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Relationship between Mughal Emperor and British Monarch

Relationship between Mughal Emperor and British Monarch

There was only one documented interaction between the British Empress Ellizebeth-1 and the Mughal King Akbar when the former sent a personal letter to the latter for providing security to the delegation visiting India in the summer of 1585 “to introduce the trade of marchandize of al nations whatsoever they can, by which meanes the…

What is a Foreign Policy?How and by whom it is made and implemented?

What is a Foreign Policy?How and by whom it is made and implemented?

Improving the quality of life of its citizens is the prime objective of any state. Quality of life depends upon and consists of several things ranging from protection from external aggression, ensuring law and order, improving standards of living and creating harmony among different sections of the people. For this purpose, a state formulates several…

Magnificent One Liners

Magnificent One Liners

1. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. Robert Frost 2. The trouble with being punctual is that nobody’s there to appreciate it. Franklin P. Jones 3. We must believe in luck. How else can…

Sorry, Bill Gates Never Made That Speech! Really

Sorry, Bill Gates Never Made That Speech! Really

On social media we invariably come across the following 11 lessons of life allegedly crafted by Bill Gates and explained to students at a convocation at his Alma Mater in 2000; Rule No. 1:   Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase “It’s not fair” 8.6 times a day. You got it…

30 Interesting Facts About Food

30 Interesting Facts About Food

Several ancient cultures viewed the apple as a feminine symbol and found a resemblance between the two halves of a vertically cut apple to the female genital system. Alternatively, an apple cut horizontally resembled a pentagram, which was considered key in revealing knowledge of good and evil The banana tree is not a true fruit…

Europe in 1500s

Europe in 1500s

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. Baths consisted of a big…

THE LAST POST

THE LAST POST

The Last Post. Is a very melancholic and haunting song with a very sad story behind it. During the American Civil War, in a very cold night in 1862,Captain Robert Ellicombe of the Union Army was fighting against the Confederate Army near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. In between the two armies was a narrow strip…

Origins of some of our strange customs and practices

Origins of some of our strange customs and practices

Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left? When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed…

WHY NATIONS FAIL-Book Review

WHY NATIONS FAIL-Book Review

Why Nations Fail Is a remarkable book by Darren Acemoglu and James Robinson on the nature and causes of state failure, a topic which has been getting increasing attention by the students of social sciences particularly of political economy and international relations. Their main thesis is that the states do not fall apart overnight; the…

How to Construct a House

How to Construct a House

Introduction After living in countless houses thanks to my frequent postings within the country and abroad, supervising the construction of my own house and advising a number of people in the construction of their houses I have realised that not much planning and effort is put in by the people when building a house, one…

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