30 Apr : Birth of “Father of Indian Cinema”

Dada Saheb Phalke, the brain behind Indian Cinema was born today in 1870. Phalke made India’s first film Raja Harishchandra, in 1912. It was first shown publicly on 3 May 1913 at Mumbai’s Coronation Cinema. It is marked as the beginning of the Indian film industry. “Raja Harishchandra. A performance with 57,000 photographs. A picture two miles long. All for only three annas.” This is how Phalke, Indian cinema’s first marketing wizard promoted his creation. Unfortunately we could not save the film. Here are 11 minutes and 19 seconds of what is left of the landmark film. A tribute to him from … Continue reading 30 Apr : Birth of “Father of Indian Cinema”

29 Apr : The man who gave identity to God

It’s difficult to believe on something you can’t see. Same could have been the case with God. But thanks to renowned artist Raja Ravi verma, the man who gave identity to God. The man who gave face to God. A depiction adopted not only by the Indian “calendar-art”, but also by literature and later by the Indian film industry- affecting their dress and form even today. Born today in 1848, he was a painter by birth and got his initial training from his uncle Raja Raja Verma. Later he learnt water colour painting from the palace artist Rama Swamy Naidu. He learnt oil painting … Continue reading 29 Apr : The man who gave identity to God

28 Apr : First Commercial tour to Space started today

Birds fly with wings but we fly with our dreams. Accomplishing all our dreams in a lifetime is tough but not impossible. Proves Dennis Tito, first private tourist to space. 16 years ago today, an American engineer and multimillionaire Dennis Tito became the luckiest man on earth who could own his trip to space. He spent nearly 8 days in the orbit as a crew member of the mission launched by the spacecraft Soyuz TM-32. He is said to have paid $20m (approx. ₹ 1.33 billion) for his eight days in space. At the age of 61, when people start thinking about … Continue reading 28 Apr : First Commercial tour to Space started today

27 Apr : The story of a ‘mouse’

Using your personal computer was not so easy before today in 1981. You got your first and most innovative accessory for computers – the mouse. The name “mouse” derived from the device’s rounded shape and tail-like cord extending from it, just like a rodent. The modern mouse is available in a number of variations, even without a long tail, i.e. bluetooth enabled. Invented in 1964, the mouse got fame only in 1981. Credit for the invention itself goes to Douglas Engelbart. Other methods of direction were being tried at the time — a head-mounted device, for example — before Englebart’s … Continue reading 27 Apr : The story of a ‘mouse’

26 Apr : The number game from the brilliant brain

It’s the death anniversary of renowned mathematician Srinivas Ramanujan. He died today in 1920 at the age of 32. In his short life, he proved his worth to the world. Without any formal training in mathematics he was the master of the subject. He was a great mathematician, who always failed in all non-mathematical subjects. He continued his passion till the last breath. Slowly, world came to know about his excellence. Srinivasa Ramanujan had produced new theorems in addition to rediscovering previously known ones. 22 December is celebrated as ’National Mathematics Day’ to mark the birth anniversary of Srinivas Ramanujan. … Continue reading 26 Apr : The number game from the brilliant brain

25 Apr : ‘Secret of Life’ revealed

How living things reproduce? A basic but complicated question was answered today in 1953. First time ‘Secret of life’ was brought in the eyes of the world and it was a landmark finding. Basis of all living beings existence even today – an article on DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) was published in ‘Nature’ magazine 64 years ago. Two Cambridge University scientists James D Watson and Francis Crick describe the structure of a chemical called DNA. DNA stores biological information and is the material that makes up genes which pass hereditary characteristics. DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869. Its … Continue reading 25 Apr : ‘Secret of Life’ revealed

24 Apr : ‘Man’s best friend’ cloned

The small puppy in the image above is very special. Today is his birthday. He was born today in 2005. In the same year, it was claimed TIME’s “Invention of the Year”. It’s world’s first cloned dog. An afghan hound, created using a cell from an ear of an adult Afghan hound and involved 123 surrogate mothers, of which only three produced pups. Snuppy being the sole survivor. It was produced by a team of South Korean researchers with Woo-Suk Hwang, a professor of Seoul National University. Although many animals were cloned before this but this was a special case as before … Continue reading 24 Apr : ‘Man’s best friend’ cloned

23 Apr : First video on Youtube – A revolution on Internet

This is the first video uploaded on Youtube – “Me at the zoo”. It was uploaded at 8:27 p.m. on April 23, 2005 by the site’s cofounder Jawed Karim, with the username “jawed” and recorded by his high school friend. Transcript :  Alright, so here we are in front of the, uh, elephants. Uh. The cool thing about these guys is that, is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks, and that’s, that’s cool. And that’s pretty much all there is to say. In 2016, after 11 years, Youtube went 360degrees LIVE The music event featured the musician DΔWN. This was … Continue reading 23 Apr : First video on Youtube – A revolution on Internet

22 Apr : What is the importance of ‘Earth Day’ ?

Fight to protect our planet goes on for centuries now, and we are still struggling to save our planet Earth. One of such initiative is Earth Day. Since last 47 years, a day is dedicated for Earth. Every year we celebrate 22 April as Earth day for creating awareness about keeping the planet clean, healthy and happy. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now celebrated in more than 192 countries each year. This day was created by American Senator, Gaylord Nelson, to make people aware of the importance of keeping our planet healthy and clean. After seeing the damage … Continue reading 22 Apr : What is the importance of ‘Earth Day’ ?

21 Apr : Twain Mantra – “Start, Move ahead”

Less people die of their choice, Mark Twain was one of them. He died today in 1910. In 1909, Twain said: I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together’. His prediction was accurate – Twain died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910, one day after the … Continue reading 21 Apr : Twain Mantra – “Start, Move ahead”

20 Apr : ‘Talkies’ got their voice ‘indirectly’

This is the tale of the time when we were fond of films, but were able to watch the film, can’t hear them. Then came an era when the dream of talking pictures or talkies came true. It was today in 1926, when Western Electric and Warner Brothers brought the technique of Vitaphone to the world. This is one technique by which audio was added to the video. This was not a direct method as via Vitaphone soundtrack was recorded separately and was patched to the video during the projection of the film. Hence they were called the talking pictures … Continue reading 20 Apr : ‘Talkies’ got their voice ‘indirectly’

19 Apr : Most honourable day for India in Space

Time machine travels to space today along with India’s first ever satellite – the Aryabhatta. With this India entered the space age today in 1975. It was not so easy, as there was no one well aware of satellite launching. Therefore, the 26-sided polyhedron, Aryabhatta, although built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was launched by the Soviet Union. Indira Gandhi chose to name the satellite Aryabhata, after the 5th century astronomer and mathematician – Aryabhatta. After the launch, a power failure halted experiments onboard the Aryabhata after four days and 60 orbits with all signals from the spacecraft … Continue reading 19 Apr : Most honourable day for India in Space