THE JOURNEY OF SURVIVORS

70,000-year history of Indian sub-continent

REDISCOVERING INDIA

Unraveling the mystery of our roots to understand the present and predict the future.

WOMEN, SEX AND PREJUDICE

Do we have it in us to give the fairer sex the place they deserve?.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Change of world order. Religious Terrorism. Where are we heading?.

INCREDIBLE INDIA

Wanderlust Hodophiles.

Welcome to KHOJ: The search to know our roots and understand the meaning of our existence.

Prejudice is the biggest problem in the society. It can be it in terms of religion, cast, sex, skin-colour, status etc. Prejudice can also be in form of the feeling that human beings are the greatest creation, or even patriotism about artificially created borders. The motto of KHOJ is to gain knowledge and break that prejudice. But there is a word of caution for the readers. To break the prejudice KHOJ might throw upon you the concepts it believes in. If the reader believes on KHOJ’s perception without question, then KHOJ itself might incept a prejudice in the readers mind thus failing in it own motto. KHOJ is trying to break its own world of prejudice, but at times that prejudice might get reflected in its writing. Please do challenge them.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

HOK KOLOROB - Stranger than Fiction

"This is a work of fiction. All politicians appearing in this post are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental."

Students protests after a girl was molested in JU


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

68th Independence Day….Should we be proud?


India has a rich and interesting history, taught to us in a very boring way. Even though we used to run away from our history teachers, there was a message that we all took from our not so pleasant history lessons. The lesson was: “Our elders had sacrificed a lot, and fought hard for our independence; they earned it from the cruel British”…and we believed them. As we grew older we learned history from other sources, and realized that the reason we earned freedom was far more complex than just the efforts of our elders. Though victorious, British were left wounded after World War II. The victory in World War II was mostly due to the efforts of Russia and USA, while Britain was left drained out of energy and resource.  The grand empire was crumbling like a cookie, and they were not strong enough to keep their prized possession, India. And we also learned that, while the British rule in India was cruel, not all British were. So, was the history taught to us biased? Should we be ashamed?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Angkor Wat: Part 2 – The Battle for Glory

At the beginning of the christen era Funan kingdom rose to power because of its interaction with traders, especially Indian. However, by the end of 5th century the Funan Kingdom was on a decline. The trade route has shifted from Isthmus of Kra to Indonesia. Indonesia had the best spices and the traders now directly contacted them rather than Funan. Ironically, the prosperity of South East Asia started by the Funan led to their decline, while Srivijaya (Indonesia) thrived. There was a desperate attempt by Funan kings to change from a trade dependent economy to one that was agrarian. Many irrigational canals were built, but could not stop the downfall. By the mid of 6th century Funan Kingdom was dead. The political instability pushed the Khymer people further inland and they settled around the great lake of Tonle Sap. It was here that the Khymer Empire began to take its root.


Floating Village at Tonle Sap- The Great Lake

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Angkor Wat: Part 1-The rise of the Nagas

Hindu religion, it is said, forbids people to cross the ocean which they call ‘kala pani’, or black waters. Beyond it lays the land of demons; once you go there you lose your identity, your religion. It was probably a desperate effort from the Brahmins to stop the adventurous traders who were making their own destiny. The traders were growing rich and powerful, challenging the authority of the priests. Indian traders have been adventurous since the time of Indus Valley Civilization. Rome once banned Indian traders as they were draining out their treasury. Sindabad, an Indian sailor from Sind found his way into the Arabian Tales. The efforts of the Brahmins went futile.
A Serpent...NAGA