Monthly Archives: December 2009


517: Question from G. Sreekanth. Constructing A required demolishing significant portions of a capital city’s historic  central district.  A is also referred to as the House of _________ (B’s surname).  Identify A and B.


A –  Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest; also called the House of Ceausescu

B – Nicolae Ceausescu

516: Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel.



516:  The colour photographs are from a film about two famous people. They can also be spotted in the (real life) black and white photograph. Who?

515: Dakshin Gangotri, India’s first base station in Antarctica.


515: Which abandoned site?

514: Palash flowers, lend their name to the place Plassey (anglicized from Palashi), remembered mainly for the battle fought there.


514: Connect.

513: Charbagh, a garden layout – a quadrilateral garden, divided by walkways or flowing water into four smaller parts. In Persian, “Chār” means ‘four’ and “bāgh” means ‘garden’.


513: What distinctive kind of garden associated with the Mughals is depicted in these pictures? (Not “paradise garden”, though that is another name.) This description from an account of Sir John Mandeville’s travels into the East, c. 1370 could act as an excellent clue:

“And this Paradise is enclosed all about with a wall…and in the most high place of Paradise, even in the middle place, is a well that casteth out the four floods that run by divers lands. Of the which, the first is clept Pison, or Ganges, that is all one; and it runneth throughout Ind or Emlak, in the which river be many precious stones, and much of lignum aloes and much gravel of gold. And that other river is clept Nilus or Gison, that goeth by Ethiopia and after by Egypt. And that other is clept Tigris, that runneth by Assyria and by Armenia the great. And that other is clept Euphrates, that runneth also by Media and Armenia and by Persia. And men there beyond say, that all the sweet waters of the world, above and beneath, take their beginning of the well of Paradise, and out of that well all waters come and go.”

512: Jacob’s Ladder


512: Connect the religious iconography to the scientific apparatus.

511: Robert Burns. “Of Mice and Men”, “The Catcher in the Rye” and Cutty Sark – all owe their names to his works.


511: Connect.

510: “The Melting Pot”