Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Toady (24th September 2014) India wrote another history in space exploration by successfully placing its satellite in the orbit of the Mars  by successfully accomplishing its very first interplanetary mission named “Mars Orbiter Mission – MOM” informally called Mangalyaan.   India is the only country in the world, which has succeeded in the Mars Mission in the first attempt itself. The Mangalyaan was launched on 5th November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). While congratulating the ISRO scientists for this historic achievement Mr. Narenda Modi, the Prime Minister of India said: "The moment this mission was named MOM, I knew it would not disappoint. Moms never fail...We dared to reach out to the unknown."
Everything about India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is a historic achievement. Cost wise, it is the cheapest Inter Planetary Mission that the world has seen ever; just 450 crore Indian Rupee (74 million US Dollar). It is ten times cheaper than the latest US Mission. Indian mission is cheaper than even the production cost of the Hollywood movie ‘Gravity’. The satellite was developed in just fifteen months. India comes out as the first Asian Country that succeeded in the Mars Mission in the first attempt itself. The entire mission period has been just three years from the concept development to mission accomplishment. The satellite was taken to the Mars by the launch vehicle named PSLV-XL (C25).
The rocket that carried India's first unmanned satellite to Mars was as high as a 15-storey building and weighed nearly 320 tonnes - almost as much as 50 full-grown elephants. The lift-off mass of the spacecraft is 1337 kg and built using Aluminum and Composite Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) sandwich construction technology.
One of the main objectives of the first Indian mission to Mars is to develop the technologies required for design, planning, management and operations of an interplanetary mission. Other objectives are:
A. Technological Objectives: 
  • Design and realisation of a Mars orbiter with a capability to survive and perform Earth bound manoeuvres, cruise phase of 300 days, Mars orbit insertion / capture, and on-orbit phase around Mars.
  • Deep space communication, navigation, mission planning and management.
  • Incorporate autonomous features to handle contingency situations.
B. Scientific Objectives:
  • Exploration of Mars surface features, morphology, mineralogy and Martian atmosphere by indigenous scientific instruments.
It is also a victorious moment for the entire world, in fact, as it is going to be beneficial to the entire world. The ISRO plans to send a follow-up mission with a greater scientific payload to Mars in the 2017-2020 timeframe

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule – SIXTY SEVEN; better management of family life

We always study a lot on how to manage big organizations, but seldom think how we can better manage our family life. I would say, better management of family life is more crucial to any society than managing big organizations, because, right organizations will evolve and sustain only in places where families are better managed. Therefore think, learn and practice better management of family life for a calm and pleasant life for all.

Practice it and make it a habit. Then the nature will make it sustainable by triggering necessary genetic engineering!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

ONAM Greetings

Greetings for a warm and splendid ONAM to all Malayali friends across the globe!

Apart from greetings, let us also share a few thoughts for a better ONAM next year. Though we wish as above during each festival, there is increasing apprehension about the warmth and splendidness of festivals. Because, the chief constituent of all festivals, that is, close linkages to the nature, is slowly disappearing. Anything away from the nature would become mechanical very easily.  Especially in the case of ONAM, which is a harvest festival apart from all richness of mythology, safeguarding of its linkages to nature is highly essential. 

We also find that, lives in the world move away from nature very fast. What can we do to bring back the grand old charm and beauty of festivals? We have to work out this in small steps. In the case of ONAM, let us pledge that the next ONAM feast will be prepared by all in the family together, at least one home grown vegetable will be used for cooking it and will spend some time in the open fields. While writing this, I do not forget people who struggle in big cities for a livelihood. But I believe, possibilities are there as well, the only requirement is a will to do it

Friday, September 5, 2014

Happy Teachers Day

India celebrates Teachers Day today. Happy Teachers Day!

I think it is high time the world should firm up Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives for each sector of education in a way that would facilitate coexistence, collaborative development and united combat against the adversities being created by climate change.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

How to lead a calm and pleasant life? Cardinal rule – SIXTY SIX; Speed and frequency of daily travel

We have discussed the speed of life in this series earlier also. As it becomes more important in every second of life today, I would like to spare a few more thoughts.
Among various instances of speed in daily life, the speed and frequency of our on-the-road-daily-travel trigger very serious social, economic and environmental issues in almost all parts of the world. A fearful increase of motor vehicle density and related problems are examples.  If we are ready to observe day to day life carefully, we will find out the startling truth that the major catalysts of the speed and frequency of on-the-road-daily-travel are ignorance, lapses and improper planning of the day to day activities by individuals. With a little bit of planning of daily activities, as suggested below, we can produce wonderful results that will facilitate calm and pleasant life.
  1. Plan your each day’s activities before you go to bed on the previous day. Set a convenient time for you to wake up early and start your travel without any hurry.
  2. While planning a travel – no matter whether it is short or long - ask yourself “Is this travel really essential? Can I avoid this travel through a telephone call, e-mail, video conferencing or any other online service? Can I combine the need for this travel with some other travel that is likely to be occurring in the immediate future?”
  3. Take a decision that you will cover any distance below one kilometer by walking, as long as your health and climate conditions permit you to do so. Plan your activities accordingly.
  4. Use public transport systems to the maximum extent possible, and help authorities maintain such systems comfortable and customer friendly.
  5. Always remember that lapses in your part, in the above context, will make a lot of people hurry. Rather, assist others also observe the above best practices and bring an oath that you shall never make others unnecessarily hurry.
Practice it and make it a habit. Then the nature will make it sustainable by triggering necessary genetic engineering!