Friday, June 14, 2013

Random 2.0

1. Dewdrops or raindrops?

2. Ahh... Bliss!

3. Byangoma:

4. Great Barrier Reef: A marine scientist admires a garden of stony corals:

5. Cape parrot flying low over a wild plum tree. Africa's most endangered parrot like never before...

Absolutely stunning portrait of a proud, wild Cape parrot sitting in a Cape lilac tree (often erroneous called a syringa tree). These yellow fruits are thought to be poison, but the parrots have been recorded eating them for over 50 years.

6. Surjo doebar khela:

7. Remember them?

8. The Bestest:

9. Shyamoley Shyamol Tumi Neelimaye Neel...:

10. Moon joins lion's Heart: Look towards the high southwest evening sky on Thursday, June 13, for the crescent moon hanging below the brightest star of constellation Leo, the lion.

Regulus marks the heart of the lion and lies 78 light years away. A hot blue-white star, it is about 3.5 times larger than our Sun and, at 300 million years old, is an adolescent when it comes to star lifetimes.

By the next evening, June 14, notice that the moon now has slid to the lower left of Regulus. Meanwhile southern hemisphere observers will see the crescent moon to the immediate left of the brilliant blue-white star.

11. Mars meets Aldebaran: As an observing challenge on Saturday, June 15, try hunting down the Red Planet at local dawn in the very low eastern sky near Aldebaran, the red eye of Taurus, the bull constellation.

Start your hunt about an hour before your local sunrise and look for Aldebaran to the lower right of Mars (upper right in southern hemisphere). The planet-star pair will appear higher in the sky - and therefore brighter and easier to spot - the more southerly your observing location. Binoculars will help in tracking down both objects.

While both morning stars shine with similar brightness and orange tinges, they lie at very different distances. Mars is currently stationed 369 million kilometers (229 million miles) from Earth, while the dying red giant star is a respectable 65 light years off.

12. Moon posed with Venus: About 30 minutes after sunset on Monday, June 10, skywatchers around the world looked towards the very low northwest for the razor-thin crescent moon to the left of Venus. [Look carefully above Venus for fainter Mercury forming a celestial triangle with the moon.]

13. Calvin and Hobbes: doing what they do best:

14. Joi Baba Maniknath:

15: Feluda aar Topseda - Badshahi Angti

16. Holmes - its different!

17. Asterix and Obelix:

18. Dive like this!

19. Eastern Screech Owl: Master bohurupi. The eastern screech owl is seen here doing what they do best.

20. Mount Bromo, Java: At the foot of the active volcano Bromo on the island of Java lies the temple Pura Luhur Poten, which is often immersed in a soft mist at dusk. On this day Mount Bromo showed unusually strong activity, which lead to an exceptionally high and dense dust cloud:

21. Chasing storms is rewarding: Shelf Cloud, Saskatchewan - this particular storm formed this shelf structure eight hours later (in the Canadian Prairies).

22. The benefits of:

23. Sugary Skies: Looking like mounds of sugar crystals scattered across a black tablecloth, this ultraviolet image, released June 3, showcases the multitude of stars that reside within one of the Milky Way's small companion galaxies.

NASA's Swift satellite has produced the most massive ultraviolet-light survey of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) ever attempted.

The image is the culmination of nearly two days of exposure and was stitched together from 656 individual snapshots spanning 7,000 light-years across.

While to Southern Hemisphere sky-watchers this dwarf galaxy looks like a small, hazy patch, the Swift satellite revealed 250,000 individual ultraviolet sources within the SMC.

With these mosaics, we can study how stars are born and evolve across each galaxy in a single view, something that's very difficult to accomplish for our own galaxy because of our location inside it.  


24. Coffee bean + Sugar = Smile!

And here's Robi Thakur's Prano Bhoriye Trisha Horiye - which speaks about enlightenment. An excellent rendition of this sublime ode to the Almighty by Debabrata Biswas (Georgeda):

Prano Bhoriye Trisha Horiye [lyrics and translation... though its impossible to translate. Simply because: Robi Thakur's oeuvre is one of those things that cannot survive translation (into English), however much one tries]:


|| Prano bhoriye trisha horiye
Moray aro aro aro dao pran.
Tobo bhuboney tobo bhaboney
Moray aro aro aro dao sthan

Aro alo aro alo
Ei noyone Probhu dhhalo
Sooray sooray banshi poray
Tai aro aro aro dao taan.

Aro bedona aro bedona
Daao moray aro chetona
Dvaro chhootaye badha tootaye
Moray koro tran moray koro tran.

Aro premey aro premey
More doobay jaak nemay
Sudhadhare aponare
Tumi aro aro aro koro daan ||


|| Vitality thou fill, sate my thirst
Fill me with more, more and more vigour.
In thou universe and thy abode
Offer me more, more and more space.

More light, yet more light;
In these eyes do pour.
With the notes that dwell in thy flute
Offer me more, more and more strain (taan).

More misery, yet more pain
Offer me more sense.
Open thy door and break all barrier
Offer me more, more and more succour.

More devotion (pUjA), yet more kindness
Do submerge me as I submerse
Of thy compassion
Offer me more, more and more alms ||

And since || ahaḿ varṣaḿ nigṛhṇāmy utsṛjāmi ca - and I withhold and send forth the rain || here's Pagla Haowaar Badol Diney by Sraboni Sen. It's a song about the monsoon, with lyrics as beautiful as the music itself. Pagla Haowaar Badol Diney speaks about the insane wind on a rain-filled day:

Aami Pothbhola Ek Pothik Esechhi (rendered by the magnificent Hemonto Mukhopadhyay and the wonderful-vivacious-versatile Asha Bhonsle):

And here's Ei Meghla Diney Ekla (by Hemonto Mukhopadhyay):

We, Tagore aficionados, believe that he is yet to reach people as he should. The question whether Robindroshongeet should change with times is irrelevant... since Robi Thakur himself improvised with raga-s and the bandish of the classical music. He even experimented with European tempo and beats. Many Hindi film songs have been inspired from the tunes of Robindroshongeet. Robi Thakur was both a lyricist as well as a composer and had mentioned that sometimes the lyrics becomes subordinate to music, sometimes music becomes subordinate to lyrics as far as his songs are concerned.

Much of Robi Thakur's poetry is quite accessible to speakers of other Indian languages. Many words are direct Sanskrit, though the pronunciation is often different, as in the tendency to subject consonants that are not explicitly vowelized with a default "o" sound. E.g., the much satirized "rasogOllA," which has only one true "O" vowel.

O = the Sanskrit "o".

[A word often used by Hindi speakers is "rosogOllA". 

Note that in Bangla pronunciation, the "s" (first sibilant) is always pronounced sh. a = first vowel (in Sanskrit/Hindi/...) (awe). 

Hence: "rasogOllA" is to be pronounced as: rawe-sho-gOlla.]

Another example is "Kolkata". Most people tend to pronounce it as "Call-kata". But "Kol" is to be pronounced as "coal". ["Kata" is "kata" with a soft "t".]

With a little care however, the speaker of another language can often decipher much of the significance (of Robi Thakur's poetry) directly from the original Bengali.

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