Have you heard of religions sharing shrines? Well, it happened once in Cambodia. Angkor Wat was first a Hindu religion temple and then later was turned into a Buddhist temple. Angkor Wat is a sight to behold, merely admiring Angkor Wat for its beauty is not enough. Angkor Wat is the largest and most magnificent of the one hundred temples that survive from the ancient city of Angkor, Cambodia. It was constructed at the peak of Khmer power to glorify both King Suryavarman II and Vishnu, the Hindu god with whom he was identified. Angkor wat is regarded as the pinnacle of Khmer architecture. Angkor Wat was built using five million tons of sandstone and is guarded by lion statues. It features the Churning of the Ocean of Milk. It features bas-reliefs that proceed in counterclockwise order It is located … Continue reading
Did you know what Carolina Reaper is? The Carolina Reaper is officially the hottest pepper in the world, according to Guinness World Records as of 2013. Eyes rolling to the back of your head hot, that’s how hot a Carolina Reaper is. It was bred by Ed Currie, who runs the Pucker Butt Pepper the Company in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The pepper is a crossbreed between a ghost pepper and a red habanero pepper. The pepper’s heat is a melting 1,569,300 on the Scoville scale of Scoville Heat Units (SHU). On 07 August 2013, the Carolina Reaper was officially named the world’s hottest chili by Guinness world records, with individual peppers rating over 2.2 million Scoville Heat units (SHUs). Basically, a chili is the fruit of the plant genus “Capsicum“, which protects the seeds. The Carolina Reaper comes from the Capsicum Chinese species of chili pepper. The placenta … Continue reading
New York City is home to some of the most significant landmarks in the world, with awe-inspiring architecture and breath-taking views everywhere you look. Built on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, Lady Liberty is a large, neoclassical sculpture, an iconic structure which is famous not only in the US, but the rest of the world. The Statue of Liberty isn’t just a huge statue of a lady, she’s a symbol of hope and freedom for the millions of people who immigrated to the USA. The statue was the first thing they saw when they first arrived by boat and an audio guide revealed what an emotional moment it was for most of them. Standing tall and watching over the city for more than a hundred years, visiting the Liberty Island should be part of everyone’s bucket list. Getting to know … Continue reading
Egypt has a past and present filled with magnificence and turmoil. One of the biggest lures in all of Egypt is without a doubt the Great Pyramid at Giza. This spectacular monument that overlooks Cairo is one of the most famous destinations on the entire planet and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that is still standing. The sheer size and audacity of the pyramids are enough to make them worthy of “wonder” status. The Great Pyramid of Giza was originally built in approximately 2550 BC as a tomb for the Egyptian pharaoh Khufu. It took approximately 20 years to build and has three burial chambers inside. The pyramid was built with about 2.3 million stone blocks and it is thought to weigh 5.9 million tons. The ancient name of the Great Pyramid of Giza … Continue reading
With the summer holidays coming to an end in India, children will be going back to school. Many students would have received their marks sheets, report cards and exam results. Is all this education preparing human beings for a truly humanitarian, just, egalitarian and sustainable future? Are some students being manipulated by wicked conditioning forces? Students need to meditate on all this. After the freedom struggle in India, many students continued to be stifled by manipulative education by neo-imperialistic forces. However, some members of the CBSE board were slowly bringing about educational reforms to ensure that education is more joyful, thoughtful and also encourages discussion, collaboration and originality. Principle-mindedness and practical application of learning is important to help solve the many difficulties that confront human beings in India. The NCERT-based textbooks for the CBSE board were attempting to do just … Continue reading
Spirituality * Children and Grown-Ups: Spirituality and trusting the (w)holy spirit helped many freedom fighters, humanitarian activists, saints and martyrs to be brave. Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Dr. Ambedkar and other humanitarian activists of the world searched for spiritual solace to fight for justice. Many humanitarian activists studied and discussed philosophical, mystical, spiritual and religious content in a brave and discerning manner. One such mystical poet was Khalil Gibran. The following is a discussion of inspirational quotations by Khalil Gibran, a mystical poet who grew up in Lebanon. Spirituality * Inspiring Quotations and Discussion: Studying and discussing inspiring quotations by mystical poets can make us more wiser, discerning and brave. The following is an awesome quotation from the poet Khalil Gibran. Read and ponder upon it.