Art/Literature/Culture

THE CASE FOR BEING BETTER PARENTS

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR

You need not switch on your TV to picture in your mind a child running across a battle-scarred terrain, while snipers try to shoot him down; or, maybe, fly-covered faces and bloated bodies of a thousand starving children, somewhere; or of children being incinerated, bomb...
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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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PHILOSOPHY/SCIENCE

THE BEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR 

Yuri Gagarin, who made man’s first-ever sojourn in space, ‘waxed eloquent’ as to how different things were up there without the comforting force of gravity. It is actually a sort of `falling-elevator’ sensation — one result of which is that the spine in zero-gravit...

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...