Category: Blog Series

The SDG Roundtable: SDG 1 – No Poverty

Introduction The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are global goals adopted by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 that hope to initiate actions in order to reach major milestones such as ending poverty, protecting the planet, and guaranteeing peace and prosperity among other things by 2030. The first Sustainable Development Goal is that of “No poverty”. It is an ambitious goal that sees governments around the world attempting to combat the existence of poverty, an issue that is present in most parts of the world.  People who live in extreme poverty are considered to be those who live on less than $1.90 a day. According to this, recent studies estimate 10 percent of the world’s population, or 734 million people more…

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Forspoken: Ellora Caves

Marvels of the past have turned into mysteries of the present, which continue to remain unsolved. A number of such mysteries fills the list and the Monolithic caves of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India is one such an unsolved mystery. Nestled in Maharashtra, the Ellora caves is the largest rock-cut Hindu temple cave complex in the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site is said to have been built by Rashtrakuta King Krishna I and the construction dates back to 600 AD to 1000 AD and consists of 34 monasteries and temples, which include 17 Hindu, 12 Buddhist and 5 Jain caves extending over more than 2km. Along with the intricate architecture, there is a number of…

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Forspoken: The Great Wall of China

The wall building played a major role in ancient Chinese culture. The ancient belief that walls provide protection from threats laid the foundation for the creation of the Great Wall of China. According to the Travel China Guide, over twenty states and dynasties contributed to the construction of the Great Wall of China. The construction commenced in the third century BC and lasted up until seventeenth century AD which makes it more than 2,300 years old. The Great Wall spread across to the Northern border of the country as a military defensive project to protect the Chinese state from the nomadic tribes from the North. According to the history, it was during the reign of Emperor Qin Shi Huang that…

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Forspoken: Angkor Wat

Towering over 699 feet above ground and spanning over 400 acres of Northern Cambodian land lies the largest religious monument in the world. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Angkor Wat is the legacy of the Great Khmer Empire. The Khmer Dynasty, was founded by King Jayavarman the 2nd, who presented himself as the king of all kings, the universal monarch and thus was revered as a descendant of god, by his subjects. It is this reverence instilled in the population that fueled the construction of unimaginably massive monuments such as Angkor Wat, which, as per inscriptions, is said to have been built over 35 years with the labour of 300 000 men and 6000 elephants. Originally a…

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Forspoken: Taj Mahal

Whenever you hear about India, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Among all those Bollywood songs, actors and Indian Sweets, Taj Mahal as an epitome of love and passion is most probably deep rooted in your hearts. Taj Mahal is the symbol of India’s rich culture and heritage. It was built by Shah Jahan in 1631 as a way of showing his devotion towards his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died on 7th June in the same year. Taj Mahal is declared by Rabindranath Tagore as ‘the tear-drop on the cheek of time’. Because it is cherished for its architecture, beauty and the grandeur. Moreover, Taj Mahal was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. However, this article…

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Forspoken: Easter Island

Easter Island (indigenously known as Rapa Nui) which is a small island of 64 square miles in the South Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Chile, is best known for the unique cultural marvel to which it bears witness. The original Polynesian settlers who made this island their home, as far back as 300 A.D., also established a distinctive tradition of commemorative sculpture and architecture. The great stone figures erected by these early settlers in memory of their ancestors, were known as Moai Aringa Ora which means, ‘the living face of our ancestors’. Nearly 1,000 of these monumental statues remain in existence to this day, averaging 13 feet high and some even weighing as much as 80 tons. The largest…

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Forspoken: Great Pyramid Of Giza

A trip to Egypt is indeed a bucket list-worthy tour. A camel ride under the sun along the bank of the longest river in the world, a walk among rich archeological sites that lay as the only reminiscences of a rich civilization, or better yet, as some say, the ruins of a lost civilization. Egypt indeed holds a special place in my heart as my first plane ride was a visit to Egypt. Among all the significant landmarks in Egypt, everybody remembers one monument as soon as they hear the name of the country: the pyramids. When I first saw huge blocks of rocks piled together in the shape of a pyramid, I was a six-year-old girl who was too…

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Enigma: The Illuminati

An odd feeling emerged in my mind as I started writing this article. But why? I guess what triggered me the most was the phrase “they are watching you” or descriptions that candidly supported the phrase, which was in almost every blog article I read and video I watched in reference to the Illuminati. Are they actually watching you (and me)? Well, let’s find out. It is no secret that the Illuminati has been one of the contentious topics and tenacious conspiracy theories in the world. In a modern and plausible way, the Illuminati can be described as a mystery, an elite global cult or an organization that sways the thoughts and actions of humans through fully or partially unknown…

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Enigma: The Sodder Children

The night before Christmas in 1945, Fayetteville, West Virginia, George Sodder and Jennie Sodder along with their nine children were sound asleep when a fire started in their house at around one o’clock in the morning. The parents along with four of their children managed to escape out of the burning house. Seeing that five of their children; Maurice, Martha, Louis, Jennie and Betty who shared two bedrooms upstairs between them, did not make it out safely, George Sodder broke back in to the house in a desperate attempt to save his five children who were stuck in the fire. Once he was back inside the burning house, he realized that the staircase was on fire and rushed out to…

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Enigma: Bermuda Triangle

This was first published in press and brought in front of the general eye by Vincent Gaddis in 1994 in his article published in Argosy magazine. He named it “The deadly Bermuda Triangle”. Is it a solved mystery as most newspaper headlines and some credible YouTube thumbnails claim it to be or is it still very much a location shrouded in mystery? Pull up your socks as I am going to walk you through some intense and interesting ideas. The Bermuda triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle is located off the Southeastern coast of the US in the Atlantic Ocean, between Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico, the region has become the center of unresolved mysteries. This is also referred…

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