Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VIII

Hello everyone and welcome back to the eighth installment of “Oceans caught between the devil and deep blue sea…” Today, I am feeling especially sad to write, since today is Holi and under the name of tradition, in India, people waste millions of liters of water.  The water situation in this country is dire. Over … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VIII

What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

             Endangered Hawaiian monk seal We’re all familiar with the terms ‘Endangered’, and ‘Threatened’ when referring to species under threat from extinction. But the process behind these categorizations and so on, and just how important these species are for biodiversity conservation, is a bit of a mystery to most of us. This process of categorization … Continue reading What is ‘Conservation Status’ and ‘IUCN Red List’?

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

The ocean is a vast and mysterious place, which for many seafarers, is part of its allure. People have always delved into the strangest unsolved ocean mysteries – may it be the Bermuda Triangle, the case of the disappearing island, or the unusual noise that emits from the deepest parts of the ocean - some … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VII

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

During a voyage, dead ahead, through roaring sea and the pitch-black night, a captain sees the light on a collision course with his ship. Reaching for the radio, he conveys his message: “Change your course ten degrees east.” “Change yours ten degrees west,” comes the reply. The captain responds, “I’m a navy captain! Change your … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – VI

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V

Human Settlements since long in the history got shaped by water resources.  Water resources can be in the form of rivers or oceans. The habitats around rivers saw the development of societies, culture, and farming for food.  This growth also helped people to reduce their dependence on hunter-gathering. Water was essential for many reasons. People … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… (Pun intended!) – V

Analysis of – “The Convergence of the Twain” (Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”), By Thomas Hardy

Between the nights of 14th and 15th April 1912, the “unsinkable” steamship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in North Atlantic Ocean.  She was on her maiden voyage from Southampton in the UK to New York.  On 24th April Thomas Hardy wrote the poem “The Convergence of the Twain” to be printed in the program … Continue reading Analysis of – “The Convergence of the Twain” (Lines on the loss of the “Titanic”), By Thomas Hardy

Oceans, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea… Part IV

As I had mentioned in my last article, because of human activities on land, oceans’ health is under serious threat.  We will now go into the details of marine pollution.   However, before going deeper into it (pun intended!), it is necessary to understand how essentially our life depends on oceans.  In the last article, we … Continue reading Oceans, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea… Part IV

Oceans, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea… Part III

  “The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, … Continue reading Oceans, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea… Part III

Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… Part II

India’s one of the eminent Freedom fighters Swatantryaveer Sawarkar had written a poem, one of his inspiring and patriotic ones, in which he tells the ocean, “upon your promise I left my mother (land) to come to England, because you assured me to show diversities of the world, but I am feeling here suffocated now, … Continue reading Oceans, caught between devil and the deep blue sea… Part II