The Gene: An Intimate History

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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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देववानी प्रवेसिका

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By Sunil Kumar आ नो भद्राः करतवो कष्यन्तु विश्वतो. – Let noble thoughts come to us from every side(Rig Veda) An attempt to get acquainted with the divine language has led me to understanding the many variations of its grammar. …

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What does W.B. Yeats mean by “intellectual hatred” in his poem “A prayer for my daughter”?

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By Sunil Kumar The answer to this question involves delving into W.B Yeats and his personal history. At the age of 24; he met and fell in love with a woman Maud Gonne; who was an ardent supporter of the …

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What happens at the end of the Five Orange Pips?

By Sunil Kumar Thanks, Shubham. The Five Orange Pips is a story that I read a long time back. The story about John Openshaw and his racist uncle Elias who goes to the US; becomes a Colonel for the Confederate …

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What qualities of Indira Gandhi made Kamaraj to pitch her for the position of the Prime Minister of India?

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By Sunil Kumar The qualities of Indira Gandhi that made K. Kamaraj pitch her for the position of the PM; her international reputation(as daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru), the ability to attract minority votes(a tactic used by nearly every political dispensation …

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