I asked Harsha(Eco Soch) if I could tag along to one of his solar installations. I got my chance today. This is at a resort near Bannerghatta national park. The first skill you need is the ability to climb up stairs and ladders and clamber on roof tops. I didn’t climb up to where the panels are. Only my son can give me that kind of confidence.
I stood around and watched while people lifted heavy things and mounted them on walls and roofs.
I also listened to Sunil talk about the angles of solar panels and Bhaskar discuss elections and the flow of election finance.
Ranga, Bhaskar, Kishore and others are doing the wiring now. They don’t even need stairs and ladders. Just climb off walls.
Debo is from auroville. He was giving instructions and telling people what to do first and next. Debo and Harsh are off getting more components and Sunil has decided he needs a swim. This is a peaceful place and I’m enjoying doing nothing.
On-site. One of the workers made himself a gym.
When the earth was a hot cooking pot of elements and molecules for a really long time, nucleotide molecules happened by chance. Proteins are made of those. And we are made of proteins. When fat was cooked up later, again by chance, there was a nice material that was not soluble in water. So when protein got a coating of fat, it could last longer. We are talking about DNA (protein) inside a cell membrane (fat).
Prokaryotes are typically single celled life forms with a single outer cell membrane.
Cells need energy for maintenance, growth and division. They get this energy by breaking molecule bonds and releasing energy.
Initially cells got molecules from their environment. Thes molecules broke down inside the cell due to stuff inside the cell. This released energy and warmed up the cell. Warmth increases temperature which means quickly moving molecules. Fast moving molecules can make the cell membrane expand till it breaks. And now you have 2 cells or 2 bits of protein coated with fat.
I think stuff diffusing into cells due to a difference in concentration isn’t exactly eating, but it’s much like it.
Molecules being broken down by the chemicals inside the cell membrane isn’t exactly digestion but it’s like that. And when the concentration of the broken down molecules inside the cell membrane causes them to diffuse out, that’s like excretion.
Life was like this for a very long time.
I finally bought this book today. It is kind of costly so I had to wait.
I personally recommend learning science as a pre-requisite to understanding upaniSads, if you are on the adhyayana route to knowledge.
I’ve been enjoying Rahul Kanwal’s Election Express for a while now.
He is doing far more intensely, and with a great deal more resources what I love doing. Travelling, meeting people from all walks of life and hearing their take on elections and other issues.
His interactions are changing him as mine have changed me. I like watching this change in a learning, growing young man.
It would be nice to meet and talk to such a well-travelled person. There is only so much that can be said on national television.
Good job, Rahul!
The hardest bit is going back to office at the end, after being in the field. This experience changed Gandhiji and Alluri Seetharamaraju. The change benefited the country.
PS: Turns out this young’un is highly accomplished and has won awards and everything. Covered kargil war. Heads this news channel. It’s mere motherly/teacherly ignorant love that makes me think he needs my encouragement/support/advice..
I went and voted off!
After I came of voting age, I’ve voted in every general election, that there has been.
Our voting slips were not given at home this time. But we found them easily at the polling station. Our EVM had a fault, so our line was very long. But the machine was quickly fixed.
We saw a lot of our neighbours. They said that senior citizens could go ahead in the que. But my parents refused to admit to old age. So they waited their turn with us.
There were a lot of policemen and a lot of election officials around to keep us safe and orderly.
We were all excited and happy. We celebrated with ice cream afterwards.
Here is proof of voting.
nA paristhiti kUDA idE. Of course kRSNuDu ee mATanTE daaniki kARaNam confusion mAtram kAdu. As’caryam antakanTE kAdu.
kAnI nAku mAtram asacharyam. asacharyam.
nA celli kUturu na e-mail teesukOlEdu. nEnu vALLammaki mails peDtE, Ameki mukhyamaina panulaTa, aa pillaki naa happy birthday wishes kooDA forward ceyyalEdu. EdO oka response vastundani nEnu oka padi rOjulu kAcuku kUrcunna.
eelOpu maa chinna mEnamAva manavarAlu, fb lo message peTTindi. “baavunnava peddamma? bhOncesava? annayya, ammamma, tAtA bavunnarA” ani.
mUlanunna musalidAnni kadA, cAlA pongi pOyanu. evaru eppuDu palakaristArO, evaru eppuDu sAyancEstArO, evaru eppuDu tODostArO evariki telusu?
mahA mahA kRSNuDE tanaki priyulevarO apriyulevarO telidannaDu kadA. nEnenta?
naa manasulO cOTu okaTe vundi naaku ivvaDaniki. adi kOrukunnavAriki mAtram istE saripOtundi.
meetAvALLaki oka namO namah.
kANEna cakSuSA kim vaa? CakSuh pIDaiva kEvalam.
I’ve always wondered why people with jobs and husbands complain to me.
This slide helped me understand.