This about Mr. Zavere Poonawala who is a well-known Parsee industrialist in Pune. He had this driver named Ganga Datt with him for the last 30 years on his limousine, which was originally owned by Acharya Rajneesh.
Saragarhi is the incredible story of 21 men of the 36th Sikh Regiment (currently the 4th Sikh Regiment) who gave up their lives in devotion to their duty. All 21 died, but not before killing at least 600 Pathans. In keeping with the tradition of the Indian Army, they fought to the death rather than surrender. The Battle at Saragarhi is one of eight stories of collective bravery published by UNESCO. It has been mentioned as one of the five most significant events of its kind in the world which includes the Saga of Thermoplyae associated with the heroic stand of a small Greek force against the mighty Persian Army of Xerxes in 480 BC
The little country schoolhouse was heated by an old-fashioned, pot-bellied coal stove. A eight-year-old boy named Glenn Cunningham had the job of coming to school early each day so that he could use kerosene to start the fire and warm the room before his teacher and his classmates arrived. One cold morning someone mistakenly filled the kerosene container he used with gasoline, and disaster struck.
1.Can anything have velocity equal or very very near to that of light? Yes. A supermassive black hole located at the center of the spiral galaxy NGC 1365 is rotating at nearly the speed of light. More than 2 million miles across, the black hole is currently as massive as several million Suns. But it was not born that big. It grew over billions of years by accreting stars and gas, and by merging with other black holes.
Nadya von Meck was one of the wealthiest women in Moscow, yet her vast inherited fortune was little solace in the wake of her husband’s death in 1876. There was, however, a piano in her great mansion, and music became a salve for her spiritual wounds.
AVERT Vs AVOID: Avert means preventing something from happening. For example, had Allied Powers observed a little self-restraint in propitiating Hitler, the WW-II could have been averted. But in their unbridled zeal to placate and use him as bulwark against the spread of Communism, they transformed him into a monster, who brought the war to their doorstep. Now, they could not AVERT it. Still, one European country managed to AVOID it: Switzerland did not take part in WW-II. Clearly, AVOID means to shun or stay clear of.
Every morning, for 22 long years, a frail, diminutive man, barefoot and clad in a loin cloth, would trudge two kilometres to a hillock of solid rock and chip away at it with a hammer and chisel. Bemused onlookers thought he had lost his mind, and he was an object of great fun for village urchins. But the women of the village, young and old, admired him, for his was a labour of love.
One such village in southern Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district is quietly practicing its own, homegrown brand of Eco-feminism and achieving spectacular results. Here, villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow up. On an average 60 girls are born here every year, according to the village’s former sarpanch Shyam Sundar Paliwal, who was instrumental in starting this initiative in the memory of his daughter Kiran, who died a few years ago.
You are an ace pistol shooter slogging to make come true your dream of an Olympic gold. Barely months before the Olympics, a grenade explodes in your right hand, shattering along with it your Olympic Dream. Now, what do you do? Read on what Károly Takács a sergeant in Hungarian army did…
In the thousands of years before him, or the 400 years since, no writer has so profoundly captured the heart and admiration of the human race as has William Shakespeare. His plays have forever enlarged our comprehension of those inner forces that drive and haunt, agonize and madden people.
Tea is the second most widely consumed drink all over the world (the first is plain water). From the earliest times, tea has been renowned for its properties as a healthy, refreshing drink. By the third century AD, many stories were being told in China about the benefits of tea drinking, but it was not until the Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) that tea became China’s national drink and the word ch‘a came to be used to describe tea.
From barefoot running to caveman-style eating, what's supposedly "natural" isn't necessarily better. Shoes cushion our feet, preventing stress fractures and muscular injuries. Modern agriculture has allowed our species to proliferate. But those who wish humanity to hearken back to its ancestral roots were bound to get something right eventually. On one matter in particular, the gathered scientific research is almost unequivocally on their side:
In this post, I am not lamenting the plummeting standards of written and spoken English in India, but only compiling the tortures that even the most educated among us regularly inflict upon the most illogical but still a FUNNY language.
No one knew the wanted man's last name or even if he was alive. But Courtland Jones, a retired FBIcounter-intelligence veteran of 33 years, eagerly took the assignment. “To keepfrom getting rusty,” Jones sometimes accepted cases as a private investigator.This would prove to be among the strangest and most difficult to his career.The man was wanted not for his crime but for an act of human kindness-committedalmost 40 years earlier.
It was a freezing day, a few years ago, when I stumbled upon a wallet in the street. There was no identification inside. Just three dollars, and a crumpled letter that looked as if it had been carried around for years.
The biggest trend in luxury coffee currently is called civet coffee, and it is made from coffee beans found in animal feces. The coffee gets it's name from the Asian palm civet, a mammal native to Southeast Asia that resembles a long-nosed cat. The so-called "cat poop coffee," or "kopi luwak" in Indonesian, can cost up to $ 1250 a kg. It is expensive because it is rare — only a few thousand cups are on the market each year.
The highly emotional events of that summer were triggered by the most prosaic of questions: a cousin I was visiting asked me how my work was going. I am a child psychiatrist in Columbia, Md., and I answered his question by telling him about a recent conference where I had headed a workshop on behaviour difficulties in adopted children. It concluded that such children may experience a disproportionate number of emotional problems requiring professional help.
One of the strangest structures ever erected the Wall snakes, loops and doubles back on itself, meandering across plains and valleys, scaling mountains at impossibly steep angles over slippery cobbles, plunging into deep gorges and leaping raging rivers, for 6,000 kilometres. Why it takes such an odd course is not known. Over its entire length, the Wall rises to a height to 6 metres i.e. a two story building, surmounted by a one and a half metre high parapet. Between these parapets runs a paved road wide enough for five horses to gallop abreast.
[White skin] is not an unbearably unpleasant complexion when it keeps to itself, but when it comes into competition with masses of brown and black the fact is betrayed that it is endurable only because we are used to it. Nearly all black and brown skins are beautiful, but a beautiful white skin is rare. How rare, one may learn by walking down a street in Paris, New York, or London on a week-day—particularly an unfashionable street—and keeping count of the satisfactory complexions encountered in the course of a mile. Where dark complexions are massed, they make the whites look bleached-out, unwholesome, and sometimes frankly ghastly. I could notice this as a boy, down South in the slavery days before the war.
Eighty-two years old ‘Miracle Mataji', claims he has survived the past 70 years without food or water
Hindu mythology and scriptures have numerous tales of holy men who went years, decades and in some cases for hundreds of years without food and water, to propitiate their favourite god and win from him a few boons. Not exactly, without food, for the scriptures tell us that these emaciated holy men have sumptuous meals of wholesome air. In modern times, a similar claim has been made by Miracle man of Gujarat, Prahlad Jani. Eighty-two years old Jani, popularly known as 'Mataji', claims that he has survived the past 70 years without ever having the urge to eat, drink water, or pass urine and stool.
Spare-time learners are usually the best learners. Their rate of learning is helped, of course, by the fact that they want to learn and consequently try to learn. But they are also helped by circumstances — they are forced to take their learning by easy stages.