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‘On nobody’s word’

Consider the following verses from Sanskrit and Halegannada (old Kannada) texts written in India about a millennium ago (translations mine): If cucumber and ash gourd plants coated with honey and ghee are tied with a rope and smeared with cow dung, … Continue reading

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Preserving the preservers

Last week (early March 2015), science journals, both professional and popular, decried the funding cuts to Kew Gardens, considered the largest botanical repository in the world.  The Kew Gardens houses more than seven million plant and fungal specimens, and has … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Indian university education

The lady sitting next to me was very upset.  Prof. Balaram’s first slide in his talk on ranking institutions (at the Indian Institute of Science on 21st Feb 2015) had headlines from various dailies screaming that the Indian Institute of … Continue reading

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