Winter solstice

Today, the northern hemisphere is experiencing the shortest day of the year. The winter solstice marks the shortest daylight period, but it’s not the day of the latest sunrise or earliest sunset. In the mid-latitudes the earliest sunset occurs in early December, while the latest sunrise is not until early January. This misalignment occurs because…

Jantar Mantar, Delhi

I have come to Delhi with Jaya & Babai for a couple of days for some personal work in New Delhi. We are staying at hotel The Park in New Delhi. It’s just opposite to the iconic architectural masterpiece of 18th century – Jantar Mantar. Jaya and I were remembering this place as she used to wait with Babai in the lawns…

RIP TELEGRAM STOP

India, the last place in which telegrams are routinely sent, is to withdraw its telegraphy service on 14 July 2013. From 15 July, BSNL which operates the telegram services in India will discontinue the 163-year-old service. The telegraph service started in 1851 when the British East India Company built a 30-mile (48km) electric telegraph line from the…

Winter Solstice 2012

stonehenge

Today is the winter solstice and the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. It's all due to Earth's tilt, which ensures that the shortest day of every year falls around December 21. Some predicted that today would also mark Earth's doomsday, thanks to a longstanding rumor that the Maya calendar ends on December…

A road made from waste plastics

Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO), a Tata enterprise, was carved out of Tata Steel from its Town Services Division in 2004 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand (India). Jamshedpur is known not only for its steel but also for green and clean city. Jusco has constructed a road in Jamshedpur, made from waste plastic. According to the…

Two faces of social networking

Twitter saved lives in the tragic moments after the Mumbai blasts last month and Facebook gave a platform to the Egypt-Libya uprisings. Blackberry Messengers seems to have dimmed the spotlight on the capacity and reach of social networking when it was used to induce violence and mindless looting in the Britain riots over the past…