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Indian Villages without doors and locks

Monday, July 11th, 2016

A two-minute video explores the Shani Shingnapur village in Maharashtra, where there is no crime and homes do not have doors, locks or keys. A police officer says that there have been no thefts for 300 to 400 years. The community of 3,000 people in the village worships Hindu god Shani, who they believe will protect them.

This is possible in Twenty-first century. A  complete shift of paradigm from urban Untrusted community to Total trusted community.

BSF lays 1,200 Ft pipeline in Maoist-hit region

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

According to The Better India, in an official assignment, BSF personnel have laid a 1,200 Feet long pipeline to ensure water reaches villages in Maoist-hit Anjrel and Raoghat in Chattisgarh. The priest of Raoghat temple claimed the personnel formed a plan for the pipeline after he requested their help. Villagers would earlier have to walk 12 kilometres for drinking water.

The BSF-laid pipeline

The BSF-laid pipeline

Godwit’s Endurance

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Endurance – Nonstop flight for 11,500 km

A female shorebird was recently found to have flown 11,500 kilometers nonstop from Alaska to New Zealand —without taking any break for food or drink. It is equivalent to the distance from New Delhi to New York.

It is the longest nonstop bird migration ever measured, according to the biologists who tracked the bird’s flight using satellite tags.

The bird, a wader called a bar-tailed Godwit, completed the journey in nine days. In addition to demonstrating the bird’s surprising endurance, the trek confirms that godwits make the southbound trip of their annual migration directly across the vast Pacific rather than along the East Asian coast.

Interesting Facts

1. The bird is normally weighs 300 grams. Before the flight, she adds another 300 grams to become 600 grams. During the nine days, she uses this extra fat.

2. This means that she consumes 300 grams of fat for travelling 11,500 km – which means fuel efficiency of 39 km per gram of fat.

A bar-tailed Godwit

A bar-tailed Godwit

Little Good News #9

Monday, February 1st, 2016

A 30-year-old Afghan military captain from Kandahar, who lost his hands while defusing mines in the war torn country, now has two Indian hands – thanks to a successful transplant carried out at an institute in Kochi.

Abdul Rahim who lost both his hands during de-mining operations in Kandahar 3 years ago, received a pair of hands from Joseph from Kerala who was declared brain dead. His will be, perhaps, the first case of twin-hand transplant on any citizen in Afghanistan.

The transplant surgery was performed by Dr Subramanian Iyer of Amrita Hospital, Kerala that was carried out for 15 hours. A Hindu doctor – a Christian organ donor – a Muslim recipient.

Humanity redefined!!!

Abdul Rahim with replaced hand transplant

Abdul Rahim with replaced hand transplant

Little Good News #6

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Shravan Kumaran and his younger sibling Sanjay Kumaran are perhaps India’s youngest entrepreneurs. Shravan, 14, respectively, is the Co-founder & President and Sanjay, 12, is the Co-founder & CEO of ‘Go Dimensions’ – an app development unit that they founded 2 years ago from their bedroom in their home in Chennai.

The two brothers are India’s youngest CEOs and also youngest promoters of a company who are studying in class 10 and class 8 at a Chennai school.

When most adults have trouble in understanding Java code, these two kids have used the code to build mobile applications. In the past 2 years, the two brothers have developed 11 apps that are available on the Apple App Store and Google’s Android Play Store. The apps have received over 35,000 downloads in over 20 countries. Their first app — Catch me Cop on the Apple App Store — was released last year and was a hit.

Today, a spare room in their Chennai home is a digital lounge filled with Apple Macs, iPads and Samsung Galaxy Notes. The ”after homework hours” are spent on coding and debugging test apps, while nibbling on cheese fritters and lasagna. Recently, they launched an action game called Extreme Impossible 5 or EI5.

Their role model is Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple).

The brothers usually quote Steve’s famous saying,
“Stay hungry, Stay foolish” in their interviews.


Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran

Shravan Kumaran and Sanjay Kumaran

Just a curiosity #1

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Indian scriptures are full of knowledge, knowledge and knowledge. I just want to know as per Indian scriptures

1. When is the first time the word ‘Vigyan’ or ‘Science’ appeared in Indian scripture?
2. What is the difference in ‘Gyan’ i.e., Knowlege and ‘Vigyan’ i.e., Science as per Indian scripture?
3. Similarly, when Science as a word is mentioned in western knowledge universe?

My Diary – Importance of Bold and Comprehensive Planning

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The story goes like this – London was the largest city in the world in 1848 housing over 3 million people. In 1848, Cholera struck London. No one found the exact reason, but few inferences were around open sanitation.

London was a densely populated city like Old Delhi or Shahukaar pet, but Sir Joseph William Bazalgate – a English Civil Engineer designed five huge tunnels to carry the load of London sewage from one corner to other. It was an expensive project. It was during the time when James Watt invented the first steam engine and local trains were introduced in London. Joseph Bazalgate connected the dots and proposed the plan to British Parliament.

London Sewage

Rejected once,
rejected twice,
rejected thrice and again for the fourth and fifth time.

Ten years later, in 1858, Cholera broke out again and the whole city of London in hot summer was smelling extremely foul. At this point of time, a decision was taken to go ahead with sewer system which is called as Sewer King.

Though there are some struggles of political insensitivity in social infrastructure but still a PROACTIVE, READY, and a DETAIL PLAN WITH COST will get the nod sometime. British parliament cleared 3 Million Pounds for the Sewer King project, which is surviving till date.

Wisdom prevails when it is supported by detail and accurate plans.

Data from Wikipedia

The intercepting sewers, constructed between 1859 and 1865, were fed by 450 miles (720 km) of main sewers that, in turn, conveyed the contents of some 13,000 miles (21,000 km) of smaller local sewers. Construction of the interceptor system required 318 million bricks, 2.7 million cubic metres of excavated earth and 670,000 cubic metres of concrete. The innovative use of Portland cement strengthened the tunnels, which were in good order 150 years later.

Gravity allows the sewage to flow eastwards, but in places such as Chelsea, Deptford and Abbey Mills, pumping stations were built to raise the water and provide sufficient flow. Sewers north of the Thames feed into the Northern Outfall Sewer, which feeds into a major treatment works at Beckton. South of the river, the Southern Outfall Sewer extends to a similar facility at Crossness.


The Three Wonders of Industrial World

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Today, as I was watching the seven wonders of the industrial world I witnessed three of the seven wonders.

1. The Great Eastern Ship, UK – started in 1852

2. The Brooklyn Bridge, New York, USA – started in 1869 and completed in 1883

3. The Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland – started in 1807 and completed in 1811.

The Three Marvels

The Three Marvels

All the three wonders are marvel of dreaming – big, big and big.

All the three projects didn’t have any previous precedence of any kind.

All the three projects are engineering beyond par and the Chief Engineers of each of these projects have overcome critical situations at their individual level.

All the three projects are marvels of superior Design Thinking with human commitment and loyalty to purpose.

I am inspired by what the UK, US and Scotand has done for humanity.

Designer Houses – Snail

Monday, October 26th, 2015

A small worm-like creature – snail creates a designer house from its secretions, in a very perfect formation and shape, with a smooth surface and right colours.

Amazing isn’t it?

Who teaches this skill to the snail?

What kind of chemicals are produced by a simple worm structure that creates such a strong edifice – an ability to create its own home?


My Diary – Understanding and Connecting Medicine

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Last week I was reading a compilation of the History of Medicine by Robert E Greenspan. The evolution of medicine in last 3,000 years was quite fascinating where the artists and painters played a key role in disseminating knowledge about human body and its anatomy.

The twentieth century brought in the critical difference in our lives. It is estimated that the world population reached 1 billion for the first time in the year 1804. It was another 123 years before it reached 2 billion in 1927, but it took only 33 years to reach 3 billion in 1960. Thereafter, the global population reached 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion in 1999 and, according to the United States Census Bureau, it was 7 billion by March 2012. It is taking less than 15 years to add a billion to the human population.

Obviously, research, innovation and surgical expertise in medicine can take substantial credit of it.

Medicine has mastered the art of physical body completely. It understands the functions of body parts, the tissues supporting the body parts, the structure and functions of cells, the function of each element of cell, understood the nucleus within cell, the DNA and then the structure of DNA itself – a phenomenal understanding of the complete human body.

We must say hats off to all the human community involved in the advancement of medicine for human race.

Expectations grow with achievements

On other front, latest research in medicine are attributing few diseases to emotional state of the human. Eckhart Tolle has written substantially on the role of Ego or Hurt on the functioning of the body parts; the role of emotions is very well described in the Budhist philosophy as well. This becomes the Second Plane of the research in understanding the relationship of body parts and emotions.

On the Third Plane, there are many sciences like ‘Pranic healing’ , ‘Reiki’, etc that give importance to the energy field of human body or aura. Dr. Barbara Ann Brennan has written many theories about the impact of energy fields on health. Also, the modern western research is now acknowledging the impact of waves of mobiles phones on the human body.

Through this post I want all my friends to understand that as per the above writings, there are three planes of knowledge – Physical Body, Emotional Body and Energy Body. Therefore, my question is what are the efforts happening in the world to connect three planes of knowledge i.e., Physical Body, Emotional body and Energy field for next set of advancements in Medicine.

I believe the connected 3-plane research will bring some fundamental shift in the way medicine of twenty-first century is evolving.

Today’s advances, tomorrow’s cure