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Historical Books: Understanding India Better

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What’s the most influential book you’ve ever read? For most of us, that’s a tough call to make. But the real question arises upon, which is the best classic book you’ve read? Many of us won’t have an answer to this. Most of us don’t even remember which historical book we read lately apart from our syllabus! In this modern era, most of us have forgotten to look down to the roots of our own country.
There are very few people left who like to read about history, culture, civilisations than fiction, stories etc. But for those of you out there who still like to read classics we’ve few recommendations for you!

Here’s a list which will help you feed your historical soul! 


1. Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru

Written by Jawaharlal Nehru during his imprisonment at Ahmednagar fort for four years. This book was written to pay homage to his beloved country and its rich culture. Starting from ancient history, Nehru wrote at length of Vedas, Upanishads and textbooks on ancient time and ends during the British raj. Moreover, it is a broad view of Indian history, culture and philosophy.

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2. The Argumentative Indian by Amartya Sen

Comprising of sixteen interlinked essays that explain the rich background on which India has built its foundations. It explains the source of conflicting opinions pursuits and interests and how these conflicting situations are able to co-exist without any problems.

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3. The Wonder That Was India By A L Basham

A classic that anybody with an interest in the civilizational beginnings of India must-read. Moreover,  it is a work of uncompromising scholarship and a labour of love. AL Basham’s The Wonder that was India is a brilliant early history of one of the oldest civilisations. It represents the true historical soul of India.

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4. The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor

A satirical novel by Shashi Tharoor, first published in 1989. It is a fictional work that take the story of the Mahabharata, the Indian epic, and recasts and resets it in the context of the Indian Independence Movement and the first three decades post-independence.

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5. A Corner Of A Foreign Field by Ramachandra Guha

The book seamlessly interweaves biography with history, the lives of famous or forgotten cricketers with wider processes of social change. C. K. Nayudu and Sachin Tendulkar naturally figure in this book but so, too, in unexpected ways, do B. R. Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and M. A. Jinnah.

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6. The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple

In this, evocative study of the fall of the Mughal Empire has been done. And how the beginning of the Raj was done. Award-winning historian William Dalrymple uses previously undiscovered sources to investigate a pivotal moment in history. Also, how the last Mughal emperor,  Zafar, came to the throne when the political power of the Mughals was already in steep decline.

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7. India: A History by John Keay

A sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in the region today. Right from the first Harappan Civilization in the ancient times to the present day activities, this book is an attempt to paint a big picture of India to its readers.

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8. Alberuni’s India by Alberuni

Al-Biruni, travelled to India to learn about the Hindus and to discuss with them questions of religion, science and literature and what formed the very basis of their civilisation. Additionally, he remained in India for thirteen years, his exploration and study of the country gave way to a scholarly work that. It was originally written in Arabic but you can find many translated versions of it.

To sum up, as there’s a lockdown everywhere you can still feed your historical soul by visiting these museums sitting at home. How? Checkout the link- Tour the best museums!

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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!

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Iphone 12

Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.

 

Phone 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Apple 12 mini $649 $699 $799 N/A
Apple 12 $749 $799 $899 N/A
Apple 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
Apple 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

 

Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Features

  • Four iPhones
  • New physical design
  • 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • All OLED displays
  • 5G connectivity
  • A14 chip
  • New Blue colour option
  • No power adapter or EarPods

iPhone 12

 

No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?

Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.

Delays due to COVID-19

iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.

Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?

But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing

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7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now!  Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds.  Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:

To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.

To make the hand lotion, you need:

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
    • Vanilla and Lavender
    • Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
    • Rose Otto and Vanilla
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Sweet Orange

Hand Lotion

Directions:

  • Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
  • Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
  • Then add the Aloe Vera gel.  Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
  • It will look like this:

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  • Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
  • Apply as often as you want.
  • You can also use this lotion on your kids.

 

Read: Akki’s Bell Bottom: First Movie To Start and Finish Amidst A Pandemic

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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body

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Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:

 

It May Affect Your Mental Health

Effects of Marijuana on Mental Health 3.pdf - Google Drive

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Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.

 

Your Thinking May Get Distorted

What are the health benefits and risks of cannabis?

via- Medical News Today

Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:

  • Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
  • Distort your sense of time
  • Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous

 

You May Get Hooked

You may get hooked on it- Teens smoking marijuana

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About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.

You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.

 

It May Impair Your Brain

cannabis distrots your brain

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Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.

But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.

 

Your Lungs May Hurt

How Smoking Marijuana Affects Your Lungs

via- Benzinga

Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.

 

Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Also read- Do your dreams have a deeper meaning?

You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects

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