Purnendu Ghosh
The writer is a biotechnologist and ED, Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur
My Stories
Memory is a collage of the old and new We are all fitted with pressure valves. Some of us know when to release the pressure and how to operate the pressure valve.
The mother-child bond is inimitable A mother is born the day her child is born. Many a time, one comes across a question like this — does one need to give birth to a child to become a mother?
How humour can clean our minds Actor, stand-up comedian, and “an important force in show business” Robin Williams, 63, was found dead at his home last week. Williams was believed to be suffering from acute depression.
Feel to spot true colours of nature Plants feel pleasure as well as pain. They respond to external stimuli. They have emotions. They grow more quickly when exposed to music and whispers.
A city’s environment affects our stress level Some of us like to live in big cities, while others like to live in small humble ones. Both kinds life can be taxing, both to the body and the brain.
Avoiding utopian or dystopian extremes One must know the known in order to know the unknown. Knowing the known seems easier. The problem, however, with knowing the known is that there is abundance of knowledge.
Why an unruffled life can be hollow Happiness works best in an illusionary mind. We like this fleeting emotion to be permanent disposition of the mind, but this does not happen.
How to distinguish a need from a want? The day when the annual budget is announced is one of the most hyped days of the year. Someone reads incessantly from something, sometimes standing and sometimes sitting.
Narcissism often leads to shyness Shyness, one of our common traits, often has no logic. It is situational. It often makes us uncomfortable. It is an odd state of mind that can be seen in our heartbeats and upset stomachs.
There is no greater ‘genius’ than nature According to one study, we spend about 25 per cent less time outdoors now than we did in the late 1980s.

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