How many of us already knew that the immunity has two components . I did. 🙂 So they are innate and the adaptive immune responses. It’s fun to know that though both are distinctly separate from one another yet they are intertwined at many levels. So what makes the immunity ? It’s basically a cocktail […]
So it’s been close to 2 yrs that we have been living at the same place. Though we totally love it, it’s time for a change. Relocating this weekend. Packing is on and the movers have been booked. We will miss our nest right next to the beautiful lake. Change is important. It infuses new […]
On landing at San Francisco airport I was greeted by the very misty haze. But I could see the Sun. Yes. Which was the brightest and best part of the day. Cruising through the meandering roads I soaked the sunshine and and the winds. A bouquet of some of the prettiest tulips rested in my […]
I consider myself, at times lucky at times fortunate and most of the times immensely great full for having come across some amazing people in my life who have brought in so much sobriety to my excitement, finesse to my crudeness and a light to my darkness. Mood Is off, call up mom. Need some […]
Sharing the walk with your favourite person Going for a jog in the mist Laughing with warm friends Family reunions Reading the best books again Sitting by the beach Enjoying a cuppa and bagel with cream cheese Holding hands through museum walks Being at the movies Such are the small joys of life I believe […]
Travelling and reading is my favourite combination. There is so much time while traveling which can be put to use, reading. Most of my books have been gulped while in the train. Even at the station there is so much time and why kill it when a good book can make it much more enjoyable. […]
The perilous time for the most highly gifted is not youth. The holy sensibilities of genius — for all the sensibilities of genius are holy — keep their possessor essentially unhurt as long as animal spirits and the idea of being young last; but the perilous season is middle age, when a false wisdom tempts […]
Having gone vegetarian, I have started to intermittently fast in order to detox. It’s a great way to do the same. I can feel the cleansing happen. Moreover, I’ve switched my cereal preferences from rice and wheat to foxtail millets. I add a handful of veggies to the same and have it for lunch. Dinner […]
Current read. Immaculately written. The writer is very well informed.
Solitude amongst crowds I’ve modified my bedroom wall and have removed the previous Asimov print which used to be there. Instead now I’ve painted this abstract which signifies my journey.
On joining IIT for research and work, I primarily focused on how to build my design portfolio. There I met Dhruv, a differently abled person with a congenital hearing loss. He became my inspiration. Because of him kindness welled up inside me and my respect for the differently abled grew. He became my friend and […]
Might I suggest that the phrase* ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ be contextually elaborated in brief, since here its being put in print for circulation, that to with so much belief having drawn much inspiration from it. Please correct me if I’m wrong, from my understanding what you mean to convey is in order […]
Largesse is a cultivated habit. Beneficence is a social trait. In my extended family I came across many with their characteristics but none were as kind as one family who chose to maintain their anonymity. Not only did they understand the importance of sustainable development goals set forth by the United Nations, they also implemented […]
In the suburbs of Delhi, the sun set over the small locality of janakpuri. Laxmi who was busy giving fodder to the cow heard some noise coming from the neighbor’s house. It seemed that a child was wailing. She decided to finish her work and pay them a visit. Laxmi’s neighbors were the kind ones who […]
S’il vous plaît trouver les photos ci-joint. Bon visionnement! Merci et salutations Cordialement Whenever you get the time, do see these through all the pictures without having heard the music below. Then see them withthe music in the link below & let me know if you felt differently in your heart. Vienna Blood / Viennese Spirit – Historical anecdote for Musical Apprectiations. […]
Renoir was the greatest painter of women since, Rafael & he painted no woman as often as the great love of his life Madame Aline Charigot. This seated bather from 1884 is my very personal favorite from the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge. Isn’t she just absolutely lovely and charming ? Today, they would […]
Ever so often the lyrics totally eclipse the memory of a casual listener that the music is relegated to a mere background accompaniment, Sometimes a melody is best without words…… Here the material is sung melismatically, a performer sings solemised syllables.How seemingly meaningless vocal sounds take upon a profound meaning if only we listen carefully […]
UNESCO MGIEP has initiated an International Youth Campaign on Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose of this Campaign is to mobilize the world’s youth to achieve the 17 SDGs through transformative acts of kindness. People from all over the world are sharing their acts of kindness. UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for […]
So how did you do on the first “Test” ??? I just today discovered the Vol-2 of the Young People’s Concerts, which turned an entire generation into music lovers. Have shared below the most relevant ones to add to your growing musical knowledge. After understanding this I’m sure you will be one of the most […]
From my musical mentor….. “Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic stand among his greatest achievements. These televised programs introduced an entire generation to the joys of classical music.” http://www.leonardbernstein.com/ypc.htm FYR All transcripts of the programs linked below are available on the link above in the “Scripts” tab… happy reading & listening […]
I was gifted the e-book reader and it has come handy at all times. The Kindle has ample storage amazing battery performance and some really awesome tools like wordwise which improve vocabulary. I can navigate from my current page to the contents or any other page within a second. I can also share words and […]
Today is reserved for Erik Homburger Erickson. He was a German American psychoanalyst known for his famous theory of psychological development. His most famous becoming is coining the term identity crisis. He lacked a bachelors degree yet was instrumental in providing education at some prestigious institutes like Harvard. He is the 12th most cited psychologist […]
Yes, it’s for real. The Indian institute of technology has been able to print for the first time 3D skin. The model has been made using a 3 D printer and it mimics the exact structure and function of the human skin. This could come in handy to test bio active molecules, various drugs and […]
I close my eyes and I think of you I pray for your long life There are only a few Who learn how to strive With their grit and determination They serve the mankind So selfless so pure Like the blooming flower And the uncut azure An ocean of peace A blanket of warmth You […]
Unstoppable. Invincible. My mother’s grit and determination is something I have wanted to inherit since childhood. Her beauty in the face of adversity shines through the darkest nights. Her aura is remarkable. Love you mother. For if it was not for you I wouldn’t be who I am.
Introducing this very indegenous infusion of rose tea, chrysanthamum and Jasmine esscence. Take a sip and Voila! The best infusion ever. Tip. Let it brew for 5 mins.
After Morning excersise dress rehearsal It’s sweltering hot outside and I have to fight my self to make up my mind to go for a run. Running releases happy hormones and I’m in need of them.. It’s best to wear breathable cottons because if the sweat accumulates it gets rather uneasy. I settled for whites. […]
This devastating novel is examining the complexities of identity and belonging, love and grief, through the lens of contemporary Judaism. Julian Treslove, working as a celebrity double, feels out of sync with his longtime friend and sometimes rival Sam Finkler, a popular author of philosophy-themed self-help books. The two have reconnected with their elderly professor, […]
A little yellow here And a bit of blue there Some green tints Few teal hints The brush runs The knives blunt Paint is to canvas Like air is to humans The maze is made The fellow with the spade Digs the way through The colours which may confuse a few Reaches the end with […]
This certainly is a “novel” novel! I initially got intimidated by firstly the premise and then the format, but later found it surprisingly awesome. The mysterious Bardo gives an enriching setting for the strange ongoings. . Fortunately there’s a much easier side. Dialouge depiction of the souls in the Bardo are brilliant. Too many minor […]
The gold on the branches Glistening in the sunlight A Shadow of a traveller dances Under the leaves lit bright Is it the winds that sing a song Or the long heard folklore of the village For the birch tree stands beautiful among Giving the birds some leverage As they sing dance and flutter The […]
Yosemite national park.. the huge expanse is breathtaking. The colours are spectacular. As we drove through the giant sequioas the water fell from the highest peaks creating a magnificent scene. The splash and the mist through the fog as we drove felt as if I were in the sky. Cloudy on cloud number nine. The […]
I was sitting outside in my garden porch when I looked ahead towards the window on one of my walls. I saw two black specks on the electric wire doing a sort of jamboree. As I strained it seemed to me that the birds were having a deep discussion. What could it be ? We’re […]
We are friends. We celebrate life. We live in the moment and let each moment determine our joy of living. We are flowers in a garden. Roses blooming in the green shrubs. We dance to life’s beautiful song and tap our feet while going for work. We are not jealous. Nor are we afraid. The […]
We celebrate the colours of the earth. The brown weaves wrapping us in its warmth. The radiance of the sun gives the brown a golden hue, enchanting to the eyes. The water spins through racing over the earth giving birth to life. The mountain, snow capped it is, towers above all in its magnificence. All […]
As the night draws its curtain over the world’s stage the trees rustle and the yellow flowers sing out a lullaby. The stars glow and lights them up. Is it autumn or just the colour on those beautiful birches
There is a campaign taking place in New Delhi called the #bekind campaign. I am a actively participating in the same as a youth leader. Being kind is of utmost importance. It is a medium towards civility. I helps build comaraderie and strength. Kind people dwell upon goodness, not just of their own but of […]
After having done two continuous 20 hour shifts I am drained. The complete night was laced with intestinal perforations. Sleeping was a distant dream. I am going to go to bed immediately now as soon as I reach home. I feel so thankful for not loosing my sense of judgement in tiered times. I am […]
As I sit in the operation theatre an array of thoughts cross my mind. One intriguing one is how is my patient. The general well being of the patient is important. I ask myself. Have I done enough or is there are still some laccunae left here and there. The constant questioning leads to reasoning […]
Flowers tell us about the cause and effect relationship. They speak of the beauty outside and within. Each flower has its own story to tell. Have you ever tried to read a flower ?
I painted flower pots because it is the best attraction of any house. Blooming colours have an unmatched uniqueness.
Flowers bring happiness and joy. Their riot of colours is a feast for the eyes. A flower bouquet is the best gift.
Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. If the beholder is asked then what would be the answer. It’s a relative emotion. An appeasement to the eyes. It’s a quality to be found in all yet all are not similar. If I were not beautiful, then what would I be. If you were not […]
A ballet dance. We spin and keep spinning around our destiny. Like water churns sand and sand contains the waves. Our work and our destiny are spun together. Sometimes we rejoice but also bend. The life’s drama unfolds.
Ballet dance of human emotions from water to fire. I presume the human mind can be conquered only with unflinching grit and determination. Our emotions may either cause hinderance in our paths or leap us forward. Both exist. Dancing within the same mind.
This month I’m celebrating Maud Menten . Maud Menten did extensive work in medical and biochemical research in the early twentieth century. Much of her work was medical research, but it was founded in her expertise in biochemistry and she made some significant contributions as a biochemist. Most of her work isn’t as well-known as […]
Stored away in the rare-book library at Yale University is a late-medieval manuscript written in a cramped but punctilious script and illustrated with lively line drawings that have been painted over, at times crudely, with washes of color. These illustrations range from the fanciful (legions of heavy-headed flowers that bear no relation to any earthly […]
This book is about that point directly behind your head. Don’t look. Don’t take your eyes off this page, off the safe glow of the monitor, the comforting shapes of the letters making up this sentence. This is safe. What’s behind you isn’t. Keep reading these words. If you stop to look behind you, I […]
The Culture of Make Believe “We were not meant for this. We were meant to live and love and play and work and even hate more simply and directly. It is only through outrageous violence that we come to see this absurdity as normal, or to not see it at all. Each new child has […]
Fe Del Mundo (1911-2011) was a filipina pediatrician, and the first woman to be admitted into Harvard Medical School. Del Mundo humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise she found herself in a […]
February 10 is reserved to Edith Clarke Today is the birthday of Edith Clarke, the first female electrical engineer and the first female professor of electrical engineering in the US. She was born in 1883 in Howard County, Maryland. During her career, Clarke published 18 technical papers, received a patent for a graphical calculator, became […]
(27.0 x 19.0 x 15.5 cm: gold, silver and rubies), India 1870-1875 This perfume holder was presented to the Prince of Wales by Jashwant Singh ii, Maharaja of Jodhpur (1838–95). The Prince first met the Maharaja at the Madras Racecourse on 15 December, and later at Calcutta, where the Maharaja was made a Knight Commander […]
Gold mining has a long history in Egypt, as ancient artifacts attest. This gold and lapis lazuli bracelet was probably worn by Ramesses II (reign. c.1279-1213 BC) or one of his favorites. The solid gold bangle is composed of two parts, linked on one side by a hinge and on the other by a clasp. […]
Attendants from the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College Of Surgeons packing up some of the 3,000 human skulls stored in a shed in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, before their transfer to the Natural History Museum, July 1, 1948. The skulls include those of Chinese pirates, Eskimos and Maoris. Each of the skulls has a […]
These pages are part of a medieval surgical manual written by the 14th-century surgeon Jan Yperman. It describes in detail how to treat various wounds and illnesses. It also shows, however, what instruments needed to be used. For a compound fracture of the leg, for example, the jagged-edged scissors in the image were recommended. And […]
Back in medschool my teacher told me a few interesting words “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint” =) Of course he used M. Twain’s words because I was always short in my answers to his class and because my answers always had medical terms mostly hijacked by me. So […]
What happens after going from pirouettes to politics? Peasantry to paparazzi? Behold the tales of two unbreakable beauties, with brains (and bravery) to boot. h/t Oxford University I’ll go with the blue one first 😉
Currently reading this book….and is not an easy book at all 😉 Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies,” argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction. Central to this […]
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Eyes and multiplication are definitely Dalinean elements. In 1976, Dali, inspired by an advertisement, created a conceptual architectural project which he transformed into a sculpture in 1980.
“I believe in movement. I believe in that lighthearted balloon, the world. I believe in midnight and the hour of noon. But what else do I believe in? Sometimes everything. Sometimes nothing. It fluctuates like light flitting over a pond.” ~ M Train – P.Smith ~
My Thoughts, I am keenly aware of the tremendous personal honor involved in my having been chosen to be a member of the Army Special Attack Corps, which is considered to be the most elite attack force in the service of our glorious fatherland. My thoughts about all these things derive from a logical standpoint […]
“Philosophy is a science, and as such has no articles of faith; accordingly, in it nothing can be assumed as existing except what is either positively given empirically, or demonstrated through indubitable conclusions.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer – Parerga and Paralipomena Insomnia, sometimes, makes me think at some books I’ve read, also brings back some Mozart sound-waves….especially […]
“Rapid Liquid Printing” uses gel to suspend its creations. MIT collaborated with furniture firm Steelcase to create it. Rapid Liquid Printing physically draws in 3D space within a gel suspension, and enables the creation of large scale, customized products made of real-world materials. Compared with other techniques this is the first development to combine industrial […]
Currently reading this….nothing like an exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. Sea breeze between my toes and some arrangements of words rubbing my fusimotors.
24 November is reserved to Charles Darwin 24 November 1859: Charles Darwin publishes ‘On the Origin of Species’ The publication of Darwin’s letters and reports from South America and the Galapagos islands established his reputation as a geologist of real standing. Among his most important findings was that the finches found on different islands were […]
The Special Corps of Gendarmes was the uniformed security police of the Imperial Russian Army in the Russian Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Its main responsibilities were law enforcement and state security. The responsibilities of the Gendarmes also included the execution of court orders, pursuit of fugitives, riot control, and detainment of […]
Searching for his kidnapped twin sons, a TV journalist follows an eerie trail. However sensitive the matter in real life, child abduction can loom as a canard when the subject of a thriller. But the pseudonymous Case (The Eighth Day, 2002, etc.) rips into the topic as if it’s never been used before. Jaded readers […]
9 November is reserved to Hedy Lamarr She is remembered for her beauty on the silver screen, but the Hollywood actor spent her nights inventing a weapons communication system that was a precursor to wireless technologies including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Lamarr also, captured international attention as the first female actor to simulate an orgasm in a […]
In this image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can see Messier 79 (NGC 1904), a globular star cluster in the constellation of Lepus (The Hare, https://goo.gl/zGO0Vb), about 40,000 light-years away from Earth. While only 120 light-years in diameter, it contains about 150,000 stars. It is possible that Messier 79 was caught by our […]
Of course a cannonball can float. But there’s a catch. The catch is that it depends on the density of the liquid or fluid you are putting the cannonball in. If the object is less dense than the liquid you are putting in, it will float. In fact, there is a planet that is less […]
The Möbius strip — sometimes called the Möbius band — is named after mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius, who came up with the idea in September 1858. Curiously, German mathematician Johann Benedict Listing independently developed the same idea a few months earlier in July 1858. Unfortunately for Listing, one of the most famous surfaces […]
For better mobility, some light cavalrymen, such as the legendary Polish hussars, wore half armor. The hussars, an elite branch of the Polish army, went into battle in glittering armor on magnificent horses, seldom losing a battle though they were many times outnumbered by the enemy. Recruited from among the wealthiest of Poland’s nobility, the […]
The physics of surfing 😉 California cca. 1970
I read now and then Ben’s column in The Guardian…so I’m gonna give this one a try 😉 Needless to say that I loved Stiff by M. Roach, but then again I’m sort of morbid dry creature. 😉 Here’s the fun: The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being […]
Most of us head to Goa for sussegad, the Goan way of life. Derived from the Portuguese word sossegado (quiet), it implies a laid-back existence, one where the leisurely pace of life gives you ample time to make the most of every passing moment. It’s about being content, replete and sated. A vacation in Goa […]
They may not technically be holograms, but they’re pretty impressive: Researchers have created moving 3D images that are viewable from any angle. The technique, called volumetric display, comes from the lab of Daniel Smalley at Brigham Young University. Smalley’s team uses two sets of lasers—one traps and moves a particle around, while the other projects […]
This tree at Goa Gajah, Bali, serves as a natural calendar. When it blooms, the villagers know that their yearly ceremony is coming. So I was told 🙂 Wild Almond Tree Pohon Kepuh Sterculia foetida
Does the world need any more photos of Mesa Arch? Probably not… it certainly is one of the most photographed locations in Utah. But I think it’s fairly easy to see why: it’s an unusual natural feature in an incredible setting – and under the right light, it can be truly a feast for the […]
It feels like walking around the feet of giants, hoping you’re not stepped on and squished between their toes. It’s a good thing these trees are well rooted and firmly held in place. Giant’s Foot – Sequoia National Park, California
Of ordinary people who just happen to be Indians caught in the throes of immigration pangs, of trying to be two different identities at once and justifying both, fighting usual battles in their own unique ways – Lahiri’s debut short story collection is a paean to their bifurcated lives. Mostly, for there are two stories […]
Everything Dale Carnegie accomplished regarding individual influence, Robert Cialdini has equally achieved on the topic of mass influence. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion offers an exceptional scientific look into the realm of persuasion backed by substantial logic and examples. Based on the premise of society’s need for quick solutions for analyzing an abundance of issues […]
Cannon Beach, Oregon “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.” ― W. Somerset Maugham A broken shell on Cannon Beach in the early morning as the tide recedes…
“Volumes” is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov using physics-based particle animation. Waves and unseen forces send billions of color-changing particles aloft in the film. The motions – especially the way the particles seem to tear themselves – are reminiscent of a complex fluid, like yogurt. These substances have both liquid-like (viscous) and solid-like […]
To be contemplative of one’s own existence is a uniquely human trait often exaggerated at the mortality of others. There’s a never ending search for the meaning of life and we’ve each been given a finite slice of time to solve the riddle. In the grand scale of the universe, our lives are just a […]
There’s no such thing like listen to the Bee Gees while you’re a yellow submarine 😉
This story is an adventure like no other! Using photographic memory, the children need to find the Golden City relying solely on Storm’s memory of the stolen map. The best adventures are with your friends, right? Especially when treasure hunting, fierce pirates, terrorists, CIA spies, snakes and sharks are part of the deal! On the […]
What about us? I want to share myself with somebody who will press his hands through the surface of my skin, curl himself up inside my soul and say…”Here, this is who I am.” ~B. Taplin
12 September is reserved to Irène Joliot-Curie Irène Curie, born in Paris, September 12, 1897, was the daughter of Pierre and Marie Curie, and since 1926 the wife of Frédéric Joliot. Irène Curie was a French scientist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize for Chemistry – just like her mother, Marie Curie, in 1911. […]
12 Points for Life Jordon Peterson, 2018 “Every generation sends a ‘pap’ star up the ‘pap’ charts” Peterson is touted as the next Marshal McLuhan from Canada. McLuhan was the media guru who shared with us that “the medium is the message.” Today Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, has written […]
August 2 is reserved to the positron On this day in 1932, Caltech physicist Carl Anderson discovered the positron, the first particle of antimatter to be identified. Anderson had not set out to hunt antimatter. He had built a cloud chamber to determine the composition of cosmic rays, high-energy particles that rain down from space. […]
Fort Collins, Colorado “He found himself wondering at times, especially in the autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring A stand of tall cottonwood trees is reflected in the Poudre River one autumn morning…
In the image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and processed by Judy Schmidt (https://twitter.com/SpaceGeck), you can see the sparkly irregular galaxy IC 4710 in the constellation of Pavo (The Peacock, https://goo.gl/6GQKNp), about 34 million light-years away from Earth. The image is also showing some some foreground stars with nice diffraction spikes. IC 4710 was […]
A master of the unexpected… American author William Porter wrote under the pseudonym of O. Henry in an attempt to hide his criminal past for bank embezzlement in an earlier part of his life. He was incarcerated for three years for his crime and for leaving the country to escape the law. Once he paid […]
Newborn stars are forming in the Eagle Nebula. Gravitationally contracting in pillars of dense gas and dust, the intense radiation of these newly-formed bright stars is causing surrounding material to boil away. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in near infrared light, allows the viewer to see through much of the thick dust […]
What can you see in the night sky this summer? The featured graphic gives a few highlights for Earth’s northern hemisphere. Viewed as a clock face centered at the bottom, early (northern) summer sky events fan out toward the left, while late summer events are projected toward the right. Objects relatively close to Earth are […]
In 1963 orbited Earth 48 times! On June 16, 1963, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to be launched into the space after being selected from more than 400 aspirants. It is said that one of the reasons for her selection was her parachute jumping and skydiving skills. She made her first flight as a […]
By Ayn Rand…1936 This was the author’s first foray into writing a novel. It almost never made it to the light of day as various editors summarily rejected it. This is not exactly a love story as romance does bloom, but the plot does take us into post-revolutionary Russia while the bourgeois are “put in […]