Tamil: one of the world’s oldest surviving languages

Sri Hari Sivashanmugam
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Aug 30, 2021
Communication is an essential aspect of our day-to-day life. But have we taken a moment to realize and appreciate the language we use, a marvelous tool that is designed to communicate effectively. What if languages were not invented? If so, we will still be trying to communicate with weird sounds and hand signals. In the olden days, people created many languages from pictogram to Latin to Sanskrit. But none of the classical languages exist in recent times except for one, Tamil: one of the oldest languages that survive to date. There is a beautiful quote from a 7th-century poem in Tamil, the statement goes like this: "Kal thondri manthondra kaalathe vaalodu mun thondria mootha kudi", which means Tamils appeared on the globe with a sword (iron smelting) soon after the rocks emerged, but before the sand was formed. Tamil is mainly spoken by people in Tamil Nadu, Southern India but not limited to the region. It is also spoken in several regions of Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Malaysia. 
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2021 - Fall - Issue 1
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Uncovering Alfred the Great's disability

Bri McKenna
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Feb 04, 2019
Alfred the Great had a chronic illness for much of his life, and by any modern standard, he was disabled. "Great" and "disabled" aren't antithetical, and "weak" and "disabled" aren't synonyms. But for many years and to many people that was believed to be the case, and disability has been erased from some versions of Alfred's story.
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2019 - Spring - Issue 2
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128 Years for Historic speech of Swami Vivekananda

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Sep 13, 2021
Swami Vivekananda was born in India on January 12, 1863, as Narendranath Datta. Swami was the founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and the foremost disciple of Ramakrishna. Swami is also recognized with elevating Hinduism to the status of a world religion by introducing Vedanta and Yoga to the West. After the demise of Ramakrishna, Swami saw the struggle of people in India and decided to do something good for the people. He started his journey to the west on May 31, 1893, and visited several cities in Japan, China and Canada enroute to United States. He gave speeches in multiple theaters across the United States. He spent all the money to the needy people which collected during his speeches.
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2021 - Fall - Issue 2
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Gold-Plated Glory of Kerala and the One Trillion Dollar Treasure

Elamathi Senthilkumar
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Aug 30, 2021
Have you guys imagined a vault with One Trillion Dollar treasure? It might sound unreal and surprising, but this miracle happened in Shree Padmanabhaswamy temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, the Indian state of Kerala. This temple is named the wealthiest temple in the whole world. It is also famous for its stunning architecture with a golden exterior and hidden mysteries. 
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2021 - Fall - Issue 1
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Origins of April Fools' Day

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Apr 05, 2021
For more than several centuries and in many different cultures, April Fools’ Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of April. Some of the traditions of April Fools’ include playing practical jokes on others - pranks, hoaxes, etc. - and then yelling “April Fools” to indicate that it was a joke and not to be taken seriously. However fun as it may seem, the origins of this day has been a mystery. Some theories state that it stems from adopting the new calendar, whereas some other theories see it as a celebration of the turn of seasons.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 9
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Diving towards Hidden Archaeological Remains

Vidhi Mittal
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Mar 01, 2021
Have you seen or heard about the movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire?” If not, it was Disney’s first sci-fi movie which was released in 2001 and focuses on fictional kingdom of Atlantis which was drowned and lost underwater due to a massive tidal wave cause by a distinct explosion. Well, though Atlantis is a fictional island which was mentioned in Plato’s literary works and no concrete remains related to such kingdom have been found in reality, there are various underwater cities which are worth exploring if you like to dive deeper.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 5
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The British Airways Incident - 2018

Vaidehi Rathkanthiwar
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Feb 15, 2021
This was a huge and a terrific cyber-attack. This attack occurred in 2018, all the information regarding around 500,000 user/customers was being used and transformed. According to the investigations, this process had already started in the month of June in 2018. After this incident, the British airways and ICO took serious actions for this and made certain changes in order to improve the security process and methods after this incident. There were no hits regarding this cyber-attack, there were no suspects. This happened because the skimmer was changed completely. In order to avoid the detection of the data breach, the scripts were downloaded which would at the end mix with the usual process of payment.
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2021 - Spring - Issue 3
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Salem Witch Trials

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Oct 26, 2020
In January of 1692, when two young girls who were having fits and convulsions and were screaming uncontrollably, were brought to a local doctor in Salem Town, Doctor William Griggs, the catastrophe of the Salem witch hunt began. The doctor diagnosed the illness to be bewitchment and soon, similar symptoms were noticed in many such young girls. Many maids, slaves and, homeless women were accused by the girls who claimed to be bewitched.
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2020 - Fall - Issue 7
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