Friday 19 April 2019
Tuesday 16 April 2019
Friday 12 April 2019
Lost in tears,
I did not notice,
And piled up on my robe
Dull white rag
Laid over my dreams.
The sun goes down
Behind the mountain peaks
The moonlit valley of Calder
Last night I watched its lure
From the windows of dome.
Darkening shades of trees
Falling on the walls of Church
Like shapeless ghosts,
The acquaint myth of Dharma,
Retold stories of Fate.
Through the shaded grove
The birds have gone,
And people too are few
The One I cared for
Standing in the midst
Can't hear the words….
There's no death,
Just the dream
That touches your heart
And it fades for ever
Before long, leave
No trace behind.
Tuesday 9 April 2019
The leader of Asgardia, which styles itself as humanity’s first “space nation,” has a warning for world leaders: a life-threatening asteroid impact is “inevitable” unless we do something to stop it.
“In the last 100 years, the Earth has been hit at least three times by space objects, each with an explosive power many times greater than the Hiroshima atomic bomb,” Igor Ashurbeyli said in a press release. “Future life-threatening impacts are inevitable unless defences [defenses] are built.”
“World leaders must intensify efforts to detect and track [near-earth objects] and create ways to deflect them from a strike on earth,” he added.
Let’s be real: It’d be easy to dismiss anything that comes from Asgardia as a joke. The nation is little more than an idealistic concept at this point — it doesn’t have anywhere for its citizens to live, and its name sounds kinda silly.
However, Ashurbeyli isn’t the first person to express concerns that an asteroid could wipe out humanity — scientists and other experts have been sounding the warningfor years.
He also isn’t the only one who thinks world leaders aren’t doing enough to protect the planet from the threat — retired NASA astronaut Russell “Rusty” Schweickart recently asserted that the United States should be doing a lot more to detect potential asteroid strikes.
Thankfully, space agencies aren’t completely ignoring the threat of Earth-bound asteroids.
NASA is currently developing a probe to smash into incoming asteroids to redirect them away from the Earth, with plans to launch in 2020 or 2021. The European Space Agency, meanwhile, is developing a “self-driving” spacecraft to work in conjunction with NASA’s probe.
Whether these projects will be ready in time to prevent an asteroid from smashing into the Earth and causing humanity to go the way of the dinosaur, however, is currently impossible to predict.
Saturday 6 April 2019
The first beggar-free city (Trivandrum/Thiruvananthapuram) in India is in Kerala.
India’s first ‘Digital State’ -2015
The first state to have 100% banking inclusion - 2007
Second school for girls (1859) unprecedented in the Indian subcontinent after Pune in 1848.
First mosque in India is 629 AD( 7th oldest in the world)- 1st in Mecca, Soudi Arabia, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Medina, Soudi Arabia, 5th in China and 6th in Somalia.
First church in India (52 AD). Christianity has been in Kerala longer than it has been in Europe. The St. Peters Basilica, Vatican built in 333AD
First synagogue in India - Kochi, Paradesi Synagogue built in 1568
(the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations)
The first state in India to receive rain from the Southwest monsoon :)
UNICEF and the World Health Organization(WHO) designated Kerala the world's first "baby-friendly state"
Listed in world top 5 family destinations by Lonely Planet repeatedly (in 2016 as well)
UN awarded Kerala for its global leadership in creating innovative initiatives for sustainable tourism, (the first time India has ever won the recognition)
Natgeo - Ten Paradises of the world' and '50 of the world's top places to see
Highest Human Development Index in India 0.80 ( National average is 0.609) - 2015
The least corrupted state in India - 2015 survey
India’s cleanest and healthiest state and five of the ten most livable cities in India are in Kerala.
First 100% literacy city in India
The highest literacy rate in India - Male 96.2% and Female 92% (2011 survey)
The highest life expectancy (77yrs)
Forestry cover of Kerala is almost 25-30%
The highest minimum wage in India- the average wage for an unskilled worker is. INR 500per day
The sex ratio (Females more the Males) 1084 females for 1000males
The highest media exposure (99%)
Highest % of elderly (12.6 %)
Cleanest city 2016 -Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the basis solid municipal waste management.
Kerala is the first state to implement land reform bills and education reform bills
kerala is the only state in India with the facilities of hospitals in every village
Highest hospitals beds 4 beds per 1000 population
The healthcare in Kerala is the best in India with a patient doctor ratio of 1:700 ( the ideal ratio by WHO is 1:1000) . The National ratio is 1:1700
Highest gold consumption in the World (20 % of India yrly)
Three gold loan companies in Kerala have more precious metal in their vaults than the gold reserves of Singapore, Sweden or Australia.
The highest mobile communications penetration in India
Highest road density in India (5,268.69 km per 1,000 sq km
Highest home ownership (87.5 %)
The highest rural per capita consumption per month
Highest Remittances -40% of india
Rs 1 lakh crore ($14.9 billion) in the third quarter of 2015-16.
Kerala with only 2.76 per cent of Indian population, utilises nearly 15 per cent of the consumer durables in India
The leading destination for luxury cars (13 % sales of premium cars.)
BSNL-Kerala is the highest profit making circle in the country
Ranks second as state with least poverty (Goa is 1) .7% while national average is 21.92%.
Lowest maternal mortality rate.
Lowest Infant mortality rate (12 per 1,000 ) India stands at 44!
Lowest Hunger index -17.66 (India is 23.31.)
The lowest population growth rate.
The least corrupted state.
All the 11 public services are ranked the least corrupt in the country.
25% of India's 15,000 plant species are in Kerala.
Supplies 60% of worlds white coir fibre.
Has the oldest existing martial art form, Kalaripayattu, dates back more than 2500 years
Kerala is the only state in India with specific palliative care policy (Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness)
Kerala has only 3% of India's population but It provides two-thirds of India's palliative care services.
The world's oldest teak plantation.
Worlds Longest Teaks are in Kerala.
Worlds Only Teak Museum is in Nilambur, Kerala .
The only drive in Beach in India is Muzhuppilangadi, Kannur, North Kerala
Kerala is also the first 'Open Defecation-free State' in the country.
Friday 5 April 2019
Following a philosophy of ‘like treats like”, German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in 1796. He restored health by administering highly diluted amounts of substances such as arsenic, belladonna, sepia, nutmeg or chamomile, which, in larger quantities, cause symptoms like those suffered by the patient.
I think most of Indian language, including my mother-tongue Malayalam, speakers will be having more activity in the visual and spatial brain centre - visuo-premotor association network. The researches suggests that the native English speakers have more activity in the language network known as perisylvian cortices in the left half of the brain. This might be different to the first and second generation migrators. I particularly noticed my son's ability of visually thinking about things, but could it be a bit of hereditary 'genes " from us? My wife is pretty good at learning new languages. I speak three languages proficiently but she speaks four. However, I think I'm more of a visual person than my wife :) Unfortunately my son speaks only 'English' though his parents are multilingual. We still trying to teach him Malayalam, our mother-tongue!