Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Conservative beliefs about the eclipse
Two days before, while I was in Bangalore, I read in Times of India about the eclipse timing. I was always fascinated about the solar activities and all other astronomical events. So I read the news to the end. I was ashamed to read the second paragraph of the news. Who ever wrote the article (I forgot) authentically stated not to have food at the time of eclipse. On the day of eclipse (Sunday, 19th of March) some one told that the reason for not having food during eclipse is that some poisonous gas forms in food during eclipse, and people are supposed to have food only after eclipse and after having a bath. Yes I agree taking a bath is always good for health. But the relation between the eclipse and the bath was not explained. If an eclipse produces poisonous gas, then the same is applicable for every new moon day, since trajectory of moon and sun is very near. During every sun set, earth is eclipsing sun from our sight, does it have more effect.
Of course there is a lot of effect of the increased gravitational pull during new moon and full moon days. It is reflected in the life cycle of many creatures, the tides happening in the sea etc. But it is ridiculous to predict the future life in terms of stars which we see after many thousand years, yes the light from the stars reach our eyes after thousands of years. The star itself may not exist at the time of the birth of a child, only the light which emitted thousand of years back creates the image of the star in our eyes. But still people believe that the same light can predict the future than the light from the sun, which is billions of time stronger, as well as have a big gravitational pull on each.
Gravitational pull or push will be almost 95% or more for every new moon or full moon when compared to a lunar eclipse or solar eclipse. The discussion will go on for ever; people will be always looking for a reason to attach all the bad things happening in his/her own life, instead of looking into the actual reason of a failure. It is interesting how astrologers change their predictions according to the era to earn food. Once, in India or at least in Kerala, society believed that traveling overseas is against religion. But now astrologers started predicting the happy event of a foreign journey for everybody.
I believe that when time goes forward, all religions will continuously evolve which was happening always in the past, and good beliefs and practices will be separated from the bad. But the percentage ratio of good and bad people will remain the same. Hope I have not hurt any religious feelings.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Inside the caves formed in-between the rocks ancient petroglyphs which dates back 4000-5000 years back are visible. The name Edakkal means in-between in Malayalam. Yes, the caves are formed by the “in-between” space of those gigantic rocks. Those alphabets and symbols seen on the cave walls are identified to be part of the Neolithic age. (4000Bc to 1700bc)
Bamboo - the tallest grass - flowers only once in its life time, and there after it will get dry and destroyed like all other grass. I am not pretty much sure about the life time of bamboos, but it varies. Around one and half years ago, I spotted bamboo flowers and seeds from Meppadi while I was about to trek in Chembra peak.
Now most of the bamboos from Pulpally and Sulthan Bathery forest ranges are bloomed. Understanding the natural balance maintained by the eco system due to the self destruction of bamboo after flowering is a difficult process. When we consider a short span of time like one or two years, the flowering of bamboo is a threat to the nature. A lot of wild animals, especially elephants depend upon bamboo for their foods, and when the bamboo blooms, the bamboo forest gets disappeared all of a sudden the next year. This causes famine and draught for the wild animals.
Not only for humans, the seeds very much liked by the elephants. It is a feast year for the elephants when it blooms. There is a high possibility of seeing a big herd of wild animals feeding on the bamboo when it is bloomed. Bamboo stem as it is can be used for a variety of purpose like construction of shelters and houses, but the strange thing is that once it is bloomed, the stem is good for nothing. The stem will get decayed very soon – the exact opposite phenomenon of animal teeth getting decayed while it is alive, but remains for thousands of years when it is died.
Bamboo blossom is not a threat to the nature, but the sufferings undergone by nature for a better tomorrow with greener bamboo forests.
History repeats itself, bamboo flowering => Nick Balmer's Article
Thursday, March 08, 2007
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks the ant's a fool and laughs & dances & plays the summer away. Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.
NDTV, BBC, CNN show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.
The World is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be that this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Arundhati Roy stages a demonstration in front of the ant's house. Medha Patkar goes on a fast along with other grasshoppers demanding that grasshoppers be relocated to warmer climates during winter. Amnesty International and Koffi Annan criticize the Indian Government for not upholding the fundamental rights of the grasshopper. The Internet is flooded with online petitions seeking support to the grasshopper (many promising Heaven and Everlasting Peace for prompt support as against the wrath of God for non-compliance). Opposition MP's stage a walkout.Left parties call for "Bharat Bandh" in West Bengal and Kerala demanding a Judicial Enquiry.CPM in Kerala immediately passes a law preventing Ants from working hard in the heat so as to bring about equality of poverty among ants and grasshoppers.
Lalu Prasad allocates one free coach to Grasshoppers on all Indian Railway Trains, aptly named as the 'Grasshopper Rath'.
Finally, the Judicial Committee drafts the Prevention of Terrorism Against Grasshoppers Act [POTAGA]", with effect from the beginning of the winter.
Arjun Singh makes Special Reservation for Grass Hopper in educational Institutions & in Govt Services.
The ant is fined for failing to comply with POTAGA and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government and handed over to the grasshopper in a ceremony covered by NDTV.
rundhati Roy calls it "a triumph of justice". Lalu calls it 'Socialistic Justice'. CPM calls it the 'revolutionary resurgence of the downtrodden' Koffi Annan invites the grasshopper to address the UN General Assembly.
Many years later...The ant has since migrated to the US and set up a multi billion dollar company in silicon valley.100s of grasshoppers still die of starvation despite reservation somewhere in India...
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
My advice: Don’t go there, it is not so great.
I believe that the waterfall may be much more beautiful to be viewed during the monsoon season. But visiting a waterfall during a monsoon season possesses a lot of dangers. More over the 2 kilometers walk through the forest during the rainy season can get you a lot of leach bites. Any way the 2 kilometer distance from the main road towards Chethalayam falls through the forest is very nice, with lot of grass lands in between filled with very big mango trees and a lot of other trees.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The irony is that, I faced the bitter experience just after reading a set of rules and regulations for the bus drivers and conductors of Karnataka State RTC displayed for the public. I went through the golden rules which helps the customer to have a comfortable journey as well as helps in the making the brand name of KSRTC; while I was standing in the queue to get a ticket in a Mysore – Bangalore bus from Mysore KSRTC bus stand. I got into the bus at 7:30pm of 4th March 2007 and the bus reached Bangalore almost by 10:00 Pm. When the bus reached near RV College of Engineering, I requested the drive to provide a stop. But he refused to do the same, arguing that there is no stop at there. He may be right. But I have seen in many KSRTC bus a written sign board saying that “on request bus stop will be provided in city limits at night time for long route buses”. I pleaded saying that I am not good in Kannada, and if I get down at Bangalore satellite town bus stand, then I have to catch an auto and come back and it will cost double or more the actual fare.
The driver was not ready to hear me and he stopped the bus only at satellite bus stand – on the way to majestic. Later I had to catch an auto which cost me 100 Rupees for just 7 kilometers apart from the problem of arguing with the rickshaw driver to fix a fare. (I guess most of my readers are aware of the pain of getting a rickshaw to the wanted destination in a reasonable fare)
Mr. Rajesh asked me not to miss this opportunity since he knows I am crazy about photography, trekking and all. He too loves trekking and mountaineering. I went to the place along with Mr. Bennison who is doing business in Mananthavady. Mr. Bestson who is working in L&T InfoTech – Mysore and younger brother of Bennison also joined us. We three reached Mr. Rajesh’s house and he prepared tea for all of us. Later we set towards Kurisumala – the mountain nearby the Cherkkara estate where elephants freely roam around.
On the way we got information from people working in the estate that those wild elephants are there very near to the estate, and we need not climb the mountain. I had been to the top of Kurisumala twice, once with Mr. Rajesh and once along with my friend Ahammed Shameer; my engineering classmate and who owns WWW.OPENHAT.ORG
We did not actually spot the baby elephant, but the employees of the estate told us that the elephant herd was there since last two weeks, after the birth of the baby elephant. The baby elephant was well protected surrounded by other elephants and the thick forest. In order to see the baby, we had to go very near to the herd which amounts high risk. Elephants turn to be much more dangerous when there is a baby elephant among the herd. We gave up the plan of going further near.
But later when we reached back and transferred the images to a PC and viewed it in full size, we saw the baby elephant between the other in the picture above. Yes, what those staff members told is true, there was a baby elephant. Just one hour before we reached the location, the herd was on top of Kurisumala and we could have taken better pictures if the animals were still there. But some people who went up to the mountain frightened the animals by shouting and drum sounds, the elephants came down and hided in the thick forest.
Elephants started entering the farm lands and plantations which belonged to the jungle once. Humans prevented it by digging trenches around the forest. Now it is better to say that these animals are caged in small forests. One other danger these animals are facing are humans allowing the cattle to enter the forest and feed on the forest grass. Cattle feed on these grasses on such a way that it won’t be grown again the next year. More over lot of germs spreading diseases get spread from these cattle through their mouth to the grass and then to the wild animals who feeds on the grass. Hope the government will make the law more animal friendly before these creatures become extinct.