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Literary Review:Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean

The book dives into past and present finds regarding the importance of the ports between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Societies

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Madras Port in 1996. Image Source: Wikipedia.org

 

  • The Red Sea was used as a trade route from 3rd century B.C. to 6th century C.E.
  • The trades that happened were not strictly goods, but knowledge and ideas as well
  • Researchers are constantly finding new information on life during this period

‘Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean’ edited by ed Marie-Francoise Boousasac, Jean Francois Salles and Jean-Baptiste Yon, dives into the important role that ports played. Their importance is established by the fact that their function went beyond sending and receiving goods. Information was spread through the ports between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Societies. The sources of reference range from the Greek Periplus to the 16th century Portuguese and the French in the colonial period.

The Red Sea was a trade route from 3rd century B.C to roughly 6th Century C.E. The ports studied here offer much information about life during this time period.

The first chapter introduces readers to recent discoveries that were found during excavations of the Red Sea ports. These discoveries further credited the previously known facts.

Rightfully so, this first chapter does an excellent job of setting the tone for the new information that has been discovered.

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The second chapter goes deep into findings regarding storage facilities which were shipment requirements. It also discusses ship-related equipment, such as old oar blades. Recent geographical finds have proved that there was a navigable lagoon at Gawasis in ancient times.

Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean. Wikimedia Commons.
Ports of the Ancient Indian Ocean. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons.

According to an article in The Hindu,‘Living in the Egyptian Ports’ is a chapter that discusses ports that were important to the early Roman period. It also describes what life at the ports was like. Limitations in these harbors were found during an excavation done by The University of Southhampton in 1999-2003; this chapter confirms these finds.

The part of the book dealing with the inscriptions of the Hoc cave in Socotra are said to be of high interest to Indian readers. In 2001, discoveries were made, which claimed that over 100 Indian inscriptions were made with charcoal, chalk, or mud were scratched into the surfaces of the rocks. These inscriptions were written in Brahmi and appears to be similar to inscriptions of the 2nd to 4th Century C.E. of West India. Newly discovered inscriptions validate these later findings. The new findings mention the city of Bharukaccha, which was one of the most significant ports at the point in time.

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The chapter on Emmanuelle Vagnon’s Latin Cartographic sources of 1200-1500 C.E., is also quite intriguing. Looking at the changes that cartography has undergone since the 1990s, the author points the readers to consider something else. She comments on medieval nautical charts and references of Fra Mauro’s mappaemundi and Ptolemy’s Geography.

Gaur and Sundaresh add to already known information regarding the ancient technology of jetties and and anchorage system on the Saurashtra Coast. Since Satyabhama Badreenath, has been a superintendent archaeologist on site in Chennai, he discusses the revelations that were found after the tsunami in 2004.

This book is abundant in knowledge and is said to be a gem to university libraries and research centres.

Abigail Andrea is an intern at NewsGram. Twitter @abby_kono

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Ways to Make Bedtime Stories More Engaging

Ways to make your bedtime stories magical

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Bedtime Stories
According to psychologists, while bedtime stories help forming a very good bond between kids and their parents, it also benefits the child in numerous ways. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

Bedtime stories for toddlers are no less of a golden opportunity to build and nurture your relationship with your child. This becomes further crucial for working parents who do not get the entire day to spend with their kids.

According to psychologists, while bedtime stories help forming a very good bond between kids and their parents, it also benefits the child in numerous ways like enhanced imagination and creative thinking, wider scope of knowledge, fun learning, better communication and problem-solving skills.

However, many parents, especially the new ones, struggle to understand as to how to fabricate bedtime stories more engaging, fruitful and magical for their young ones. Author Apurva Bhuta suggests five ways you can use to reap better results:

Interact with your kids: When you are away from your kid the entire day, the first thing you should do during their bedtime is interact with him/her. As a parent, you should make it a habit to discuss with them about how their school and overall day was, what new things they learned today etc. Basically, build a process where they are heard. This will help you understand your child better. It also will assist them to open up to you. Ask them what kind of stories they would want to hear and then narrate the ones they like..

Bedtime Stories
If you really want your child to enjoy bedtime stories, you must get into the characters of the story. Pixabay

Get into the characters: If you really want your child to enjoy bedtime stories, you must get into the characters of the story. Merely reading makes the activity of storytelling monotonous and boring. If you take the efforts of getting into the characters, your child will take more interest in listening and paying attention, as a result they will start to enjoy your narrations, enabling them to have a vivid imagination.

Become their friend: If you want to build a healthy relationship with your kid, it is important to gel with them. Transform yourself and become a kid like them. Act like a friend they could relate with so that they can actually enjoy the story before falling asleep.

Talk post narration: Your bedtime story should not end as the story ends in the story book. The real benefit of bed stories could be reaped only if you hold a discussion with them about the story. Talk to them about the story, what they learnt out of it. The purpose of the bedtime story is to inculcate good values in your kids such as honestly, humbleness, kindness. The best way to do so is to teach them the difference between right and wrong in a story format.

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Put emphasis on education: Lastly, teach them the importance of education. Through the examples in the stories, show them how important it is to acquire knowledge and to educate oneself through the habit of reading. You must highlight the traits of an intellectual who is wise enough to face any situation which life has to throw forth. (IANS)