There is a story from Greek Mythology about a young hunter called Narcissus. He was the son of a river-god named Cephissus and a nymph named Liriope. He was known far and wide for his beauty. Continue reading I, Me, and Myself
Today is Varsha Pratipada, the first day of the Hindu Lunar Year. It is also called Yugadi ( first day of the era), or Gudhi Padwa [here in Maharashtra].
Gudhis are bamboo sticks with a coloured silk cloth and a garlanded metal vessel on top, symbolising victory.
A very interesting year has come to an end and now we look forward to what the coming one holds for us.
It promises to be an interesting one, too- particularly in the political sphere! Continue reading New Year Musings
Around a million years ago [give or take a few hundred thousand], our ancestors, the first humans, walked this earth. Continue reading Evolution [Part II]
A robot committing suicide?
Sounds like something out of a Science-fiction fantasy, doesn’t it?
But according to local media at Hinterstoder in Kirchdorf, Austria, that is exactly what a robot there did! Continue reading Evolution [Part I]
“A 9-year-old girl studying in a BMC school at Govandi was allegedly molested in the school’s toilet by an unknown man on Thursday.
The 2nd standard student, who studies in the Urdu-medium section of Shivaji Nagar Mahapalika School, went to use the toilet at about 5.30 in the evening, half an hour before classes got over for the day.
According to her, a middle-aged man followed her in. He then put his hand on mouth to prevent her from shouting and then touched her inappropriately. While struggling to free herself, the girl managed to scream, alerting school staff who rushed in to see what had happened.
However, in the mean time, the man allegedly managed to escape.” Continue reading Opening School Gates to Molesters
This morning’s newspaper brought the interesting news that
“a 15-year-old Icelandic girl is suing the state for the right to legally use the name given to her by her mother.
Apparently, Iceland has specific rules regarding what names can be given to a baby. There are 1,853 female names and 1712 male names that parents can choose from. Continue reading Of Names and Identities
As a child, I loved the story of Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who dreamed of becoming a real boy some day. He had an unusual trait- whenever he told a lie, his nose would begin to grow!
Why are rapes taking place in Haryana with such alarming frequency??
According to the Haryana State Congress chief Phool Chand Mulana, the rape of 11 women in the last one month (is) a “conspiracy to malign the government.”
“Such incidents happened earlier also, we condemn them …but no accused has been protected and all the culprits have been extended… I can say that this could be a conspiracy.” Continue reading Crime Against Women or Political Conspiracy?