I am a physicist and the reaction which I most often get from people I meet for the first time is that of awe. “How come you studied Physics? That is one subject I really used to fear while in school. It is so confusing!” is the general reaction. And seriously, I try to look like my humblest best and not like a cat who licked the cream, because such statements do make me feel important and intelligent. But let me tell you a secret. I too dreaded one subject when I was in school- History.
Physics was at least a logical study leading to some conclusion and attempted to unravel the mysterious laws of nature. History is also a subject based on facts and figures and perhaps some logical or illogical thinking of the rulers and kings of the past. The worst were our teachers who took our exams; expecting us to write whole essays covering the life and conquests of these kings, generation after generation! One of our teachers just looked at the length of the answer. The longer the write up , more the marks you get. No wonder some of the brave ones in our class wrote movie stories in between the answer, filling pages after pages. The first two paragraphs and the last paragraph were only relevant to the question, the middle part of the answer was a cleverly hidden movie story. Also don’t forget all those dates associated with various wars that had to be mugged up. Please historians, don’t take offence, but I was really very relieved when I passed out of school and joined college where I had to study History no longer.
Time has passed. Now I love and enjoy travelling. I enjoy visiting different places steeped in History. It gives so much character to the place and I wish to explore more. History seems so much like fun and not a burdensome job of learning endless lists of dates. My perception towards the subject has now changed. I salute all those great leaders, kings, spiritual leaders and soldiers who have greatly contributed in making all the beautiful palaces, forts, minars,museums, gardens and various world heritage sites throughout the world. Many of these are also part of the seven wonders of the world. History is no longer my land of confusion.
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