Afghanistan, which stands at a crossroad of the ancient civilizations in the East and West, has kept a unique treasure in different parts of its land. In this blog, we will explore the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan which has been destroyed or is at a risk of ruin from armed conflict.
Hundreds of Archaeological sites, monuments and unique cultural and historical objects relating to different periods, such as Greco Bactrian, Kushan, Sassanid-Ephtalits, Hindu Shahis, and Islamic, were unearthed in this country. A large portion of these objects was kept in the Kabul National Museum and numbers of them were preserved in the depot of the Archaeological Institute.
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast…”
We all grew up reading about the wondrous adventures of Alice. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It won’t be an exaggeration to say, Alice actually heralded our childhood journey through the fantasy world. The lack of logic in the story is a nice contrast to our world that is too full of cold logic.
“Separation” is the general term used to describe methods used to separate postage stamps. The three standard forms currently in use are perforation, roulette, and die-cutting. These methods are done during the postage stamp production process, after printing. Sometimes these methods are done on-press or sometimes as a separate step. The earliest issues such British-India 4 annas, half anna and one anna did not have any means provided for separation as seen in the image below. The stamps were probably cut apart with scissors or folded and torn.
Once upon a time when we were young, we loved to listen to bedtime stories. Our days were filled with imaginary castles and with lovely fairytales, with princes and princesses of the far-off lands, with animals that talked and with trees that walked! Such a distinct memory it seems to be. The stories that made and shaped our childhood seemed to be lost now. But what if we tell you that you can fall back in time and relive those lost moments again? Yes, it’s true. Many countries have issued our favourite fairytales on stamps! You can now collect them and get lost in those far away fairy lands again…
The cute pot-bellied god ‘Ganesha’ is appreciated and worshipped beyond India also. He is popularly known as ‘The Elephant-headed God’ and is usually a favourite god of children. The earliest reference to Ganesha is found in Rig Veda. It is believed that Ganesha was born from the dirt of Parvati. He is worshipped in every corner of India, but do you know that he is worshipped beyond India too? Not only that, these countries even have Ganesha on stamps!
Makar Sankranti is a festival held across India under a variety of names to honor the God of the sun, Surya. Though often relegated to a secondary position relative to the three prominent Hindu deities – Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, Surya was a key figure in the ancient Hindu texts, the Vedas, and is the subject of one of the most repeated texts of Hindu liturgy, the Gayatri Mantra. Many devout Hindus chant this mantra daily as a part of their morning ritual.
The Lumbini festival is celebrated in the month of December every year in Nagarjunasagar, Andhra Pradesh to commemorate the religion of Buddhism in the state. During the three-day long festival, several vibrant activities are conducted to highlight and promote Buddhism by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. Thousands of tourists and pilgrims visit the state to witness the beautifully decorated Buddhist temples during this festival.
“You have mosquitoes. I have the Press.” It is perhaps inevitable that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich, will go down in the records of history as the member of the Royal Family least afraid of speaking his mind. Indeed, the Duke’s propensity for voicing his opinions on everything has bought him a rather unenviable reputation for being blunt almost to the point of an offense. However, his famously strong opinions have little to do with the fact that he has indeed the sharpest senses of humor in the Royal Family.
Born on 16th March 1751 to James Madison Sr. and Nelly Conway., James Madison Jr. suffered from epilepsy. At 5’4 and 100 pounds, he was often described as ‘small’ ‘quiet’ and ‘shy’ person. Yet this “small’ guy graduated from Princeton University and mastered over subjects like Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Political Philosophy, and Law. This ‘quiet’ guy reshaped American History by becoming a political theorist and American Statesman. This ‘shy’ guy became the fourth President of United States and served not one but two terms in the White House. James Madison, ladies and gentlemen, was an enigma.