The Month of the Equinox

Last month, September, was the month of the equinox. A year sees four watershed touch points of seasons – the two equinoxes and the two solstices. Equinox is when the day and night are approximately equal across the earth. It also means that the sun rises and sets exactly in east and west respectively. Equinoxes happen between March 20 th to 23 rd and September 20 th to 23 rd annually. The actual date may vary from year to year. The solstices are when days and nights are the longest or the shortest depending on the hemisphere one is in. December 21 st to 23 rd sees the shortest day and longest day in the northern hemisphere and vice versa in the southern hemisphere. June 21 st to 23 rd sees the longest day and shortest night in the northern hemisphere and vice versa in the southern hemisphere. Everything is about the angle Its fascinating that something like this happens – all because of the tilt in the axis around which the earth rotates. The earth’s tilt is around

Independent Indian

This month saw us celebrating our 73 rd Independence Day. It is a day that fills our hearts with a renewed sense of patriotism and pride. India is on a developmental upswing and there is a palpable energy that one can find everywhere. We have reached Mars – Mission Mangal, the blockbuster film on the historic Mars mission just released this month to rave reviews while our second mission to the Moon – Chandrayaan 2, has successfully locked into the lunar orbit. Despite all the inherent inefficiencies of our cities that we complain about, there is construction everywhere – buildings, metro lines, flyovers, pavements, underground service lines - the list is endless. Broadband penetration across the country is growing at a blazing speed and we are on the verge of getting 5G services. This is all great news! However as per a recent UN report released in June 2019, India will become the most populous country on earth by 2027 – a mere 8 years from now. The growth that India will s

Flooring it the Indian Way

Flooring is a major feature that sets the mood of a home. The selection of the right kind of flooring involves thinking at multiple levels - the most important being the kind of aesthetic disposition that one has, besides durability, safety, hardiness, and the tactile feel of the floor. While imported marble, wooden floors and vitrified tiles are quite popular, there is a growing trend of using Indian marble, granite and other stones. Types of Indian Stones Stones available in India can be classified broadly into the following categories: 1). Marble; 2). Granite; 3). Sandstone; 4) Limestone; 5). Slates and Quartzite. Most stones go by the name of its source. Marble: Most marble comes from Rajasthan followed by Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. The current varieties from Rajasthan include Rajnagar Marble and Abu Black. Gujarat produces a variety called Ambaji White while Madhya Pradesh yields the popular Katni marble. Granite: Most granite quarries are found in Tamil Nadu, A