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Saturday, January 20, 2018

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.

Human rights before religion.

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

Pathans, they build like giants and finish like goldsmiths.

To James Fergusson, a 18th century architectural historian, Sher Shah Suri's monuments reinforced an age old saying of India's Afghan rulers.

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.

For comrade and country.

Posthumously awarded India's highest wartime award for gallantry, Ranchi's beloved son, twenty nine year old Albert Ekka was a soldier of uncommon valour.

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.

Who were the Harappans?

Excavate out of an earthen grave, eons after her demise, the skeleton of the middle aged woman comes from the Indus valley city of Rakhigarhi, postulated to be built between 2500 -3000 BC.

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.

A bond that ran thicker than blood.

A warrior, poet and a celebrated personality in Persian and Gurkani history, Bairam Beg Bahrulu was a loyal military commander of the Gurkani army instrumental in consolidating Akbar's empire in Hindustan.