How Beer led to the birth of Human Civilizations!
Remember that scene from The Shawshank Redemption where our characters enjoy icy cold bohemian-style beers on the rooftop. Well, that was my first happy memory of beer. I had tasted beer once or twice before that, but it had mostly tasted bitter. But not even 18 at the time, the time to experience and appreciate beer was yet to come.
It was during my college days, while trying to survive the excruciating summer at first, that I had fallen in love with beer. “Maybe the missing ingredient was the summer”, I…
From Clay to Gold to Paper to Crypto, the story of the single greatest unifier in human history!
Do you remember your very first memory of money? Your first realization of the magical power of an otherwise normal-looking paper that could buy you chocolates, food, and toys? When I was a kid, money just felt like some natural construct that was part of the world, something that was always out there in existence, just like trees, rocks, and rivers.
But as you grow older, you soon realize that money is a human construct. So, it is really fascinating to wonder…
Two years back, a question intrigued me in an after-event Q&A.
“Should there be scientific research about topics that could potentially lead to social outrage and chaos?”
The questioner even referenced the question to research related to the human race and the potential presence of other human species among us.
One of the speakers answered that any research that could lead to social chaos and “potentially not help society” should not be carried out at all. I could immediately sense a slight disagreement within me, but I was too shy and reluctant to speak at the time. …
The day I landed on the moon!
“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”
That was me when I landed on the moon on April 4, 2017. Except the moon happened to be on some far-off island near Africa this time. And it also had a completely different name.
“Montanas del Fuego” it read. Translated as ‘The Fire Mountains’.
I was at the Timanfaya National Park, situated in Lanzarote, Canary Islands. (I soon realized it wasn’t the moon!)
I used to often take umbrage at the statement “Happiness is a choice”. After all, why would anyone choose to be unhappy?
But recently, I have started seeing some truths in it. So to understand that little truth, let’s do a simple thought experiment.
Let’s think of our happiest moments in life. For most of us, it would bring the images of our friends, partners, some success milestone, or even some football team winning some trophy. …
Why it’s important to review history beyond the typical West-tinted lenses!
Despite the passing of Mohammad in 632 AD, Islam and the Islamic Empires flourished in almost no time. In less than 100 years, the Islamic Empires under the subsequent caliphates flourished over three continents (Africa, Europe, and Asia), in what was a vast region between India in the east and Spain in the west.
The Islamic Empires are often associated with art and grandeur. The major Islamic cities of the time — like Bagdad, Damascus, and Cairo in the middle-east, and Cordoba in Andalusia, Spain — were considered the…
How one person shaped the history of the Arabian Peninsula and the entire world.
In our story of the origin of the Abrahamic religions, we talked about the origin of the Arabs and their holy pilgrimage site — Mecca. In this article, we continue our journey of human history through the Arabian peninsula.
The Arabian Peninsula even after Abraham was fragmented into many tribal groups. Although the Arabs regarded Kaaba, the temple created by their originator Abraham and his son Ismael, as their holy temple, Arabian Peninsula those days still followed polytheism. So different tribes would follow their own gods…
Why we are making sure people do not even become aware of their mistakes.
I just found out that a Cricketer from England, Ollie Robinson, got suspended for racist remarks. What baffled me (or actually not at this point) is that the tweet was made almost 10 years ago, when he was 18.
Let me get this straight: Racist remarks are horrible and they should have no place in society. But do you know what is also problematic? The way we are castigating and canceling people for their actions as kids, without even trying to evaluate if the person has…
How the rise of Christianity shaped Europe and the world!
The central figure and religious leader of Christianity, Jesus Christ is one of the most prominent names in history. The most-followed calendar on earth is created with reference to his birth — before Christ (BC) and Anno Domini (AD), which in Latin means “in the year of the lord”. That alone signifies how influential Jesus is, not only among his followers but among the entirety of human history.
Jesus was born in a Jew family in the Judea province in 04 BC. Although born in Bethlehem, it is believed that…
How the tale of a man and his two sons would shape the entire human history!
Once upon a time, there lived a man called Abraham in a place called Ur (which is present-day Iraq) in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia had polytheism in those days, meaning many people followed many different gods, and an idolatry form of worship was common.
Abraham worked in his father’s idol shop, but he himself never saw the point of worshipping some idol created by humans itself, and would often question its rationale. Then one day, Abraham had a revelation from God himself telling him that there…