World War 2 was arguably the fiercest battle ever fought in the history of mankind. Millions of people fought and died in the six-year war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, and in the conflicts that began much earlier. Like all other battles, this war too had more than its share of amazing stories. While
Considered as a pioneer in the field of political science and administration, Chankaya (4th century BC) was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, and royal adviser. He is largely credited for founding the Mauryan Empire. Also known as Kautilya or Vishnugupt, Chanakya was the chief adviser to the first Mauryan Emperor Chandragupta, and his son, Bindusara.
Known for his decorative style and the frank erotic nature, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), was an Austrian painter and an exponent of the Vienna Secession movement. He challenged the established concepts of art and introduced a movement which was largely similar to the Art Nouveau style. Klimt often shocked his critics with unorthodox techniques, and sometimes,
Ever since explorations and larger scientific experiments became common from the beginning of the 21st century, there have been several incidents where famous scientists died under mysterious circumstances. Some were murdered while others just dropped dead like flies. No wonder, conspiracy theories abound the mysterious deaths of these scientists. Decades later, the deaths still continue
The Roman legionary, perhaps, played the most important role in pushing the boundaries of the Roman Empire all across Europe, Asia, and Africa. The all-conquering Roman military juggernaut was a highly disciplined and efficient unit that converted a small city in the Italian peninsula to one of the most powerful empires in history. Almost the
12 October, 1492. Italian explorer and fortune hunter Christopher Columbus sets foot on the pristine white sands of the Bahamas and hoists the Spanish royal flag. He claims the territory for his King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Columbus believed he was in Japan, but in reality, he had landed in “New World”. History, for better
William Shakespeare, aka the Bard of Avon, is perhaps the most identifiable icons of England, after the royal family, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the red double-decker buses. Exactly 400 years after his death, Shakespeare’s plays are still performed all over the world and have been adapted and re-adapted time and again for both stage
Sex has fascinated mankind from the very beginning of time. Conservatives may argue that it has become more than central in today’s over-liberal society, a far cry from the pious nature of our forebears. The truth, however, is that people from the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations practiced various sexual traditions that were downright weird.
Few architects in the world have had such a major effect on modern house designs, like Frank Lloyd Wright. He changed the face of contemporary living with carports, floor plans, and air-conditioning. Frank Lloyd Wright houses continue to inspire generations of designers. Many of his buildings were later handed over to charity and opened for
For better, or for worse, world history has often been shaped and reshaped both by selfish pursuits and sacrifices during a war. The battlefield, no wonder, is a strange place where betrayal, violence, and horror live side by side with unspeakable courage, determination, and honor. Stories and legends of glorious victories, fallen heroes, and bloody