Rottarpur Diaries

Now, that I have got the hang of creative writing (sort of!) I have decided to be a little ambitious and start my own series of stories, based in the fictional city of Rottarpur. I know I maybe getting a little ahead of myself, but I hope the story arc would prove otherwise. I intend to spread the story in the form of episodes which I will try to post as frequently as possible.

The age of Shama is waning and the time of Revolution is upon the otiose masses of the State of Hind. The Rottarpur Diaries is a tale of 5 individuals, caught in the rising tide of violence and rebellion washing over the infernal city of Rottarpur, the murky and corrupt capital of the State. Continue reading

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Drawing the Line

This is an interesting opinion piece by my friend LeftyChemist on the concept of religion and the faith and belief in it. Here he talks about the thinning line between religious beliefs and superstitious beliefs and cites some examples in the Indian context to accentuate his points. I have to thank LeftyChemist for his contribution to my blog and I hope to receive and share many more such pieces from him.

Drawing the line

‘You’re so far away from the line that you can’t see the line… The line is a dot to you..!

                                                                                                -Joey Tribbiani

I’m talking of the line that separates religion from superstition and the line that separates science from religion. Let’s face it- the one thing that has the highest double standards is religion. What my religion is to me is pure Continue reading

Jack and Jill – A Twist

I remember the old nursery rhymes that I was taught as I child and among those timeless rhymes, I particularly favoured ‘Jack and Jill’. Maybe it was the tune of the song or maybe the comedic ending that made me like it so much. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it goes like this –

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown, Continue reading

Big Game Hunting – With darts?

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I came across this article in the National Geographic and it is very disturbing to know that game hunters are now changing their ammo from bullets to tranquilizer darts. All in the name of ‘wildlife conservation’. The justification behind this scheme is that for the conservation of wildlife, they must be caught and administered vaccine. And what better way to do so than have a rich, testosterone driven hunter go after the animal with a gun. Of course, no bullets only darts and no kill, only knock out. What would otherwise be a routine process for the conservationist would now be treated as a ‘game’ and an easy way to raise money for the ’cause’. Check out this article to know more about the rationale behind this idea and the arguments against it – http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150514-catch-release-hunting-green-bongo-conservation-animals/#

Iron Fish – A better hero than Iron Man

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A Canadian doctor has created a new hero that the world deserves – Iron Fish. Yes, it is literally an iron fish! Dr Christopher Charles came up with the idea of ‘Lucky Iron Fish’ as a way to build the iron content in the diet. All you have to do is to drop the little fish into the dish you are cooking and a little citrus juice for the iron absorption and then remove it. To know more about this ingenious idea visit http://www.luckyironfish.com/

Bladeless Wind Turbines ?

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Its difficult and non-intuitive to imagine a wind turbine without blades but Vortex Blades. a Spanish company, has gone ahead and proved it possible. It does not work on the conventional notion of the blades rotating and converting the kinetic energy of the wind into electrical energy. Instead it uses the principle of vorticity to oscillate and generate electricity in the process. If this were to become commercially available, then I guess a wind farm would look like a field of vibrating tubes sticking out of the ground! To read more check out https://www.wired.com/2015/05/future-wind-turbines-no-blades/.

Phantasmagoria

This is my first attempt at writing a short story, so any critiques and suggestions are welcome. Some time back, I had watched a Natural Geographic documentary on Parallel Universes and I remember that I had got very excited with this concept of simultaneous and parallel worlds existing together with ours. The idea had remained with me for quite some time and recently I decided that if I were to start a short story, then this would be my premise. Of course, I am no expert in this field and whatever follows is just a fictional take on my understanding of parallel universes.

Phantasmagoria

The entire stadium had become one organism, waiting with bated breath. Continue reading