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Weekend Video: Eat & Eat

Final video of the day for foodies like me. Enjoy this beautiful video filmed by Rick Mereki over a span of 44 days in 11 countries. Eat and Have a nice weekend!!

Leave a Comment February 11, 2012

Pictures From Grímsvötn Volcano

Here are a couple of new images from Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. The volcanic eruption has already caused cancellation of various flights and closure of various airports in Britain, Ireland and Germany while warning has been issued to Denmark and Sweden airports. Volcanic ash also led to changes in president Obama’s travel plans as he had to shorten his Ireland trip and leave for Britain earlier to avoid the volcanic ash which is heading towards Britain’s air space.

Image credit: 1) Olafur Sigurjonsson/Reuters 2) STR/AFP/Getty Images

Leave a Comment May 25, 2011

Random Travel Pictures: Experiment With Insta.gram App

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Pictures have been taken in Berlin, Gainesville, Miami, Brussels, Cincinnati and New Orleans. Some special effects applied using filters from insta.gram iPhone application.

Leave a Comment February 1, 2011

Being Dutch, More or Less

Traveling is always an interesting experience to me, you get to meet people from different walks of life and talking to them and listening to their views is always fun and enlightening. Much of the world’s problems can be solved if people travel to different countries and meet different people and exchange views and opinions; I am sure all those barriers we have created amongst ourselves will fall in no time.

During my recent trip to India, I got chance to meet some very interesting people and I am glad I met them. My first flight was from New York to Amsterdam and before the flight was about to take off, I exchanged usual pleasantries with my fellow passenger. As we continued talking, I got to know that my fellow passenger, Dr. Lammert de Jong, was an author and was traveling to Amsterdam for promoting his upcoming book “Being Dutch, More or Less“.  As we talked about the book, he described to me that the book is about Dutch identity which has been changing in recent times due to globalization and immigration issues. Tolerance was once the hallmark of being Dutch, but in recent times this basic philosophy of being Dutch has been eroding. Dutch has been losing prominence in the global scene and in order to bring back the old glory and importance, the country have chosen a curious approach of “Take Back Netherlands” by separating the non-western immigrants from “True Dutch” identity, case in point being separating schools  for non-western immigrants which are also called as schools for blacks. Terms such as allochtons for classifying immigrants which means “from other land” is another example of how the Dutch society is being divided in two different identities- “True Dutch” vs “Immigrant Dutch”. Then there is the issue of Dutch citizenship vs European Union citizenship. Overall, Dutch identity is in crisis and this book provides an interesting perspective on this issue. I have yet to read the book, so I can’t comment on what are the possible solutions suggested by Lammert on the issue, but I will ask few questions to him via email and try to post his replies in future posts. You can read a detailed interview of the author about the book here.

Netherlands is not the only country facing identity crisis in  this new age of globalization. There are many other countries facing similar situation for eg. immigration issue in US, migration issue in Maharashtra and other states in India. Even though symptoms of the problems are the same in different countries but the causes and solutions will differ from country to country. Globalization has brought influx of people, ideas, cultures and traditions and since the things have happened so quickly in the recent times, it has brought some kind of turbulence in the social structure and due to lack of proper leadership things have started moving in wrong direction. Leaders who cling to the past and who can’t come up with any constructive solutions want to take things to the state as they were in past and that’s why we hear things like “let’s take Netherlands back”. The younger generation growing up in this new world of globalization provides some hope but in order to move things in right direction, they need a strong leadership.  Well, that’s my two cents on this issue.

Details of the book:

Title: Being Dutch, more or less: In a Comparative Perspective of USA and Caribbean Practices

ISBN 978 90 3610 210 0

Author: Dr. Lammert de Jong

Publisher: Rozenberg Publishers

Image credit: Dr Lammert de Jong

1 Comment December 11, 2010

29th Annual AAAR Conference, Portland

I will be traveling to Portland, Oregon all of next week for attending American Association for Aerosol Research Conference. This will be my first time attending this conference and as I am relatively new to the aerosol community, this will be a great opportunity for me to learn some new stuff in aerosol characterization and measurement methods. I will also be presenting my work on elemental characterization of fine and ultra-fine aerosols using Laser-induced Breakdown spectroscopy. If you are interested, here are the abstracts of my oral presentation and poster presentation. (shameless self promotion :))

Leave a Comment October 21, 2010

Picture of The Day: Flowers From Arizona

Beautiful pictures from Arizona provided by anonymous blog reader. Thanks a lot and keep up the good work of clicking amazing pictures like these!

1 Comment October 2, 2010

Boston Pictures

I have not been able to find much time recently to update my blog, but I promise to be back soon with lots of stories. For now, I toyed with flickr plugin to upload some pictures from my Boston trip. Here are few pictures from Boston:

Leave a Comment August 19, 2010

Shankar Mahadevan Night in Boston

After a week long break, it’s time to update my blog with cool stories from the scientific world. But before I get to those stories, I will write something about my week long Boston trip. The whole Boston experience was just amazing. It’s a beautiful, vibrant city with lots of history. There is lot to write about my Boston experience which I will do in my next post along with pictures. During this trip, I also got a chance to attend Shankar Mahadevan concert and as always Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy trio rocked. The show started an hour late but they made it up with high energy performance. They kept the audience engaged all the time and performed most of their hit numbers. I tried to record few songs, but the audio did not come out that great, anyways here are two short clippings.

Leave a Comment August 15, 2010

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