this I believe. And let me tell you why.

In this world of social media staying away from it is like missing out on the latest news. Your interests might lie in any topic, social media is the best to get all the information as fast as possible. Newspapers and magazines always  seem to be an hour too late.

In this tech savvy world haven’t we all been in the situation when we have been warned- Social Media is bad, phones are bad, technology is bad. It’ll spoil your eyes, get you depressed, make you feel lonely and on and on. Yet these ‘harmful’ incidences are one in thousands, not seen everyday. These incidences are reports from the print media and this media is dying out. It makes one wonder, how much of these warnings are true?

This is not the first time big ‘influencers’ have used their powers to tell adult minds jargon against what their children are doing. The first of these cases started in the 17th century when influential law makers, thinkers decided that books were injurious to health. Read more about Reading Mania

Gutenberg Movable Printing Press

Movable Printing Press

How One Man Changed the World 500 years ago with technology we still use today

This is the real impact of the Printing Press and here is how it works

Social Media Icons
Social Media– Not the first revolution

We are consuming online media like never before. I can also say that today’s netizens come in contact with so much of information online that we are full of it. Think about it, Snapchat is all video content, Instagram is picture content, Twitter is small to the point content, Facebook is pictures, video and written content, Wattpad is stories content and YouTube is video content; and of all these I am naming just a few. Before you think I sound like a social media marketing guru let us go back and think what we’ve done during the day. Haven’t we consumed some kind of data?

The online media is indeed revolutionary and has changed the field of marketing, advertising and business yet there is one invention which gave birth to the information we know today and it wasn’t the internet. Read more about Movable Printing Press

Statue of Liberty, New York

New York

Ever Since Franklin Roosevelt visited New York

New York might be the city that is ever changing but some mysteries linger on

 

State of New York, 1800
State of New York, 1800

New York provides the stimulus of change in the world. Nothing remains in one place but constantly keeps changing into something newer and more livelier in this city. That’s just how New York is.

New York was named after the Duke of York by the British. Most surprisingly, it also served as the capital of the US for just a year till they moved on to Washington DC.

The huge neon hoardings on Times Square, skyscrapers that almost touch the sky, scores of people rushing past, yellow taxis on the road are what symbolise this metropolis.

Statue of Liberty, New York
Statue of Liberty, New York

But can you find a spec of history and mystery here? Read more about New York

Flora Fountain- Mumbai

Mumbai

Gone With The Times

To make Mumbai, we have wiped out the old Bombay leaving behind only the names

 

Flora Fountain- Mumbai
The Flora Fountain in Mumbai

Hello Mumbaikar, how long have you been staying in Mumbai? If you are a former habitant of this city, or wether you just left it behind, few names like Churchgate, Marine Lines, Jacob Circle, Elphinstone Circle are always at the tip of your tongue.

You definitely must have visited these places several times. Yet have you any clue about what these names mean?  Read more about Mumbai