India’s national census results were out back in February. And while it shows a much expected rise in population making us well nigh the world’s most populous nation, contributing nearly 17.5% and with a mere one million short of the Chinese, we have something else to think about: female feticide.
Over the past years, our male child to female child ratio–given as girls per 1,000 boys–has been well below the average of 952. In the 1992 census we were at 945 and in 2001 we fell to 927. Ten years later, we are at a mere 914 girls per 1,000 boys. Continue reading
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.
I am a travel fanatic and I’ve been wanting to get certain (lovely) things out of my mind lately and relax; and then I’m an aspiring physicist: anybody can put two and two together to realise this is quite the dream vacation for someone like me. There’s the serene, tranquil ambience of this beautiful, almost untouched place which lies in the range of the tallest mountain peak in India, south of the Himalayas. Added to this is the world’s largest experiment on neutrinos being planned nearby, which appeals to the physicist in me; and I think it’s a place any physics enthusiast would want to see even if not participate in. I am in no position to do that right now, considering my somewhat limited knowledge. Continue reading
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. You can read more about my trip to Munnar and the proposed INO site here.
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