Caught behind but not out!

Friday, December 23, 2005

Chicago

I finally encountered Chicago. I cant say it more directly. I finally got to see Chicago! The air was fresh, cold, windy and everything that was Chicago came along with it. I couldn't have asked for more. Imagine a wind that can blow you right off pedestrian walks onto roads when traffic lights are still green. No I ain't jokin'!

Chicago by night was absolutely fabulous and a view from the 'top of the world' will tell you just that! Its strange that people dont want to go up there by night. Didn't Cindrella flap her wings by night? Independence? Well, lets just say I like the world spinning the other way. A clear view of the skyline of Chicago- lit up. A whole bunch small yellow lights zooming past at 40 mph. The rivers drifted softly. I couldnt hear a thing from up there.

The best was however yet to come - Millenium Park. I'm not the kind of person who gallavants to every major tourist spot. I prefer seeing what the city is like. It isn't the gigantic cloud art or some tower modelled like a champagne bottle that amazed me, but the laughter and smiles of the ice skaters at the park. That image sure does linger! A dash of love and a pinch of holiday spirit to taste. Smells good! Fabulous is the word that's closest to how I'm trying to describe what I saw. Everyone smiled. For once the world seemed like the happiest place ever. Even falling down while skating was greeted with gentle smiles. I still remember the songs that played and the ones that were a seranade to my heart. I shouldn't forget the occasional Santa who skated past with a beaming face.

I didnt go to the Art Museum, I didnt see what every tourist coming into Chicago probably sees. But I leave Chicago with no remorse. The city has given me more than what I asked for.
Look around Chicago for the romance. The boats of Venice need not set sail. A few thousand smiles should do.

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Stem Cell Controversy

And then there was light.....well even God took his own sweet time to say that. Apoligies to those who saw empty pages in the shallow depths of my blog and passed by. For those who came back, the flower whose seed lay buried in those waters has bloomed and those who now come can feel the fragrance drift past.

The news surrounding Dr.Woo Suk Hwang proceeds at such a rapid pace thats its quite hard to keep track of the events that are unfolding. For those who are not familair with the controversy surrounding this issue...

Dr. Hwang had earlier announced the cloning of the first human embryo from which he extracted stem cells (Stem cells are useful for treating diseases like Parkinsons) He followed this up with the cloning of a dog- Snuppy!
To understand the magnitude of this, lets say this is like Brian Lara when he scored back to back centuries to singe handedly defeat the Australians in 1998 (a test series that became a draw but the innings went down as one of the best ever!)
So there it was- a sudden leap of Korea into main stream science, Dr. Hwang became a national hero and a possible Nobel in the future. Whew! The Americans were fairly frustrated as they felt that their research had not made as much progress thanks to the White house.

Then came the controversies, back to back, Lord of the rings Part 1 and Part 2....
1) Ethical concerns about how the ova for the experiments were acquired (ova from members of the lab were used which violates the international ethical codes for scientific experimentation)

2) A possibility for fabrication of results in a paper submitted to Science in June. (these charges are yet to be tested and proved)

Inspite of this, Dr. Hwang enjoys public support and he still stands by his results. Only time will tell what cruel diversions fate might take. Of course, the media will watch and so will we!

Interesting to note though, IF Dr. Hwang is proved wrong, California is apparently where the breakthrough might come from. Now isnt that convenient? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

*Sciam Blog(awesome reading to know how the plot unfolds)

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The broken wall

I wandered along a broken wall
Pensive. Lost
afraid I would fall.
I treaded softly as it meandered
Trepidation. Thought.
Should I slip, would I fall
The cloud of doubt that looms over
Darkness. Light.
The shores are lovely across the land
But so is the water
The flowers are beautiful in the bloom
But so are the leaves that caress
Which side do I fall; love?
Will it be the death of virtue,
Destiny shall lead me,
Guided. Blindfolded.
Faith or the lack of it
Hope and the abundance of it
A shiver and every thought that comes with it
As I hold onto destiny’s unfailing hand
Cold. Uncertain.
I slip………