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  • Varnam | In Niti Central: Enduring history of a forever nation

    (This was co-authored with Parag Tope, the author of Tatya Tope’s Operation Red Lotus and originally published at Niti Central) In the late 1860s, a German businessman, enthusiastic about Greek history, started digging in the small town of Hisarlik in Turkey, in search of a Homeric site. He claimed to have discovered Troy, made famous […]

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    1. Troy: Did the war really happen ? Coming soon on the big screen is the “movie Troy”:http://troymovie.warnerbros.com/, starring Brad Pitt as Achilles and his heel. But “was there a Trojan war”:http://www.archaeology.org/0405/etc/troy.html ? bq. According to the archaeological...
    2. Archaeology and Mythology Recently an underground cave dedicated to the founders of Rome – Romulus and his brother Remus was found between one of the seven hills of Rome and the Basilica of...
    3. Heinrich Schliemann of Troy Till the end of the nineteenth century, historians thought that Greek civilization started around the eight century BCE, about 200 years before the time of Buddha. In 1871, a German...
    4. In Pragati: Evidence for the continuity between Harappan Signs and Brahmi letters (Original published link) Instead of a complete termination of one civilisation and the beginning of a radically new one, there was a period of both continuity and change. One of...
    5. Book Review: Fast Food Nation Who would have thought that a book on fast food would be so interesting. “Fast Food Nation : The Dark Side of the All-American Meal”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0060938455/jksobservat-20 is part history, part investigative...
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  • RQ | Someone sent me this picture

    This is not a blog where I normally use unparliamentary language but there is no better way to describe the above picture (received as a WhatsApp forward) as anything other than saying “this is WTF on so many levels”! First you be Indian buy Indian and use Natalie Portman in your advertisements? Then, as a […]

  • RQ | General Franco, YOLO and societal norms

    Us Indians are very patronising towards elderly people, especially women, who want to have a good time. When we see elderly (or sometimes even middle-aged) people at an amusement park or a bar, for example, the natural reaction is one of derision, wondering why that person is “out there having fun”. It is rather sad […]

  • Varnam | Indian History Carnival-80: Medicine and Colonialism, Atmaram Jayakar, Prem Nem, Sven Gahlin, Camels

    Imperial and Global Forum has a review of the book Medicine and Colonialism: Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa Self-consciously aiming to be a comparative work and taking material from India and South Africa, it takes its cue from earlier works that aimed to ‘de-centre’ the metropolis-periphery model of conceptualising empire and colonialism.While re-asserting […]

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    1. Indian History Carnival – 45: Baburnamah, Rashtrakutas, Mughal Postal System, Camels, Tipu Sultan Fëanor quotes André Wink to argue that the rise and fall of the Rashtrakuta kingdom was connected to trade with Persian Gulf Towards the late 10th century, however, the great...
    2. Indian History Carnival – 28 The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology. Why are there no Chinese fishing nets in...
    3. Indian History Carnival – 12 The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology. A while back, at varnam, we looked at...
    4. Indian History Carnival – 18 The Indian History Carnival, published on the 15th of every month, is a collection of posts related to Indian history and archaeology. The June 2009 issue of Pragati is a...
    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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  • RQ | Policy design and environmental variables

    I’ve spent the last two days and a bit in Amsterdam, and as I move around the city I’m fascinated by how well so many things in the city are designed and implemented, and wondered what prevents us from implementing such design back home in India. I’m not talking only about design in terms of […]

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