Art/Literature/Culture

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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ASSERT YOURSELF, GENTLY…

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

Think of a commonplace scenario, on a typical workday. The usual corporate meeting. The boss is, as usual, inviting ideas for a new plan that could boost the company’s image — not directly, but subtly, for a change.

This is just enough to throw the ...
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PHILOSOPHY/SCIENCE

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...

THE NANO PERESTROIKA

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

The idea of nanomachines was first postulated by Richard Feynman, PhD, avant-garde physicist and Nobel-laureate. He hypothesised that there was ample ‘Room at the Bottom.’ He also suggested that human beings were a marvellous biological system — adept at doing things &lsquo...