900 Seconds Underwater

shark cage diving

It was almost time….  Beads of sweat roll down my black wetsuit and amalgamate into the puddle of saline water around my trembling feet. Apprehensively, I look around the boat, to see a few amateur divers like myself, sick and puking into the turquoise and turbulent waters, leaving behind a trail of chartreuse vomit. Briskly, …

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Bipin Rawat – Paying tributes to India’s Greatest Generals


General Bipin Rawat, an Indian military officer was a four-star general of the Indian Army. He served as the first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Armed Forces from January 2020 which ended in a tragic helicopter crash leading to his unfortunate demise, on 8th December 2021. Prior to CDS, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Indian Army. …

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Alchemical Anarchy

science lab

The incandescent tube lights flickered momentarily and soon the massive expanse illuminated, revealing its contents. The familiar fourteen black marble tables were arranged into a composite grid of two rows and seven columns echoing a quartz-like cubic lattice. Cream coloured, circular stools shadowed the platforms and sent a stinging pain in my back just by their mere appearance. The off-white brick walls were lined with rusty, decrepit crimson cabinets clearly in dire need of being replaced. Turning 180 degrees from the platforms was the bare blackboard with “Texas Biomedical Research Institute” written in bold, yellow, familiar letters right at the top. It was followed by white chalky circular wipes, augmented by the black background. The deafening eerie silence in …

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The Bermuda Triangle


We all must have heard about the term “Bermuda Triangle” before. Known by various names like the Hoodoo Sea, The Limbo of the Lost or even the Devil’s Triangle, this region has become the centre of unsolved mysteries. Where is this cryptic section of the ocean located? It is a region in the western part …

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Are you left-handed?

Left handed

Handedness is known as an individual preference for the use of your hand. Right handedness and left-handedness are 2 types of hand preference that are well known, but there are some less common variations like mixed-handedness which is changing your hand preference depending on the task or ambidexterity which refers to having equal ability in both hands. Right …

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Israel – Hamas Ceasefire

Israel - Hamas Ceasefire

The Israel – Palestine conflict has been going on for decades with the most recent outbreak of violence which commenced last month on 10th May 2021. It was marked by protests, riots, rocket attacks by Hamas and Israeli airstrikes targeted on the Gaza strip. This violence continued for 11 days until an Egypt-mediated ceasefire was …

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The 63rd Grammys, 2021


The 63rd Grammys, 2021 is certainly one to make history. It switched between the indoor performance stage for the show’s set pieces and the outdoor set-up around the Los Angeles Convention Center surrounded with small tables of artists. The Grammys this year as well, brought along its share of snubs and surprises.   Hosted by the talented and highly effervescent Trevor Noah, the 2021 Grammys broke the gender bias with women winning the …

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Political Change in the US – 2021


As we all know, president-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on 20th January 2021 and will assume office as the 46th president of USA. So, what are the changes that this country will experience once Biden’s presidency starts? Democrat Joe Biden has been keeping a long list of actions he would like to carry out and reverse …

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The Great Conjunction

The gas giants

How often have you heard two massive planets being only 0.1 degree apart AND can be seen with the naked eye? At least for the last 800 years, no one has. What people call the “Great Conjunction of 2020” or “The Christmas Star” is actually the culmination of the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn coming …

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Heading for the Hills

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Here are a few pictures from a week ago when I visited Hilton Shilim – A resort in Lonavala amidst alpine mountains of the Western ghats and lush & assorted greenery. The 2,500 acres that Hilton covered were vibrantly spread out with exotic …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg – Queen of Dissent

A diminutive 5 feet tall yet supremely influential and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights – Ruth Ginsberg. An associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 to 2020. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.  Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been nicknamed “Notorious RBG” for her caustic contentions and her predilection for asking tough questions in a court that can tilt toward conservative decisions.   This hugely …

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Mutating Viruses…


Writing a Fictional story ending with the line – Both of them left and he started wondering whether he had done the right thing. A cloudy winter night in San Francisco – San Jose on September 15th 1971, turned into something Dr Philip and Dr Rob never expected. The two bio-chemical scientists were good friends …

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Nature’s Getaway


Visiting Art Village – a unique farmhouse in Karjat is one of my most cherished lockdown memories. This farmhouse is a great get away from your daily monotonous lifestyles and adds colour through this creative and inspirational stay. Places are much more than the first impressions and my initial thoughts about this farmhouse greatly differed from what it actually was.  During my Diwali vacations, we visited Art Village …

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Heaven’s Delight


Everything gets better with chocolate right? Well at least for me and my sister (who’s a major sweet tooth) it does. We had an incredible time making, clicking pictures and of course eating this scrumptious dessert. This Chocolate Coffee Crumble is a fantastic upgrade from the classic chocolate cake. It actually has a dash of …

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The Cluster of Rings! 🪐


What’s your favourite planet in the Solar System? Mine is Saturn, but not because of the crystal rings that surround it. Did you know that not only Saturn but also Uranus and Neptune have translucent rings? Saturn doesn’t sound so unique now does it?…but, the reason it’s my preferred pick is because of the various …

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The Bigger Threat


The outbreak of the deadly corona virus, shook everyone to their core. Online school, lockdown and empty streets are now the new normal. Battling against this detrimental virus, I thought that things couldn’t possibly get any worse, but everyday humanity keeps proving me wrong.  Scrolling through the world’s recent happenings, I come across various eye gorging articles every day.  No, not the usual jumps in the COVID 19 cases, something …

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US Presidential Elections

US Elections

Researching about the presumptive presidential nominee for the 2020 election– Joe Biden, got me thinking about how the election process in US works? I was intrigued about its process, the mechanism and the various proceduresinvolved. Is it similar to a democratic set up like India where people elect theirown leader or does it follow a …

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America’s hope – Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election is running against the incumbent Donald Trump. Biden was elected as the former vice president from 2009 to 2017 and he also represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009. Biden is part of the democratic party which is the world’s oldest active political party which believes in high social and community responsibility.    So, what do we know about him?  Joe Biden briefly worked as an …

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