Charles Dodgson

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29 Fascinating Photos Of 1960s Afghanistan

1 of 30<p>Afghani men out for a picnic.<p>2 of 30<p>Peg Podlich on a trip from Kabul to Peshawar, Pakistan.<p>3 of 30<p>Dr. Bill Podlich on a hillside in Kabul.<p>4 of …

Mountain passes and Maharajas: jewels of early Indian photography – in pictures

The Getty Images Gallery marks the 70th anniversary of India’s independence from Britain this week with an exhibition of the nation’s earliest photography

India

Can Harvard’s most popular professor (and Confucius) radically change your life?

Michael Puett’s book The Path draws on the 2,500-year-old insights of Chinese philosophers. He explains how ‘straightening your mat’ can help you break out of the patterns that are holding you back<p>The School of Life’s Sunday sermons could be described as lectures for people who don’t believe in God …

Mindfulness

Arab Conquests and Sasanian Iran

Iran, despite its conquest by the armies of Islam, retained its own Persian language and much of its culture. Khodadad Rezakhani examines the process …

Is jallikattu 'Hindu' or 'Dravidian'? An Indus Valley seal might have the answer

Most scholarship now connects the Indus Valley script to an early form of the Dravidian language.<p>As jallikattu protestors and the police clash across …

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'Parvati' in Mohenjo-daro: New claims for the statuette are part of the continuing Hindutva project

The recent paper in the ICHR journal is yet another attempt in the long history of Hindu-ising the remains of the Indus Valley Civilisation.<p>The …

Hinduism

When did events of Ramayana and Mahabharata actually occur?

OPEN TO OPINION<p><b>English</b> | Bangla<p>Keep calm (about Hinduism) and ask Devdutt.<p>VARIETY<p>| 7-minute read | 30-11-2016<p>Devdutt Pattanaik @devduttmyth<p>Total …

The Taimur controversy illustrates Hindutva's self-inflicted neurosis regarding Islamic history

The distorted reading of India’s medieval history has led to an intellectual stunting.<p>In most human cultures, the birth of a child is an …

Shivaji the great to Aurangzeb the terrible: We see in our kings what we want to see in ourselves

India and Pakistan, though always in opposition, are similar in many ways – one among them being how they have appropriated their rules and …

The best history books of 2016

From early Latin literature to an obituary for the EU, ten historians recommend their best reads.<p><b>Penny Corfield</b><br>John R. Gillingham’s <i>The EU: An …

Scents and sensuality

India once had, and has now lost, the greatest olfactory culture the world has ever known. William Dalrymple sniffs out the perfumiers trying to …

How Adi Shankaracharya united a fragmented land with philosophy, poetry and pilgrimage

Is our current understanding of Shankara contaminated by the ambitions of his not-so-intellectual followers who relish the idea of domination?<p>Those …

Free Online Course Materials

Welcome!<p>This page is an index of every course on OCW, over 2,200 in all.<p><b>MIT OpenCourseWare</b> is a free & open publication of material from thousands of …

20 superb UK walks – for families, day-trippers and long-distance ramblers

Ranging from two to 630 miles, our picks take in all types of British terrain, from dramatic hill country and story-rich woodland<b><br>More great walks: Europe | epic | best kit</b>

Great Britain

How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known

<i>Image via Diego Sevilla Ruiz</i><p>A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: "A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it." The …

What Caused the Mysterious Bronze Age Collapse?

The urge to find a single explanation as the cause for such calamitous events seems to come from a modern human need for an easy explanation as often …

Saraswati meets Buddha

Do you know that Saraswati, the goddess of learning, has hundreds of shrines dedicated to her in Japan?<p>Are you aware that Siddham, the 5th century …

China: The Influence of History

As China’s power and influence continue to grow in Asia and beyond, many analysts look to Chinese history to understand how a strong China will …

Geopolitics

Negating discussion negates the Indian philosophical tradition: Romila Thapar

Historian Romila Thapar, 83, whose essays feature in the recently released anthology, The Public Intellectual in India, speaks about the growing …

Sima Qian

For history lovers, the valuable gift of China’s long tradition is largely owed to Sima Qian (c. 145 - 86 BCE). Although he is commonly referred to …

Buddhism 101: A Short Introductory Lecture by Jorge Luis Borges

In 1977, erudite Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges delivered a series of seven lectures in Buenos Aires on a variety of topics, including Dante’s</i> …

Taxila, the lost civilisation

7/18/2015 06:30:00 PM<p>A cluster of buildings, covered with lush green weed, in the Pakistani city of Taxila is the treasure trove of a lost …

Lewis Carroll, Wonderland and me: growing up after Alice

"See this boy. His uncle wrote <i>Alice's Adventures in Wonderland</i> … and he can't even spell."<p>Miss Robinson had my family tree wrong. The author of the</i> …

Literature

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

Civil Rights

The 3,000 Buddhas

The 3,000 Buddhas<p><i>The surprises of China's largest sculpture cache</i><p>Archaeologists work at a burial pit on the outskirts of the ancient city of Yecheng …

Find at Japan's Shiga ruins suggests ancient Buddhist site-cleansing ritual

1/22/2015 05:00:00 PM<p>Five coin-filled pots believed to have been used in an ancient Buddhist ritual to purify a building site have been unearthed at …

10th century sculpture of Buddha found in Thanjavur

1/31/2015 07:30:00 PM<p>A headless sculpture of Buddha, dating back to 10th century AD, has been found at Manalur village in Thanjavur district. It was …

Manichaeism - One of the Most Popular Religions of the Ancient World

Manichaeism is a multi-faceted religion that was founded by Iranian prophet Mani. After a revelation with the angel Eltaum, Mani prepared for twelve …