So, after getting thoroughly drenched earlier today, I can say that the summer is officially over, and monsoon has arrived, and with quite a bang, if I may say so.
Congratulations to the guys over at IMD, who forecast monsoon to hit us between 10th and 15th of this month.
While many might be overjoyed with that news, I happen to have rather mixed feelings about the rains, and not just because I am grumpy after getting soaked to the skin. Continue reading Word of the Week #63:
She is back, Ladies and Gentlemen, and quite frankly, we could not be more glad!
And this week, she picks out a book that falls directly into her own backyard.
She says she hadn’t written this post with my blog in her mind; she just wanted to share her love for the book with the entire world, and isn’t that the very purpose of our blog?
Needless to say, I managed to badger her into sharing her words here. Such avaricious, you know.
For the uninitiated, might I elaborate just a little on the significance of the phrase “Pale Blue Dot”. It is actually a reference to the photograph of the Earth taken on 14th February, 1990, by Voyager 1 from a distance of roughly 6 billion kilometres.
You might think I am enlisting the book in that category because I am an Astrophysics student. I won’t deny that I might be ‘biased’ that way, but in all honesty, I feel that this is one book that every person should give a read.
Having watched and thoroughly enjoyed the Cosmos series by Carl Sagan, I couldn’t wait to read his books; although, I did wait. I watched that series more than three years ago! Insightful, inspiring and refreshing.
Was the Pale Blue Dot just what I had expected? No, it was much more.
This is one of the richest books I have read, in terms of content, style and language. Sagan has the ability to capture the imagination of even those people who are least interested in space science. His words are arresting, his style intelligent; what else could you expect from a world-renowned astrophysicist and science communicator?
More often than not, we see this word being used in conjugation with “Spirits”.
Not the United Spirits one, of course… That is different…
I wonder if it is a byproduct of the advent of technology or simply a part of growing up, but the general and steady decline in the quality of conversation cannot be ignored. Continue reading Word of the Week #47: