Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

November 26, 2014 5 comments

Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

One of the finest Cemeteries of Europe

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Mirogoj Cemetery (Pronounced: Mih – rah – goy) is locted on the northern outskirts of Zagreb and on the foot of the Medvenica Mountains.

Church of Christ the King, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Church of Christ the King, Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb, Croatia

Often considered as Europe’s finest cemetery and is a virtual who’s – who of Croatioan history as it contains the graves of many rich and famous Croatian.

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Jewish Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta)

November 19, 2014 7 comments

Jewish Cemetery

Phoolbagan, Narkeldanga Main Road, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Also See: Kolkata (Calcutta ) Jews

“The synagogue’s members followed a custom ……… of depositing their writing in a special chamber in the synagogue so that they could be disposed of with special rites later. The chamber in which the documents were kept were known by the term ‘Geniza,’ a word that thought to have come into Hebrew from a Persian root, ganj, meaning ‘storehouse’ – a common element in place – names in India and Iran, …. like ‘Ballygunge’ and ‘Daltongunj.'”

Amitav Ghosh, In An Antique Land

The Geniza towers above the graves of Jewish Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta)

The Geniza towers above the graves of Jewish Cemetery, Kolkata (Calcutta)

It may seem strange that common localities in Kolkata (Calcutta), like Ballygunge and Tollygunge, have derived their name from Geniza, the store house of abandoned Jewish religious text!!!!

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Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Delhi

November 14, 2014 10 comments

Rajon Ki Baoli

Mehrauli Archeological Park, Delhi

Also see: Monuments of Mehrauli

Monsoon in India has a very short duration and moreover it has always been very unpredictable, this gave rice to the necessity of water conservation.

Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Mehrauli, Delhi

Rajon Ki Baoli, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Mehrauli, Delhi

Over the centuries Indians have constructed artificial lakes and dug wells to hold the water supplied by the monsoon rains.

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The Art Pavilion, Zagreb, Croatia

October 29, 2014 8 comments

The Art Pavilion

Zagreb, Croatia

See also: FAM (Familiarization) tour of Croatia

Imagine an entire building being shifted from one city to another, sounds strange! The Art Pavilion, Zagreb (Umjetnički Paviljon u Zagrebu) was once shifted from Budapest, Hungary to Zagreb, Croatia.

The Art Pavilion, King Tomislav Square, Zagreb

The Art Pavilion, King Tomislav Square, Zagreb

The Art Pavilion in Zagreb, the first custom built art pavilion in south – eastern Europe, is located on the northern end of the King Tomislav Square, the South – Eastern square of the famous Lenuci Horseshoe (Lenucijeva potkova).

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Paper Boat’s Ready to Drink Blended Tea (Tulsi and Ginger Lemon)

October 22, 2014 4 comments

A Review of Paper Boat’s Ready to Drink Blended Tea

Tulsi and Ginger Lemon

Also See: Blended Tea Recipes from Chai Country, Chochrane Place, Kurseong

The most common legend related to the discovery of tea dates back to 2737 BC in Yunnan provinence in China. It happened during the reign of the Emperor Shen Nong. The story narrates that while the emperor was drinking from a bowl, a few leaves from the nearby tea plant fell in it. He liked the resulting beverage, which lead to the world wide phenomenon of tea drinking.

Popping out of the sack. Tulsi and Ginger Lemon Tea from Paper Boat

Popping out of the sack. Tulsi and Ginger Lemon Tea from Paper Boat

Although historians doubt about the authenticity but it was this Yunnan Province that gave the world the habit of drinking tea. But for several centuries tea remained a medical beverage. It is not known when the ancient Chinese Medical beverage transformed into the most popular beverage in the world.

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Neveh Shalome Synagogue, Kolkata (Calcutta)

October 9, 2014 14 comments

Neveh Shalome Synagogue, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Rebirth of Kolkata’s (Calcuta’s) Oldest Synagogue

Also See: Kolkata (Calcutta ) Jews

“In 1806 Calcutta was at the height of its golden age. Known as the City of palaces or the St. Petersburg of the East, the British bridgehead in Bengal was unquestionably the richest, largest and most elegant colonial city in India.”

William Dalrymple, White Mughal

Navheh Shalome Synagogue, Kolkata (Calcutta)

Neveh Shalome Synagogue, Kolkata (Calcutta)

It was during these golden days of Calcutta (Kolkata) the first Jewish settlers arrived in the city. The first recorded Jewish immigrant to Kolkata was Shalon Cohen in 1798 from Aleppo in present day Syria.

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Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

October 1, 2014 8 comments

Isa Khan’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

Although located inside the Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Isa Khan’s Tomb predates the Humayun’s Tomb by almost two decades.

Panoramic view of Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

Panoramic view of Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

Isa Khan Naizi (1453 – 1548) was a nobleman in the courts of Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah Suri. Coming from an Afghan origin, Isa Khan Niazi belonged to the same linage as the Lodhis and also served as a noble man in the courts of Ibrahim Lodhi.

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