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This is an endeavor to share the facts of
interest read over half a centuary.
This effort tends to reflect a touch of British Indian History…..
The great age of piracy in the Western world began in 1650 and was brought to an abrupt end around 1825, when naval patrols drove the pirates from their lairs and mass hanging eliminated many of their leaders.
Capt. Kidd, Capt. Blackbeard, Capt. Henry Morgan, Capt. Black Bart and others were projected as violent, cruel and avaricious who operated from exotic locations.
Little is known about how the pirates of the seventeenth and eighteenth century were different from the good people of England and the continent who lived to the dictates of monarchs and other aristocrats.
These pirates were the original democrats:
They came together voluntarily. A hundred years before the French Revolution, the pirate companies were run on lines in which liberty, equality and brotherhood was the rule rather than the exception.
On a pirate ship the captain was elected by a vote of majority of the crew and he could be deposed if the crew were not happy with his performance.
The crew and not the captain alone decided the destination of each voyage and whether to attack a particular ship or to raid a coastal village.
The written article, signed by all, stated the distribution of plundered goods and compensation during battle.
A handful of pirates were educated and a smaller number were even black sheep of the privileged classes. It was the lure of plunders and desire for an easy life that brought them together in an uneasy partnership.
Reflecting on above we do feel some similarity with some present youths, who are educated and even well of, looking for some expected thrill and games to join unknown adventures.
Do parachute jumpers get a chance to rehearse?
A man is not old when his hair turns grey,
A man is not old when his teeth decay,
But a man approaches a long last sleep,
When his mind makes appointments his body can’t keep.
On the film sets, a lady asked Peter O’Toole, “What is acting?”
“If you have to ask madam, you aren’t got it”. Peter O’Toole replied.
THE GREATEST BRITON EVER LIVED
THE MAN WHO WON US THE WAR: WITHOUT WHICH THE WORLD WOULD HAVE BEEN IN A TERRIBLE SHAPE.
A peep into his life:-
His primary school conduct report:
Number in class 30
Position in class 30
AND MANY MANY MORE………………………………………………………
Alauddin Khilji defeated Raja Deva of Malwa (Golconda) in 1305 and took possession of all the royal jewellery, which included the Koh-I-Noor.
In 1526 Ibrahim Lodi gave it to Raja Vikramaditya of Gwalior to induce him to fight Babar. Later Humayun captured the Raja's family and extracted the diamond. He was in turn chased out by Shershah Suri.
Humayun wandered off to Iran where he presented the Koh-I-Noor to Shah Tahmup (of Iran) who in turn presented it to Nizam Shah of Ahmednagar and got the Koh-I-Noor found its way to India. In 1600, Akbar conquered Ahmednagar and got the Koh-I-Noor and had it fix on his crown.
Aurangzeb entrusted one Borgio, a Venetian lapidary, to make it shine better. In the process it lost seventy- five percent of its weight, which came down to 186 carats from its original 793 carats.
In 1739, Nadir Shah defeated Muhammad Shah Rangila who hid it in his turban. After a session of drinks, turbans were mutually exchanged and thus the Koh-I-Noor found its way back to Persia.
In 1751, Afghan Chieftain Ahmad Shah Durrani was presented the diamond for restoring Shah Rukh to the Throne of Iran, who’s descendent Shah Suja, when dethroned, took shelter with Raja Ranjit Singh of Punjab.
Ranjit Singh forced Shah Suja and Extracted the diamond, and had it placed in his bracelet.
In 1850 Lord Dalhousie asked Raja Dilip Singh, descendent of Rajit Singh, to present it to Queen Victoria in England.
“I can never decide whether my dreams are the result of my thoughts or my thoughts or my thoughts are the result of my dreams. – D.H. LAWRENCE
A photographer of Broadway stars, famous for her snapshots of Broadway sets and stars, for publication in magazine like “Life".
Darby often put her subject interest above her own……refusing once to photograph Ingrid Bergman for fear of passing on her cold.
She stopped taking photos in 1968, saying she has lost her enthusiasm for the theatre, after seeing the musical ‘Hair’.
“The only thing that improves with age are the ‘good old days’. “
“An expert is someone who makes his mistakes in private”.
“Rudeness is what a weak man uses for strength “
“There seems to be music everywhere am constantly hearing it”!!
-M S Subha Lakshmi
“My sweet lord! I have no unfulfilled desires”.
James Sutherland had some of the following literary anecdotes of interest:
Though English rule in India is one of the noblest things in the world today, through its subsidiaries would he a heavy blow to civilization, yet it's impoverishing the country. Britain has secured peace for India, but compels her to pay a price so heavy for the as to make the invasion & pillaging of all previous conquerors insignificant by comparison.
- Christine Bremmer, 1807
The foundation of British rule in India laid on expediency. The main motto is self-interest.
~ Christine Bremmer, 1847
Some interesting facts:
According to R.Perry
Is more numerous in MotoGrone and Amazonia.
It has extraordinary ability to leap out of water as high as 12 feet.
Jaguar fishing consist of fish being lured by tapping with its tail, and then flipping them out on the bank with his paw.
Desmond Yaraday, was warden of a private reserve around. His job included taking water readings. On one occasion when a well-known crocodile Mulembe, clamped over down a she cheetah which was enjoying lapping water, Author shot the crocodile but couldn't nurse back the she cheetah, a young mother. Search for the cubs began. Male cheetah appeared on scene and defended her pelt from hyenas.
Next Morning he followed the cheetahs spoor and found the lair. Three taramy grey cubs was the reward. His Rex, the bitch refused to let them suck her milk faucets. Only a she cub cheeky Charlie survived. A well-known primitive bushman named her Gara Yaka, who enjoyed playing with Rex and her cubs, Invariably Rex flushed out francolin from bush for Gara yaka sheltered downwind of birds. Once her eyes were on an impala which was hunted down by a pride of lion.
Once two elephant bulls like good Samaritans propped up and helped a third injured bull.
Gara Yaka once got caught in springy sapling fixed with piano wire. Author caught the butcher and taught them a listen. Gara Yaka was injured and sick, was cured by mutti, the native fever breaker herb.
Once Mutt and Jeff, the pet crocs defended the jaws from saddleback jackals. It was said that rex was taken away by leopard, said indeed. Baboons were seen living in caves and fissures eating vulture meat.
A waterbuck escaped to water on seeing Gara Yaka. A crocodile held it by its muzzle and also fought with Gara Yaka. Once an elephant charged the author. It was Gara Yakas criss crossing which saw him to the nearest hut,
In fight to the end a python got better of mulembe. Stones and diamonds were discovered from inside its stomach. Gara Yaka lived freely thereafter.
Evil can be glossed over by innocence but in the end sub same it
~ Joh Boyne in ' The bay in striped Pajamas'
print era is shackle for Twitter world.
In 1879, Hennery George of Us Wrote' Progress and poverty' - the association of poverty with progress.
Looking around I confirmed that there are no more games for games. Resultants are sheer aims for gains - comes what may.
Please do not prod ' experts' and force them into saying something that is unnecessary and provocative.
- On Electronic Media
Contentment is natural wealth. Luxury is artificial poverty.
If you get good wife you are doubly blessed, If you don't get good wife you will become philosopher.
I appreciate what is already mine. For once a thing is published it becomes public property.
Why should I look at my hand, as it so cleverly write these words and decide that it is mere nothing compared to the mind that directs it. Is there really any huge Difference between my hand and my brain? Or my mind?
- D.H Lawrence
It was the 1st of January 1900, that Dr. Iola shudder (an American) began her task of healing ministry in Vellore, a hat and dusty village in south India .
Endured with a healing touch in medicines and ‘Lucky Hand’ in surgery; she was a relentless devoted soul.
She founded the ‘Christian medical college’ popular known as CMC, which has cured millions including me; when over two decades back I was operated for a ‘Brain tumor’
It was CMC that bestowed upon me under Sapen expert a gentle Dr, Matthew Chandy this able team, a life favor to lead a normal life. Thanks for my every breath.
- Captain R.K Mehta
When you are comfortable within, your own skin, you are beautiful.
- Millo Jorovich
Longevity is a blessing but age is a curse.
People who can visualize, prefer radio to television
Time and tide never severe,
Those whom love has bound for ever,
Manvers are the outward expressions of expert interior decoration,
My life is not my own, I belong to the public and my work.
- Noel Coward
As of now, good part of its world is thoroughly distributed as never. This does indicate a touch of prosperity Empty stomachs don't fight and that too for so long.
(How) has to be proved thoroughly to usher in the long awaited peace?
Living on your own knees for a while, gives you the chance to rise to your object again, while death annuls the future together.
To gain there goals, thus Rajput’s fought for honor’s, the Marathas fought to win.
Knowing when to fight and when to yield is the essence of success, in life as well as in war.
-Warface and weaponry
- Gommans and kolff
A lady passenger asked, her taxi driver in midst of traffic jam “can’t you go a little faster?”
“I can madam, but I am not allowed to leave the taxi."
Faith in an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caraum of thinking.
- Khalil Gibran
The narrower the mind the wider the mouth.
Use soft wards for criticisms ___ In case you have to eat them.
Remarkably handsome Lord Mountbatten was said to be a ‘Gay’
After the outrage of Jalllianwalla Baghdad in which hundreds of unarmed men and women and children were mowed down in an enclosure from which they could not escape; the SGPC gave the perpetrator Dyer a Saropa (robe of honour)
Akhitesh Mittal in Itihas
July/1997 - Asian Age
I pray very little regard to what a young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they haven't seen the right person yet.
- Jane Austin
Claret is the liquor for boys: Port for men, but he who aspires to be a hero (smiling) must drink Brandy.
- Samuel Johnson in James Baswell's Samuel Johnson (1791)
War never settle who is right - only who is left.Disputation between Philosopher and a Theologian as Juban Huxley narrates:
The Theologian used the old quip about a philosopher remembering a blind mass in a dark rooms, looking for a black cat which was not there.
'That may be ' said the Philosopher ' but a Theologian would have found it.'
# What just trembling the world is not faith as Suchitra its superstructure called religion? Religions have out lived their purpose and lost their original structure. They have gone into the hands of fundamentalist.
When the zealots of a religion cause harm to society, what s immediately needed is a quick and strong disapproval from the persons of the some faith, especially moderates.
“Do you believe in clubs for women?” A friend asked W.C Fields
“Yes: If every other form of presentation fails” replied Fields.
A New York cinema discovered an effective means of making women remove their hats.
Just before the performance, this notice appeared on the screen:
“The management wishes to spare elderly ladies any inconvenience. They are therefore invited to retain their hats”. All hats came off.
Reading is a pleasure
Sharing it with others is still bigger.
“…………..the cries, catcalls, jokes and jeers of the mole at the publics-meeting were very much wittier and more worth hearing than the speeches of statesmen from the platform
- Lord Curzon agreeing with GK Chesterton
Love your neighbour but don’t get caught……
Final moments in any sport, it is invariably a touch and go (splitting hair)