.....my life lies in those eyes that have me slain

Friday, May 06, 2005

PSLV Departs

PSLV-C6 took off successfully from the second launch pad at SHAR (Sriharikota High Altitude Range), Andhra Pradesh, yesterday. I closely relate to these launch vehicles b'coz I've been to SHAR and had a briefing on the process of rocket manufacture. My mamaji (mom's brother) is a rocket scientist at ISRO and had arranged for all us cousins to visit the space centre, a couple of times.

I'd last been to SHAR in 2004, two days prior to the launch of GSLV-F04 (EDUSAT), and watched the vehicle up-close in its launch pad, ready for the liftoff. When it did break free from its chains, I could see that the vehicle which was right before my eyes two days earlier, was going off into space. Mamaji took us on an extensive trip all over SHAR. It was an experience of a lifetime. I was awe-struck at the sort of work carried out by the engineers. Perhaps, what we as software professionals do, amounts to nothing when compared to astronautical engineering. Everything they do is in mammoth proportions - from manufacturing and storing rocket fuels, which is a highly hazardous task, to the final assembly of all shuttle parts. I'd been to one of these assembly towers, where a rocket was being assembled and my jaw dropped at the sight of it and the whole structure towering high above me! The entire operation of vehicle launch is precisely monitored on giant screens in the control room. It sure requires some nerve of steel to work under such live-wire conditions! I won't be able to recollect the technical details right now ;) but the intense thrill I had while watching all of it, still lingers on. And this time, ISRO has really done India proud, as the cryogenic stage on PSLV was built indigenously.

If anyone has a chance to visit a space centre, go for it without fail! One has to see it to believe it. I'd really want to take my kids to SHAR when they come along into my life; hope mamaji wud still be with ISRO then!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Sterling Celebration

I am facing yet another paradox in life. Today is the 25th wedding anniversary of my parents. When I woke up in the morning, I was in two minds about wishing mom. But I did wish her and could see a flash of happiness and a streak of pain in her face. Voice laden with grief about not having him with her even on this special day, she said she was doubly missing him today. Being as helpless as ever, I fumbled around for something to distract her...and told her we'll go out for dinner tonight. That seemed to cheer her up slightly. It's not in my ability to bring dad back to her; the best I can do is to try and keep her focus off the void in her life.

Mom and Dad, we wish you a very Happy Anniversary!
Thought for the Day
What is yours will remain yours, even when it is not with you.

About Me
24 year-old female Arian. wheatish complexion, long hair, slender frame. After being a citizen of the world an Indian to the core

Fav Books: The Alchemist, Harry Potter
Fav Movie: The eternal Titanic
Fan of: Salman Khan, the English language
Fav line: When you want something very badly, the entire universe conspires to help you have it. [The Alchemist]

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