My Sacred Bull

OF LIGHT & SHADOW
MIND OVER MATTER
THE WEB OF SERENITY
EMBRACE THE LIGHT

Art/Literature/Culture

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

It was a rainbow synthesis of words that made Ernest Lehman’s genius an integral part of his superb craftsmanship — more so, because his cinematic chemistry mirrored his silky-smooth and built-in delightful ability to entertain multiple pairs of seemingly opp...
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OCTAVIO PAZ: TRANSLATING THE UNIVERSE

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR 

For a man who did not relish writing, Mexico’s most renowned poet, Octavio Paz, simply savored and enjoyed its result, be it plaudits, or brickbats. He never used the good old typewriter, the word processor or computer. He always wrote by hand — the cre...
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WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

Most of us know that laughter is the best medicine — a natural remedy for a host of ills and moody blues. Modern science testifies to such a credo, not just in terms of possibility constructs, but also sound precepts. So, what could be everyone’s better examp...
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PHILOSOPHY/SCIENCE

THE NEURON STORY

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

You are what you are is not as simple as it sounds, because who we are is based not just on our identities, but also our dreams, hopes, intelligence, memories, the world around us, and neurobiology. Neurobiology is a branch of biology that studies the development, anatomy, physiology or functioning o...

OF SYMMETRY & HARMONY

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

Symmetry is just not a word; it’s a concept. A concept that has a timeless appeal in the human mind. It not only attracts our visual sense, but it also plays more than a prominent role in our sense of beauty. Not that the idea is perfect. Far from it: a paradox too. Perfect symmetry, for instan...

GUT REACTION

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

Ever since the Dutch scientist and pioneering microbiologist Anton van Leeuwenhoek [1632-1723] scraped scum from his teeth and observed tiny ‘animalcules,’ or germs, in the plaque samples beneath the first-ever microscope he invented, it bid fair to the ‘presence’ of the micro...