Who do you like better, Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes? And why?

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By Sunil Kumar Tricky question, but simple answer. I like both of them, but Sherlock Holmes definitely ranks higher in my mind. Reasons- Probably because I read ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’ earlier, when I was 10 years old, and …

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Do Indian texts like the Vedas mention the ancient Persians and Iranians at all?

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By Sunil Kumar Giving an answer to your question would be reaching far back into hoary antiquity, when the concept of modern nation-states was not there, and the world was in a fluid civilizational construct. For example, the history of …

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What actually happened to the leg of King Henry VIII?

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By Sunil Kumar Henry VIII was involved in a jousting accident in a tournament at Greenwich Palace on 24 January 1536. His queen was Anne Boleyn, for which he had taken on the Pope, created a new Christian denomination(Anglican) in …

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Why did William Dalrymple call Delhi ‘The City of Djinns?’

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By Sunil Kumar You must be referring to one of his early books on Delhi- The City of Djinns. In fact, this was the first book of his I had read, although subsequently I managed to run through many of …

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Why did Indian soldiers not revolt against the British during WW-I?

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By Sunil Kumar World War I or what European academics terms as the ‘Great War’ was early days for the Indian revolutionary movement. If you remember, India’s most famous icon M.K Gandhi also supported the British in this war, as …

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Do you think ‘Henry Cavill’ could have been a better choice to play ‘King Henry VIII’ instead of ‘Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ in ‘The Tudors’?

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By Sunil Kumar Frankly, no. Neither actor looks like the real Henry VIII- an obese man who was reportedly massive – this comes across in many portraits and artifacts. I can vouch for this as a fact as I’ve seen …

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Why didn’t King Henry viii’s son from the third wife become the next king of England but his daughter from second wife became the queen?

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By Sunil Kumar The son did become the next king of England. By the second wife, I think you mean Anne Boleyn who Henry VIII executed. His son Edward from his third beloved wife Jane Seymour did become King (Edward …

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भूतकाळाचा विचार केल्यास एक सामान्य नागरिक म्हणून तुमचे ‘त्यावेळी’ आणीबाणीबद्दलचे मत काय होते? तेव्हाचे मत आणि आत्ताच्या मतामध्ये काही फरक पडला आहे का?

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By Sunil Kumar प्रथम मला स्पष्टीकरण द्यावे लागेल की मी ‘आपत्कालीन’ नंतर जन्माला आलो; माझी मते पूर्णपणे पुस्तके आणि त्या वेळी सुमारे असलेल्या लोकांची मते यावर आधारित आहेत. हे हानिकारक ठरणार नाही, मी जसजसे मला ऐकलंय की लोक मला माहित …

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What is the scientific reason according to Hinduism for ringing a bell before entering a temple?

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By Sunil Kumar There is a scientific, mystical and contemplative reason behind nearly every Hindu practice. Indic culture in general(includes Hinduism and Indic religions such as Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism etc) emerged from a world view that was focused on liberation …

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Did Aristotle have any role in Alexander’s conquests, like Chanakya in Chandragupta?

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By Sunil Kumar Aristotle and Chanakya have a few similarities, but many differences. Unlike Kautilya a political and pragmatic strategist, who was instrumental in Chandragupta Maurya’s dethroning of the Nanda dynasty and laying the foundation of one of the ancient …

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