“When you look at the Stars and the Galaxy, you feel you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the Solar System.” — Kalpana Chawla

Our solar system is big. Way big. In fact, if Earth were the size of a marble, the solar system out to Neptune would cover an area the size of San Francisco.

Within this vastness lies an array of celestial wonders: the sun with its surface of plasma, the Earth with its abundance of life and massive oceans, the mesmerizing clouds of Jupiter, to name a few.

For this particular list…


“Learned men from different cities who desire to quickly acquire renown in the discussion, come here in multitudes to settle their doubts, and then the streams (of their wisdom) spread far and wide,” Chinese Buddhist monk Hiuen Tsang said, on his visit to Nalanda University in the 7th century CE. The term Nalanda was derived out of three Sanskrit words; Na, Alam, and Da. These put together would mean, “no stopping of the gift of knowledge”, and it won’t be wrong to say that the university did stand up to its title. This center of learning then attracted students from…


The most commonly accepted theory is that the Great Pyramid at Giza was a tomb for the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharoah Khufu or Cheops (two different versions of the same name).

However, there are a disturbing number of features about the Great Pyramid that this theory doesn’t account for. The first and most obvious being that the Great Pyramid doesn’t contain any of the things a real Egyptian tomb would, such as extravagant artifacts; ornate wall art; sealed entrances; elaborate coffins; or even mummies.

Nikola Tesla, who is perhaps the greatest inventor of all time had a particular infatuation with…


Throughout history, humankind has looked skyward to Mars and wondered: Could it be another Earth? Mars has a tilted axis, an atmosphere, and a day only forty minutes longer than that of Earth. With so many surface similarities, even without clear evidence of life in Mars’s past, there is every reason to believe there is life in the Red Planet’s future.

Since 1960, humanity launched dozens of missions to Mars to learn more about our planetary neighbor. Mars appears to be a world once rich in water and perhaps, in life, presenting an interesting counterpart to Earth. …


whatever form one seeks, one sees the same in Jagannath.

The splendor of Jagannath Tattwa reflects the myriad expressions and ideas which sowed seeds of innumerable religions and spiritual traditions. How Jagannath is seen varies from one to another across the length and breadth of the land, opening up a plethora of views and perceptions.

Jagannath Temple Compound,Puri

The Jagannath Temple at Puri is one of the most magnificent and well-known temples in India. It is the abode of Lord Jagannath (“The Lord of the Universe”), his elder brother Lord Balabhadra and their sister Devi Subhadra. …


Homeland for both Jews and Palestinians

The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the oldest and persisting conflicts in the world. Now and then, the situation escalates to deadly heights causing deaths and destruction in the region. How did the Israel-Palestine conflict start? What is the history of Palestine and Israel? To understand the present-day ongoing bloody conflict between Israel and Palestine, it is necessary to understand the background of the place and the people associated with it.

Israel today is a small country in West Asia, it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to its west, Egypt to the south, Jordan and Syria to its east…

Somya Jha

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