Contest : History Rockss !!

They called it the ‘mound of dead’. In other words , Mohenjo-Daro.Far Beyond The Dead End is the story of mysterious deaths, love, lust, riches and glory.Later, however it was discovered under a heap of rubble four thousand years later. Saikat Baksi’s fourth novel, is set in the Harappan era. And beneath the layers of ruins he has carved a great fictional plot. 

And we thought about a contest around this book, we didnt have to think much. Because afterall History Rocks ! Isnt it ?

Well we may have missed , bunked , slept through many of our history classes in the past. But this time you will not want to miss anything for sure. So let us continue this conversation with the history buff and super talented author SaikatBaksi. 

All you have to do is ” Share your favourite history anecdotes. Things that will amaze us , enlighten us and of course want all of us to write more. 

If you have a twitter id , its the best, else just drop in your thoughts in the comment section here ! If you are tweeting, dont forget to use the #FarBeyondTheDeadEnd and tag @Writersmelon & @Saikatbaksi. 

We have 3 copies of this historical fiction – Far Beyond The Dead End — BY Saikat Baksi
Last date to submit : 10th July 

Take a slice in writing ! 


3 thoughts on “Contest : History Rockss !!

  1. A long lost civilization ‘The Indus Valley Civilization”- Amazing, Intriguing, Fascinating

    -Technologically advanced urban planning in the Indus Valley Civilisation. This included the world’s first known urban sanitation system. Waste water leaving houses were directed through covered drains. The sewerage and drainage system of IVC is more efficient and advanced than those in many parts of modern India.

    -Their architectural excellence and engineering skills are evident from the impressive dockyards, granaries, warehouses, brick platforms and protective walls unearthed.

    -People of Indus Valley Civilization had knowledge of proto- dentistry. The oldest evidence for drilling of human teeth was found in Mehrgarh. 11 drilled molar crowns from 9 adults were discovered.

    -They were among the first to develop a system of uniform weights and measures thereby achieving accuracy in measuring length, mass and time. They also developed new techniques in handicraft and metallurgy. They produced copper, bronze, lead and tin. The carnelian products and seal carvings are testimony to their handicraft skills.

    -The unearthing of a touchstone bearing gold streaks in Banawali makes one believe that the practice of testing the purity of gold using the stone was very much in practice during that period too. This technique is still used in some parts of India.

    -And last but not the least, the recovery of seals bearing a figure similar to Pashupati or Lord Shiva bears testimony to the fact that Hinduism was very much a religion of the state at the time.

    Amazing how the long lost civilization was similar to the modern Indian civilization. I often wonder whether a journey of the history of Indus Valley Civilization is actually a journey in search of our roots.

  2. Egyptian Civilization

    What amazes me about the Egyptian Civilization is their ritual of burying the dead. The Egyptians practiced the most elaborate ritual. The dead bodies of their kings were preserved through a long and cumbersome process of mummification using several chemicals. The mummified bodies were buried with their worldly luxuries including wine, food & maids/s (duly mummified). This is proof enough that they believed in life after death.

  3. Mesopotamian Civilization
    The earliest medical literature of the world was written on clay/ cuneiform tablets in Mesopotamia. Vast majority of tablets unearthed are prescriptions. But there are a few series of tablets that contain entries directly related to each other. These have been labeled as ‘treatises.’

    Recent research shows that descriptions of diseases contained in the diagnostic tablets demonstrate a keen ability to observe. They are usually astute. Some treatments prescribed are followed even today.

    Interesting-Their plasters. Generally a mixture of medicinal was applied to the wound and held together by bandage. The more complicated plasters required heating of plant resin or animal fat with alkali. This particular mixture when heated yields soap thus warding off bacterial infection.

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