The Taj Mahal: Built out of love

While many things are done out of love, this one cost approximately $1 billion in todays money, is 73 meters (240 ft) high and has been standing for almost 400 years.

Three Gandhis, three assassinations

In India, there have been 3 extremely influential leaders named Gandhi who have been shot within 43 years: Indian independence leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi in 1948, prime ministers Indira Gandhi in 1984 and her son Rajiv Gandhi (also prime minister) in 1991. We are not responsible for the contents of external links. Full disclaimer can be found here. Information sources: …

Akbar the Great: Religious freedom, peace and prosperity

The Mughal ruler Akbar the Great (1542-1605) was responsible for one of greatest golden ages in India’s history. However, when Akbar was born, things were not so great… yet. Although he was a direct descendant of Ghengis Khan (note that the term Mughal stems from Persian word for Mongol), his father Humayun was in exile and dirt poor. He was …

The invention of 0

While the concept of zero has been around during Babylonian times or perhaps even earlier, the Indian mathematician Brahmagupta (598-665) was most likely the first to write down how to calculate with a zero. He established rules such as 1+0 = 1 and 1-0 = 1; and 1×0 = 0. Interestingly, he wasn’t as sure as we are now, whether …