Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Photos of Lost Cities

Photos of Lost Cities. This site has a large collection of photos from the world's lost and in-ruins cities. The cities are on several different continents and from various ancient time periods. There are a lot of photos here.

The site has a blog which adds commentary on many of the photo collections. For example, the text on the Land of Two Rivers reads, "Punjab comes from two Persian words, panj ("five") and ab ("water"), thus signifying the land of five rivers (the Beas, Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi, and Sutlej). The present Indian state of Punjab is the result of two divisions: a) during the partition of India in 1947, and b) during 1966, when the majority Hindi-speaking areas were separated to form Haryana. "Punjab" is a misnomer today since only two rivers, the Sutlej and the Beas, lie in its territory. Chandigarh, a union territory, is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. Cultural clichés associate Punjabis with prosperity, hard work, straight talk, tolerance, a relaxed yet enterprising spirit, stellar contributions to Indian defense, politics, media, sports, and entertainment, a huge presence in Bollywood, truck/cab driving, dhabas and Punjabi food (the best known Indian cuisine worldwide), turban and beard, a butt of ethnic jokes, and a joie de vivre that manifests itself in the exuberant song and dance routines of the bhangra. Women here seem among the freest in the north. Literacy stood at 70% in 2001, higher than the Indian average of 65%. Sikh Gurdwaras are cleaner and more charitable and welcoming to outsiders than most temples and mosques I have visited. From the road, the harsh edge of poverty is visible here far less than in most parts of India."

2 comments:

fabianmeissner said...

Dear Sir,
I'm a German interested in to World History. Thus I'd like to ask you as a scholar if you can recomend a good textbook to work on. Maybe one you use for teaching.
Thank you for you assistance!

Best regards from Germany!

Fabian Meißern

M said...

Fabian,

I do not currently teach a world history course. What I teach is more specialized. Do any readers have any suggestions?

Miland