Our present is an amalgam of experiences from the past and hope borrowed from the future. Everything is related, connected to each other, through the strings of time. Many believe time to be a universal constant even though we are aware of its fluid variance. It doesn’t stop, nor can it be turned back or fast forwarded. However, in spite of its unpredictable irresistible motion, it is only time that makes life possible, makes existence real.
Understanding our today is as important as keeping in touch with our past. What it signifies is that even though moments from our yesterday can’t be relived yet lessons learned will nudge us towards making better choices. Keeping this in perspective, January 2021 issue of Wisdom Quest focuses on history, bringing together our victories and defeats, so that we are guided by the best mentor − our own selves.
From among our pick of writers this month, we have Revanth, who takes us to Gandikota, also known as The Grand Canyon of India, where medieval Indian dynasties consummated to give birth to multicultural refined neo-architecture. To inform us about the glory of Muslim inventions, Muqqadas writes about ancient Islamic philosophers, scientists, and inventors who provided the light of knowledge to our world while Namita pens down a short biography of Mikhail Gorbachev and his role in imparting justice in the USSR group of countries. Jubilantly narrating stories and folklore about Nowruz, Aayushi embarks towards the blessings this festival brings to people all around the globe. Aditya, Triveni and Amita talk about royal lineages − lost in time and history − of the Ahoms, the Kacharis and the kingdom of Nepal, letting them ascend to honor with detailed emphasis on their unwavering perseverance. Arunabh details the Punic Wars, fought in the Helenistic era, and Bidisha writes about the great ancient culture of India.
We have a lot to learn from our ancestors, customs, traditions and cultures. These have an unimaginable importance in how we pursue our lives today and how our children would in the future.
We hope this edition brings home true knowledge to our readers and inspires us all to pursue, to quest for wisdom.