June 18, 2024

Remote Sensing The science and practice of acquiring information about an object without actually coming into contact with it is termed as remote sensing. Used in numerous fields, it is actually the off-site acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon, and is in contrast to on-site observation. The key idea here is without physical contact and from a distance. Today in many areas of our daily life we opt for and use the nuances of remote sensing, especially in... Read more

May 31, 2024

Natural Defenses Defense mechanisms are natural, normal, in-built, and part of all life forms. Flora, fauna, and humans use various defence tactics and strategies to exist and survive in this world. Plants have developed natural defense systems, physical, chemical or mechanical, to fight against infection. Mechanical defense mechanisms include thorns and trichomes (plant hairs). Chemical defense mechanisms are found within the leaves. Examples of physical defenses are thorns on roses and spikes on trees such as hawthorn. Plants use these... Read more

May 22, 2024

Definition One of my co-worker, a very down-to-earth, practical person, thought of himself as being emotional in his orientation. I have always considered him to be one full of of rich emotions, rather than an emotional person. Since there is indeed a vast difference between the two, he was pleasantly surprised when I proceeded to enlighten him. I then grasped how important it is to differentiate between sympathy, empathy and compassion. People often confuse one with another, and end up... Read more

April 18, 2024

The Occasion Story One time I was privileged to be judging a competition in one of my city’s well-known schools, along with others. The chief guest of the day, a young writer and educationist, rephrased the an old Aesop tale in four different versions. The old and proverbial hare and the tortoise story was revamped with an input from each version. The first version was the usual one we have all heard of, the tortoise winning the race. It gave... Read more

April 11, 2024

The Leadership Roles Some time ago I wrote on parent leadership as new paradigm in leadership styles. I explored the differences between various leadership models, such as traditional, bureaucratic, charismatic, etc., and goals of each. Recently, I have come to understand the two types of roles that make up parent leadership. Each of these roles is defined by its own responsibilities and its own spheres of action or influence. Neither can do without the other. Each must accept as well... Read more

March 28, 2024

Randomness and Uncertainty  Uncertainty, one of the most famous but misunderstood ideas in physics, points to a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what can be known about the behavior of quantum particles. In Isaac Newton’s clockwork universe which covers macro particles, all things follow clear-cut laws on how to be and to move. Quantum theory, on the other hand, governs the deportment of the smallest scales of nature. It embodies an aspect of uncertainty, and a level of... Read more

March 11, 2024

Women Help Needed As the world focused on felicitating women this month, I was occupied with deciding whether women helped other women. Are we, who were being praised and applauded, really supporters and promoters or adversaries and opponents of one another? I recalled a speech of Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of Pepsico, where she opines that women do not really help one another in the work place because they do not know how to give or receive negative feedback.... Read more

March 8, 2024

Tolstoy’s Triumph War and Peace authored by Leo Tolstoy is a chronicle of life as lived alternately between times of war and times of peace. According to critics, War and Peace isn’t just a great novel, but a guide to living. What Tolstoy offers is not so much a set of answers to life’s every situation as an attitude toward living. Tolstoy packs in more human experience than any other work of fiction had ever attempted as he moves seamlessly... Read more

February 12, 2024

Strongholds and Strangleholds In his second letter to the Corinthians in chap 10:4 NIV, Apostle Paul tells the church: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. Contemporary English version translates this as: We live in this world, but we don’t act like its people or fight our battles with the weapons of this world. Instead, we use God’s power that can destroy fortresses. Strongholds are... Read more

February 7, 2024

Being A Brother In the book of Romans in the Bible, there is a simple but telling portion in its sixteenth chapter from verses 21 to 23: Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, salutes you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city salutes you, and Quartus a brother. It is significant that the Apostle Paul adds... Read more

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