The Daily Delicious for May 31, 2008


Muraqqa’: Imperial Mughal Albums from the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
“Among the most remarkable of Mughal paintings and calligraphies are those commissioned by the Emperors Jahangir (r. 1605-27) and Shah Jahan (r. 1627-58) for display in lavish imperial albums.” May 3, 2008–August 3, 2008 at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Gallery of Art. “The Persian word muraqqa’ means ‘patched’ or ‘patched garment,’ similar to those worn by Islamic mystics (Sufis) as a sign of poverty and humility. It came to be applied to Mughal albums due to their patchwork construction…”
(tags: art mughal painting history smithsonian DC)

S-U-C-C-E-S-S: Life After Spelling Bee

“I was born in America and when I was growing up I was American as can-be, minus the skin and the accent. I played sandlot baseball and joined Boy Scouts and felt that those activities tapped into American culture. Spelling was always something I enjoyed doing. I didn’t do it because I thought it would lead me anywhere. It is an American tradition that stresses diligence and studying,” says George Thampy, 1999 champ featured in “Spellbound” documentary
(tags: spelling america(n))

San Diegan Stops at Satyagraha in Spelling Bee
Justin Song‘s advance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee came to an end shortly after 6 p.m., when he added an extra letter while attempting to spell the Sanskrit word ‘satyagraha.'” From the comments: “One would think they would stick to English words in a National spelling bee. Dang.” This year’s desi quotient in the Top 10 is 50%, including Indiana boy and winner Sameer Mishra.
(tags: spelling gandhi)

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