India’s national pastime

Mulla Nasruddin*, the Sufi scholar, returned home from a trip he had taken with his wife to find that his house had been burgled. The thieves had taken every valuable object in the house. Nasruddin's wife was visibly displeased. "It is all your fault." she said to him. "You should have checked to make sure … Continue reading India’s national pastime

Facile technology for warding off the evil-eye: inexpensive “nazar suraksha”

Abstract: The "evil-eye" better known as nazar is a severely detrimental energy field that impacts the well-being of individuals in South Asia. Previously, others have demonstrated the effectiveness of the evil-eye deterring pendant known as Nazar Suraksha Kawach which works by interfering the dangerous frequencies of the evil-eye. However, this is inadequate since the protective … Continue reading Facile technology for warding off the evil-eye: inexpensive “nazar suraksha”

How to get rich by selling “homemade” rudraksha seeds

Prayer beads made of rudrakshas* (also spelled as rudrakshs) are very commonly used by Hindus. My grandfather had one which he used like rosary beads to count the number of times he had recited a mantra. TeleSkyShopping Network, a direct-to-home shopping outlet that sells various charms and amulets in North America for hundreds of dollars … Continue reading How to get rich by selling “homemade” rudraksha seeds

Did Prahlad Jani survive 70 years without food or drink?

As someone actively engaged in the dissemination of scientific information, I find it incumbent on myself to sift through the news to see how science is being represented by the media. Last week many media outlets including the AFP, reported a curious case of an Indian holy man who claimed to have survived without sustenance … Continue reading Did Prahlad Jani survive 70 years without food or drink?

The role of scientists in society: thoughts on cholera reduction using sari-cloth.

If you are searching for sarcasm in the following sentences, you will be disappointed. What you will find is sincere appreciation for two landmark scientific studies. In an extreme example of social asymmetry, while privileged individuals can debate whether or not to drink purified bottled water, over one billion others on this planet do not … Continue reading The role of scientists in society: thoughts on cholera reduction using sari-cloth.

ReLAX: you are in the City of Angels

"California: bordering always on the Pacific and sometimes on the ridiculous"                                                                             –  George Carlin "Lay off California... We have bears and great white-sharks and even our washed-up actors are allowed to kill one blonde chick."      -    Bill Maher I’ve been out of the loop for a while and … Continue reading ReLAX: you are in the City of Angels