A radioactive family

Frédéric Joliot (1900-1958) and Iréne Joliot-Curie (1897-1956) had been jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1935. Photograph 1940s.

Madame Marie Curie and Pierre Curie created history with their exceptional hard work and phenomenal discoveries in the field of physics. She became the first-ever woman to be ever awarded a Nobel prize. Irène Joliot-Curie, her daughter and her husband, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, were applauded for the discovery of artificially created radioactive atoms.

Hemingway’s women

Ernest and Mary Hemingway on safari in Africa, 1953-1954

As courageous as Hemingway’s male protagonists were portrayed to be, his female characters were quite the opposite. He was an ardent male chauvinist writer. Most of his stories revolved around the themes of men being victimized or being at the mercy of female protagonists. A peek into his personal life would explain the same.

Scattered Rhymes

Two printed pages with the beginning of Petrarch's Canzone 323, Standomi Un Giorno. Petrarch is depicted at his window, overlooking the first of his six visions.

Unrequited love can crush a person’s soul. Not for Petrarch, who channeled it to provide us one of the most celebrated poetry collections; the poetry that is personal, original, fleeting, and encompasses all possible depiction of emotions that love, desire, and hope can bring forth.

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.