Burial grounds have long been considered sacred. Burial rites are among the most important rites to us since the beginning of human history as we know it. In ancient cultures, burial was fused with art, hence the title of this piece, the ancient arts of burial.
Not a lot is known about Mesopotamian funeral traditions, but we know the importance of proper burials. They believed the deceased could return as a ghost if they didn’t receive a proper burial. The ghosts could possess people, haunt their dreams, bring bad luck, or bring bad health. Those who were not royal…
As we mark the 25th death anniversary of Krzysztof Kieślowski, here is to a director who was way ahead of his time, a man the world of film shall miss for eternity.
Different people in different parts of the world can be thinking the same thoughts at the same time. It’s an obsession of mine: that different people in different places are thinking the same thing but for different reasons. I try to make films which connect people.
The Polish director made numerous documentaries, feature films, and television films which hit the screens in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s…
Monopoly has a special place in our hearts. It is a game we all grew up playing. It is a staple for sleepovers, and someone cheating on Monopoly or Ludo usually makes the good stories.
An interesting lesser-known story is that of its invention. Today, March 7, 1933, is famously known as the day Monopoly was invented, in Philadelphia, by a man who went by the name of Charles Darrow. However, its true history goes down a slightly different road!
The Tale of Monopoly’s Predecessor
Lizzie Maggie, an actress from Maryland, developed a basic prototype for Monopoly, as an anti-land…
Today in History: March 2, 1943, World War Two
On March 1, U.S. reconnaissance planes spotted 16 Japanese ships en route to Lae and Salamaua in New Guinea.
The Japanese convoy, of eight destroyers and eight transport ships, with 7,000 Japanese soldiers, supplies, reinforcements and aircraft due, was an attempt to keep Japanese forces from losing the island and their garrisons.
It was attacked by the U.S. and Australian land-based planes in the western Pacific. This is known as the Battle of the Bismarck Sea.
The bombing campaign, between March 2 and March 4, consisting of 137 American bombers saw…
In May 1988 Afghanistan, Pakistan, the USSR, and the United States signed agreements providing for an end to foreign intervention in Afghanistan, and the USSR. Today, thirty-two years ago, the last of the Red Army troops packed their bags and waved Afghanistan goodbye.
The Soviets left behind in their wake, a few photographs. Some of these reminders, of the brutal war, are worth seeing.
In today’s world, we all seem too concerned about the future. We are looking at robots, and discovering more in outer space, and floating cars. What we seem to have begun to forget is history, and it’s importance.
History is a vast field, it is the study of past events, which have shaped up our present. …
Today, 11th February marks the 10th anniversary of the ousting of Hosni Mubarak. What led to the stepping down of one of the most powerful dictators in history were mass uprisings across Egypt in nearly all its major cities: Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, and Suez. Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo, is special because it is the place which became the centre for the resistance.
A decade down the road, we reminisce the eighteen days in Tahrir.
Pakistan’s been in the news for a lot of wrong reasons and its beauty often goes unnoticed. It is much like the resilience of its people, who find ways to express themselves. Sometimes they do so through art.
Art and Pakistan: Ugly Stereotypes and Uglier Truths
Here is the amazing bit about Pakistani’s expressing themselves: they do it regardless of the unfortunate “how much” and “how little” we have. I am not denying that some of it may be true, the rest, however, is imposed stereotypes.
Speaking in terms of respect for the skilled, it is important to remember that…
As the Middle East made headlines, I did a piece on Arab revolutionary music. With mass protests currently underway in India, it would be unfair to not do a similar one on South Asia.
The protests turned violent yesterday, India’s republic day, and the flag for an independent Sikh state, Khalistan, was raised on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Lal Qilla, Delhi.
South Asia is known for its political upheaval and many revolutions. Some succeed, others fizzle out; some get branded as a communist, anti-state movements, others turn into insurgencies; all of them have one thing in common: they…
Tunisia is making headlines again over violent clashes. Around 600 have been arrested, and the army has been deployed as unrest continues to spread across the country. Protests erupted after the government imposed a lockdown to contain COVID-19 amid economic hardship. Many Tunisians are frustrated by the lack of political reforms a decade after the Arab Springs. News from Yemen and Syria, a new missile strike, a face off between rockets, something or the other makes news everyday.
This year marks a decade of civil war after the Arab Springs. Back in the days when I was twelve, I remember…
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