Gaudi is known as ‘The God’s Architect’ because of the themes that regularly appear in his works. He designed numerous buildings in the Catalan neighborhood. His best know works are: the Casa Batlló, the Casa Milà, the Park Güell, and of course, La Sagrada Família. Gaudi extensively used the principles of Catenary in his buildings and in doing so, revolutionized the way architects interpret space.
Not to admire the Sagrada Familia, is an unforgivable offence among art and architecture enthusiasts. Gaudi was well aware that the project could never be completed within his lifetime, and yet, he dedicated his best years to it. If you are ever lucky enough to get the chance to do it, the sheer size of his work will strike you once you step into the main chamber!
Machiavelli was a Florentine politician who revolutionized our perspective of Political/Ethical dichotomy. He introduced rationalization to subjective thought, and in doing so, sided with the devil. He is regarded as the first politician who flirted with philosophy and organized his rumblings in the form of a book titled The Prince.
Gandhi was instrumental in freeing India from the yoke of British Imperialism. He led India’s civil disobedience movement based on suffering and non-violence. He fought to eradicate untouchability from Indian society and promoted Hindu-Muslim Unity. It is difficult to imagine an India without him and hence he rightly is the ‘Father of the Nation’.
Born shy and insecure, Eleanor Roosevelt overcame her struggles in personal life to become one of the most influential women in the 20th century. She used her position in the White House to champion for the rights of the minorities and the poor. Her efforts led to the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Eleanor Roosevelt lived during a time when international travel was less common, and diversity was not celebrated as widely as it is today. She was, however, determined to understand the cultures and viewpoints of a wide variety of people.