A Living Example
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | Aug 28, 2017
On 15th August 1969, India’s Independence Day was being celebrated in the Moghul Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India. Mohammad Hidayatullah was, at that time, acting President of the country. In his book of memoirs My Own Boswell, (pp. 245-246), he recalls the impressiveness of the occasion, with the escort of the Military Secretaries, aid-de-camps and the President’s Body Guard, all in the...
Bird and Humans
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | Speaking Tree website | Aug 21, 2017
Salim Ali is India’s most renowned ornithologist. He became interested in bird-watching when just ten years of age. Since then he has spent the greater part of his life with binoculars in hand, a camera strung across one shoulder and a bag contain 19 essential equipment on the other. Most of the time he is to be found in the countryside, watching birds and observing their...
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 developmen...
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 a...
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 m...