miércoles, 24 de noviembre de 2010

Macbeth, the theatre play, by William Shakespeare

Macbeth is a play about a Scottish noble who returns from battle with his friend Banquo when they are met by three witches. He asks them about his fate (future) and they tell him that Banquo´s children will be kings.

Soon after this Macbeth finds out that the king Duncan will make him Thane of Cawdor. Macbeth sees the witches predictions coming true and tells his wife about the predictions.

Duncan announces that he is going to Macbeth's castle. Lady Macbeth convinces Macbeth that he has to kill Duncan. He does. Duncan's sons flee (go away fom) the country believing they will be killed next and Macbeth becomes king.

Macbeth remembers the witches prediction to Banquo. He wishes to retain power so he kills Banquo . Macbeth starts to feel guilty and sees Banquo's ghost.

Soon the witches appear again telling Macbeth to beware of Macduff, no man born of a woman will harm Macbeth. Macbeth kills Macduff's family, but Macduff is in England trying to convince Malcolm, Duncan's son to return and take the throne.

Malcolm returns to Scotland. Lady Macbeth sleepwalks and ends up killing herself. Eventually Macbeth and Macduff fight and Macduff reveals that he was "Untimely ripped from his mother's womb" no born. He kills Macbeth and Malcolm becomes king.

miércoles, 17 de noviembre de 2010

Interesting facts about India

India never invaded any country in her last 100000 years of history.

When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization)

The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu.

The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.

India is the largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest Country in the world, and one of the most ancient civilizations.

The largest employer in India is the Indian Railways, employing over a million people.

The world's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.

India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus, attracted by India's wealth, had come looking for a sea route to India when he discovered America by mistake.
The Art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh over 6000 years ago. The very word Navigation is derived from the Sanskrit word 'NAVGATIH'. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.

The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

India exports software to 90 countries.

The four religions born in India - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, are followed by 25% of the world's population.

Jews and Christians have lived continuously in India since 200 B.C. and 52 A.D. respectively.

The largest religious building in the world is Angkor Wat, a Hindu Temple in Cambodia built at the end of the 11th century.

Varanasi, also known as Benaras, was called "the Ancient City" when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C., and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.

India provides safety for more than 300,000 refugees originally from Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who escaped to flee religious and political persecution.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, runs his government in exile from Dharmashala in northern India.

Martial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.

Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years.

Learn about India's schools in http://www.epals.com/media/p/238085.aspx