A glabella and wamble- creative writing exercise #creativewriting #writingexercise

His glabella furrowed in the rain. He stood there waiting after it had stopped, the petrichor  causing his columella nasi to twitch. The humidity in the air formed dew drops at the tips of his frayed aglets. Inside the bar, he saw the barms on the beer glasses at the bar slowly fizzle away as he waited with wambles in his stomach sounding like a vagitus. The box tent from a pizza box floated away in the water perilously close to his minimus. Tinnitus ears blasted as if the sounds came from tines of the forks inside were singing vocables. A couple in their thirties smiled as their agraffe popped into the air, the sound causing an interrobang from the remaining patrons. All he cared about was overmorrow, but tonight, he waited his torn armscye dripping away in the rain. They signed their griffonage, dotted their tittle on the receipt and walked away hardly noticing his crapulent personage hovering by the vent. He loved her to the point, where the image of her in the pink lehngha brought phosphenes to his eyes. Tomorrow, he would not suffer from dysania, for he would not sleep till he made his last sale, to sell his soul for her, for her happiness while his own suffocated like a foot in a brannock device tightening its unyielding grip. She never knew and thats how the story ended forever.



Oh yeah, do check out the website in the photo, great place to buy authentic Indian clothing.

Have a good evening 🙂


TALENS got talent and cancer fighting with Movember :) #movember #researchsaves #cancer

Cancer affects individuals from the youngest to the oldest, both men and women without discrimination if and when cells loose their control and grow without restriction.


Well, there is a new talent in town in the fight against cancer – Transcription Activator Like Effector Nuclease or TALEN. Yes, this is a part of the struggle to fix cancer at a cellular level rather than bombard the body with dangerous chemicals designed to kill the cancer cells which unfortunately have serious side effects as they kill healthy surrounding cells as well in the process. Earlier I talked about CRISPR being a precise genome editing process. Part of the gene editing process is creating cuts in the DNA and TALENs are very good at inducing neat double stranded cuts.

One year old Layla, has become the first according to reports to be treated with TALENs that allowed her cancer cells to be modified enough to stop them from being protected. Once the protection was gone, her own immune system woke up and killed cancer cells. The rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia was so severe that even chemotherapeutics was not enough. So how do you kill a cell that does not die on its own, you change its DNA :), with designer cells!!!

That said, it is the month of November, or Movember, an awesome charity helping to raise money for men’s health with respect to testicular and prostate cancer. So grow that moustache and help raise awareness and do donate 🙂

and by week 4: Save a bro!!!

Blood Moon and Quantico #bloodmoon #quantico #priyankachopra

Priyanka Chopra. Click on picture for article
Priyanka Chopra. Click on picture for article

The next super moon eclipse will not be till 2033. People who were not out in a dark field like I was with a telescope and Nikki my Nikon D-80, along with a bunch of friends who found a way to throw a frisbee despite the pitch darkness on a slightly cloudy late September evening were probably watching the premiere of Quantico on ABC.

Photo Credit: Varun Kumar
Photo Credit: Varun Kumar

I watched the premiere of Quantico the next day and I could not help but wonder, what will our world be like in 2033. The show is the most popular mainstream show showcasing a talented beautiful actress from a different country to date. Homeland with Nazanin Boniadi was another, but only available to Showtime subscribers.While Americans have been exposed to characters such as Appu from the Simpsons and Kumar from Harold and Kumar along with other stereotypical panderings, this is the first time, I feel that a character is being showcased as a true American-Indian, no, not native American, but a diaspora of people whose heritage is from the Indian sub-continent but grew up in the United States creating a distinct cultural identity which deserves a look free of stereotypes.

Photo Credit: Jacob
Photo Credit: Jacob

Yes, twitter was filled with comments both positive and negative, which comes as no surprise that the positive comments focused on her drop dead gorgeous looks while the more negative ones pointed out that she had an “accent”. Following the GOP candidates and debates, and the liberal use of the term ” American”, to stand for a paradigm that Ben Carson and Donald Trump seem to ascribe to, one must ask, what will that term “American” mean in 2033 when the next blood moon appears.

Will a TV show featuring a beautiful woman from a different country playing an American character be scrutinized for comparisons to other roles from the same ethnicity or will an actress or character’s ethnicity even matter?

Good question, a very good question.

On a lighter note, kudos to ABC for starting the journey to showcasing the distinct Indo-American demographic on TV.


Romance in the deep south. Song by Carolina Lane #bestofme #NicholasSparks

“She turned to face him. ‘What were we thinking?’ ‘We weren’t,’ he said. ‘We were in love.’”-from the The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

'Best of Me' book cover available at nicholassparks.com
‘Best of Me’ book cover available at nicholassparks.com

Who remembers saying these words or something similar to another person close to our heart? I do.

I have always been a secret fan of watching Sparks’s movies with Nights in Rodanthe being my favorite. However, it is not something I readily profess at parties. We all carry within us scars of close emotional bonds that have been broken or best forgotten, but not resolved, perhaps to never be resolved.

All we have to do now is simply delete the person from our smart phones, block their number, email, on every form of social media and it is like the person never existed and the complicated or unresolved situation can be swept away to the far corners of our mind ( I did not say heart, because as a neuroscience guy, it behooves me to point out that the heart does not feel, it is the brain or rather its manifestation- the mind).

As this story shows, in places where lives are intertwined, such as the deep south, digital media and smart phones don’t really hold sway when everyone you know, knows everyone else and it is in these small towns, that the best of Nicholas Sparks’s stories come from in my opinion. Having lived in Mississippi for a year, I found this sense of non-urbana America that held close ties close and where the depth of feelings were deeply felt amidst the small bbq joints and the many churches.

So, is there a person in your life that you have chosen to forget, or have been forgotten by, a relationship that needs to be resolved, or healed- reach out to that person and it is not easy to do so but nothing truly good in life has ever come easy. A rose is nothing without its thorns to protect it and that is true for most real life stories.

Update: Check out this beautiful song by Carolina Lane inspired by the book and movie The Best of Me.

Song inspired The Best of Me movie and book by Carolina Lane.