Sethuraman Subramanian

Do crocodiles shed tears?  Yes, they do. They have lachrymal glands and produce tears to lubricate the eyes just like humans. But the tears will be visible only after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time when the eyes dry...
In the previous article titled, “Image is everything—Or is it?” we outlined the passion behind advertisers to rope in celebrities to promote their products and how it can backfire when the celebrity falters in the “character” department. What was...
Gopalakrishna Bharathi (GKB), a contemporary of Thyagaraja, was also born in a traditional Brahmin family and encountered opposition in his own community for his views. He composed songs in Thamizh at a time when Telugu and Sanskrit were the...
A maverick is one who takes a stand different from that of all those in a community and who dares to think in ways which places him at risk of contempt, ridicule, and condemnation by those around him. George Bernard Shaw said, “The reasonable man...
Euphemism (eu + pheme = good speech, in Greek) is defined as “an inoffensive or indirect expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive or too harsh”.  Most politicians indulge in uttering euphemistic phrases in their campaign...
Can we trust a rodent to predict the weather for us when the experts at the Weather Service struggle with their predictions? You bet! The little groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil in the western Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney has been known to predict the advent of Spring with remarkable accuracy for the past 123 years. February 2 is generally known as Groundhog Day in the United States and Canada. On February 2, 2010 Phil came out from his burrow in Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney at...
Can we trust a rodent to predict the weather for us when the experts at the Weather Service struggle with their predictions? You bet! The little groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil in the western...
Do crocodiles shed tears?  Yes, they do. They have lachrymal glands and produce tears to lubricate the eyes just like humans. But the tears will be visible only after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time when the eyes dry out. What about the term “crocodile tears”? That term means an insincere show of sorrow or delivery of an apology. How did that term come into common parlance? Ancient belief held that crocodiles weep while devouring their prey...
Do crocodiles shed tears?  Yes, they do. They have lachrymal glands and produce tears to lubricate the eyes just like humans. But the tears will be visible only after a crocodile is out of the...
Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal that has the true religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.--Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910) The game of “Snakes and ladders” has been the mainstay of organized religions. Every religion promises rewards for pious behavior and punishment for vice in some form in this birth or the next (be it hell or something...
Man is the religious animal. He is the only religious animal that has the true religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his...
The so-called National Song, “VandE mAtaram” written by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay in 1876 was set to music by Tagore. When that was originally proposed as the national anthem, the Muslims in  the Congress Working Committee objected because  parts of the song contained the names of  Hindu goddesses, Durga and Lakshmi and that would  violate their religion if they sing it since India itself was being deified in the song. So the proposal was dropped.  The...
The so-called National Song, “VandE mAtaram” written by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay in 1876 was set to music by Tagore. When that was originally proposed as the national anthem, the...
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones. -Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor, philosopher and writer (121-180 CE).Are God and Fate two separate entities? Maybe, maybe not! Did...
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then...
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety: other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”The quote above is from the play Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. Antony’s friend Enobarbus declares that Antony will not leave Cleopatra even if he were to marry Octavius’s sister Octavia (for the sake of political expediency) because Cleopatra is such a unique beauty with a spirit that won’t wane or...
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety: other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”The quote above is from the play...
Business advertisers and marketers depend on one thing to sell their products. That is “image”. That is why they choose celebrities to pitch their products in newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and billboards at important landmarks. Businesses pay lofty sums to the celebrities to appear at events, promote their products, and use the picture and name of the celebrities to increase their sales and profits. Of course, they add those expenses to their products and collect them...
Business advertisers and marketers depend on one thing to sell their products. That is “image”. That is why they choose celebrities to pitch their products in newspapers, magazines,...