Friday, December 23, 2016

Shades of "Yes Prime Minister"? - by K.J.S.Chatrath



Here is a news which truly deserves to be posted in 'Anaap-Shnaap'. 


 A cat and mouse story from U.K.- a small island which once ruled a large part of the world seems to have been rattled by mere mice!

Shades of  "Yes Prime Minister"?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

‘A few days in the Arctic Circle in search of Northern Lights’ by K.J.S.Chatrath


 Earlier this month, I spent a few days in the Arctic Circle in search of Northern Lights. One had read a lot about this amazing natural phenomenon and had seen photographs and short film clips of these, but the desire to see these live was great.

So I boarded what was called an ‘Expedition Ship’ from Bergen in Norway. The first encounter was on the second night of the sailing itself but the view was hazy and of short duration. The second night we all were ready on the deck.

It was about minus 3 degrees Celsius and the ship was moving at a speed of knot per hour. On top of that there was a cold wind blowing. And the Northern Lights appeared soon and remained for about an hour.

It was so cold that inspite of the fact that I was well dressed for the weather, I could not stand on the deck for more than 5 minutes at a stretch as the cold would hit the eyes and tears would start rolling incessantly making it impossible to see anything and forcing me to retreat to a covered area. I guess it is human body’s coping mechanism.

I was in the arctic circle for another 3 nights but by that time weather had become bad and it was snowing all the time and no Northern Lights could be seen.

Take a look at some of the photos that I took. It is not easy to photograph these lights but I guess I was lucky.



The lights are seen above the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as 'Aurora borealis' in the north and 'Aurora australis' in the south. Auroral displays appear in many colours although pale green and pink are the most common.

 
The lights come at night when the sky is dark and seem to be dancing across in the sky. 

To the locals living in the areas where these are visible, these are a part of yearly cycle. In these areas these lights have been, and still are, a rich source for art, mythology and legends.

Renowned scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson sees this phenomenon as a unique example of just how beautiful science can be. “It’s a curious thing about the universe”, he says, “behind the most stunning sights to behold, lies some of the most challenging problems in physics”.

 







One may like to see the following websites of travel companies in India that organise trips to see the Northern Lights:  

www.mapsandstories.com   Contact Director Mr.Sameer Londhe
http://www.veenaworld.com/Package/Detail?pCode=EUNL&cCode=2

(Write up with inputs from the internet.)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Saturday, November 19, 2016

'Photo of Mars taken by India's Mangalyaan on the cover of National Geographic'....

Photo of Mars taken by India's Mangalyaan on the cover of National Geographic.

Mera Bharat Mahaan! (My India is great!)

Friday, October 7, 2016

'Reading old newspapers & periodicals' by K.J.S.Chatrath

When the issue is of travelling, I do not let my age come in the way. Otherwise I am like any other 73+. I love to read my daily newspapers and periodicals in peace and quiet sipping tea intermittently.

However when I come back after travelling, I find a pile of newspapers and a bundle of periodicals. No, I don't throw these away without reading. I put them chronologically, putting the oldest at the top, and read a few daily- how very Senior Citizenish! I must concede that I have never succeeded in making my newspaper and periodical reading up to date as there are always bundles to be read, tasted and enjoyed.

Yes, I enjoy this exercise as I find some hidden gems which otherwise I might have missed in daily hurry.

Today I was thumbing through an old issue (March 14, 2011) of the Outlook magazine, and I look what I found - an unusual and very cute photo of respected Baba Ramdev Ji:

Friday, September 30, 2016

'You, me and eternity' by K.J.S.Chatrath



'Volvo Car Corpn is now owned by a Chinese Company?' - by K.J.S.Chatrath


I was surprised to read that Volvo Car Corporation is now owned by a Chinese Company. The Volvo is , is a Swedish-owned multinational which was owned by AB Volvo until 1999 when it was acquired by Ford. In 2010 Ford sold it to Zheijang Geely Holding Group, a Chinese company!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

'Navjot Sidhu quits Kapil Sharma's comedy show- news' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

'Navjot Sidhu quits Kapil Sarma's comedy show'- news -

I hope Kapil Sharma too quits ...He has such a crude sense of humour and lacks sensitivity towards ladies.

'A really crowded men's rest room in the Vatican Museums' by K.J.S.Chatrath

A really crowded men's rest room in the Vatican Museums.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

'Come on you two, Brad & Angelina- patch up!' by K.J.S.Chatrath



News of breaking up of anyone’s marriage is a sad affair. The latest is the splitting of the star pair of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. By the way, I rate Brad as the better actor out of the two.

Remember Angelina standing in front of a temple door in ‘Lara Croft and the tomb raiders’? It's a 12th-century site called Ta Prohm; it is otherwise known as Old Brahma and was initially named Rajavihara or the royal monastery. Now it is called by some as the Angelina Jolie Temple!

I visited Cambodia a few years back and got myself photographed a la Angelina Jolie in front of a root covered door of an old temple in Ta Prohm- the famous scene Angelina had encated in ‘Lara Croft and the tomb raiders’.


And that is me fooling around with a cut-0ut of Angelina Jolie in the Ramoji Film City outside Hyderabad, India. 

 Come on you two, Brad & Angelina- patch up!