Author: Prof. Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad

The Story of Tea Strainers

Reading Time: 3 minutesTea strainers can be traced back to the Chinese who developed bamboo strainers to remove wet tea leaves from a clay pot, in the 10th century BC. But it wasn’t until the 17th century that tea made its way from China into the drawing rooms of the British gentry. With its entry into British culture […]

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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Conflicts of Sue Understood through Definition of Melancholia by Freud – V

Reading Time: 5 minutesFreud’s definition of melancholia (depression) describes many of Sue’s conflicts: “a profoundly painful dejection, cessation of interest in the outside world, loss of the capacity to love, inhibition of all activity, and a lowering of the self-regarding feelings to a degree that finds utterance in self-reproaches and self-reviling, and culminates in a delusional expectation of […]

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How was the Human Circulatory System Discovered?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWilliam Harvey discovered the actual function of the major elements of the circulatory system (heart, lungs, arteries, and veins) and created the first complete and accurate picture of human blood circulation. Harvey was also the first to use the scientific method for bio­logical studies. Every scientist since has followed his example. Harvey’s 1628 book repre­sents […]

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Rabindranath Tagore Edged Out Thomas Hardy to Win the Nobel in Literature

Reading Time: 6 minutesTagore was nominated just once for Nobel and this was successful. The nomination came from the English poet, Thomas Sturge Moore. The stiffest competition came from Thomas Hardy who was the candidate put forward by the Royal Society of Literature. More than 90 of its Fellows had put forward Hardy’s name. For the record, he was […]

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Blenders were Invented 99 Years Ago

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe story of the invention of blenders began 99 years ago. Prof. Ashoka tells us more about it, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. In 1919, Stephen J. Poplawski, owner of the Stevens Electric company, was under contract with the Arnold Electric company for designing drink-mixers. During this period, he came up with […]

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Self-Love and Thomas Hardy: Sue as Victim and Victimiser – IV

Reading Time: 5 minutesEven as Sue punishes herself by returning to a husband she has never loved, she abandons the lover who has remained devoted to her. Sue occupies a dual role in the novel, victim (of Phillotson) and victimiser (of Jude). The roles are interrelated. In terms of ego psychology she identifies with the aggressor—a process, Anna […]

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The Moons of Jupiter

Reading Time: 4 minutesGalileo saw a magnified view of the heavens no human eye had ever seen. He saw Jupiter clearly, and, to his amazement, he found moons circling the giant planet. Aristotle had said (and all scientists believed) that Earth was the only planet in the universe that had a moon. Within days, Galileo discovered four of […]

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Lord Archibald Fenner Brockway: An Englishman with an Indian Soul

Reading Time: 4 minutesArchibald Fenner Brockway died almost exactly 30 years ago on the 28th of April, 1988, six months short of his centenary. Just before his demise, he had completed his last book titled Ninety-nine Not Out! A Pacifist, he opposed imperialism. He opposed Gandhi’s arrest in 1930 and was suspended from the British parliament. The author […]

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What are Learning Disabilities?

Reading Time: 22 minutesThe learning disability category has become the fastest-growing category within special education. In the past decade, the number of children identified by the schools as learning-disabled has risen from one percent of the school-age population to 5 percent. Funds spent on special education services for learning-disabled children have increased from five percent of funds distributed […]

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Coffee Makers: Smell the Coffee

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe origins of the first modern coffee maker can be traced back to France. A device known as a biggin, a two-level coffee pot in which water was poured into the upper chamber to drain through perforations in the lower chamber and into a coffee pot, was probably the first drip coffee maker. At the same […]

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