The latest Indian census shows an alarming decline in the girl child ratio while our population is promptly on the rise. Coupled with this is the fact that the attitude towards daughters all over the nation seems to be changing—for the worse. Illegal practices by bribe-happy doctors are adding to this misfortune. Yet there appears to be a ray of hope for the optimist, in the country’s ‘sample surveys.’ But how hopeful can we really be? We have all this and more to ponder over as India inches towards China’s dramatically low gender ratio with sufficient scope to take over as the world’s most populous nation.

Today is my last full day at Munnar. Tomorrow morning I head further south to the proposed India Based Neutrino Observatory site near Theni, Tamil Nadu. While the first half of today I spent mostly in the resort, typing, reading &c.…

Nothing much went on today. Remember that lovely thing from yesterday? Well I decided I can’t forget it. So I’ll live with it. And yet, do not ask me to expand on it.

I awoke and typed out a couple of pages of my script and then readied myself quickly to do nothing through the day.…

Today, at 3 o’clock in the morning, (I am not very certain of the time because I’d just awoken and I have absolutely no idea if I even glanced at my watch!)  I readied myself and set out on my four-day trip to Munnar, a hill station in Kerala, South India–popularly called the Switzerland of the East–and a quick drive by the proposed site of the India-based Neutrino Observatory which lies near here.…

A view that captured me on my way to Munnar. Majestic is the one word I could associate with this. Part of the Munnar ranges in Kerala, this is actually the foothills of the set of mountains that rise over halfway through the height of Mt Everest.…