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  • Varnam | Unraveling the Cheraman Perumal Myth

    This is the board outside the Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid near present day Kodungallur, Kerala which proclaims that the mosque was established when Prophet Muhammad was alive. It also means that this particular mosque was established before the first mosques in Iraq (639 CE),  Syria (715 CE),  Egypt (642 CE), and Tunisia (670 CE) thus […]

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  • RQ | India’s messed up agricultural markets

    Indicat seems like a good website for data on Indian commodity prices. I came across this website when someone tweeted about tomato prices. What struck me was the wide variation in tomato prices both within markets and across markets. Now, in terms of price variations within market, some of it can be explained by way […]

  • RQ | Caste, socialism and social capital

    Some new research by Dan Ariely (of Predictably Irrational fame) and co shows some interesting correlation between a socialist/communist upbringing and attitude towards lying (The Economist reports this research under the headline “Lying Commies“). While I’m not particularly convinced about the research methodology (sample of 250 respondents under a simulated environment – but then most […]

  • RQ | Should you stop flying Malaysian?

    So Malaysian Airlines faced its second tragedy in four months when its flight MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine yesterday. In response to this terrorist attack, stock prices of Malaysian Airline dropped sharply in today’s trading. Given that the airline has faced two tragedies in quick succession, the question is if you should stop […]

  • Varnam | Indian History Carnival-78:Bom Jesus, Guruvayoor, Deccani paintings, P N Oak

    Maddy has the fascinating tale of Bom Jesus, which left Portugal in 1533 with 18 tons of Fugger’s copper, 4 tons of tin, elephant tusks, gold and silver. The ship went missing and was discovered 475 years later. The Nau Bom Jesus was one among them and all of 400 or so tons in displacement. […]

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    3. Indian History Carnival–74: Puranas, Mughals, Orissa, Anandi Gopal Joshi, Selden Map Dr. Sunil Deepak writes about ancient Indian history based on the Puranas. His post is based on the book Pracheen Brahmin Kahaniyan by Rangey Raghav Ancient Indians used logic and...
    4. Indian History Carnival – 41: Vasco da Gama, Universal Hinduism, Ravi Varma, Babylon Koenraad Elst has a review of David Frawley’s Universal Hinduism (Voice of India, Delhi 2010), In Universal Hinduism (Voice of India, Delhi 2010), American scholar and Hindu convert David Frawley...
    5. Indian History Carnival – 35: Konark, Britain, Ayodhya In his post titled The Sun Temple of Konark Or Girish Sahane Gets it Wrong in Detail, Sandeep explains what really happened to the shrine. One wonders why the priests...
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