Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | Aug 14, 2017
Elias Howe (1819-1867) was born in Massachusetts, U.S.A. He died at the young age of 48. Although his life was short, his contribution to the world of clothes – that of the sewing machine – will always be remembered.
The sewing machine invented by Elias Howe was at first utilized, not for sewing clothes, but for stitching shoes. The main breakthrough was the development...
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | Aug 07, 2017
In the June 1983 British General Election, Mrs. Thatcher easily won another term as Prime Minister. One of the first things she did after her election was sack her foreign minister, Mr. Francis Pym.
A descendent of John Pym (1584-1643), whose power during the reign of Charles I was so great that he was known as ‘King Pym’, Sir Francis Pym had all the qualities an...
An Old Woman’s Courage
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | July 31, 2017
Mamun Rashid (813-833 A.D.), a caliph of the Abbasid Dynasty, although known for his ruthless treatment of political adversaries was very kind and considerate towards the common people. Once an old woman of Baghdad entered his court and approached him. “I am a poor woman,” she complained to the caliph. “I once owned a plot of land, but it has been taken away from me...
Careful, Someone may be Listening
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | July 24, 2017
There was an astonishing headline in the Times of India of December 19, 1982. It ran: Careful. Uncle Sam may be listening.
The story behind this headline is that over one million telephone calls and telexes are made from the United States every day. These communications are first picked up at an earth station in Virginia. They are then relayed thro...
Happy Ending to the Tragedy of Life
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | July 17, 2017
The capital of British India was initially Calcutta. In 1911, King George V announced the transfer of the capital to Delhi. The British architect, Sir Edwin Luytens (1864-1944) was commissioned to design the new capital. Construction work commenced in 1913, and eventually the magnificent city of New Delhi came into existence.
This was a time when the w...