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Ancient Indian philosophers: The agnostic Ajiviks

The Ajivikas' central belief was that absolutely everything is predetermined by fate, or niyati, and hence human action has no consequence one way or the other. According to them, each soul's course was like a ball of thread that is unravelling.

Jawaharlal Nehru death anniversary: When the former PM played Holi in a foreign land and more fun tales

Jawaharlal Nehru death anniversary: In 1958, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru spent a night in Rangoon, Burma en route to the Bandung Conference. The next day was Holi. He said he wanted to show the hosts how we played Holi in India.


Masters of Memory: How the ancients learnt the Vedas perfectly

The Vedas were composed somewhere around 2000 BC, while writing in India began more than 2,500 years later. So how was this crazy feat of passing on this massive amount of information, without even the smallest mistake, accomplished?

Make History Fun Again: How elections started in India

First election in India: More than 60 per cent of eligible voters regularly turn out to vote, which is considered very high. In 1952, The Tribals of Odisha came to the voting booths with their bows and arrows, while the Nagas trekked the hills for days.

Make History Fun Again: Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s European connection

Ranjit Singh decided he needed to beat the British at their own game, and, in a highly unusual step for an Indian ruler of the time, began to modernise his army along the line of European armies. To do this, he actually hired French and Italian mercenaries who had fought for Napoleon until the mighty French General's defeat in 1815.

Mad Money: Curious coins of ancient India

Gold coins in ancient India reached their peak with the Gupta emperors from the 3rd to 6th century AD. This was India's Golden Age, where there was prosperity all around, and people lived the good life, full of culture and joy.


What did the earliest humans eat and were ancient Indians really vegetarian?

Vegetarianism in the mainstream, as a general way of life, is a feature unique to India. According to census data, 25 per cent of the Indian population is vegetarian. But where did the idea of vegetarianism take root?

The tale of the other East India Companies

When we say East India Company, we don't think of the French East India Company or the Portuguese East India Company, or the Dutch East India Company. We certainly don't think of Nordic people like the Danes and Swedes having trading outposts in India.

The Extraordinary Caves of Ellora: How to carve a mountain

The Ellora caves are uniquely Indian, where temples and monasteries of three major Indian religions, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism all nestle together. In ancient India, religious overlap was natural and commonplace.

Bombay Talkies: How India fell in love with films

Dadasaheb DG Phalke is considered the father of Indian movies, with his Raja Harishchandra, which released in 1913. Interestingly, as acting was not considered respectable for women, all women's roles were played by male actors (as was the norm in popular theatre as well).