Saving Santa from Climate Change

Smoking weed is no crime. Smoking coal is though. When a strapping chimney breaks The arctic and Santa Clause with it. And deep in the arctic, there is a fawn With a red nose that will never see a sleigh. When fields of terrestrial lichens Cease to be, and so will the food chains That…

Kathurumurnga

There is a lonely leafy tree On the corner of the front yard A legume by the vernacular “Kathrumurunga” Sesbania science tells us And this tree carries a hefty dose Of vitamins and minerals, an elixir of sorts And on top you find the sky branched Out in to moon-lit boulevards So many silver crescents…

Stolen Destiny

I grew up thinking that I was the black sheep of my family. I was always in my cousin Missaka’s shadow and it wasn’t easy to come near his shoe size. He was just brilliant. He, until recently, held the record for the highest number of marks obtained at the A/L examination. I on the…

The Vatican of Darwin

The island that withdrew from the continent Where evolution happened, a Darwin chisel Chiseling DNA strands, like they were wood carvings. And that island is where you see wild boar Making noises in the dark and wild geese playing the windpipes And wild is about the bricks of origin and evolution. Island dwellers are subjected…

Freaks Of Science

I clear my voice And vocalize scientific words The replication and transcription of DNA When a DNA copy makes a copy Of something identical or different And I teach the wonders of evolution Why the peacock has a mating dance And giraffes have long necks And all seem to arise from mating rights The need…

M.Phil. Opportunity

Research Topic: Non-Rhizobial nodulation of Legumes  An M.Phil. opportunity is available for a suitably qualified B.Sc. (Special/Honours/General) graduate who wishes to pursue further studies in plant-microbe interactions. Preference will be given to those candidates who have a background in agricultural microbiology or biological nitrogen fixation. Start date: Negotiable Duration: 2 years Stipend: Rs 35,000-40,000/Month Please…

Egg Boy

I took out a bottle of fizzy water Cream Soda it read, a creamy appearance With a whisk of olive green Sparkling, bubbly yet not as effervescent As the foreign invaders – Coca Cola or Sprite I gulped down one mouthful and felt the winter tide Smack against buccal walls and the esophageal tract Billowing…

How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Maria Sklodowska, who was later known as Marie Curie, was a pioneering woman in the sciences, namely chemistry and physics, who later went to claim the Nobel prize, in 1903 (for radioactivity) and 1911 (for the discovery of polonium and radium). She was born in Poland but spent most of her adult life in France…

Climate Change, Commas, Crops and a bit of Cricket

My Entry to Asian Scientist Writing Price. This failed to secure any of the prizes on offer. Shape of an Azospirillum cell under electron microscopy We humans have inherited a turquoise globe that bears an infinite number of life forms, animals, plants and microbes, which are dependent and consequently susceptible to a dynamic atmosphere that…