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THE BATTLE OF SARAIGHAT

“My Uncle is Not Greater than My Country.”

                                    -Lachit Borphukan

 

This is a very familiar phrase in Assamese culture and today, it stands as a reminder to one of the most pivotal points of Ahom history. The lesser known Battle of Saraighat played a very significant role in Indian history, just like the famous Battles of Panipat, Haldighati and Plassey. We often talk about the Marathas and the Rajputs but very few of us are aware of the Ahoms who ruled the eastern part of India and played a major role in the contribution of Indian history. 

 

The Ahom kingdom was centered in the state of Assam. In India, Assam was the only state that defeated 17 successive attempts of invasions by the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Emperors. While the rest of India was struggling to fight against the Mughal Rule, the Ahom Dynasty was one of the longest ruling dynasties, maintaining their sovereignty for nearly 600 years (1228–1826).

 

Ecological imperialism: The biological expansion of Europe, c.900-1900A.D

This book is a path-breaking study of European imperialism. Alfred Crosby gave us a new perspective to think about the transfer of plants, animals, weeds, and diseases from Europe to the new world or America’s. He in this book highlighted the ecological side of imperialism and showed us how a change in Ecology helped Europeans to conquer the new world more effectively.

Tumbbad

Tumbbad is the story of Vinayak Rao (Sohum Shah), who had discovered the treasure of the Goddess of Prosperity. The myth is that the Goddess of Prosperity was known for unlimited gold and grains. It is believed that she gave birth to many gods, but her favorite child and the firstborn, Hastar who had stolen all the wealth from the goddess, was cursed by the goddess herself that the world would never know of his existence and he would starve all his life. Vinayak, his brother Sadashiv, his mother, and the local lord’s great grandmother lived in Tumbbad. The grandmother had been turned into a monster by Hastar when she tried to steal his wealth. The only way to make the grandmother sleep was to call Hastar’s name. After the death of the local lord, Vinayak’s mother decides that they leave Tumbbad and move to Pune. But while feeding the grandmother, Vinayak is attacked by her and is shackled to the wall. After a struggle, he remembers the name and yells ‘Hastar’ which stops the grandmother. Few years after moving to Pune, Vinayak doesn’t like living in poverty. So, he decides to uncover the hidden treasure and become rich. He goes back to his house in Tumbbad where he finds a tree rooting from the grandmother’s heart. After learning the secret, he sets fire to the house thus killing and freeing the grandmother from the curse. Since Hastar is cursed to be always hungry, Vinayak takes a dough doll filled with chunks of stones to give to Hastar. While Hastar is busy eating, Vinayak would steal coins from him and escape. Gradually he becomes rich and is blessed with a son, who he names Pandurang. Pandurang grows to become greedy and this costs him a big fortune. 

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations as the name suggests is the continuation of the Naruto Series. Well in one way that may be true as it continues right after the Final Fight between Naruto and Sasuke but in another way it is portrayed as a completely new show which can be enjoyed by viewers who have not experienced Naruto yet. It is however advisable to watch Naruto and Naruto Shippuden before you start Boruto: Naruto Next Generations for better understanding. So, starting with what this series is about for those who have not watched Naruto. For those who have it’s pretty much self-explanatory. It’s about a boy named Boruto who is the son of the Hidden Leaf Village’s leader also known as the ‘Hokage’ Naruto Uzumaki. The Hokage is always busy not giving enough time to his family due to work which makes Boruto hate his ‘stupid old man’. So, to get his attention, Boruto pulls silly pranks which was a lot similar to what Naruto himself did as a kid but for a completely different reason. As Boruto’s Journey unfolds on his path to becoming a Ninja, the hate relationship with his dad changes to that of admiration and respect.

MUTUAL FUNDS

A mutual fund is a company that pools capital from numerous investors and invests it in securities like stocks, bonds, and short-term debt. They are operated by professional capital managers, who allocate the fund’s assets and attempt to produce capital gains or income for the fund’s investors. The combined holdings of the mutual fund houses are referred to as their portfolio. Investors buy shares in mutual funds. Each share stands for an investor’s part ownership within the fund and thus the income it generates.

Fight Club

“The first rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.”

Modern Slavery

A long time back, slavery was banned and universally condemned but it still persists in many corners of the world, victimizing millions of people. Half of the victims of modern slavery are in debt bondage or are women and girls, in particular, consists 71 percent of the victims of this modern slavery. It exists at times when a person is compelled, recruited, or transported to work by force, coercion, or fraud. This kind of slavery mostly exists in low-skilled and labor-intensive industries.

Health Education

Today, we are facing a host of health problems that require the action of every individual. To bring about that action, education is required. Due to the insidious nature of chronic diseases, the task is made unusually difficult. Now there is a need of modification of some of our value systems and cultural patterns.

Digital literacy

Remember the days when walking to classes was a socializing time, attending webinars was all for mandatory and class concentration was important because there was no recording provided, wasn’t that normal ? Now taking online classes, attending several webinars, shopping online, posting your opinions on social media, the everyday new hashtags all of this has become new normal to us. But still, more than half the population of India is digitally illiterate.  A major chunk of the population still doesn’t have any idea how to operate their smartphones or use internet services, they lack in keeping pace with the digital world of today.

THE DOUBLE BURDEN OF MALNUTRITION

“We need a new definition of malnutrition. Malnutrition means under- and over-nutrition. Malnutrition means emaciated and obese.” – Catherine Bertini

In the present generation economies and countries varying from low-income to middle-income has been struggling with a major phenomenon which perceives the coexistence of over nutrition and under nutrition simultaneously known as “The double burden of malnutrition”. The double burden of malnutrition is characterized by the coexistence of under nutrition i.e. stunting and wasting, along with overweight and obesity, or diet-related non communicable diseases, within individuals, households and populations, and across the life course.

Diet for Mental Health

Just like other external factors, what we eat also leaves an impact on how we feel. Some foods can make us feel lethargic, which directly leads to an unproductive day. Many times a heavy dinner acts as a solution to our stressful day which might eliminate the possibility of a good night’s sleep. And a healthy, good breakfast is a major factor to kick start our day. Hence, slight variations in our food habits can produce good, positive results in the long run. 

Now, this article is not to be confused with any kind of medical solution to your restless soul but rather a platform where you can find foods that make you feel better, by providing you energy and refreshing vibes.

The History of United Nations

The United Nations was instituted on October 24, 1945 in San Francisco, California, thus turning the organisation 75 years old this year. The day is now observed as the United Nations Day. Having existed for three-fourths of a century and being two generations away from the Second World War, this international body is a persistent reminder of the many things to be done to achieve peace and security. 

The White House had once stated, ”On United Nations Day, we reflect on the progress made since, resolve to carry it forward and reaffirm our commitment to international co-operation rooted in the rights and responsibilities of nations across the globe.”

In honour of the same, we take you through a brief history of this international, co-operative body and its course of functioning in the past years.

Sputnik 1- The First Step Into The Space

After the first world war, the two decades were followed by the space race between Russia (then known as the Soviet Union) and the USA. The Space Race was a 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), to achieve firsts in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the ballistic missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations following World War II. The technological advantage required to rapidly achieve spaceflight milestones was seen as necessary for national security, and mixed with the symbolism and ideology of the time. The Space Race led to pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.

TIME VALUE OF MONEY

Time value of money (TVM) is the idea that money that’s available at this time is worth quite an equivalent amount within the future, thanks to its potential earning capacity. This core principle of finance holds that provided money can earn interest, any amount of cash is worth more the earlier it’s received. One among the foremost fundamental concepts in finance is that cash features a value attached thereto . In simpler terms, it might be safe to mention that a ruppee was worth more yesterday than today and a ruppee today is worth quite a ruppee tomorrow. Time value of money (TVM) may be a useful gizmo in helping you understand the price of money in reference to time.
Every financial decision you create has an impression on your quality of life and therefore the ability to enjoy the items you’re keen on.
The compound rate of interest takes under consideration the value of money, which suggests, for each individual the worth of cash changes depending upon when he receives it. Compounding refers to generating earnings from previous earnings i.e, ability of an asset to get earnings, this is often a crucial concept to know in finance.
With continuous compounding, any interest earned immediately begins earning interest on itself.” Einstein allegedly called compounding interest “the greatest mathematical discovery of all time.

Women in French Revolution

Due to the Nation state formation, and power of feudal lords was also receding, the entire setting of Mediaeval age was changing in France. Two important changes took place. Power of women eroded and patriarchal households emerged. Now women were confined to the household. This had an effect on women, women became divided into three categories : Aristocratic and Nobel women, Bourgeoisie women, Artisanal and working class women. We will see the role of all of these women in French Revolution. 

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