Saturday, 30 April 2011

Space - The powerful idea ("S" in A2Z blogging Challenge)

Space - I unable to recollect that  - When this word was introduce to me?. But, I remember that, I, many times, use to quarrel with my first standard class mates to leave some space in the first bench in the class room. For that space, I always tried to be early in the class than any body. That time the space for me is the area.

I still remember my third standard experiment - blowing the balloon - to check the characteristics of air that occupies the space. This time my space is also a volume. 

Till my fifth standard, I was unable to understand the difference between the space on the bench and space in balloon, where I was introduced with the graphs and 3D space by my Grand Father who is a Maths teacher. Here my space has the dimensions and coordinates. Then I had a little bit intuition about space. 

As I am growing, my space for the space also growing. In my seventh standard, the new space was introduced to me by the Radio program on Gravitation and Einstein, where time is added to my space. This time this space is out of my reach. Only I am able to understand that space is not easy thing to understand but it is so critical that I have to dig in it. That is the first time interest in space deepened and till today I am studying about it. This space and time only introduced me to the Einstein. 

 Up to my12th standard, my mind revolved around the space for analyzing it in mathematical and physical way. I use to collect books on space and Einstein, still I am collecting and reading them to understand.

Suddenly, my life space changed from my space to Electronics space as career, after 12th standard. But I never left my space. I still use to analyze electronics with my space effects. Most of the times I am able to understand and imagine the electronics better with my space. 

My thinking, my interests, my affection towards the space are deepening day by day and they are ever brightening. 

One surprise thing is that, my space thinking is also propagated to my little child also. She is also asking a lot of questions about space beyond the earth. Some times I have to refer to answer her questions. She is fascinated about outer space and space stations.

That is why, the space is very powerful word - not a word, but it is an idea and a thinking - which influencing my life.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Rangoli ("R" in A2Z blogging challenge)

Rangoli is one of the fork arts of India. It is decorative art. Rangoli is done on the courtyards and floors of living rooms. This art is practicing in India from ancient days. Rangoli is done on the special occasions like festivals, marriages, etc. Rangoli is treated as the sacred welcome for the deities. But in south India, the Rangoli is done every day in front of house. Generally the Rangoli is done by the women.

Rangoli patterns consists of geometric shapes, flowers, leaves, butterflies, birds, etc. Rangoli design are done such that, the patterns are suitable to the occasion.

Rangoli with Diyas (Lamps)

Basically, the Rangoli is done using the fine granular rice power or flour. These materials are mixed with Kumkum or Turmeric, etc. Now a days they are mixing with natural or synthetic color.  Some times the people use flowers, leaves, etc. to have good appearance.

Rangoli Made from flowers

An artistic work with Rangoli

Rangoli patterns are done by first keeping  dots on the ground and then they join the dots to form different designs. The number of dots and pattern of dots are depend on the intended Rangoli pattern. Some times, the people do the Rangoli without using dots also. Rangoli is done by single woman or collective women. Now a days, Rangoli competitions are conducting by some charities on special occations. Some colleges, organizations  also conducting competitions during the occasions like annual day celebration, etc.

Rangoli is a symbol of religious and cultural beliefs. But I found one scientific reason in that - The Rangoli done using the Rice power. The birds will come and eat this rice powder. In this way we are feeding the birds. At the same time, the insects like ants etc. also eat this rice power and they will enter in to the house.
The termaric used in Rangoli acts as anticeptic, and repells some king of insects also. Any way, the Rangoli has only advantages and no disadvantages. But only thing is that we have to practice the Rangoli, which is not doing by the now-a-days girls.

My daughter likes very much to do Rangoli, even though, she is not able to do the design, but she can fill the patterns with colors.

My daughter (with Red sweater) fill colors in Rangoli

My daughter's Rangoli

My daughter doing Rangoli with her cousin and Mom

Rangoli Competition in my wife's college:

Rangoli is not only a art work but it indicates the culture, togetherness with the nature, happy and cheer. It is the indication of the smiling colors of our life.

Rangoli PatternsRangoli (Non Stop Garba)Romina's Rangoli

Quill ("Q" in A2Z blogging challenge)

Quill is a pen made from a flight feather of a large bird, most often a goose. Quills were used as instruments for writing with ink before the metal dip pen, the fountain pen, and eventually the ballpoint pen came into use. The shaft of the feather acts as an ink reservoir, and ink flows to the tip by capillary action. Quill pens were used in medieval times to write on parchment or paper.


The writing instrument that dominated for the longest period in history (over one-thousand years) was the quill pen. Introduced around 700 A.D., the quill is a pen made from a bird feather. The strongest quills were those taken from living birds in the spring from the five outer left wing feathers. The left wing was favored because the feathers curved outward and away when used by a right-handed writer. Goose feathers were most common; swan feathers were of a premium grade being scarcer and more expensive. For making fine lines, crow feathers were the best, and then came the feathers of the eagle, owl, hawk and turkey.

Quill pens lasted for only a week before it was necessary to replace them. There were other disadvantages associated with their use, including a lengthy preparation time. The early European writing parchments made from animal skins, required much scraping and cleaning. A lead and a ruler made margins. To sharpen the quill, the writer needed a special knife (origins of the term "pen-knife".) Beneath the writer's high-top desk was a coal stove, used to dry the ink as fast as possible.


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Positive Thinking ("P" in A2Z blogging challenge)

Positive thinking is a very powerful and potent force, which we can use to manifest our goals and accomplish difficult tasks. Positive thinking arises from following important aspects of our mind.
  • The attitude with which we approach life and view the world in general. 
    • Our attitude determines how our mind processes information and how we interpret our perceptions and narrate our experiences to ourself.
  • Our self-image, which is how we see ourself and how we think others see us. 
    • Our self-image determines our self-confidence, our behavior and our relationship with the world and the people in our life.
Positive thinking is a way of looking at the world with hopeful, cheerful and positive frame of reference. It is how we would like to position ourself in relation to the various aspects of our life and the things we interact with. It is how we make sense of the world, how we interpret our knowledge and experience, how we deal with our problems and manage our actions and reactions. 

When we are positively inclined, we see opportunities instead of problems and open ourself to the immense possibilities life offers us in the form of challenges and obstacles.

We can develop and maintain positive mental attitude by believing in our ability to achieve our goals and dreams. Have the conviction that we will succeed in reaching them or realizing them and in manifesting our destiny. We have to believe in our ability to control our mind and our thoughts and the ability of our mind to manifest our intentions and aspirations.

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity Albert Einstein

If negative thinking gives nothing, then why should we think negative?  
Think Positive.  It never harms us.

Positive thinking makes it possible to all impossibilities

Positive Thinking has the key to answer to any problem

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Optical Illusions ("O" in A2Z blogging challenge)

An optical illusion is a visually perceived image that is deceptive or misleading.

An optical illusion (visual illusion) is characterized by visually perceived (Visual perception is the ability to interpret information and surroundings from the effects of visible light reaching the eye) images that differ from objective reality. 

The reason is the information gathered by the eye is processed in the brain to give a perception that does not tally with a physical measurement of the stimulus source.

Many scientist are working behind the optical illusions to find exact reason. When light hits the retina, about one-tenth of a second goes by before the brain translates the signal into a visual perception of the world. There is neural delays in present image processing of our brain. The human visual system try to compensate for neural delays, generating images of what will occur one-tenth of a second into the future. This foresight enables human to react to events in the present.
Architects, Artists and photographers worked on optical illusion and created great artistic pieces. Even I studies in the ancient Indian epics like Mahabharata, where the Pandavas created a Mayasabha (The palace with Maya). 

Here I am presenting some paintings and photographs based on Optical illusion, including My daughter pic. 

Note: All the Caption to Pics are have two things. If observe the pics, we are able to see both the things in each pic.

Face and Ribbon

Water Fall and Building by MC. Escher - 1961

Birds and Women Face

Kid and River Side

Horse and Frog

Vase and Faces

Snow Mountains and Sea Waves

Parrots and Wooden Frame

Old Women and Yong Princes

Water Fall and Building

Prince and Horse

Relativity by MC Escher - 1953

Deer in Trees and Deer in front of Trees

Drawing Hands by MC Escher - 1948

Snow Mountains and Animal Faces

Crossing Walls

Round and Square pillars


Chess boards and Fort

Old Man and pregnant women with lamp

Elephant Legs
Duck - Rabbit

Flower Vase and My Daughters Face

Loves Nature and World


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