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Restless and Zen in equal parts. Monk with a keyboard. Cooking #Chef_CBG , reading #Monk_reads , trivia #CBG_Thread , photography. Politically Centre Right.
Sep 29, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
One day, mother nature read Karl Marx and became a communist.

She felt guilty that she had created inequality in topography. "Haves" tall mountains and "have nots" ocean floors.

BOOM! A just revolution then levelled the mountains and the oceans.... 1/n The oceans were gone and so were hills. A blob of a great swamp replaced them all.
"It ain't pretty but there's equality" , she said.

But her joy was short lived for she realized the horror she had created amongst living. Tall giraffes and tiny moles, cheetahs vs sloths. 2/n
Sep 15, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
Today's thread.
How an ancient Danish King, who united several warring clans, inspired modern Engineers to create a unified wireless standard.

Bluetooth: one protocol to rule them all

#CBG_Thread #EngineersDay 1/n In late 90s , connecting devices with each other was a big nightmare. Almost every gadget had a custom cable.

And wireless space was fragmented among infrared and proprietary wireless protocols. 2/n
Aug 25, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
There are so many problems with this thread.
1) Assumes dark skinned premise for Asuras. Hence as per him Keralites were asuras.

Many "North Indian" Gods are proudly dark like Krishna, Rama, Vishnu and Kali. So flawed premise. 2) As per Bhagvatam, Mahabali performed the yagna on banks of Narmada and not Kerala so any appropriation of Bali is by Malayalis and not vice versa
Jul 27, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread

Once upon a time Hindi's Devanagari script was written in 2 different ways...

Then a few missionaries in Danish colony in Bengal and their rival press in Bombay changed it forever !

Read on.

1/n If you read old manuscripts of Sanskrit / Hindi you would notice many strange characters in them. Characters no longer used in modern Hindi.

They were called the Calcutta style of Hindi. While the modern form is called Bombay style.

Why these names? Herein hangs a tale.

Jun 10, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Today's thread:

The legend and history of a trader king, his city state and a clan.

King Agrasen - Agrawals - and the archeological excavations of Agroha, Haryana.

1/n As per the legend, King Agrasen ruled over the kingdom of Agroha 5000 years ago.

He was a trader king and his 18 sons eventually led to 18 gotras (actually 17.5) of Banias that form the umbrella "Agrawal" business community. 2/n
Apr 29, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Before the Wire, Quint and The Print gang starts talking about how village electrification means nothing as it's not household electrification, just two cents that I learnt from my father who was an engineer with state electricity board. Electricity is transmitted at very high voltages to cut down wastage. E.g. pinjore shimla line is 132kv.
So village electrification means adding poles, cables to connect to high voltage transmission and then down transformers to bring it down to 220V used at homes.
Apr 22, 2018 10 tweets 3 min read
Mr Shekhar Gupta allow me to respond to this pathetic article with facts and not vague insinuations. 1/ Crackpot science 1 : Supercomputing.
Does the esteemed journalist know about "National Supercomputing Mission" started by Modi Govt with an outlay of Rs 4500 Crores? 2/
Apr 15, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
History of Himachal is sidelined in the communist controlled books.

So today on Himachal state day, I will share my old threads on its history. About people who matter to us.

Thread of Threads. 1/ A fort so invincible that Akbar's mighty army failed despite waging war for years.

See the famous Kangra fort and remember the brave Katoch kings who fought 14 months of continuous seige by Mughals but held sway. 2/

Apr 9, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
Today's thread

What connects :
Ancient Ayurvedic remedy,
Michael Faraday's liquid gold
And the science of Nano medicines

Read on. 1/n Gold has been used for medicinal purposes by various civilizations from vedic Indians to ancient Egyptians to mediaeval Europeans. It has been used for treating blood circulation issues. 2/n
Mar 24, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread

How Neem , our native treasure tree of health, is being appropriated by China, US while we Indians are cluelessly lost.

1/n Neem tree's botanical name is Azadirachta indica - derived from Persian "Azad-drakht-e-hind" - Free/nobel tree of India. It was revered by Unani, Siddha and Ayurvedic practitioners for medicinal uses. 2/n
Feb 26, 2018 9 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread

About Peepal - the tree of life and why Krishna calls it his own manifestation.

A view from spiritual and scientific angle. 1/ In Bhagvat Geeta, Chapter 10, shloka 26, Krishna says, "Among the trees, I am Ashvatth" - sanskrit for Peepal. And again in chapter 15, Krishna compares Peepal to the Universe itself. 2/
Dec 30, 2017 14 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread

Of a stolen cursed diamond
Of marauding Sultan's devotee daughter
And of 13000 men who guarded the Lord with their lives

Srirangam (TN) - timeless tales from a timeless temple Srirangam in TN is an island formed by Kaveri and Kollidam rivers near Trichy. Famous for Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple - Vishnu lying on bed of Adi shesh nag. 2/
Dec 22, 2017 10 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread

Measurement of time.
How current calendars can't match ancient Hindu timekeeping.

Why a day isn't always 24 hours long

Why a year doesn't have 365.25 days

#science #astronomy #Time
1/n How long does a day last everyday? 24 hours? Wrong.

We define day as the time taken by Earth to complete one rotation around its axis.
But with respect to what is the measurement made? 2/n
Dec 17, 2017 12 tweets 4 min read
Dear @AnkitLal I am a chip designer by profession. I throw you an open challenge to publicly debate me on the hackable nature of "microchip" used in EVMs. And since @latha_venkatesh RTed @AnkitLal 's nonsensical thread on the EVM hackability without understanding zilch, I request her to join the session.
Dec 6, 2017 12 tweets 4 min read
Today's thread.

What connects Krishna's sermons to Arjuna in Kurukshetra to ancient astronomy.

How our ancient astronomers knew a phenomenon that takes 26000 years to complete Abhijit Nakshatra is the constellation with the bright Vega star. Kings born under this were considered Abhijit (ever victorious). What makes it so special? 1/n