I have a child like curiosity and get amazed with so many different and unrelated things. If you follow my blog you would notice how I made it a point to go and visit the space museum near Dulles airport near Washington DC, to go and see the space shuttle in reality because I was amazed at the human engineering to send something in space and then bring it back.
Similarly I have had the curiosity to physically go and visit the place where the Tropic of Cancer crosses (its a place near Bhopal the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh) in our country.
How did the Tropic of Cancer come into my mind today. Its actually because today in India we celebrate the festival of Makar Shankranti which showcases the crossing of the Sun on the Tropic of Capricorn in its Northward journey when the tilt of the earth is slowly changing direction to move towards summer in the Northern hemisphere.
Nothing amazing about this….except that there’s a mention of this event even in our texts which are more than 8000 years old. Can you imagine that without satellite imagery, without telescopes, people so long back had perfected the science of astronomy to describe this movement of the earth. I came to know about this and other facts, about couple of weeks back, when I was reading books by Nilesh Oak who is a professor in the US and has mathematically back traced the events of Mahabharata and Ramayan. He was able to do this because of the specific positions of the stars and constellations mentioned in these texts some of which are more than even 15000 years old.
Human engineering and knowledge amaze me the most so I have specifically gone to see things like the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Taj Mahal because I wonder how people would have carried the stones or iron frames when there were no lifts or cranes and then put them together such that they are still standing tall.
My problem however is that, like a child, I don’t go deep to find the details, because there’s another amazing thing waiting for my attention.
Till next time then…stay amazed