Hi Dr Arvind,
This is one of the few times I've had a break but yes, been utterly busy and sort of neglected this site a bit, actually a lot :). With the end of the year coming up, I'm expecting more busy days ahead but definitely I will check out your topics as soon as I'm free :)
Charity begins at home.Yes i am teaching two small girls of my maid servant these days.Since she can't afford the teaching of their wards therefore i have taken the responsibility to make them literate. I am trying my best to impart a little bit of knowledge what ever i have. But i am exploring the ways and means to do it in an organized and elaborate way.
Haha, that was very funny about the tonnes of ice melting Dr Arvin :) I will try but soon I think. I am seeing so many lively discussions on the site and pity I can't really participate that much at the moment. But I will do so once I get my bearings back. Thanks very much!
Hi Dr Arvind... I'm not sure if I ever got back to you... been very busy lately and was travelling and didn't have time to check the site. This is going to be a short note just to say that I got your message. Thanks very much. More later... :)
I'm glad you enjoyed the aquaculture analogy! Hope you can translate and transfer something similar to your field of work!
I forgot to mention that both men and women cooked and competed on equal terms - everyone helped out! A wonderful bunch of people!
But, unfortunately for you, no curry!
All the best,
the present emphasis is on face to face meetings with rural women.We try to win their confidence with regular meetings and then educate them regarding sanitation,health care and taking a rational stand on many irrelevant customs in a spontaneous and subtle way.Its a modest beginning but we have begun our journey....
I agree with you in the different approaches these two disciplines employ and this can be frustrating for both sides, not to mention the recipients of these important pieces of information -- the public. So, will the twain ever shall meet? :) It will be difficult but both sides have no choice but to reach a compromise. For the scientists on the verge of discovering a miracle drug, for instance, it's all about going about the process slowly but surely. But for a communicator who is exposed and who has probably seen first-hand the urgency of a situation -- where, say, children are dying --, they need information... now. I know these are simplistic examples but I just wanted to make a point. These are difficult choices and there are no right or wrong in these choices, only varying degrees of 'truths'.
I do understand your hesitation about mixing folklore and science because these two have never seen eye to eye in the first place. But science is a highly specialised topic and not everyone has access to that. I am actually talking as a non-science person here and while I am fascinated by science, I need someone to simplify it for me but retaining its accuracy. I've some friends who don't have flattering comments about the scientific community. My friends think of them as snooty and very exclusive. I disagree of course since both parties just need to meet halfway and speak a common enough language which is easy to understand yet maintaining its substance. Thanks for your comment.