The Romanovs

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By Sunil Kumar 9th month of 2017. On my visit to the U.K last month; picked up 3 books in Heffer’s Cambridge including this massive tome from Simon Sebag Montefiore; a history of Russia’s last imperial clan; the Romanovs. A …

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What does Nehru write about Shivaji in the “Discovery of India”?

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By Sunil Kumar My Qra answers continued: Excerpts from Nehru’s Discovery of India; “Only an Akbar might have understood the situation and controlled the new forces that were rising. Perhaps even he could have only postponed the dissolution of his …

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In what ways was Ashoka the great inspired by Buddhism and the Arthashastra?

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By Sunil Kumar Ashoka formed a strong empire and like other kings and emperors of the time intrinsically believed in the intrinsic powers of royalty. His religious world-view was tempered by Buddhism to the extent that he is supposed to …

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What are the top 10 non-fiction books about India everybody must read?

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By Sunil Kumar In no particular order; here are some non-fictional books about India that made an impact somewhat personally. Around India in 80 Trains – Monisha Rajesh: Liked the descriptions in this book, the train rides and different facets of …

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Sacred Games – Book Review

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By Sunil Kumar A post after a long time. So here goes. Managed to read Vikram Chandra‘s 900+ pages book; Sacred Games. Since it’s going to be on Netflix; this spiked interest and I managed to decipher why the commissioning …

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Sanskrit Universe

By Sunil Kumar Continued; 3 accents of the vowels(svaras) udata: high pitch, anudat= low pitch, svarit= combination of pitch. Active Voice (कर्तृवाच्य / kartRRIvaachya): We will study “Active Voice” Study the following statements. Main Concepts: कर्ता, क्रिया, कर्म, kritrvachya- karma(with …

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Sanskrit Notes

By Sunil Kumar Aggregation: Pronunciation(uccharan) on the basis of Panini’s shiksha sutras. kantha: throat: mouth and throat are unrestrained talu: palatal: back of the tongue raised towards the palate Middle(murdha); high, lingual, cerebral: where the tip of the tongue reaches …

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Cases in Sanskrit -II

By Sunil Kumar Continuing with the previous post; Ablative Case पञ्चमी विभक्ति (paJNchamii vibhakti) of the noun-form(shabda rupa) represents the “from whom/what” of the sentence. In other words ablative case represents the ablative in the sentence. Ablation which means the removal or …

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Cases in Sanskrit

Nominative is used in the case of karta(or subject). In Three Vachanas(Singular, Dual, Plural) देव:    देवौ    देवा : (One God, Two Gods, Many Gods) Nominative case(the subject or Karta) (Prathama Vibhakti) Accusative case used in the case of …

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