Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Breakthrough by ISRO scientists

It was a momentous day for scientists at ISRO Bangalore. The project they've been working on for 4 years now has come to fruition. Today at 13:23 IST, India became the fourth nation in the world to measure the time taken by Vijay Mallaya to turn full circle. Final results revealed that Mr.Mallaya took 27 hours 53 minutes and 37 seconds. This is a small departure from 23 hours 12 minutes and 13 seconds recorded by USA 2 years before.

Today, India followed USA, Russia and China to successfully measure Mr.Mallaya's rotation. It was pandemonium at ISRO, Bangalore's Vikram Sarabhai Research Centre when the concluding result was published and validated. Mr.Nair, chairman of ISRO called it a "Momentous Occasion, one that we achieved through months of hard work and dedication". Mr.Nair added that the initiative was fraught with risks but the scientists held their own during various challenges.

The entire project was started 4 years ago after USA published the results of its mission, Lexus 23 to measure Vijay Mallaya's circumference and time he takes to revolve 360 degrees. The entire project cost NASA 17$ billion. Soon, China piped India to start its own Mallaya fact finding mission and came up with its results last year. India incurred 321$ million dollars which is a fraction of what USA(17$ billion), Russia (13$ billion) or China (2$ billion) spent on their missions.

Mr.Nair added that the project resulted in some path breaking inventions in Thermo-Nuclear Dynamics and Aqua-Polar-Caustics and promised a manned mission to Andromeda within the next decade.

The scientists spent 3 years preparing for the mission and real breakthrough came during the IPL when Mallaya was spotted at various parts of India and South Africa. ISRO used remote sensing satellites to map his locations and some classified satellites from Israel were borrowed to generate the data across time spans.

The prime minister Mr.Manmohan Singh congratulated the scientists at ISRO wished them for all future endeavors.From BJP's front, Mr.Arun Jaitley started with, "This is an outrageous allegation by the Congress and the opposition will vehemently oppose it in accordance to the UN rulings and the judgment passed by the Supreme Court of India..." when the press personnel interrupted and explained him about the achievement by ISRO scientists, he excused himself for recess and was not seen again.

PS: The style is inspired from Anand Ramachandran. Any credit/dis-credit should go to him.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Where Love is, God Is

27th April 2010

I am not one of those Dairy freaks. But something happened today which I felt like recording.

I took the usual 13:40 bus to my office. In Udhyam bus stop, a family of four (Husband, Wife, Son {about 5years} and daughter {2 years max}) boarded the bus and took the ladies and gents seat appropriately. Within minutes, their daughter started shouting and crying. This is what caught my attention and many others' as well. When the boy asked his mother as to why the child was crying, she replied that the kid wanted to site with her father and smiled.

That's all that happened.

This is just an ordinary incident. In fact, it is not an incident at all. When their conversation ended and the mother smiled, I felt "love" around me. It was for a fraction of a second but I felt it.

May be that is what family is all about.

PS: About the title, I really didn't feel God there. Thought the title will be catchy.