Why are Sherlock and Watson never arrested for letting criminals get away?

By Sunil Kumar Qra answers continued; Sherlock and Watson are usually called upon to assist Lestrade(the inspector) in his cases. As the hero of the short stories; Sherlock is supposed to be the wizard; who dazzles everybody with his brilliance; finds clues; and outwits the villain.   Unless the writer Arthur Conan Doyle wanted to…

How did World War I lead to the appointment of Hitler?

By Sunil Kumar World War I was mainly due to the rivalry of Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm and Britain. Ironically; Germany had only become united in the 19th century; with the strongest state being Prussia controlled by a Chancellor Bismarck. Wilhelm was also the grandson of the British queen Victoria; who died in 1901. WWI…

Why couldn’t the French maintain control over their colonies like the British?

By Sunil Kumar Possible reason according to me: turmoil in France compared to relative stability in Britain. In 1789; France had a bloody revolution when most of their royals lost their heads; i.e were guillotined. After that France saw the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte; who after many initial successes lost in continental Europe to an…

Who said E=MC Squared And What Does It Mean?

By Sunil Kumar Albert Einstein gave this equation; and it explains the correlation between matter and energy i.e both are two different forms of the same thing. Energy is neither created nor destroyed; it is only transformed.   Read more here; A Fun Way of Understanding E=mc2 – Universe Today Related articles Today’s “Galaxy” Stream…

Can Ashwini Kumaras be compared with Castor and Pollux?

By Sunil Kumar Apart from the fact that both of them are twins; and invoked for helping people(either through medicine or sailors); it is a stretch to draw a comparison. The Ashwins are sons of Surya and Saranyu; sometimes Samajna; brothers of Manu, Yama and Yami. Symbolizing sunrise and sunset; they are represented as humans…

Why did JRD Tata support the Indian Emergency?

By Sunil Kumar JRD Tata was definitely old school; a generation of industrialists who pioneered change during the early years of independence; and a byproduct of the British Raj.   This is not to undermine his contribution to Indian aviation etc; but you have to understand the social and political context of that time. A…

Why was Ardhamagadhi Prakrit used to write the scriptures of Jainism?

By Sunil Kumar The reason for this is quite simple; it was the language of the court in the most powerful empire of the time – the Magadha janapada which later morphed into the Mauryan empire. The Jain agamas were written largely in Ardhamagadhi; as well as in the other Prakrits in vogue at the…

Who are the most significant goddesses in Greek mythology?

By Sunil Kumar From what I’ve read a long time back; book by Edith Hamilton, a few major Greek goddesses. After the Roman empire conquered Greece; many of their names had Roman equivalents which are equally famous. Aglaia: The Greek goddess of beauty, splendor or grace. Literally means illuminating brilliance. Aphrodite – (a.k.a. Anadyomene, Turan,…

What is the depth of the Strait of Malacca?

By Sunil Kumar The Strait of Malacca connects the Andaman sea(Indian Ocean) and the South China sea(Pacific Ocean). Running between the Indonesian Island of Sumatra to the West; and peninsular(West) Malaysia and extreme southern Thailand to the east; it has an area of 25000 square miles(65000 square kilometres). Average minimum depth is 82 feet(25 metres)….

Was India’s first nuclear test named Smiling Buddha in response to the US fleet stationed in the Bay of Bengal? Had India not tested the nuke; what would be the result?

By Sunil Kumar There are two versions why India’s first nuclear test was called “Smiling Buddha”. Device detonation was on 18 May 1974(Buddha Jayanti) – a festival marking the birth of Siddhartha Gautama aka the Buddha. Also; according to Shekhar Gupta in his column “National Interest”; “Why was the code word to announce the success…

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