Some observations relating to Kikkuli

December 9, 2018

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Silver horn-shaped drinking vessel (rhyton) is shaped in the form of a bull Hittite Empire Date: ca. 14th–13th century B.C.

Arvind Vyas One of the most discussed horse training manual is by Kikkuli, who was a Mitannic in service of Hittite empire. This is established with the first line of the text that reads: UM-MAI Ki-ik-ku-li li LÚ a-aš -šu-uš -ša-an-ni ŠAKUR URU Mi-it-ta-an-ni “Thus [speaks] Kikkuli, the horse trainer from the land [of] Mitanni” […]

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Parkaṭī, Plakṣá and their descendants

December 7, 2018

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In Sanskrit Parkaṭī and Plakṣá are words designating the trees of the Ficus (or fig) specie. The Sanskrit “Parkaṭī”  and “Plakṣá” derived from PIE *perkṷu, which is generally interpreted as “oak-tree”; however, PIE *perkṷ could have been root word for a generic large tree. Which is attested in Latin as quercus “oak” : *prekṷ — […]

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Bitter-gourd in Tomato gravy

May 5, 2012

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Preparation time: ~10 minutes + overnight wait Cooking time: ~25 minutes Ingredients: Bitter-gourd – 250 g Tomatoes – 250 g Ginger – 20 g Onions – 75 g Garlic – 20 g Green Chilies – 10 g Salt – to taste Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon Coriander seed powder – 2 teaspoons Cumin seeds – […]

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Stuffed Bottle-gourd

March 25, 2012

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The original dish is from middle-east – this is a Kosher dish. This is made of mild spices. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes Ingredients: Bottle-gourd, get a long and tender one (~700 gm.) Tomatoes: 4 tomatoes (~300 – 400 gm.) Onion: 1 Rice: 3 tablespoons Nutmeg powder: 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon powder: 1/4 teaspoon Coarsely […]

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The Thirsty Crow

February 26, 2012

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The Original Story Once, there was a crow who was very thirsty. The crow flew in all directions in search of water, but nowhere the water could be found. At last, he saw a pot in a garden. There was a little water but his beak could not reach to it. The crow saw some […]

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The Opportunist….

February 25, 2012

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My addition in bold.   A group of people were waiting in a hall. There was a half filled glass. “I see that the glass is half empty that makes me pessimist!”, said the first. “I see that the glass is half full, implies that I am optimist!”, said the second. The third person drank […]

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On the way down

February 25, 2012

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I consider the original joke derogatory to the Sikhs. The original joke is in tact with my modifications in bold.   A man was standing on the roof a high-rise building. Suddenly another man comes and says “Sardar Banta Singh, your daughter Santo has committed suicide.” Grieved, he jumps. This is the thought sequence as […]

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