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Saturday, August 19, 2017

The star of David or the Hindu Shanmukha?

Used by cultures separated by time and distance, the hexagram is a curious symbol with an origin shrouded in mystery. In India both the Afghans and Mughals made use of the symbol in architecture but for what purpose?

The first apple.

Himachal was not always the land of apples as it is today. In fact in ancient times not a single apple tree grew within her borders.

Human rights before religion.

A Catholic institution in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India that established its roots fighting for the rights of the poor and downtrodden.

Blockbuster ideas.

Small towns can surprise one with their unique ability for improvisation and spirit of enterprise like the once popular video hut that let local inhabitants and school boys on town leave indulge their love for the movies before the advent of cable television.

How the Kullu shawl came to be.

The Kullu shawl with its brightly patterned motifs and borders is a unique heritage product that can trace its journey back to at least 200 years before the advent of the 20th century.

What men could do, Yarghu could do better.

Based on the drawings of a 15th century Iranian inventor, the Yarghu, at the National Science Centre, is a Mughal era cannon cleaner with no similar contraption existing anywhere else in the world.

The 18th state.

Huddle under umbrellas and makeshift tents a crowd gathers to watch minister Sujan Singh Pathania unfurl the tricolour at the Dhalpur grounds in the town of Kullu.

Bred for war. Honored in art.

Remnants of an ornament granite pillar at the National Museum Delhi revealing an empire's love for equine companions.

What ended the Mauryan Empire?

The ancient Mauryan empire was the largest in India and a world super power of its time till the mid 2nd century brought about its finest hour and the turning point that led to its end.

The Greek Buddha.

Sculpted by the artists of Gandhara, the standing statue of the Buddha is among the first to represent the Buddha in human form.