Friday, July 8, 2016

Compilation Of The Best Indian Sculptures I Have Come Across By Sabya Sachi Ghosh



This album contains the best ancient Indian sculptures I have yet come across. I have omitted the sculptures of Delwara and Ranakpur Jain temples... Delwara does not allow photography and Ranakpur, I reached too early in the day to take some shots.

Ride to Eran, Sagar District, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh


For such an important historical site, eran is hardly mentioned in our history books and even on road sign boards near the village (by the way, for at least 6 kms to this place roads cease to exist, one gets a feeling of travelling back in time when going towards eran on loose gravel tracks). This site is the best and the oldest example of the early Gupta Era temples dating back to 350 CE. I fail to understand why our historians and education boards have conveniently omitted the mention of this historical treasure trove from our curriculum.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ride to Maladevi Temple of Gyaraspur, Vidisha, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Maladevi Temple of Gyaraspur, Vidisha, MP
Being an ardent fan of Dali I think I had already seen the landscape around the Maladevi Temple in one of his paintings (of course Dali did not paint the Maladevi Temple) and other times I often dreamt of such landscapes. But never have I seen a more beauteous ruin placed atop a cliff that overlooks a horseshoe shaped valley...

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Ride to Pathari Badoh, Vidisha, MP (album II) By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Rajesh rides on water...road to the vishnu temple of badoh.
This album contains the second group of 9th century temples (vishnu) situated beside the 1st group of jain temples at the edge of a lake near the village of Pathari Badoh. a young local lad who is also the asi appointed guard at the 1st group of jain temple was kind enough to show us around all the ruins of this place.

Ride to Pathari Badoh, Vidisha, MP (album I) By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Pathari Badoh Jain Temples
This album contains the first group of 9th century temples (jain) situated beside the sapt matrika cave near the village of pathari badoh. a young local lad who is also the asi appointed guard at the site was kind enough to show us around all the ruins of this place. from kurwai our place of stay, the ride to pathari was smooth, but after here we had to take the dirt track and offroad to all other sites within a radius of 50 kms.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ride to the Neelkanthswar Temple of Udaipur, Vidisha, MP By Sabya Sachi Ghosh

Sabya Sachi Ghosh & His Trusted Royal Enfield
Where shall I begin...let me start by emphatically stating that this masterpiece is so far the finest example of temple architecture i have ever laid my eyes upon....it was a humbling experience to view the epitome of sculptural splendour that human hands are capable of crafting....and deep down I do feel sad that I do not know the names or the lives of any of those sculptors that toiled in the sweltering sun of central India to leave behind this poetry in stone.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Bike Porn: Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Service Station Manual & Then Some...

Molta Bellissimo!
Over the course of the last year I have come across various documents that may be of interest to anyone who owns or who is thinking of purchasing a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. I have only added those documents that pertain to the V7 Racer up until 2014 (Europe) or 2015 (North America). I did throw in a little bit of bike porn as it relates to the V7II lineup at the end for you to peruse. :)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Care & Keeping of Mystical Beasts

Photo © Chuck Dillon 
Tales of yonder speak of mythic creatures known generally as students and teachers. Locked in an eternal struggle these two beasts have battled each other, though no one knows for certain why or how it all began. Some say it all started when teacher and student argued about who came first? Fortunately, with a little time and the right snacks, these two species can learn to co-exist. The key to success lies within your ability to determine what kind of teacher or student you are. Perhaps you enjoy the thrill of procrastination or maybe you relish the safety and security of starting things early?! As no two teachers or students are alike, the many labels found on this site will help you navigate the mystery of pedagogy... and no that is not a kind of sausage!

Demystifying The R Score


What is this devilish creation that has turned otherwise respectful, kind and caring students into grade-thirsty, ill-wishing and at times argumentative students? Not least of all when one considers that no other university in any other province in Canada, with the exception of the University of Toronto in Ontario (transfer students), even considers the R-Score in a student's application for admission! Devised by Quebec universities in 1995 to be an objective way to rank applicants by academic achievement, the R Score is a statistical method used to correct the differences in grading systems in colleges. It is used to assess the relative strengths of groups in a college as well as among cohorts in different colleges. The following is a collection of information to help you better understand the R Score and its implications on your academic future as students and for those teachers who are trying to understand why the grade point average (GPA) seems to matter less to students in Quebec.

An Exploration of Animal Culture By Yassine Nassiri

Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology For High School Students
Pic © Adapt & Design.com
Culture in its modern anthropological denotation was first expounded by Edward Burnett Tylor in his two-volume treatise Primitive Culture in 1871. He avers in re the significance of the term, distinguishing himself from his predecessors, those are inter alia Cicero and Immanuel Kant who viewed culture as a form of individual enlightenment: “Culture, or civilization, taken in its broad, ethnographic sense, is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.” (Tylor, 1874) Hereof, culture is observed as the set of human traits, attributes and behaviours (memes, employing Richard Dawkins’ term) that are transmitted socially rather than biologically from antecedents to descendants. Wherefore, Taylor’s approach tackles culture as artificial and as antinomian to natural foundations, i.e. in a biological framework, opposing acquired knowledge or enculturation versus innate knowledge or instinct.

This Shit is Bananas - B-A-N-A-N-A-S! Human Rights Issues on Banana Plantations By Jacqueline Lumley

Pic © Jan Sochor
The banana plantations in South America, specifically located in Ecuador, such as Chiquita and Dole abuses their workers rights, including but not limited to anti-union campaigns, poor working conditions, child labor and low and unfair wages. Thus, the exploitation of workers is staggering. Many of the issues occurring on these plantations today have to do with the use of chemical substances that are being sprayed onto the plants by workers who are unaware of the safety protocols that should take place, and worse still, the effects these dangerous chemicals pose to their health.

A Brief Analysis of Social Class and Play By Lynzey Custeau-Sullivan

Photo © TheTembisan.co.za
Though we may not realize it, children are deeply affected by our social class in every aspect, including the way that they are able to play. The following will be looking at how social and economic status has an effect on a child’s physical play as well as other forms of play. It will also explore the importance of play in a child’s life and development and how they can either be impacted negatively or positively by their parents’ social and economic status.

A Short Analysis of Raymond Carver's Cathedral By Christopher Guay

Raymond Carver
(1938 - 1988)
Our society today has developed certain ways to view others of their own kind. Whether some people are handicapped by some disease or a disability, we judge them through what previous experiences from outer sources tell of their appearance. However, as trust grows between one person and another, judgement from both will change as well. One will never comprehend a stranger on the streets by their look. The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver demonstrates this behavior with his characters that he has used in his short story. Carver’s main idea, portrayed through the story, reflects upon society’s needs and standards with relations between people and how society shapes interactions between people based on their first impressions and appearances. The story’s structure and connections with society’s way of life allows many critical approaches to be used to analyze the story. Some of these are New Critical and Psychological.

Zombies in Popular Culture By Marilyne Trépanier

In our society, many events have created fear among the public. Some of the events include, but are not limited to, the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to ongoing wars between countries like Israel and Palestine, as well as natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Social conventions have led us to fear the day when we will be no more and people are often afraid to lose their loved ones. Zombies in popular culture have been used in many texts as metaphors for the fears felt by society at a given time. They are a part of a widespread phenomenon which reflects some of the worse and at times, best parts of our culture. With reference to Kyle Bishop’s Dead Man Still Walking: Explaining the Zombie Renaissance (2009), I will describe the history of the zombie genre, will then explore how the widespread zombie phenomenon is linked to society’s fears at a given time, and will conclude by explaining why is important to discuss and understand this issue.

Exploring MISS-Representation By Florence Leduc


The Wicked Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 2016

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