Monday, March 27, 2017

Plant: Stunning, massive trees.....

They are more than just a tree.........they define the beauty and identity of a place....
Some of my observations...
Sweetgum........


Sycamore........

Coral....

Coast live oak...

A stately olive tree....

Bottle brush...

A big-leaf maple..........moss draped..

Another one near Storm King visitor Center, Olympic National Park..

A magnificent silk floss tree gracing a front yard..

A cottonwood near Mono lake, California..

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fauna: Koala at San Diego zoo.....

Koala..
San Diego zoo has a large group of koala....separate areas for males and females.s.

These Australian natives are doing really well here.....
The only awake koala, nibbling on fresh eucalyptus twigs..

Unlike its sleeping peers, this koala was awake...

Two koalas playing ... hugging each other and munching eucalyptus leaves...



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thought: Human population must be contained...

I am going to anger people by this statement...but I mean it.
'I find those people irresponsible and selfish,  who have more than two kids in today's time'.
Hailing from world's second populous country might have been the reason for this aversion...we have grown, struggling for every damn thing...
When I came to the USA,  six years back...I thought I have escaped the vagaries..
No..the specter hounded here too....
As I am an Indian native, VISA norms are tight for my country...which quashed my post-doctorate dream...

People might say, how do multiple children of others affect me?
Yes the relation is straightforward..it affects us all.
Population causes pollution...pollution causes low quality of life and premature death... 
Each man and woman have been endowed with millions and thousands of sperms and eggs, respectively..
That means...potentially, anybody can breed dozens of kids...
But, do the world has the carrying capacity...that much resource?
Everybody wants to pass on their heard-earned wealth to their progenies..to have a secure old age...to die surrounded my blood relatives..to be buried or cremated by own children...
So, they have many children..
But, time has changed...low mortality, and increment in life span has made the world over-crowded..

Though its a personal choice, there are some duties that surmount those ..
Controlling population is the need of the time..
Be a good, responsible human being....have few children...raise them into nice human beings...
Give other species a chance to spread their population...we need them...more than ours..

Here is another analogy.......fictional one..but, realistic..
A man wants to be rich, so that he can leave wealth for his son..
He trades with exotic birds from the Amazon forest..
The bird population dwindles..
The bird used to feed on mosquitoes..yes, dengue, zika kind...
Now, without the predator bird, the killer mosquitoes multiplies alarmingly..
The greedy man's son died of dengue...

How does that feel? 
Same chilling bot true lessons applies to all..... 

Friday, March 24, 2017

People: Dogs are a girl's best friend...

Looks like not diamond, but dogs are a girl's best friend.......
Some pictures taken in and around California......



A lady using her big dog as pillow on a lazy Sunday....

Relaxing at a neighborhood park....

Both the pet and human lost in searching something on the rocky shore.......

A lady with the dog watching sunset from Sunset cliffs........

Dogs exploring the Eastern Sierra with their humans..........

Near lake Sabrina...

In the hood..







Time and outlook has changed for good........

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Health: Why we should not tamper with body pH??...

As pollution is rising, ocean is becoming acidic....coral reefs are dying in masses..
Out of ignorance, I fed inorganic fertilizers to my acid-loving blueberry plant, and it almost died...
The inference is  that when pH changes, organisms can't cope and die.
Actually, something like this is happening to humans ... morbidity rates are rising...for fluctuation in body pH..
In the last few hundred years, our food habits have shifted towards acidogenic foods..

Our genome are optimized for the paleolithic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle and food habits..fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts, tubers, meats..





The not-so-old agriculture, animal domestication and industrialization trends have led to the dominance of grains, dairy products, and worse, chemical additives to the food platter..
Too much extracellular acidity is posing constant stress to cells and damaging neurons..result is diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases like SLE (kidney issues), multiple sclerosis (nerve damage), fibromyalgia (body pain), arthritis (bone loss due to the acidity leaching out calcium from them)...

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Plant: Bladderpod..

Bladderpod is a native shrub of South California.........often seen with yellow flowers...and green inedible beans..

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Passion: Flower vases from the patio garden..........

Yeah, that's an orange shell...

Hibiscus, coreopsis, Arabian jasmine, mandevilla, kumquat twig..........



Kumquat, mum, ixora, mandevilla, arrowhead vine...


Well, I prefer flowers in the plant..........not in vases.......
but, the harsh sunlight would have burned them anyway, so picked them...
Some shriveled flowers from the garden........

Friday, March 17, 2017

Though: India and Pakistan, and world perception on them....

Among very well-educated lot in USA, India is known as country that produces tech support and postdoctoral research guys…anyway, things are not all that cheerful..still some think it is the country of snake charmers, savage saints….also of overwhelming population, and filth (which is true)! First part seems very proud..second not so, right?

Though we have constant conflicts with Pakistan, it kind of hurts when it’s called a ‘Terrorist country’..how can that be true? I have half a dozen of collaborators from there…and talk of gentleness, and politeness. Hardly seen in any other. In emails, first thing they will ask is about health.

No generalization..please..otherwise it will be as true as India being a country of ‘snake charmers’.. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thought: Power of ‘a piece of mind’.........

Most of we are victims of unwanted advice…and guilty of  the same..
But, sometimes, ‘a piece of mind’ doled out at the right moment, becomes the motto and savior for rest of the life..as occurred in my case..
I was 25-26 then..pursuing my Doctorate research, far way from home..and I  was perpetually-stressed…
My PhD supervisor, who was then the Head of the Biotechnology Department in IIT Guwahati, India, called me to his office...and made me sit across his table..
It was not a regular scientific discussion..rather a philosophical meeting..
He told, “I know you have some kind of stress. I will not ask what is that. Even I have my tensions. Everybody I know have some or other thing to worry about. That’s part and parcel of life. Important thing is learning how to overcome it and doing your best”. He continued “Take this life lesson of mine. Keep yourself so busy in your work that you won’t get time to nurture worries.  And you will be pleasantly surprised with the result. Consider yourself lucky to be in science and research. We will perish in decades, but the publications we make will be preserved in some library. Even, hundred years after death, someone will be reading that”.
Seven years have elapsed since then. Lots of issues…emotional, social, professional, physical have emerged, threatening to break down my spirit ..but have vanished before a strong will power...they will keep appearing, that’s the Law of life..but I have mastered the weapon to counteract those stumbling blocks in the most efficient way..…

Eight out of the 10 papers I communicate gets rejected in the first attempt..I tell my spouse,  ‘I got a rejection. Can you guess what I will do now’? Promptly he says, ‘You will send three more’. ‘Exactly’, I say.

Hope it helps..they say enthusiasm is infectious in a good way……..
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