• Chennai

    The giant display walls seen during rocket launches

    I have wondered about the effectiveness of the large display walls in mission control rooms that we see on TV during rocket launches. Not only the USA (NASA) but Russia, India (ISRO), China and other spacefaring nations too, have these. Maybe in the 1960s when desktop computer displays were poor, these display walls had a purpose, do they still do? Having a backdrop of colourful, fast-changing charts and pictures do make captivating visuals in TV and news articles. But do the operators in the room see them and use the data for decision-making? These display walls are now being seen in many other places too, like in Police control rooms…

  • Lifestyle

    European cinemas are smoking a lot

    Recently I have been watching a number of European films (Spanish, French & others) like Corniche Kennedy (2016),  The Girl with a Bracelet (2019), The Commune (2016) and more. Irrespective of the genre, I noticed that most of the main characters were shown smoking. Needless to say, outside India (and few other Asian countries) smoking is not exclusive to the Male gender. I was wondering whether European films were exaggerating real-world behaviour? In India, thanks to stricter laws and censorship, the number of smoking scenes seems to have reduced in the last decade. Also, awareness campaigns, increasing literacy, have reduced the smoking we see in the streets in India –…

  • Chennai

    Vaccination Camp in my Alma mater

    Today morning, my alma mater Shrine Vailankanni Senior Secondary School, T.Nagar, Chennai had organized a #Covid19 vaccination camp for people aged eighteen and above, in association with Rotary Club of Madras and Greater Chennai Corporation. I had taken my son, niece, and nephew for vaccination. It was organized conveniently and safely. The school management was visibly seen taking care and efforts to ensure all were double-masked, the area well sanitized and only the pre-registered were allowed inside the premises. The waiting area was a huge open ground, cool breeze blowing in from all directions and the not more than one person was allowed in the vaccination room which was well-ventilated…

  • Chennai,  Lifestyle,  Rostrum

    Got my final dose of COVID-19 vaccination

    I got my second dose of #COVAXIN two days ago, on Thursday at Radhatri Nethralaya in T.Nagar, Chennai – a specialised eye hospital. The whole experience of making the appointment, to the visit and getting administered was handled smoothly. Since they are administering only on prior booking, the wait time was less. The chief nurse Ms Sakthi Priya was friendly, and she took safe care of my 80-year-old mom, making her comfortable and then administering the vaccines. God bless Ms Sakthi, Mrs Brinda, and the entire team at Radhatri. Each one of us, owe it to the scientists, the Healthcare workers and the Government(s) who are battling this pandemic and…

  • Lifestyle,  Lounge,  Rostrum,  Yoga

    How did I get consistent with my Yoga practice?

    The Pandemic and the Lockdown Because of the pandemic lockdown last year and being cooped up inside our houses for weeks, it soon became apparent to me that I need to burn my energy & sweat it out by exercising. I restarted taking my walking seriously. As a result, from April last year, I became regular and consistent (7000-9000 feet every day) in my walking on the terrace of my house. The Problem But, I was missing my Yoga routine (for over an hour) which earlier was happening twice or thrice every week for the last two+ decades. I decided to do something about that too. That was surprising to…