Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things to know about Mr. Subramanyan Chandrasekhar
Image courtesy: Google Doodle - Oct 18-19 2017

1. He was the first astrophysicist to win the Nobel Prize for Physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1983 along with William Fowler on their theory of the evolution of stars.
2. His was the second Nobel Prize in his family - his uncle, Sir. C. V. Raman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1930.
3. The Chandrasekhar limit is named after him (it is the maximum mass of a white dwarf star)
4. NASA named one of it's four 'Great Observatories' after him - the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. The other three are the Hubble Space Telescope, the Comptom Gamma Ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
5. American astronomer Carl Sagan studied mathematics under him at the University of Chicago.
6. The Government of India awarded a scholarship so he could pursue studies at the University of Cambridge. The Chandrasekhar Limit was born during his journey from India to Cambridge!
7. He was admitted to the prestigious Born's Institute in Gottingen, Germany (where other famous physicists such as Niels Bohr, Heisenberg have studied).
8. His range of fields is wide and his love for learning and teaching led him to everything from study stellar structure to white dwarf stars. 
9. Chandrasekhar wrote a readable and condensed version of Isaac Newton's Principia to make it accessible to common readers
10. Systematization - Chandrasekhar's underlying prime motive for his work was systematization and his desire to participate in the progress of different fields of science to the best of his ability. About this, he wrote - "What a scientist tries to do essentially is to select a certain domain, a certain aspect, or a certain detail, and see if that takes its appropriate place in a general scheme which has form and coherence; and, if not, to seek further information which would help him to do that."
According to the freedictionary - Systematize means - To put into a system; arrange according to a plan or scheme: "The aim of science is surely to amass and systematize knowledge" (V. Gordon Childe)
11. He was invited to join the Manhattan Project that built the atom bomb but delays from FBI to give him security clearance  for the same stalled his inclusion.
12. Family - He was one of ten children, his family pursued learning and encouraged him to follow his dreams. His mother, for example, translated into Tamil, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll House.
13. The Google doodle is honoring him on the occasion of his 107th birthday on the 19th of October 2017 with an illustration of him and the Chandrasekhar Limit  in 28 countries. - image above

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

O is for October Festivities

A few days have slipped past without me realizing it at all. Spending time with family and friends during this wonderful, warmth filled festival of lights, Diwali, makes time go by so fast :) Here is my post for day 18 of UBC  (should I play catch up on posts?, will definitely try to catch up on commenting on other posts though) and for ABC Wednesday's letter O as well as an attempt to work on the dVerse prompt (will try once more!)

October Festivities
Nature seems to celebrate
with colors of fall so bright
Dressed in autumnal glory
All around a visual delight

Homes across too celebrate
with twinkling lights, candles too
As festivities warm the hearts
We say
         - Happy Diwali to You

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Saturday went by in a blur.

Photo taken by me at the local high school Marching Band Expo last week, my son is in his school's marching band and plays the trumpet. This was part of the performance of another high school in the expo. Each performance was amazing and unique, and it was wonderful to watch our young ones be a part of something so beautiful!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

on Friday
scare people so much?

-@Vidya Tiru (@LadyInReadVT)
A Fibonacci poem for my Day 13 post..  (on Saturday, Day 14, barely that too!)
Image Courtesy: dogonews

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Poetics and Thirteen Somethings

I am at the store, in the frozen foods section, and having stocked up on pizza, ice cream and some waffles too, guiltily thrown in a packet of the edamame as well into my cart. I reach home and lovingly place my frozen comfort foods in sight and throw in the packet of edamame towards the back.


Wait, wait, don't tell me..
She forgot again, didn't she?
That I exist in this arctic freeze
Well, anyhow, welcome to thee
Now, we are three!!

That is number one edamame 
and you have met me 
we christen you edamathree
Another week and you will see
Number four in our company!

At dVerse today, Lillian is hosting and having us explore our refrigerator; and this here is my honest attempt (literally!!)

And one more poetry attempt as I look at the outside of my fridge and try two memes at once (dVerse poetry with Thursday Thirteen!) as I continue my UBC journey and to write 31 days.

Thirteen Somethings
That first mommy day gift (1)
which makes friends go awww
gives my heart a lift!
Circa 1999 - Santa Barbara - a day (2)
in paradise, it says
Wonder where I put the others away..
Kids in the same pose year after year
for a change, 
hold the basketball to your left my dear..(3)
The majestic sights of Page, a more recent vacay (4)
coupons luckily that can still be used today (5)
a recipe noted down (6)
a few nouns (7)
a stress-buster on my fridge door (8)
a yellow sunflower (9)
one random magnetic beer mug (10)
a little heart  - a virtual hug (11)
random artwork that brightens everyday (12)
and the clips make thirteen, hurray! (13)