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...
He knew infinity “An equation for me has no meaning unless it represents a thought of God”     SrInivAsa RAmAnujan      Goddess nAmagiri                SArangapANi temple Note to readers: December 22, 2009 marks the 122nd birth anniversary of the mathematical genius SrInivAsa Ramanujan. This article is a tribute to that genius. The Thamizh poetess avvaiyAr said “எண்ணும்...
He knew infinity “An equation for me has no meaning unless it represents a thought of God”     SrInivAsa RAmAnujan      Goddess nAmagiri...
Can we identify ourselves with the lady on the left—not the immediate left (which is just a skeleton) but the far left (which is the artist’s drawing fashioned from the skeletal assembly from out of the fossil bones)? We better, because she is the most recent find in the fossils who has dethroned Lucy, the primitive female figure, that was thought to represent (until now) humankind’s beginnings, from being our common ancestor beating her by a million years. This skeleton...
Can we identify ourselves with the lady on the left—not the immediate left (which is just a skeleton) but the far left (which is the artist’s drawing fashioned from the skeletal...
In search of GodWe are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. -Richard Dawkins, biologist (b. 1941) Did anyone see God so far? It is a very slippery question. The believers will take exception to the question itself. Some may claim that they have “experienced” God, but what is the proof?  If they say they did you have to take it at its face value because it is a Faith issue and one cannot argue with...
In search of GodWe are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further. -Richard Dawkins, biologist (b. 1941) Did anyone see God so far...
ParithrANAya SadhUnAm – 2 “Did God have a mother?" Children, when told that God made the heavens and the earth, innocently ask whether God had a mother. This deceptively simple question has stumped the elders of the church and embarrassed the finest theologians, precipitating some of the thorniest theological debates over the centuries. All the great religions have elaborate mythologies surrounding the divine act of Creation, but none of them adequately confronts the logical...
ParithrANAya SadhUnAm – 2 “Did God have a mother?" Children, when told that God made the heavens and the earth, innocently ask whether God had a mother. This deceptively simple...
Is God watching?Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God? -Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)Man is endowed with analytical faculty to distingusih between good and bad, and right and wrong. Most people do not commit any evil act simply because they think it is wrong or are afraid of the supposed...
Is God watching?Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is...
   India Stamp issued in 1962                                     Ramanujan Museum in KumbakONam To Cambridge and back to India: Ramanujan set sail to England in March 1914. At Cambridge University (actually in the affiliated Trinity College) he worked with Hardy and Littlewood, two of the best known Mathematicians in England, for 5 years and...
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