Yes Minister Christmas Special Sketch: “Christmas at the Ministry”

A two-minute Christmas-themed television sketch, featuring Paul Eddington as the Rt Hon. Jim Hacker, Nigel Hawthorne as Sir Humphrey Appleby, and Derek Fowlds as Bernard Woolley, was broadcasted on BBC One as part of a Christmas special named The Funny Side of Christmas. Sir Humphrey has a special end-of-year message for the Minister, delivered in […]

Temples on the Panaromic Hemakuta Hill, Hampi, Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire

Hemakuta, literally meaning gold hillock, is one of the most charming hillocks in Hampi. It is dotted by over fifty structures of different types—including temples, mandapas, galleries, and gateways of various dimensions. Though Hampi itself is characterized as a garden of boulders, the Hemakuta hill takes a major share in this compliment. Every boulder here […]

History and Architecture of the Virupaksha (Pampapathi) Temple, Hampi, Capital of the Vijayanagara Empire

Sri Virupaksha or Pampapathi was the family deity of the early Vijayanagara kings and this was incorporated even in their sign manual as found in copper plate inscriptions. Situated on the southern bank of Tungabhadra river, the original temple with Virupaksha Sivalinga was perhaps first consecrated in the twelfth century A.D. With the establishment of […]

How England’s “Once Brewed” Hostel Near Hadrian’s Wall Got Its Name

Hadrian’s Wall—Roman Fortification Hadrian’s Wall, near the Scottish border in northern England, was a continuous 20-foot-tall Roman fortification that guarded the northwestern frontier of the province of Britain from barbarian invaders. Hadrian’s Wall extended from coast to coast across the width of northern Britain. The wall was built to control native movements across the frontier […]

Easy Recipe for Indonesian Nasi Kuning – Festive Yellow Turmeric Rice

Rice colored with turmeric and shaped into a cone is a common sight during festive occasions in Bali and Java. The conical shape echoes that of the mythical Hindu mountain, Meru, while yellow is the color of royalty and one of the four sacred colors for Hindus. Even in Muslim Java, this traditional festive dish […]

Fragrant Banarasi Pilau Recipe

Banaras (also Kasi or Varanasi) is a tirtha, a religious pilgrimage city on the sacred Ganges River in northern India. Pilgrims come from all over India to cleanse in the river at Banaras. Banaras is the most distinguished and consecrated of the seven ancient holy cities of India, stationed on the west bank of the […]

Traditional Recipe: Baingan Aloo (Potato-Eggplant Indian Curry)

The simple and yet so scrumptious Aloo baingan sabji is a delicately spiced up Indian vegetarian recipe with diced aloo or potatoes stir fried with chopped baigan or brinjals. Aloo Baingan is an easy to make dish from North India. Eggplant and potato make for a fantastic combo and when roasted together in a shallow […]

Charlie Munger in Praise of Multidisciplinary Thinking

A multidisciplinary approach involves drawing appropriately from multiple disciplines to redefine problems outside of normal boundaries and reach solutions based on a new understanding of complex situations. From ‘Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor’ by Tren Griffin No one can know everything, but you can work to understand the big important models in each discipline at […]