On the Soul

Raphael, The School of Athens, 1509–1511, fresco at the Raphael Rooms, Apostolic Palace, Vatican City

Plato is believed to have mentored Aristotle, and yet, their philosophies are miles apart. Where Plato is vague, Aristotle is vivid, where Plato is an idealist, Aristotle is a rationalist and a realist. This results in a very interesting dichotomy: The liege vs the prodigy, and Idealism vs Realism.

From a Tanner’s Son, to a Famous Scientist

Louis Pasteur and russian doctor Leonid Ivanovich Voinov, with russian children cured of rabies, 1886

Louis Pasteur believed he could do anything as long as he put his mind and heart into it. His inquisitiveness helped him overcome his apprehensions. Pasteur’s desire to help others and excel in the field of science paved the way for changing the course of medicinal history.

Origins of Satyagraha

“In the dictionary of Satyagraha, there is no enemy.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi experimented with Satyagraha and gave it a definitive form during his fight for Indian rights in South Africa. He stood firmly by his conscience and fought for justice by appealing to the God within everyone. His tools were simple – ‘Truth and Non-Violence.’

First Lady, First Reader

First Lady of the United States of America, Laura Welch Bush, wife of George W. Bush at a reading at the Chattanooga-Hamilton Bicentennial Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee on June 12, 2003

Laura Bush is known for being a dignified, quiet first lady who was immensely popular during her husband’s two terms as POTUS. Her background in education and voracious love of reading helped millions of school children and adults become better readers.

Of Phonographs, Light bulbs, and Motion-Picture Cameras

Thomas Edison posing with the group who perfected the phonograph, 16 June 1888.

Gramophones, light bulbs, and cameras are some of the devices we use regularly. They light up our houses and provide entertainment by letting us capture the moments worth remembering. It has been more than a hundred years since Thomas Edison invented these. Effort and endless hours of experimentation were poured into the invention of these devices, and are testament to Edison’s character.

Daughter’s Devotion

Nellie Bly was devoted to her mother throughout her life.

Devotion to ones’ parents or family is common. However, Nellie Bly’s devotion to her mother was uncommonly strong. Having witnessed her mother’s ill fortune throughout her formative years, Nellie was determined to take care of her mother by any means necessary.

La Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família across the Barcelone skyline.

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!

The President’s Faith

President Reagan addresses the Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas, 23-Aug-1984.

Ronald Reagan believed politics, morality and religion are inseparable. His Christian upbringing carried on to his Presidentship where he strove for a tolerant society, encouraging all religions.

Devil’s Advocate or Misunderstood Genius?

"One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves" — Niccolò Machiavelli

Machiavelli took an unprecedented approach to answer questions like — ‘Are there such things as necessary evils?’ ‘Do the ends justify the means?’ ‘Should we do the wrong things for the right reasons?’

Fighting the Spoils System

T.R's Declaration of Independence - Theodore Roosevelt as the new President seeks to enforce the civil service rules in federal hiring practices, 6-Nov-1901

As Civil Service Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt cracked into the prevailing corrupt spoils system. Aided by the Pendleton Act, he fought fearlessly to uphold the practice of appointment on merit.