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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Religious Love

Since I do not have much to do these days for my joining date is a month or so away, I have been watching movies and reading stuff on the internet. A movie I saw yesterday got me hooked to a natural phenomenon so much that I spent 4 hours doing an 'MRP' on it :-). The name of the movie hardly matters but it had an interesting scene. About love making and relationships.
It intrigued me so much that I wanted to read about it on the internet. No sooner than the movie ended Google was on. Then came Wikipedia...

When we talk about flowers, especially orchids, each orchid has specific relationship with a certain insect that pollinates it. Every certain orchid looks exactly like a certain insect so that the insect is drawn towards it as if the wild flower is its soul mate, its double. And it wants nothing more than to make love to it. And after that, the insect flies off to another soul-mate flower to make love to it and thus pollinating it.

I wonder whether the plant or the insect ever understands the significance of their religious love making.

How can they know that because of their little dance the world lives? But it really does. By simply doing what they are designed to do something large and magnificent happens. In this sense they show us how to live how the only barometer you have is your heart.

Now when you spot your flower you can't let anything get in the way. Love it.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

380,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 MW of power

If the non polluting, cost effective and more efficient options of producing energy are employed, the oil business will go down. Those companies which provide funds for political parties and help them win elections will suffer. The coal industry, the oil industry, the steel industry, which employ millions of workers will be knocked out and in turn the government will be blamed for loss of jobs due to lack of subsidies.

This fear in the minds of the governing keeps wind powered engines, solar cell and concept cars from being commercialized. Even though the idea of renewable sources of energy is propagated, governments still rely on the what-so-ever left fossil fuels to keep the likes of Shell and ONGC running in order to operate the governments and in turn the economy.

Around 93 million miles from where you are sitting and reading this, a massive ball of plasma-tic nature of physical anatomy burns 600 million tonnes of hydrogen to give 595 million tonnes of helium every second. This makes our Sun lose 5 million tonnes of its mass to churn more energy each second than ever used in human history which gives 380,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 MW of power.

This energy received on the Earth amounts to a colossal 38lacks and 50thousand ExaJoules in a year, or 440*10^21 Joules per hour. What is consumed by all the humans, for food, exploration, manufacturing & production, entertainment, R&D, marketing, computations etc amounts to an average of 5.7*10^19 Joules per year.

This means that even if we can capture 1/8000th part of energy that the Sun showers at us in an hour, we can actually power the entire Earth for one year.

We can get more energy in an hour than is being consumed per year.

We have the technology -

  • for active capture: Parabolic dishes and Stirling Engine system, Photovoltaics, Simple thermal collectors
  • for passive capture: solar alignment of buildings, use of favorable thermal mass materials and light dispersing character of glass and building substances, designing spaces to naturally circulate air

Then why not use it? For residential purposes, solar power inverters are available at costs as low as can be covered within 18 months of installation. saving on electricity, and of-course cascading the benefit to the bank balance which can be invested for better living.

Monday, March 15, 2010

4C - Christopher Columbus Cooked Cookies

When a cake is so easy to make and so good to taste, who needs a cake mix?

I came home from Delhi, yet again. The next day, today, when I went to the kitchen to warm my lunch up, I thought of baking a vanilla cake. Even though we had chocolate powder, but I wanted to experiment with Vanilla, so as not to screw up the not-yet-cooked Chocolate cake.

I put palak paneer that my mom cooked into the microwave oven and side by side starting gathering the ingredients for my vanilla cake:

2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
1 cup milk
3/4 cup oil
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

I preheated the OTG at 170 degrees C and started the intermediaries. In a bowl went eggs and sugar. I beat them with the hand blender till it was thick. Then I added milk and flour, oil, baking powder and vanilla and beat the hell out of it all for 3-4 min.

Then the batter went into the preheated greased baking pan. I put in the OTG for 40 minutes and went to eat my food while watching a pirated version of the new movie - Click. It is a pathetic copy of the Japanese movie - Shutter, and a very poor attempt to plagiarize.

I realized my hom was filled with an aroma. I felt the same thing on February 14 this year. I was in the Delhi metro going to Lajpat Nagar when some chick boarded my compartment and the aroma of a freshly baked cake filled the atmosphere.

The movie wasn't that good, it was awful, but the sweet smell seduced me and my senses. I wanted to munch on something, anything.

Around 4pm, I heard the OTG bell ring. It meant that 40 minutes were over. I waited, impatiently, for another half an hour for the pan and the cake to cool down. Took out my baking and boy it looked awesome.

This vanilla-scented cake was supposed to be simply irresistible when slathered with my favorite frosting and then layered in whipped cream and pineapple jam.

However, the way the Americas were discovered when Columbus started his journey to discover India, a thick layer of biscuit was baked when I really wanted to bake a vanilla cake. Why? because I used a very wide cross-sectioned, shallow pan instead of a deep one.

Well.. Good heavens it didn't burn.

Monday, March 8, 2010

talking 2 the snake charmer, looking @ grandiose, feeling awe-struck

I was standing at 8000 feet above sea level, looking through the camera lens. What I saw was amazing as..

With all its strength, peaking through air from above the clouds, oozing majesticity and might, 380km from my feet, still visible clearly through the naked eye.

As my driver talked told us how people in the mountains live eating only what they grow, and how rice is manually threshed and milled before marketing, I looked at the apple farms terracing from the hills like that in a child's drawing sketch book. As he maneuvered the cuts and curves like a snake charmer, I tried to get a glimpse of this massive compound of dark rock, black dirt, snow, and glistening ice, that held itself above 24300 feet.

Nanda Devi, a gigantic carving of nature between the valley of Rishganga and Goriganga, holding ground in the Garhwal Himalayas.

It shone like a mammoth chiseled superstructure angled to perfection of the beholder's perception.

Upon reaching Mukteshwar peak, I could see the unambiguity of each mountain in the snow clad Northern Himalayan range. Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and five peaks of Panchachuli stood proudly.

Towards the South and East were the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. And how I felt is hard to put to words..

Its not what I felt within me, but something that my mind wanted to relate to their loftiness.

great, awe-striking, grand, elegant, egotistical, credible, reputable, esteemed, dignified, honorable, deemed proud-blooded (if that makes sense at all)..

Now I want to climb the Himalayas. :-)