17 December 2014

Things You Should Know - Episode XVII

  • In 1966, Sharmila Tagore became the first Indian actress to appear in a bikini. She appeared on the cover of Filmfare, a magazine owned by Bennett, Coleman & Co. (better known as Times of India Group), snapped by photographer Dhiraj Chawda.
  • Belly Up company is one which is facing severe financial trouble or is on the verge of bankruptcy. In  the current context, Spicejet is a Belly Up company!
  • Radcliffe Line is the name of the boundary line between India and Pakistan. And yes, the same name is used to describe the boundary between India and Bangladesh. It is named after Sir Cyril Radcliffe, a British lawyer.
  • The PakistanI city of Peshawar gets its name from ‘Purushapura’, a major trade centre in ancient India. Purushapura in Sanskrit means ‘city of men’. Today, Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly North-West Frontier Province and one of the four major provinces in Pakistan.
  • Larsen & Toubro is India’s largest engineering firm. It was founded by Henning Holck-Larsen and Soren Kristian Toubro, of Denmark, in 1938. Headquartered in Mumbai, the current Group Executive Chairman is Anil Manibhai Naik. The bridge that was featured in the seven-Oscar winning 1957 American film, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, was built by L&T. 'The Bridge on the River Kwai' is my most favourite English movie.


    Anonymous said...

    with due respect, I deem the above image is not fitting to exist in this space.

    Maddy said...

    Sir Purushapura might also mean the land of the Purusha (referring to the Buddhist statues). Read this somewhere, is it true?