Most Astounding Fact – View, Listen and then cry with happiness

Neil DeGrasse Tyson shares the most astounding fact about us, atoms, stars & universe.

When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”- Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Seriously, how can you not?

Seriously, how can you not?

I have seen this video a thousand time now. I have it on my laptop, I have it on office laptop, I have it on my cellphone, I have it on my iPod, I will soon be having a poster too. I don’t know what is so mesmerizing – the voice or the fact itself or the music? I think it is a perfect combination of all three.

Seriously, my body, my mind, my every cells, my every atoms feel absolutely awed when I reflect on that fact. Somehow the image I get whenever I hear this is of the most beautiful night sky I saw when I was in Hinkley, California. I went to live on a ranch amidst the great Mojave desert and experience a side of America that I had never thought about. Penny, the owner of the ranch, had picked me up from the Barstow Greyhound bus station and we drove for about 30 minutes till her ranch at Hinkley.

When I stepped out of the car, I looked up and told her – “This is the most number of stars I have ever seen with my naked eye!”. She replied, “Do you know why that is?”. Why? “Because there are less people on this side of the world. We are in the middle of Mojave desert and welcome to the Aquarius Ranch!”  🙂



One of the domes at Aquarius Ranch, Hinkley California







Gone. The saddest word in the language. In any language

“At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it.” ― Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

My deepest condolences to Himir and his family for the loss of father.

Little Things

Wise quote from one of my favorite authors Kurt Vonnegut.

Today is Uncle-Niece day. This is the day when I have to stop thinking about myself and my plans of what-to-do-on-a-weekend. This is the day when I have to go back to becoming a child. (This reminds me of a good quote from “Beyond Good and Evil” by Nietzsche – “A man’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.”)

Tanvi, my niece, is about 10 years old and as quite as a Loki, the god of mischief. She is one chatter-box and the only way to shut her little mouth is to give her a laptop and a game to play with or turn on “Bheem” on some channel that I never turn on except when she is around.

Her favorite hang out place on internet is this game site. She can play those games for hours and hours. I mean the way she gets engrossed and serious playing those games – I wish I had one of these when I was little. All I had was…damn I don’t remember…guess shitty childhood 😦

Well, anyways, we had a good lunch and watched some TV, played UNO, drank Thumbs Up, & now she is cleaning the dishes (Human Rights Activists – She insisted, Okay?) 🙂

The other little devil, Pari, the youngest niece, is at her Nani’s house. Both are enjoying their summer vacation which is about to end.