note manouche - le flair de celmar
India’s Nalanda University once attracted students and researchers from all of Asia until it was destroyed by invaders in 1193. A once thriving center of education for hundreds of years is planning to once again establish its place in the scholarly world, focusing on the humanities, economics and management, Asian integration, sustainable development and “oriental” languages.
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The writer George Orwell was also born in Bihar, northern India
You are Hazara. Your name actually means “thousand,” and you are reliving your own founding myth.
Fernando Kuroda didn’t like eating chankonabe at first, because he was forced to eat so much of the thick stew that he would get sick and could barely walk.
"They would just fill me up and fill me up with food, or I wasn’t allowed to leave the table."
But that was the life of a (relatively) small 15-year-old who had moved into sumo wrestler training quarters in Tokyo to study with a master.
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LV Spring/Summer 2013
Syrian family takes refuge in an ancient Roman tomb
Like countless other Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war, Sami was eager to escape the bombs and artillery shells falling on his village. But instead of taking his family to another country, he simply brought them underground.
For the past seven months, the family has lived in a chamber cut into the rock of the Jebel al-Zawiya hills, its walls etched with arabesques and alcoves.
Sami, a 32-year-old stonecutter, believes that his new home is a Roman shrine. Its design in fact suggests it may be a tomb.
Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers and civilians are making use of the country’s wealth of ancient and medieval remains for protection. The structures are built of thick stone that has already withstood the ravages of centuries. They are often located in strategic spots overlooking towns and roads.