Monthly Archives: August 2016

How fast is WARP speed?

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By Sunil Kumar WARP speed is a totally fictional construct; from Star Trek. But; it’s fascinating. According to Warp drive; see link here; “Warp drive was a technology that allowed space travel at faster-than-light speeds. It worked by generating warp fields …

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What is the meaning of the verse 2.29 from the Bhagavad Gita?

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By Sunil Kumar This verse is attempting to describe the different notions about the soul; depending on the nature of men. Broadly, most Indic philosophy and the Bhagavad Gita describe men to be under the influence of the three gunas; …

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What is the meaning of the poem “Madhushala”?

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By Sunil Kumar The poet Harivanshrai Bachchan attempted to explain the complexity of life; using the symbolism of the Madhushala(The Tavern). A book of 135 quatrains(4 lines) or Ruba’i; inspired by Persian Omar Khayyam; Madhushala was published in 1935; resulting …

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Why do Indians consider Kushan empire as part of Indian history?

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By Sunil Kumar Kanishka is the man most discussed when it comes to the Kushan empire in present-day books. The Yuezhi may have been an Europoid people, ancient Chinese sources do describe the existence of “white people with long hair” (the Bai …

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What is the best thing about being a poet?

By Sunil Kumar To paraphrase a famous scientist; the best thing about being a poet is the ability to navigate strange seas of thought alone. Depending on the nature of poetry; you grapple with profundity, discover new idioms or cope …

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What would have happened if Sherlock Holmes met Swami Vivekananda?

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By Sunil Kumar Imaginary place in London: Baker Street Swami Vivekananda(Mr. Naren Dutta) arrives at 221B. Sherlock Holmes is relaxing near the fireplace along with his sidekick, Watson smoking a pipe. Mrs. Hudson comes in, let us imagine her as …

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Is Bollywood movie ‘Rustom’ based on a real incident?

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By Sunil Kumar Yes; the movie ‘Rustom’ is a fictional reworking of a real-life incident. Here’s some of it in detail; On the afternoon of April 27, 1959 Commander Kawas Maneckshaw Nanavati stepped out of his home in Cuffe Parade, …

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Why was the majority of the Punjab allotted to pakistan instead of India during partition?

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By Sunil Kumar he other answer is partly right. Apart from religion; it was demography, ignorance and callousness. As you can see from the map above; undivided Punjab included the princely states of Patiala, Kapurthala, Jind, Bahawalpur, the Hill States(present-day …

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Was Alexander aware of China’s existence?

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By Sunil Kumar Most historical sources indicate that Alexander was not aware of China’s existence; and Greek historians believed in many fanciful theories about the rest of the world; such as ants burrowing for gold in ancient Kashmir; giants in …

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Why did India abstain from voting in the Security Council during the Korean war?

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By Sunil Kumar India was still upset with the United Nations failure to support it in its land disputes with Pakistan; and the government believed that the United States and other Western countries had sided with Pakistan in its disputes. …

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