November 13, 2020

Opium poppy: Seeds of Trade

Britain ruled India not for nothing. They exploited the abundant natural resources as well its simple folks. They earned huge profits by exporting tea, opium and cotton to Europe. They employed the Indians like Africans as labors in many of their colonies overseas where there was a shortage of labor for cultivation. Opium obtained from poppies grown in the fertile valley of Ganges in Bihar was considered of high quality because of its high alkaloid morphine. It was traditionally grown in this region since the times of Mughals who were heavy users of it and many of their princes are… Read More »Opium poppy: Seeds of Trade

About the Power of Breathing

Breathing is our life. It goes on unnoticed until we are having some problem with our body. It is our constant companion from the time we are born and till the time we leave this world. Following our body breathing can calm our mind. One of the best known and most respected Zen masters in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has led an extraordinary life. Born in central Vietnam in 1926 he joined the monkshood at the age of sixteen. He tells us about breathing like this. The breathing is a stable… Read More »About the Power of Breathing

Boats near Gateway of India

From the Gateway of India we can see number of boats. Most of them are motor driven. Tourist board them to have a enjoyment in the Arabian sea. From a far off distance one can see the Colaba dotted with highrise buildings. At a short distance ahead are the dwellings of the original inhabitants of Mumbai. They are fisherfolk called Kolis who lent their name to the area called Colaba or Kolaba. Their boats are decorated with buntings and fluttering flags. from here you have to take boat for visiting Elephanta Caves situated on an island.