February 2020

Cleft Chin!!!

I was doing a crossword. One of the clues was was “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.

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.

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… Read More »Memories in the Brain

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… Read More »Charles Dickens Forever

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… Read More »Equality Between Human Beings is Contrary to Evolution

Funny Research Findings

Some Very funny research findings appearing daily in Science & Tech page of “The Times of India” Before dog, fox was man’s best friend. Model for Monalisa may have been a man. Keep smartphone away to be wrinkle free. Zapping brain brings out genius in you. Coffee boosts women’s brain but scambles men’s. Dogs can tell about bowel cancer.

Some Winter Visitors

During the winter season in North India, many migratory birds come here from even intensely cold areas Eurasia and Europe. Most of these birds come here to avoid intense cold and lesser availability of food in the intense cold areas. Some raise chicks here and by the time temperatures become high here they go back. They come and go with clock like consistency. Even the chicks who are born here make it successfully next season. Many ponds in Punjab present beautiful scene with the arrival of these visitors. Some birds pictures from one such huge pond.