Category Archives: Great Men of the past

When brothers learn to hate: Dara Shikoh

It might merely be wishful thinking at this stage in time, but I wonder how different the course of Indian history might have been if Dara Shikoh had been allowed to succeed Shah Jehan instead of being brutally put to … Continue reading

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Tagore, full of surprises as ever.

Every time I think I have approached something remotely close to beginning to get the measure of the man, Rabindranath Tagore surprises me and how. I was reading an essay titled ‘Dharma Bodher Drishtanto’ or Examples of Rightful Thinking where … Continue reading

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Tagore the zamindar

In 1906, he sent his 18-year old son Rathindranath Tagore (Rathi, as the poet used to call him affectionately) along with another young man named Santosh Majumder to study agriculture and animal husbandry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. … Continue reading

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The birth of the Khalsa, 1699

Some of the most amazing stories of the human race revolve around the creation of a new path. One such ground breaking event was the creation of the Khalsa. The faithful and the curious had gathered in their hundreds in … Continue reading

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Fortius, remember?

On the anniversary of the first modern Olympics held in 1896, let us take a moment to remember one of the ancient Olympians, Leonidas of Rhodes who achieved a staggering 12 Olympic victories. This is a feat that has never … Continue reading

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Robert Koch, Disease Detective

Koch’s Postulates: It seems simple enough today to be able to say that a disease will have a cause, usually an organism; that it will be possible to grow that organism in a laboratory; that the laboratory culture will then … Continue reading

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Flipping the bird, four centuries on

Four hundred years ago today, a man was asked to either defend his scientific ideas or surrender them. He was said to have sinned against the Bible, a book that had no single author and very little historical accuracy. His … Continue reading

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Today’s Google Doodle: Dimitri Mendeleev

In the first volume of Principles of Chemistry Mendeleev discussed only eight of the then known sixty-three elements. He finished with the halogens, including chlorine and iodine. When he began the second volume he found that he needed to organise … Continue reading

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Galileo:4, Kepler:Won

“Jupiter is much blamed by the poets on account of his irregular loves. Three maidens are especially mentioned as having been clandestinely courted by Jupiter with success. Io, daughter of the River, Inachus, Callisto of Lycaon, Europa of Agenor. Then … Continue reading

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Emperor Napoleon, 2nd December 1804

A woman who was made to look younger for those who would see her, a man whose egotistical nature was clear in the way he stood, a grouping that was doctored to make certain parts highlighted and everyone somewhat nobler … Continue reading

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