Largest Family Tree in the World

Family Tree Registers, of families, maintained by Brahmin Priest Pandits or ‘Pandas’, who double up as professional genealogists, at Haridwar, India, has been a subject of study for many years now. In several cases, these voluminous records or Vahis (Bahi), have also been used in settling legal cases regarding inheritance or property disputes, as these records are held…

Real Life Rapunzels

We have all read or heard about Rapunzel, the Fairytale Princess from the Disney stories, and her famous long hair. What if I tell you there are real-life Rapunzels among us. The women in the Village of Huangluo, in China have long hair, giving us a feeling of real-life Rapunzels. For them, hair is their most…

Ice Age Animals

12,000 years ago, the earth was very different, and so were some of the animals living on it! The ice age was home to a diverse, and yet unique, mix of strange and familiar animals. During the cold glacial times, icons like the woolly mammoth, steppe bison and scimitar cat roamed the treeless plains alongside…

History of Indian Flag

“A flag is a necessity for all nations. Millions have died for it. It is no doubt a kind of idolatry which would be a sin to destroy. The National Flag of India is a horizontal rectangular tricolour of India saffron, white and India green; with the Ashoka Chakra, a 24-spoke wheel, in navy blue at its centre. The flag is based on the Swaraj flag,…

So many calendars?

The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used calendar, but it’s far from being the only one. So what are the different types of calendars? There are many different kinds of calendars being actively used around the world and are basically of three types – solar, lunar and lunisolar calendars. As the name suggests, a solar…

The Modern Calendar

Nowadays it’s easy to take the calendar for granted — nations across the world have agreed that (for business purposes) each year is twelve months long. But how did we get this calendar in the first place? Calendars are an ancient invention, and most likely predate the written word. For centuries before the Gregorian calendar…