Who gave Ashoka the teachings of the Buddhist religion?

https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-fb184d103dc947301a32419e2a4c1709-c

By Sunil Kumar s one of India’s most famous emperors; Ashoka’s life story has been a constant source of debate and discussion. According to 11th century royal historian Kalhana; Ashoka was a devout Hindu till his conversion to Buddhism; and …

Posted in Books, Culture, History, Languages, Literature | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What are the stages of evolution in Greek philosophy?

https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-bb72e0d34a9cbee56827a3be00060f93

By Sunil Kumar Here’s a chronological list(note many different texts will have the same information in either exhaustive or lesser detail and various interpretations on significance depending on the writer’s preferences). THE PRE-SOCRATICS Around 600 BCE; the Greek cities of …

Posted in Books, Culture, Geography, Languages, Literature | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What was the relationship between Indira Gandhi and M.O Mathai?

https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-1838cbfb1bc9d0cbbe81439c4c029267-c

By Sunil Kumar picy and sleazy; if you believe M.O Mathai. As a Private Secretary and special assistant to Nehru from 1946 to 59; he certainly had a lot of access to the Nehru-Gandhi family. According to Mathai; he was …

Posted in Books, Culture, History, Literature | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What did the Romans think of ancient India?

https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-979493856adc2664df08840a73629ea2

By Sunil Kumar My Quora Answers continued; The Romans had extensive trade with ancient India. Secondly; the presence of Romans in the Indian Subcontinent and the relations between these regions during the period of the Roman Empire are poorly documented …

Posted in Books, Culture, History, Languages, Literature | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Gene: An Intimate History

http://sunil-kumar.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Genetics_1506406446-300x169.jpg

By Sunil Kumar Only the 2nd post this month; another review. A long rambling philosophical cum scientific book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Genetics is a new science – you can plausibly date it from the rediscovery around 1900 of Gregor Mendel’s …

Posted in Books, Literature | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Romanovs

http://sunil-kumar.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/350px-Mumbai_Pune_ExpresswayDec2007-300x199.jpg

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 …

Posted in Books, Culture, History, Languages, Literature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

http://sunil-kumar.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Shivaji_1503559479-300x174.jpg

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 …

Posted in Books, Culture, Geography, History, Languages, Literature | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2f/The_Lion_capital_of_Ashoka.jpg/350px-The_Lion_capital_of_Ashoka.jpg

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 …

Posted in Books, Culture, History, Languages, Literature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How were ministers in royal courts selected in Ancient and Medieval India?

//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3d/Maurya_Dynasty_in_265_BCE.jpg/350px-Maurya_Dynasty_in_265_BCE.jpg

By Sunil Kumar Ancient and Medieval India is a long span of time characterised by many different kingdoms, ways of thinking, invasions and a change in thinking. However; there is still an underlying unified continuity. Earliest period: Indus Valley Civilization …

Posted in Books, Culture, Geography, History, Literature | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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 …

Posted in Books, Culture, Geography, History, Languages, Literature | Leave a comment