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By Sunil Kumar   A lot of kings, petty chieftains and politicians claim descent from the gods; or being Suryavanshi(the sun) or Chandravanshi(the moon). You should recognise it for what it is; an attempt to instil or garner respect …

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By Sunil Kumar Psychologists and pop culture refer to this phenomenon as “deja vu”. Scientists reject any notion of any supernatural explanation of precognition. Neurologists probably relate this to “temporal lobe” epilepsy. In a book I read recently by Arun …

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By Sunil Kumar   Tharoor’s remark should be disregarded as it is in line with the Congress policy of minority appeasement which has become a template for most half-assed parties in the country; and political expediency. Worst deal for the …

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By Sunil Kumar Had read the sprawling world building novel by Vikram Chandra nearly a year back; so was waiting with bated breath for the TV adaptation. Also met the author at a literary event; and asked him about the …

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Did Achilles meet Hercules during the war? After the death of Achilles, who led the Greek Army?

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By Sunil Kumar Although there is no comparison; let us for a moment compare Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey with Veda Vyasa’s Ramayana and Mahabharata. If Hercules can be compared(only strength wise to Hanuman) and Achilles to the greatest war in …

 

What could be a different ending to the Scandal in Bohemia by Doyle?

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By Sunil Kumar The original story ends with Holmes being outwitted by “the woman” Irene Adler; his tacit admiration and the King of Bohemia ruing the fact that she was not of his social class; otherwise he would have surely …

 

How did Gandhian principles have an influence on Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela?

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By Sunil Kumar   How did Gandhian principles have an influence on Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela? We have to analyze the historical, racial and cultural context of the three people considered and the countries involved in the discussion. …

 

What happened in France after the death of Napoleon Bonaparte?

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By Sunil Kumar Throughout the 16th to 18th centuries; France was a rich Catholic monarchy known for its aristocratic excesses and debauched lifestyle throughout Europe. In a recent book; “The Age of Anger”; the author Pankaj Mishra talks about the …

 

Did Arthur Conan Doyle have any addiction?

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By Sunil Kumar Did Arthur Conan Doyle have any addiction? Your question probably stems from his most famous creation; Sherlock Holmes and his drug addiction. I’ve read a few biographies of Doyle after spending many happy hours reading Sherlock’s adventures …

 

How did England emerge as the dominant force among the colonial powers?

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By Sunil Kumar How did England emerge as the dominant force among colonial powers? Complex answer which is simple at the same time. The primary reason is the history of the countries themselves. Look at England vs its primary competition; …