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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 […]

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 […]

What is in the empty space around an atomic nucleus?

This question occurred to me when listening to a TED-Ed podcast. Can the space between the atomic nucleus and the furthest electron be considered vacuum? Since all it has are a handful of electrons. Google directed me to the following reddit thread, which basically says that the space isn’t technically a vacuum since it contains […]

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 230 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

Carl Sagan in Pale Blue Dot

For all its material advantages, the sedentary life has left us edgy, unfulfilled. Even after 400 generations in villages and cities, we haven’t forgotten. The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood. We invest far-off places with a certain romance. This appeal, I suspect, has been meticulously crafted by natural […]


PK – Raju Hirani’s stunningly audacious gauntlet to organized religion and its myriad brazen peddlers of every creed, race and denomination, who patented “divide and conquer” ages before it’s diabolical reinvention by the British, “clothed” in the adorably naive and perenially petrified persona of AK, with Anushka and Sushant’s puppy romance serving as icing on […]

Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace, co-discoverer of evolution theory, presciently writes in 1911: These considerations should lead us to look upon all the works of nature, animate or inanimate, as invested with a certain sanctity, to be used by us but not abused, and never to be recklessly destroyed or defaced. To pollute a spring or a […]