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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The New Foundland

History bears the testimony that human always followed the path of lord to find food, land and shelter. Present bears the testimony when the humans have no new land to search, on the face of mother Earth and future will hopefully bear the testimony that the same Exodus will start off on her sisters and their children like Mars, Europa, etc.

With more and more heads multiplying, the demand for food and water multiplied by greed and money, power over the mass; all brews in the face of the planet which nurtured you for the past million year. The particles which create us all, after death would segregate into the elements and would re-start into some-one's sperm or ova as the DNA or the amino acids. And then what we fight for in the name of extra-ordinary? In the name of being different? Some lives matter? All lives matter... even the grass you walk on and create the massacre in the name of caste, creed or religion. There is nothing new in the death, no news in the pain.

Its pain all alike.

Sometimes I think, every morning to achieve something new. But at the day end. whatever I achieve or not achieve, needs some space to be absorbed, rather than the daily rantings of terror. It seems the humans in general have lost the love for universal happiness. Take any great book, read through the lines of religion. It speaks of happiness, something that you can get from within; unfortunately, it seems to be lost into the oblivion. A great abyss stares at us! Why do you spend in billions to stare at the night sky and mark phenomemon like V4641 Sgr, some 1600 light years away? Look into your coming seond or minute; which can put you in the black hole of pity. Try to research on that and stop that. The 1600 light years stuff would not reach you even in the next 16 minutes!

The New Foundland should be the universal happiness, that would be enjoyed by all. Sometimes, it's better to do things from the book, rather than just read and admire them in the name of "awesome" history, when your present and future is "aweful"!

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Cold Summer

Seems quite an analogy if you are from Northern hemisphere and are located in the Southern Hemisphere, at this point of time in July 2016.

But, the actual reference to the title comes when the world continues to be spotted with the chicken pox of death, terror and unrest! This had been so, for many a decades, ever increasing in count and today, I realize that its getting colder every day. The humans at large are no more humane and the world skips a beat every time it starts to settle and compromise with the pain incurred.

In the words of Kipling, etched in his creation "Hymn to Physical Pain", I would like to quote-

"...Thine are the lidless eyes of night,
That stare upon our tears,
Through certain hours which in our sight,
Exceed a thousand years..."

Hope still persists, more so with the wait for the Winter Rain. When love will catch up, washing the dust at the dusk and bringing forth a fresh dawn where the spring harvest will take away the chill of the day. Till then "the Benefactor" will be benefited unless the terms of present world order is re-thought and redistributed. In another classic, that reminds us every sense that Kipling made in The Benefactor-

"...It is not learning, grace nor gear,
Nor easy meat and drink,
But bitter pinch of pain and fear,
That makes creation think.

When in this world's unpleasing youth,
Our godlike race began,
The longest arm, The sharpest tooth,
Gave man control of man..."

Its still cold a gift that the world offers... with love...

p.c; Pinterest

Monday, July 11, 2016

At the CrossRoads

Today, I came across an article shared in facebook and published in The Newyork Times, regarding Epigenetics and the concern of it's supposedly painful trajectory. I, being a disciple in the field would like to emphasize that the trajectory is not at all over exaggerated and makes sense when you look into the larger picture. The environmental cues (actual or micro) does bring forth changes in the long run and that has been re-instated by several in vitro and in vivo studies, leave aside real time patient samples.

The complexity increases several manifold when you go into the higher organisms. In the terms of statistics, which brings forth the "scientific sense" of "significant", is based on the possibility of occurrence given certain assumed conditions  dealt with in the study. Scientifically, it is not possible to take into account every thing. For example, a smoker eats fruits, veggies, may have frequent water intake or an occassional beer. In a study you can follow the individual, but ethically cannot control the subject's lifestyle, unless you keep him/her captive! In most of the aspects, the peer review demands for controlled models, which is being supported adequately by in vitro or in vivo models. That can be proved within the aegis of the journal. That doesn't demeanor the notion that "Epigenetic changes are overestimate of ideas" or as the aforementioned article mentions: "...the fact that it (epigenetic study) may merely be reporting noise".

After a read to the article, I feel that criticism only comes when you are doing things and that it's welcome. I am happy to be part of this journey, the notion of #Epigenetics.

The following picture literally sums it all up :

Monday, June 06, 2016

অনেক দিন পরে...

অনেক দিন পরে, আবার লিখতে বসলাম।

শেষ সেই ফেব্রুয়ারী তে লিখেছিলাম, যখুন অদ্ভূত একটা টানাপড়েনের মধ্যে দিয়ে দিন কাটছিল। বাসস্থান ছিল কলকাতা; আজ, প্রায় তিন মাস পরে, সেটা পাল্টেছে। পাল্টেছে দৈনন্দিন জীবন যাত্রা, পাল্টেছে সুর্জ্যাস্থা, পাল্টেছে আকাশের বুকে টিম টিম করে জলা জোনাকির আলো। এখুন আকাশ-এ অনেক তারা দেখতে পাই।  নেই স্ট্রিট light , নেই বাস ট্রাম এর সেই "বাবুঘাট, ধর্মতলা" অথবা auto -র সাউথ সিটি যাব সুধু হাকা হাকী।

কলকাতায় থাকতে ল্যাব থেকে মাঝে মধ্যেই বেরোতে ভালো লাগত।যাদবপুরের পুকুরের ধার দিয়ে হাটা , বা ইচ্ছে করে একটু রাত হলে... হেটে ঢাকুরিয়া থেকে ট্রেন ধরে বাড়ি ফেরা। ভালো লাগত শান্ত, নিস্তব্দ গলি গুলো।রাত যেন খুব কাছের ছিল, প্রিয় ছিল সেই যাদবপুর থানার রাস্তা-র ধারে  শনি মন্দিরের ৬০ watt -র আলো। কুকুর এর ডাক, বা রাস্তায় আস্থানা করে শুয়ে থাকা মেহেনতি রিকশা ওয়ালা -র নশিকা গর্জন! তারপর ট্রেন থেকে নেমেই একটা সুর, মায়ের চিন্তাময় রিংটোন: "কোথায়?" আর আমার সেই একটা উত্তর "২০ মিনিট, আসছি।"

স্মিথভিল্লে, সেই নিরব শান্ত পরিবেশ আছে; কিন্তু নেই সেই শনি মন্দির, নেই সেই rickshaw বা তাদের তলায় শুয়ে থাকা সেই মেহেনতি মানুষ। তা বলে এটা বলছিনা যে এখানে শ্রমজীবি মানুষ নেই; আছে, কিন্তু তাদের সাথে তো আর কলকাতা-র ঘামের গন্ধ নেই !

তবে বলব, আমি এখানে একদাম বাজে আছি তা নয়।  কাজ, যা আমাকে গড়েছে, সে সব আছে।  মজা আছে, বন্ধুবান্ধব -ও কম হইনিনে। সুধু এপার র অপার এর মাঝে মন টা পরে আছে।  মানুষ নিজেকে সারা জীবন গড়েছে। আমিও নিজেকে তার ব্যতিক্রম ভাবি না।  সুধু এই গড়া -র প্রচেষ্টায়, কু কিছু যাতে না ভেঙ্গে যাই, এটাই প্রার্থনা।

আমি আবার শুরু করব লিখতে। অবল তাবোল, যাহাই আসে আসুক; এই লেখা গুলি হয়ে উঠবে, আমার কথা, আমার ভালো বাসা, র নারী-র টান যে সহর র মানুষ গুলোর সাথে; তাদের সাথে আমার কথা বলা.

ভালো থেকো আর ভালবেশ!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Truck Load...

As I finish off the last few pages of the "history book" by Rebecca Skloot, I realize that certain things in this mortal world are not meant to be won by the death; somethings that escapes our imagination and is only left to be though and sought for in the present. In this case, a history of immortality! A history where business thrives on science and science thrives on business (well, the dilemma will be never ending); a life after death - HeLa. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

65 years after the organism's existence; her legacy keeps on unfolding new mysteries and new stories every day. So, what does the cells that have been making ground breaking discoveries, medicines to mechanisms, you to me; HeLa is meeting the mark every day! Mrs. Lacks is not coming back shouting that her body part should not be used. They are not fighting against us even! They are fighting for us and to gift us what? Discovery and know how to live the life on different note, with hope! But then, certain events make us feel... what is the use in all these?

People will fight, tarnish ... break, kick, bite and eat! For the sake of caste, community and petty things that seems to "not biologically" segregate Homo sapiens sapiens! Are we here to prove any thing like we have 48/47 chromosomes? The meaning of life doesnot change with the ones you fight for or fight with! Its the very existence that comes at stake and the truck that ought to take you through the lovely roads of hills and vales, the dunes and the waves, lie stranded! Reason? The passengers them selves are trying to decide with force and violence; which is better... the sea or the mountain?

There are many interesting stories to be learnt, talked about and shared! Today I share with you the book title. Try to go through it. It was gifted to me by my institute colleague, some one who had helped in my own research with cell lines! 

I agree that you are an organism yourself! But, to the society and social structure, each one of you is a cell. The cells that Mrs. Lacks left behind were cancerous in nature. A scar that built a the multi-billion dollar business and has become the seed to new discoveries! BRAVO! But, in the social structure; diseased or scarred cells leaves behind only the scar! And if the analogy holds true.... this whole nation will die off because of this cancerous outbreak... and one day, the notion of the nation will die off, because of this communal and social scars! And then, only truck load of nothing will stay in wait for you to visit the places of this beautiful nation! Keep #Harmony and Keep #India #Incredible; because not every one is lucky to be like Mrs. Lacks... The incredible immortal lady!


#Incredible !ndia

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