Tracing the early life of the humble ballpoint pen to its present. IMAGE: Modern folks would not even think of the ballpoint pen as an innovation. It seems to be an inexpensive writing instrument, not worth too much thought. Yet it had to fight for a life. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters. Pen maker John Loud got a ballpoint pen patent in 1888. Anton Shaeffer in 1901. Michael Brown in 1911. While Lorenz presented a prototype ball pen in 1924. IMAGE: László Bíró, ... Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The Holi weekend is just a month away and if you haven't planned ahead, we'll help you out. Joyeeta Palit lists out her favourite places around Kolkata. In the coming months (March and April), there are two long weekends -- Holi (March 13) falls on a Monday and there's the Easter weekend starting with Good Friday on April 14 (Friday). How about a trip to the City of Joy? Travelling down memory lane in Kolkata Even if you don't want to spend time in the city, there are plenty of options ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
It's never too late to squeeze these into your schedule. Craving to travel in January, but don't know where to start? Here are our Top 5 options. January 14 to 17: Tamil Nadu IMAGE: Thanjavur's Brihadeeswarar Temple.Photograph:Courtesy Hafiz Issadeen/Creative Commons Why: Pongal The harvest festivities take place over four days and the entire state is brimming with activities. Make sure you stay away from main cities and visit a village to get a feel of the traditional ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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