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Sir David Attenborough, aged 94, is a legendary broadcaster for a long time with the BBC and a natural historian. He is known for his deep voice and his coverage of the animals around the world like no one else. His series like Life on Earth (1979), Life in the Freezer (1993), Blue Planet (2001) and others are remarkable works documenting the seldom seen lives of several species we share this planet with. His latest work: A Life on Our Planet (2020) is in his words “a witness report” of how the planet has changed in his (single) lifetime. A…

Frequencies (2013) is a British science-fiction film with an interesting plot. In a world where everyone emits a specific frequency, reminding us of a social score, which determines every aspect of their life – love, education, career, wait-time for a train and everything else. For nearly an hour the film proceeds slow, with repetitions of important scenes, making it tiring, but the last ten minutes go bustling. The low-frequency “Zak” is attracted to a privileged high-frequency “Marie”, but every time they come near for more than a minute, bad things happen in their surroundings. But Zak doesn’t give up, he…

Ask an Astronaut by Mr Tim Peake: This is a free-flowing book, mostly Q & A format,  addressing numerous questions we may have about travelling to space, what it takes to be an astronaut, and how is life in space. I enjoyed this book a lot, gave me strong hope that humanity which has overcome odds to go to space and moon will certainly survive the current crisis and come out stronger than ever. Mr Tim from the U.K. was an astronaut representing European Space Agency (ESA) abroad the International Space Station (ISS) for a 186-day Principia mission in 2016.…

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) is a kind of a historic spoof about King Arthur of Britain on his quest to find the “Holy Grail”. If you get British comedy and can see the humour in nonsensical events, then you will enjoy this film, otherwise, you will find it tough. I liked it, but the carnage and blood (though all in humour) were a bit too much for me – I was told that the style is familiar to the fans of the famous comedy troupe Monty Python. The film is available on Netflix. The film starts with…

Unbelievable! A Government project to build a dam that cost 15% less than the budget estimate. It happened in British India in 1862 for the construction of Pooniar Annicut on the Pennar river in (1973) South Arcot District. I am not able to identify this dam in modern-day Tamil Nadu, which one is it now? PS: I found this page in one of the old Lifco Publishers Private Limited stotra (religious hymns) books.