Author Archives: Chandra Sivaraman

Big Island

Commoditizing paradise. A Jekyll and Hyde of an island with one half draped in perpetually thick cloud cover and deluged by interminable showers. The other half infuriatingly bone dry if you happen to be put up in the former. Package deals luring mechanical middle class families with 2.3 kids with the promise of a slice […]

Proxima Centauri – So near yet so far

Chanced across this TIME article on an Earth-like planet discovered orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri, a piffling 4.2 light years away. Hair throughout body stands on end. This leads┬áto the inevitable idle speculation of how long it would take to send a space probe to said planet given current space technology. How far is […]

Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving. 

Elon Musk

It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

The Stillness of Shiva

The whole Universe revolves around him. Yet, Shiva, the great God, destruction incarnate, sits still as stone, still as the surface of a mountain lake on a windless day, quieter than deep space, deep in the icy heart of the Himalayas, rapt in profound meditation, with not a care in the world. On his grass […]

Why bother?

What effect will our actions have on the Universe? Will our most heroic achievements create so much as a microscopic ripple in the imcomprehensibly large fabric of the Universe? We are the most remarkable creation of the Universe, the end product of 14 billion years of evolution. We are the rarest of the rare jewels […]


Shiva is destruction incarnate. Shiva is the forest fire, the tsunami, the earthquake, the hurricane. Yes, he is also manifested in acts of purely human destruction. Wars, terrorist attacks, mass shootings. Is there any discernible logic to his cataclysmic actions? Can there be any logic in a newborn baby claimed by an earthquake while another […]