Monthly Archives: February 2020

Cleft Chin!!!

I was doing a crossword in which there was a clue for the required word which said “the chin by which Kirk Douglas was known”

It turned out that one cannot describe the famous Hollywood’s he-man Kirk Douglas without mentioning his dimpled chin called cleft chin.

He died in February 2020 at the age of 103. In one of the obituaries, the writer wrote “The cleft chin made him a star and his intense piercing eyes made him an actor”

Born to a ragpicker father of Russian descent, he ruled the Hollywood for 60 years as an actor and a producer.

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Mottled Wood Owl

It is a species of large owls found in india. They are very rare in our area in Punjab. I was lucky to spot this beautiful owl in a forest near my village.

As such, it chooses its roost so cleverly that it completely camouflage itself. Only sometimes it is noticed by crows , treepies and babblers who make a hell of noise near it and force it to fly away. Only during one such cacophony I spotted it. After many unsuccessful efforts finally I was able to photograph it.

Rhinos: On the Verge of Extinction

Rhinos or more accurately Rhinoceros are in the danger of becoming extinct. They are hunted for their horns due to their supposed healing and aphrodisiac properties. The horns were sold as trophies and also used in Chinese medicine. Handle of ornamental daggers called Jambiyas are made from the horns.

There are 5 species of Rhinos

  1. Black Rhinos: 5055 left
  2. Sumatran Rhinos: 100 left
  3. Javan Rhinos: 35-44 left
  4. Northern White Rhinos: 2 both females
  5. Southern White Rhinos

Major areas where the Rhinos are found are South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Kenya

These animals are herbivores. They are often accompanied by oxpeckers who sit on the Rhinos back and eat the harmful bugs hanging on the skin of rhino.

Memories in the Brain

Human beings always tend to recall the past incidents in their lives to compare with the present events. Since birth, the events become memories and are lodged into the brain. In which manner do the memories lodge inside our brains ?. Are they stacked one over another like sedimentary seams ?

But that may not be the case because retrieval of the deepest buried memories shall be very difficult. Are they scattered in different places in the brain. This way retrieval may be easier. Brain might be the most complex structure to delineate although like most of our other body parts we least bother about how these all work.

Fate: Greatest Mystery

What lies in the fate of an individual? This is the greatest mystery created by the God. What is going to happen can be very unexpected.

Take the example of Michael Schumacher, seven times world champion in a sport that is considered one of the most dangerous sport, got hurt not in the racing but during skiing in the Alps in 2013. Now he has never recovered fully since. Such is the fate.

A Beautiful Prayer

O Divine Master,

Grant that I may not so much seek/

To be consoled as to console/

To be understood as to understand/

To be loved as to love/

For it is in giving that we receive/

It is in the pardoning that we are pardoned/

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Charles Dickens Forever

More than two centuries have elapsed since Charles Dickens was born. A towering figure among the English fiction authors. Man goes away but his creative output never dies. There must be hardly any english reader who have not read the his works.
Though I read many of his books but the most moving to me personally is “David Copperfield”, in which narrates the heart rending story of the boy David Copperfield, whose real father dies before his birth, whose mother remarries another person in the hope of economic stability. The stepfather treats the boy in manners which are very brutal. It is just the beginning. Ultimately an Aunt from his father’s side finds him and takes him under her shelter.

Some Quotes from the book……

“My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.”

“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.”

“Never,” said my aunt, “be mean in anything; never be false; never be cruel. Avoid those three vices, Trot, and I can always be hopeful of you.”

Equality Between Human Beings is Contrary to Evolution

Equality between members of a species is against the nature’s law of evolution because it is the survival of the fittest. Nature continuously weeds out and eliminate the unfit.

Despite the saints or preachers in every faith and all over the globe trying their best to persuade the human beings to be like brothers (equal), disparity is always there. Humans have divided themselves along the lines of region, religions and caste systems. That is why human beings cannot become equal.

In fact the desire for superiority over others propels the human progress because to be superior one must strive harder or be more creative. It is another matter that some of the people who become more powerful than others try to be good to others and also some powerful try to torment the hapless ones to become more powerful. The difference between animals and humans in this regard is that the weaker ones get eliminated in the physical struggle whereas in humans it is the mind games that kill the weaker mentally if not physically.

Funny Research Findings

Some Very funny research findings appearing daily in Science & Tech page of “The Times of India”

  1. Before dog, fox was man’s best friend.
  2. Model for Monalisa may have been a man.
  3. Keep smartphone away to be wrinkle free.
  4. Zapping brain brings out genius in you.
  5. Coffee boosts women’s brain but scambles men’s.
  6. Dogs can tell about bowel cancer.