Tea time

No one could have predicted in 1690 that in 50 years tea would become the national drink of England. Tea was perhaps the first truly global commodity. The East India Company had a wildly successful marketing campaign to popularize tea in its early years, but all of it came from China. Along with tea, came … Continue reading Tea time

Hokusai and the pursuit of perfection

Hokusai is by far the most famous Japanese artist in the world. The Great Wave off Kanagawa from "36 Views of Mount Fuji" is well known everywhere. Hokusai was a creative genius but he was very humble. He painted all his life and was famous, but is known to have said- "I didn't do anything … Continue reading Hokusai and the pursuit of perfection

A brief history of the history of timekeeping

We take for granted that things are as they should be often without understanding why. Clock hands move "Clockwise" because they followed sundials. If human civilizations had developed primarily in the Southern Hemisphere, "clockwise" would be in the opposite direction. Do you ever wonder why there are 60 seconds to a minute and 60 minutes … Continue reading A brief history of the history of timekeeping