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An overview of Life around us

Einstein’s monster, the black hole, into view for the first time!
Posted:Apr 12, 2019 6:31 am
Last Updated:Apr 22, 2019 6:32 am
Human race has taken millions of years to gaze into a black hole finally!

A black hole is a place of no return: a vast region in space from where even light cannot escape its gravitational pull though we know that nothing is faster than light!

Black holes are dense celestial objects and thought to be the ultimate conditions of the stars when they collapse in themselves as they die!

The Black holes can be compared with hungry beasts! They swallow up everything that comes nearby and they grow in size gradually consuming gas, planet, star, (smart phone, too) and every bit of mass that they can grab! The edge of a black hole is known as its event horizon. It looks like a firewall and it is the point of no return!

As the nearest black hole is luckily far away from our beloved planet Earth, we need not be worried for getting pulled by its gravitational force to our doom! The Earth will not also be consumed by the super massive black hole that exists in the center of our galaxy “Milky Way!” It is we, the greedy humans, are gradually destroying the blue planet slowly but surely!

The readers may please feel free to view the image of the Black Hole from the galaxy Messier 87 provided by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, via National Science Foundation here below. The distance of galaxy Messier 87 is nearly 55 million light-years away from our planet Earth.
Those who are interested to learn more about the Black Holes may kindly browse internet. It may however be added here that a Black Hole is not forever! It would dissipate, eventually.

Pic #2: Katie Bouman, the scientist who created the algorithm for the image of the black hole | Picture Credit: Katie Bauman Page

Is it too much to expect for the suffering humanity?
Posted:Mar 22, 2019 7:02 am
Last Updated:Apr 20, 2019 10:24 am
There is no synonym for the words “mother’s tears for her dead child”.

Mucad Ibrahim's mother is surely no different!

The youngest victim of cold-blooded planed massacre in Christchurch: Mucad Ibrahim, 3 has since been laid to rest today.
The innocent three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim has apparently paid the price for being born in a family who are practicing members of one of the three feuding ‘Abrahamic religions'--Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Rest in Peace, Mucad.

It is wondered when will the ongoing inter religion feuding and hatred be stopped? When would sanity be returned among the extremists of feuding ‘Abrahamic religions'? When such senseless atrocities against each other would no longer be there?

Is it too much to expect world leaders to learn from the Prime Minister of New Zealand what to do in such situations?

Mucad Ibrahim belonged to the God and to Him he has returned.

Are Humans Predisposed to Kill Each Other?
Posted:Mar 13, 2019 11:05 am
Last Updated:Apr 11, 2019 9:55 pm
Are we, the humans really predisposed to kill each other? The question is haunting me soon after I read an article on the subject very recently!

The article states that if we “view our species objectively from the outside, the way a zoologist would carefully observe any other animal, or see us the way every other creature perceives human beings. The brutal reality could not be more evident or more horrifying. Humans are the most relentless yet oblivious killers on Earth."

Do you consider that humans are really predisposed to kill each other?

It's Spring today
Posted:Feb 13, 2019 12:15 am
Last Updated:Mar 8, 2019 4:21 am
Whether Flowers Bloom Or Not - Poem by Subhash Mukhopadhyay

Whether flowers
bloom or not
it's spring today

On the paved footpath
with feet dipped in stone
a rather wooden tree
laughs out loud
chest bursting with fresh green leaves
Whether flowers bloom or not
it's spring today.

The days of masking the sun
and then unmasking it
of laying people down in the lap of death
of picking them up again
those days that have passed this way
let them not return
That lad of many voices
who for a coin or two
would chirp like a koel down the street
in the ceremonial yellow of twilight?
those days have taken him away

With the sky like a red and yellow wedding invitation
on her head
clasping the railing to her breast
a dark and ugly unwed girl down this alley
played with such idle thoughts
Right then
there fluttered in, shamelessly, right onto her body,
oh damnation! A stupid, awful, foolish butterfly!
Then the sound of a door slamming shut.
Hiding his face in the dark
that sinewy tree
was still laughing.

[Translated by Antara Dev Sen]

Some of the world's most persecuted rebuilding their lives in Chicago
Posted:Jan 28, 2019 12:59 am
Last Updated:Feb 11, 2019 1:52 pm
Pictures showing Rohingya refugees rebuilding their lives in Chicago.

Rohingyas are an ethnic, mostly Muslim minority (some Hindus too) who have faced decades of discriminatory policies and violence in Myanmar that aggravated during the Burmese Military Junta rules followed by Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the false preacher of freedom and Security.

The Rohingya people live mainly in the northern region of Rakhine State, Myanmar, for centuries and have been described as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

The US House of Representatives passed a resolution labeling the Rohingya crisis as "genocide" in December,2918.

Those readers who are interested to learn more about these Ethnic Minorities may please go through my blogs titled “Two eyes of a Burmese Military's gang R*pe victim” posted on 10/21/2017 and “Man’s inhumanity to man, makes countless thousands mourn” posted on 9/26/2017 respectively. They can also Google “ Kutupalong in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh" that happens to be the world’s largest refugee camp for more details about the Rohingay refugees!

Picture Details:

1. Rohingya mothers play with their children during a 'Mommy and Me' class at the Rohingya Cultural Center of Chicago
2. Rohingya mothers leave a 'Mommy and Me' class at the cultural center founded in 2016 by Nasir Zakaria, a Rohingya refugee who settled in the US in 2013.
3. Rohingya refugee Zulah participates in an English class.
4. Rohingya Children do their homework during a tutoring session.
5. Sakinah, 23, cleans up after English class while her children play.
6. Rohingya refugees Aisha and Naznin work at their mother's restaurant
7. Rohingya football players travel to a game in Chicago, Illinois.
8.Man's inhumanity to man meme.

Photo Credits: Allison Joyce/Getty Images[/B

Lonely mind and an empty room!
Posted:Jan 21, 2019 10:12 am
Last Updated:Mar 29, 2019 9:12 am
"The lonely mind in an empty room
When it gets lonelier
Your warm touch
Heats up my fever!

The sounds of the falling rain
And the restless mind
Forecast the ensuing twister.
Tonight with you,
I foresee my disaster!

D, could you please post the next two paragraphs to complete the song?

Do you remember the song that we used to listen together once upon a time when everything looked colorful even in the dense dark of the night?

It was the time when I could never take away my gaze from your two blinking matchless and unique blue eyes. Those were the blinks that none could ever blink like you used to do!

Please remember that "even when one loses one’s mind, one's beloved does not get lost from there”!

Photos, depicting Christmas Festival-2018.
Posted:Dec 27, 2018 1:10 am
Last Updated:Feb 3, 2019 7:34 pm
For the viewers eyes only!
Here bellow posted some photos of Christmas celebrated this year by the Christian Community living in Bangladesh which is a secular country though over 85% of 170 million people are practicing Muslims. The day is a public holiday even though only 0.3% of the population of this country are Christians. December 25th is a day off for the general population.
Christians began the celebration early on Tuesday last. The Churches around Bangladesh had been illuminated and decorated, along with the nativity scene, that depicts the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger, and Christmas Cakes!

First pictures from red planet sent by NASA's Insight Lander on arrival.
Posted:Nov 27, 2018 2:08 am
Last Updated:Feb 3, 2019 7:34 pm
NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface and reports as follows:

“My first picture on #Mars! My lens cover isn’t off yet, but I just had to show you a first look at my new home.”

The picture of the Martian surface was taken by the camera located on the robotic arm of NASA’s InSight lander on November 26, 2018. The picture can be seen below.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

A Cat has nine lives!
Posted:Nov 22, 2018 11:45 pm
Last Updated:Mar 11, 2019 2:21 am
An event for the wild cat to remember!

This morning I found a wild cat meowing being trapped in a most unthinkable place of our home. Probably the poor creature got itself stuck up there while jumping down from the roof of our two story building. It found itself stuck up in between meshed aluminum net and the grill on the balcony of the first floor of the house. It was simply being sandwiched between the iron grill and the net, unable to even move as it did not land on its feet! It required almost two hours for two of us this morning to set it free from its self made prison from where it had no escape route readily available to it.

This cat was not a domesticated one!

Cats are also known for their dexterity and agility. But for this particular cat, neither its dexterity nor its agility helped it to free itself from its prison. It required human help to get free itself to live out it’s all the nine lives!

I must thank Shamuel who helped me to get the cat out of its prison. All Credit goes to him!

“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays."

Journey to a Valley Where One Gets Lost Into the Clouds!
Posted:Nov 13, 2018 2:05 am
Last Updated:Jan 10, 2019 1:11 am
The Sajek Valley-- the mystical abode of clouds

There are places in the world where one can get lost into the clouds while viewing the amazing beauties that nature has offered to the people living in such places!

Some of these places may still remain almost hidden from the onrush of tourists for various reasons. One of such reasons could be the unwillingness of the people living in these regions to welcome tourists in large numbers during tourists season fearing that the serenity of the regions may be destroyed by such on rush of travelers!

One can find such places in this part of the world mostly in the hilly regions of the countries located in the north eastern Indian sub-continent! The countries are mainly Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
Lovers of Mother Nature can explore breathtaking natural beauties around them if they want to be in any of the countries mentioned above now and until the end of December.
In late spring, rhododendrons bloom spectacularly, flooding the Bhutanese valleys with color which is feasts for the eyes!

In my homeland, Bangladesh, the Sajek Valley is the region where visitors get lost into the cloud!
It is one of the mesmerizing valleys located in my country. The natural beauties of the valley are simply breathtaking!

It is located among the hills of Kasalong range of mountains in Sajek Union of Baghaichhari Upazila in Rangamati District. The Rangamati District is one of the three districts that consists the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The valley is situated 1800 feet above the Sea level. Sajek Valley is also known as the “Roof of Rangamati”.

The Sajek River that flows between Bangladesh and India originates from the Karnafuli River. It is the border between the two countries. It is needless to say that the valley got the name from the Sajek River.

Apart from the Sajek River, many more small rivers flow through the mountains, dense forests and grasslands that surround the valley.

In spite of its amazing beauty, the Valley remained unexplored and hidden from the travelers even after Bangladesh became an independent country.
But it is now emerging very rapidly as a traveler’s destination.
The permanent residents of the Valley are mostly welcoming and friendly as well as gentle too. They are ethnically minorities consisting of Lushai, Chakma, Marma, Pankua, Sagma and Tripura people mostly.

To a traveler, the entire Sajek Valley may be looked like an imaginary haven!
Here below I take the opportunity of quoting the views expressed by a traveler on arrival there in the valley at dusk time:

“The Valley takes us in by the light of dusk. The hills are perfectly Green with a red tiled house at the far end. A wind mill is turning somewhere and you look up to realize the sky is never just blue. This invigorating clouds encircling above you as you lie down on the grass hold infinite shades of colors that change by the moment.”

Once a traveler arrives in the Sajek Valley, everything including time becomes obsolete and words redundant!
Absolute silence that suddenly reigns around him makes him completely speechless!
He feels the timelessness of the valley!

As stated above, the valley is in Rangamati but the travelers could reach there from Khagrachhari town too.

The route is Khagrachahari-Diginala Bazar-Bagaihat Bazar-Machalong Haat-then Sajek. It is 62 km from Khagarachhari. Diginala to Sajek is 40 km.
Main transport is “Chander Gari”— an old jeep or if the traveler is lucky- a vintage world war 11 Jeep!

We may now view the amazing scenes of this wonderful valley appended one after another to please our eyes!

Revised Version.


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