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Lesser-known Facts About the French Emperor

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Portrait of Napoleon in the historical castle in Fontainebleau, France. (Image: Shutterstock)

Portrait of Napoleon in the historical castle in Fontainebleau, France. (Image: Shutterstock)

The emperor in his teens had to suspend his studies to support his family financially after the death of his father

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica, a big island beside the coast of Italy which was declared as a French province. Raised in a well-off family, he went to a school in France. He also had a Corsican voice accent and was taunted for it.

The emperor in his teens went to the renowned Ecole Militaire in the city of Paris and had to suspend his studies in between to support his family financially after the death of his father. Here are some lesser-known facts about the French emperor.

He was a Corsican nationalist

Although Napoleon is associated with the first French empire, he at his young age aimed to free his motherland from the French occupation. His parents had resisted French occupation before his birth and the emperor also termed the French as monsters and enemies of free men, when he was young.

He attempted suicide before the exile in Elba

After a disastrous campaign in Russia and demands from the Sixth Coalition, Napoleon was compelled to abdicate as part of the Treaty of Fontainebleau on April 11, 1814. Following the sentence of exiling him, he consumed a poisonous pill that made him severely sick but didn’t prove fatal.

He had an average height

He was presumably about five foot six inches which was just about standard for the era. His height has been mentioned in details, penned down during his death. The buzz about Napoleon’s height continued during his lifetime. The English government represented the general as comically tiny in satirical cartoons.

Josephine De Beauharnais, his first wife scarcely escaped execution

Born in Martinique, Joséphine married Alexandre de Beauharnais at the age of 16 and entered the French royalty. Despite having contacts with high society men, she was imprisoned in Les Carmes after the revolution engulfed the entire city of Paris.

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Anupamaa Loses Top Position to Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin

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Anupamaa has finally lost its top position to Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin. The Broadcast Audience Research Channel has released the viewing pattern of the Indian audiences in between May 1 and 7. Here are the top five shows on Indian TV:

Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin

Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin, with Neil Bhatt, Ayesha Singh and Aishwarya Sharma in the lead roles, has taken top position on the Television Rating Point (TRP) chart. GHKPM had been chasing Anupamaa for weeks and has finally been able to beat it in the race to become the week’s top show.

Anupamaa

Anupamaa, which has Rupali Ganguly playing the titular role, is on the second spot for the first time in months. Earlier, the physical absence of the lead actors from the episodes on testing positive for Covid-19 also could not affect its viewership. However, in this week Anupamaa’s silence on her divorce might have caused it its top position.

Imlie

A few weeks ago, Imlie was trying to do what Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin has already done. Despite several efforts, Imlie could not beat Anupamaa in terms of viewership instead was left behind by Ghum Hai Kisikey Pyaar Meiin as well. All the three shows air on the same channel, Star Plus.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chasmah is the only comedy show on the ratings chart. Many actors have been replaced in the show over the months, which has somewhat affected its strong viewership. TMKOC is no longer a permanent show on the chart and keeps appearing once in a while.

Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2

Without Kokila and Gopi, two important characters of Saath Nibhaana Saathiya, the show still manages to gain good viewership. Again, not a permanent on the chart but as and when story spices up it secures 4th or 5th position on the TRP chart.

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Today on World Whisky Day, Raise a Toast and Celebrate Your Favourite Drink

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World Whisky Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. This year the day is observed across the globe on May 15. Celebrated by whisky lovers at large, the day was founded in 2012. To make the occasion special, various tasting events, social gatherings and programs are organised.

Whisky is undoubtedly one of the classiest beverages one can buy. Sitting with a glass of whisky in one hand while listening to Mozart or Beethoven playing on a loop (through in a dash of cigar) in the background would be a whisky aficionado’s dream.

World Whisky Day was set up in 2012 by author and consultant Blair Bowman, who, when he was at university, decided to buy the domain name and set up a website that explored Scotland’s national drink.

Bowman even took to Twitter to wish all the whiskey lovers on the special day. “Today is the 10th annual @WorldWhiskyDay celebration. An idea I had in my head when I was 21 years old. Thank you to everyone who has raised a dram on WWD over the last ten years.” He also shared a video on his Twitter account saying, “The last ten WWDs in ten seconds”.

According to Bowman, World Whisky Day is, “all about making whisky fun and enjoyable. It’s not about being exclusive or prescriptive.”

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Images, Wishes, Messages and Quotes to Share with Your Loved Ones

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May 15 marks International Family Day every year. Also known as World Family Day, this is a remarkable occasion that was introduced by the United Nations in 1993 to emphasize and honour the irreplaceable role that family plays in shaping individuals since their formative years of growing.

Family’s significance is immense. A healthy, happy family is key to ensure peace, harmony, and welfare of the society as a whole. This is precisely why the International Family Day aims towards honouring the social, economic, demographic changes and addressing issues pertaining to them; and bringing families closer.

So, in keeping with the endeavour, on this momentous International Family Day 2021, how about extending warm wishes to share the joy of family! Here are some beautiful wishes that you could choose to share over WhatsApp messages or status during this International Family Day:

1. Family gives you the roots to stand tall and strong.

2. You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.

3. A happy family is but an earlier heaven. – George Bernard Shaw

4. Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life. – Albert Einstein

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5. In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. – Friedrich Nietzsche

6. Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.

7. There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues are created, strengthened and maintained. – Winston Churchill

8. Having a family is to have an arm around us and being there for us in all good and bad times. Let our world become sort of a mammoth family secured with peace and happiness. Wishing you all International Family Day.

9. A day of sharing, a day of peace, a day of hope for the whole world as a single family. Wishing you peaceful International Family Day.

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10. Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

11. In time of test, family is best. Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.

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12. You don’t really need a reason to celebrate when you have your family with you because each day is like a celebration. Happy International Family Day.

13. Family is like branches on a tree. We all grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

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