RACHEL CARSON


It looks partly as if it were made of poisonous smoke; very possibly it may be: there are at least two hundred furnace chimneys in a square of two miles on every side of me. -John Ruskin These words of John Ruskin were among the voices that spoke out in different ways about the dangers […]

OMAR AL-KHAYYAMI


Dead yesterdays and unborn tomorrows, why fret about them, if today be sweet? Omar Khayyam He was perhaps the most brilliant mathematician of his time in the11th -12th century, earning the title: King of the Wise. It was said that “in science he was unrivaled – the very paragon of his age.”  He had, like […]

MALARIA, MOSQUITO AND RONALD ROSS


The belief is growing in me that the disease is communicated by the bite of the mosquito. She always injects a small quantity of fluid with her bite – What if the parasites get into the system in this manner?               – Ronald Ross Malaria is an ancient disease which has consumed the lives of millions  […]

 RICHARD FEYNMAN


Scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge of uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it is all arranged as a stage for God to watch man’s struggle for good and the evil seems inadequate.                 –  Richard Feynman Poets describe nature in […]

LA DIVINA COMMEDIA


He who sees a need and waits to be asked for help is as unkind as if he had refused it. – Dante Alighieri (Born: May 9, 1265?) All literary traditions have their shining stars, some brighter than others. Italian has Dante’s  La Divina Commedia, unsurpassed in rhyme and rhythm,  unique in style and symbolism.  It […]

RABINDRANATH TAGORE


I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awake and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy!                                             – Tagore Few poets are  as widely read and fewer writers are as deeply venerated as Rabindranath Tagore (born: May 6, 1861). He enjoys a unique honor: Two countries (India and Bangladesh) […]

Homage to Yashodhara


My eyes are full, my garments wet, tears fall, As my husband nectar-like, do I recall. He went leaving our son, I now remember Dows this world together such as I? From a folk poem on Yashodhara (translated by Ranjini Obeysekara) Most religious traditions tell us that Gods and angels reveal themselves more often to […]