Durga Durga! It is that time of the year when chants of 'Jai Mata Di' or 'Jai Maa Durga' reverberate in the entire atmosphere. The holy name of the Goddess can be heard in every nook and corner of the city, as the nation is gripped in celebrating the 9-day long festival of Navratri and Durga Puja. This year the festivity began from October 10 and will last till the 18th with Vijayadashami on October 19. Maa Durga is often described as the influential diety, who won in her fight of good over evil, and ensured the spirit of ‘righteousness’ prevails. For me, Maa is a matriarchal goddess figure. This in some ways should be embodied by women in today’s testing times – struggling to save grace and dignity. The honour and pride of being a woman don't come from being a woman alone but the constant battle which each one of us fights every day —be it on roads, at the workplace or at home. The plight of women in every sphere or horizon is the same. The recent … [Read more...] about Navratri 2018: Women can learn these life lessons from Maa Durga in today’s testing times!
Famous women throughout history
From HCC: A new exhibit, "Votes for Women: Taking Our Place in Politics," opens in the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College on February 7. Several events are planned in conjunction with this exhibit that was inspired by the campaign for women's suffrage in the United States, the 100th anniversary of the final pushes in the Senate for the 19th Amendment, and the ratification nationally of women's right to vote. Alliances formed for and against women's suffrage reveal important divisions in American society in the first part of the 20th century, with roots before the Civil War, and branches that continue to this day. Votes for Women explores women's sphere as it expands to include political office, considers the changing understandings of civic virtue, and reveals difficult choices that political movements must make in pursuit of their goals. Throughout, it highlights topics with a contemporary resonance: women's position in society, social protest, racial divisions, and … [Read more...] about Women’s Suffrage Exhibit Opening At HCC
Even the most meticulous proofreaders make mistakes from time to time.Typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors are irritants to some, sources of mirth to others and can lead to ridicule for those responsible.Nobody is perfect, yet some blunders are far more costly and humiliating than others.The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), for example, recently printed 46 million new bank notes with a glaring spelling mistake.The word "responsibility" was erroneously spelled "responsibilty" on a newly minted A$50 ($35; £27) featuring Edith Cowan, Australia's first female MP. Australia's A$50 note misspells responsibility Why spelling mistakes don't really matter Trump's new word breaks internet Not surprisingly, the gaffe has been widely mocked on social media, but it is far from the only example of spelling sloppiness. Here are some other errors that have generated headlines.Trump's baffling 'covfefe' tweetOn 31 May, 2017, US President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by including a … [Read more...] about When spelling goes wrong: Famous typos from Trump to Nasa
“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. But a new book makes it literal. Barracoon: The Story of the Last Slave presents the remarkable fact that there were people alive in America who had experienced abduction from Africa – being examined, displayed, traded and enslaved – well into the 20th century. The book is the story of Cudjo Lewis; a man born Oluale Kossola in the Yoruba kingdom of Takkoi. Kossola was the last survivor of the last known slave ship to sail from the African continent to America with a human cargo. Written in the 1930s, but hidden away from a public audience until now, it is also perhaps the last great, unpublished work by the Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale … [Read more...] about Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light
The scandal surrounding John Ruskin, his wife Effie, and John Everett Millais still fascinates a century and a half after the events. What makes it famous is that it wasn't a sex scandal but a non-sex scandal. The circumstances in which Effie left her husband for the pre-Raphaelite artist have generated at least half a dozen books as well as an opera, a silent film and assorted plays. One of the plays, The Countess, was at the centre of a just-resolved copyright dispute between its author, Gregory Murphy, and the actor Emma Thompson. Thompson has written the screenplay for Effie, a big-screen telling of the story starring her husband Greg Wise as Ruskin, Dakota Fanning as Effie and Tom Sturridge as Millais; the film is scheduled for release in May. The outline is familiar. In 1848 the 29-year-old Ruskin – two volumes of the influential Modern Painters to his name and at work on The Seven Lamps of Architecture – married Euphemia Gray, the beautiful … [Read more...] about John Ruskin’s marriage: what really happened