Category Archives: Animal Kingdom

Asoka’s Lion : M Krishnan (1953)

To one familiar with India’s fauna the choice of the Sarnath lion capital as the national emblem must seem somewhat remote. Even to one familiar with Indian art and the Mauryan period this must seem far-fetched. Only those who know … Continue reading

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A red test for the young : M Krishnan (1967)

Recently I had a occasion to ask a number of young university graduates, at an interview, a question which I thought a fair test of their knowledge of India and general awareness. I asked them to name two red-flowered trees, … Continue reading

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D D Kosambi on Water Buffalo

Heavy, dark, sluggish, hardy, fertile, productive with little care, far cleaner than it looks, docile enough to be led by a child, but suspicious of innovations and perfectly capable when roused, of charging a tiger or a locomotive, the buffalo … Continue reading

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Why so little uniqueness?

Now, India, along with Madagaskar, broke away from Africa some 160 million years ago. Don’t know why. Possibly both of them were pissed off. She spent more than 100 million years in isolation before colliding with Asia and thus giving … Continue reading

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Beaten by a honeybee?

Computer has been accused of being slower than Chacha Chaudhary brain. Well, this accusation is slightly misplaced. In the time of Chacha Chaudhary, computer really was way too slow. But, he is not so smart anyway (Why would he marry … Continue reading

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Dumb Neaderthals?

“You Neanderthal!” mocked Gorilla Grod at Lax Luthor. When you think of Neanderthals, most picture ugly, stupid beings. But, new findings have now suggested that they were probably the original metrosexual as they did their best to make themselves look … Continue reading

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Polygamy Vs Monogamy

Recently, South African president married his fifth wife. The debate was on about polygamy. Meanwhile some researcher dig out this practice. Polygamy has existed in India since the Vedic period and is still practiced in the 21st century.While the Hindu … Continue reading

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