In common with many other non-Aryan tribes on this Rice-beer frontier, e.g., the Nagas, &c., the Kacharis of Darrang habitually consume large quantities of what is usually known as rice-beer (Zu, Zau). It can hardly be said to be a beverage in daily use, for it is only prepared when specially wanted for immediate consumption.… Read More Kacharis – Rice-Beer Preparation
Another article. I have linked the previous article. This one from The Dreams of Tipu Sultan looks more complete. The reforms introduced by Tipu Sultan in the prevalent Muslim calendar consisted of the following: He reckoned the Muslim era not from the hijrat occurring in 622 but from the advent of Islam in 609 A.C.… Read More Tipu’s Calendar – The Mauladi Era
This is the beauty of Sanskrit literature. There are instances of a story written in 25000 slokas and there are instances were the same story was told in one sloka. Below three are a single sloka recitations of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavata. I am not sure who wrote them, but the case is that all… Read More The Definition of Brevity – Scriptures in a Single Sloka
Being just a visitor to Andhra for more than ten years, I am completely cut off from what is happening there. And with no knowledge of Tamil, these long years in Tamil Nadu didn’t make me get interested in Tamil politics. So, whatever is left for me is central politics. In spite of such a level… Read More Project Kakatiya – KCR’s Grand Scheme of Things
Somewhere, I wrote, Communism is also a religion – Communists follow the principle “No god is my god”. But, the trigger is a tweet by Prof Makarand Paranjape – Sir, isn’t terrorism itself a kind of religion, with a wide range of adherents, some fanatic, some moderate, some even “liberal”? This makes one think of… Read More The Concept of Alternate Religion – Something which coexists with Religion
This is from some ancient Chinese work. A superb read and a superb one to follow. Chapter 1: Winning Stratagems (Shèng zhàn jì) How to win as a general. Cross the sea without the emperor’s knowledge (Mán tiān guò hǎi) Mask your real goals, by using the ruse of a fake goal, until the real goal is achieved. Tactically,… Read More The Thirty Six Stratagems
First World War saw the making of America. With the sudden pick up of it’s industrial capabilities, it is but obvious that it needs markets for consumption. So, what will anyone do? First act is to create a domestic market by restricting imports. Then, impose it’s will on the weak. That is exactly what America… Read More The Great Depression – Self Inflicted?