Princess Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh

A Peak Into Princess Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wedding

A Peak Into Princess Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wedding

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh are all set to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. Their’s was a fairytale story that most of us don’t know about

Think about it like this- The Queen and her husband have been married for more years than you have even lived.

Most people who had visited their wedding are no more and almost none of us don’t remember the two tying the knot. For us, the Queen has always had her grey hair and her husband two steps behind her.

When the Princess Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh wed in Westminster Abbey on 20th November, 1947 they were the spectacle of the season. The entire nation and commonwealth celebrated, sending their wishes and gifts. Britons had their ears trained to the radio (because there was no tele) and humongous crowds had gathered at the Mall all the way till the Abbey.

Princess Elizabeth & the Duke of Edinburgh
Most of us have seen the Queen with her grey hair and her husband alongside her

People recalled that the day had started off rather gloomily with grey clouds but the bride made the day as bright as spring itself. As she headed from Buckingham Palace with her father George VI, the crowds were eager to catch a glimpse of their Princess Elizabeth in her wedding gown.

That day was like a fairytale and so were the events leading up to that day. The story had started almost a decade ago when the Princess was just 13. This story has it all- a scheming Uncle, a Naval Officer, too many obstacles and initial public displeasure.

Did you think being the most eligible bride in the UK would have been easy for the Princess?

Let me tell you this charming story that lead up to a robust 70 year marriage and get you all starry-eyed.

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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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Indus Valley Civilisation

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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India and the World: A History In Nine Stories

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

India and the World: A History in Nine Stories

The story of India spanning millions of years in 210 objects

It was a pleasant Saturday morning, perfect for a day out at the CSMVS Museum in Mumbai. The CSMVS Mumbai launched its biggest exhibit perhaps based on valuable objects in India’s history and its connection to the world. This exhibit will be on display till February, 2018.

The exhibit is titled India and the World: A History In Nine Stories. The Museum in association with the National Museum, New Delhi and the British Museum, London has attempted to tell the story of India in 9 episodes. It starts at the very beginning of mankind 1.7 million years ago and goes on till 2015. That’s a huge transition. I must hand it to them, they’ve done a rather marvellous job.

India and the World: A History In Nine Stories

 

It is awe-inspiring to actually see the impact globalisation had over the world when humans learnt the art of trade. We are indeed social animals who connected not only with trade but with value systems and traditions much like today.

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Weird Jobs In History That Our Society Outgrew

7 Weird Jobs In History That Our Society Outgrew

7 Weird Jobs In History That Our Society Outgrew

So many jobs are becoming almost extinct day by day owing to technology yet there are some jobs we outgrew because of social change

As lifestyle and career bloggers and vloggers capture the market, we are bombarded with so much of ‘follow your passion’ advice. We listen to it like its some magic ingredient that’ll make us hate our jobs and school work a little less. And that’s what we do, crib about our daily jobs. If you get down to doing this every Monday followed by Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (because you rejoice on a Friday) this list will make you join your hands and thank the Lord for your job.

We’ve had a number of professions that have come and gone because of technological change like an official knocker-rupper who would wake you up in time for work or a ‘computer’ which was basically women who would calculate all day long without calculators. This time let’s give technology the slip and check out a list of jobs that are no longer around because of social change.

Here are 7 Weird Jobs In History That Our Society Outgrew-

1. Town Crier

We’ve all seen the Town Crier who announced that Prince Charming was waiting for his Cinderella to the astonished people. Town Criers are also famous to sit on horses and read from a scroll. What our beloved movies miss is that most Town Criers had bells or drums with them.

Town Criers would ring the bell, gong or make a drumroll to announce the latest news to the people. They used to be employed by the King himself, in most cases.

In Germany, Town Criers also had a job to remind people of basic manners like keeping local areas clean.

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8 Top Hole Victorian Words That'll Make Your Chuckaboo Mind the Grease

8 Top Hole Victorian Words That’ll Make Your Chuckaboo Mind the Grease

8 Top Hole Victorian Words That’ll Make Your Chuckaboo Mind the Grease

Do you ever get bored of using the same monotonous words? Let’s take help from our 19th century Victorians who had a very colourful English vocabulary

Shakespeare wasn’t the only ‘fashionable’ ‘champion’ in literature with an ‘elbow’ and two ‘eyeballs’ to invented new words. Although he did add words to the English dictionary that help us call Victorians ‘gloomy’ and ‘hobnobbing’ ‘gossip’ers, the Victorians themselves designed quite a few startling words that’ll bring expressions like amazing, cool and awesome to shame. Stick with me to learn some really ‘spiffing’ words that’ll make you sound ‘top-hole’ in front of your ‘chuckaboo.’  Read more about 8 Top Hole Victorian Words That’ll Make Your Chuckaboo Mind the Grease

List of 8 Items Lost in Time

A List of 8 Items Lost in Time

A List of 8 Items Lost in Time

There are so many items we no longer use. They have been lost to time, forgotten by the new generations

There are so many stories we’ve heard from our parents about how they used to do things- making a call, watching TV, listening to songs and using a typewriter. We do all these things on our phones now and miss these 8 things our parents were privileged enough to do. Here is a list of 8 items lost in time

 1. Rotary Dial Phones

The only place most of us have seen rotary dial phones is in the museum or in an Audrey Hepburn movie. Haven’t you ever fantasised about pressing those buttons and hearing that clicking sound?

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Facts About Why We Drive On The Left Hand Side

7 Insane (But True) Facts About Why We Drive on the Left Hand Side

7 Insane (But True) Facts About Why We Drive on the Left Hand Side

Have you wondered why most of the world drives on the right and the other on the left? Why can’t the world decide to drive on one common side?

Cars came into picture in the last century, not before that. Yet as the world was trying to unify itself, it couldn’t decide on a common side to drive on. In this article let us look at this scenario in a historic point of view. There are some really wow and never-thought-of before facts that pop up and answer the question- why some part of the world decided to ‘keep left.’

1. It all Started because People were Right Handed

Way back in history, majority of the people were right handed. This meant that getting on a horse was easier done from the left hand side, holding the reigns of a horse in one hand and fighting a duel with the other was more convenient from the left side (provided your head was still on your shoulders) and greeting a friend coming from the opposite side without having to twist your body was better done from the left side. Owing to a large variety of reasons, humans generally preferred the left hand side to travel. Yet they never thought of making it a rule. A rule came a few centuries later, there was however a facsimile predecessor in the 1300s.

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Samosa

What Mom Never Told You About Samosas

What Mom Never Told You About Samosas

How India’s favourite fast food is not Indian and definitely not vegetarian

Remember those days when school and college canteens served only Samosas and vada pavs? Or that passion we harbour for samosa chat or samosa pav?

It is something about this triangular cone of goodness that brings water to our mouths. Without having a bite, we can taste a samosa. This bundle of joy comes with so many memories: a snack during Diwali, an amazing treat with a steaming cup of chai or just another fun on-the-go meal with your friends.

Before you run into dreamland of Samosas, hold your horses. Here are 7 really cool facts about Samosas that’ll impress your friends.

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