Urmila's Lament - Even The Poet Forgot Her

RAMAYAN AT A GLANCE Dashrath, the King of Ayodhya, had four sons by his three wives. Kausalya had Ram, Kaikeyi had Bharat and Sumitra gave birth to twins- Lakshman and Shatrughn. They all loved each other, but Ram and Lakshman were always together; Bharat and Shatrughn moved together. The main story revolves around Ram and his wife Sita. When Dashrath announced his intention to crown Ram, the eldest, Kaikeyi demanded the throne for her son Bharat.

Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus is one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Ephesus is a Greek harbor city located on the west coast of Turkey which is the present day town of Selcuk. The Temple of Artemis actually existed in several forms dating back to the Bronze Age, which were destroyed and then rebuilt on the same site throughout the years.

Matryoshka - The Russian Doll

Matryoshka is a wooden doll that contains several layers of the doll but smaller. The word Matryoshka comes from the Russian word "Mat" which means mother. Matryoshka represents giving birth many children and wish for wealth. Russian women generally put this doll next to their bed and hope that they bear many children. Typically the doll has four to nine layers but some may have many more.

Summer Fun Was Waiting at the End of the Line

Growing up post World War II, I remember when trolleys' and buses were the most customary mode of transportation in cities. The advent of World War II brought a reprieve for trolley lines as America turned to fuel and rubber rationing and the campaign to convert trolley lines to bus lines halted. Amusement parks then were usually built near the edge of town.

What Is the Chinese New Year?

According to the Gregorian calendar, most of us have already celebrated New Year, that date being January 1. But there is a huge population in the world that isn't done yet with its celebration. In fact, there will be an upcoming 15-day party full of reunions and gathering surrounding these dates. It starts on the first day of the new moon and ends in the full moon on the 15th day.

Ireland History - The Vikings

The Vikings In Ireland These Scandinavians were known both as great warriors and sailors who travelled in long ships. They started their raids in France, Britain and then to Ireland in AD 790. The isolated island monasteries made easy and fruitful pickings for these raiders. Initially they only attacked within 20 miles of the coast and only later did they start to move further inland.

How Sons Carl Phillip and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach Created Music for the Organ

The lives the Bach sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, and Johann Christian as related by Anna Magdalena, Johann Sebastian Bach's second wife. We are so proud of our family. All of our children are born musicians. Why, we can perform as a complete vocal and instrumental consort with just our family. It is such a joy to create glorious music together.

Johann Sebastian Bach, Father of Great Music, Takes His Final Breath

The last years of Johann Sebastian Bach's life as related by Catharina Dorothea, Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest daughter My father suffered from eye trouble for the last ten years of his life. By the beginning of 1749, he could no longer work to his full capacity. He was simply tired and broken from his constant eye trouble that at times rendered him nearly blind.

The Bach Music Family - How Long Did They Remain Significant?

Sara Levy, student of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Friend of the Carl Phillip Emanuel Bach family, collector of Bachiana and great-aunt of Felix Mendelssohn relates how the Bach sons kept the Bach name alive in the world of music after their father's death. I have known the Bach family for years and years. I studied harpsichord with Johann Sebastian Bach's eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann.

Lighthouse of Alexandria

The city of Alexandria in Egypt was one of over seventeen cities named Alexandria that were founded by Alexander the Great before he died in 323 B.C. Alexandria in Egypt is one of the few of these that as survived to modern day. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was constructed on the island of Pharos, a tiny island off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt.

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