Sunday, November 27, 2016


``The living owe it to those who no longer can speak, to tell their story for them.''

Czeslaw  Milosz.

A video.  (Note: The video can be disturbing.)

This blog post by Neelima Gupte and Sumathi Rao.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The IPA Rahul Basu Memorial Award 2014-2016

It is our great pleasure to declare that the winners of the Rahul Basu Memorial Award have been selected. These are:


Dr. Bhawna Gomber,  Calcutta University.
Thesis Title: Search of Large Extra Dimensions in g+ET final state in pp collisions with the CMS detector at the LHC.

Dr. Roji Pius, Harishchandra Research Institute, Allahabad.
Thesis Title: Perturbative aspects of String Theory and Gauge/Strong Duality

Honourable Mention:

Dr. Md. Rihan Haque, NISER, Bhubaneshwar.
Thesis Title: Nucleii Production and Azimuthal Anisotropy of charged particles in heavy-ion collisions at RHIC

Dr. Kirtimaan  Mohan,  CHEP, IISc, Bangalore
Thesis Title: The Higgs Boson as a probe of physics beyond the standard model in the era of the LHC.

The award ceremony will be held as a part of the DAE symposium on High Energy Physics, on 16th December, 2016 (Friday) in Delhi University between 12.00 and 1.00 pm. 

Award committee: Bedangadas Mohanty (Chair), Sunanda Bannerjee, Debayoti Chowdhuri, Debashis Ghoshal, Rohini Godbole, Sourendu Gupta, Neelima Gupte, Sunil Mukhi.

Thanks all.

This blog post by Neelima Gupte and Sumathi Rao.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The week that was

And what a week it was! It started off pleasantly enough, at the theater with  Wooster and Jeeves, trotting off in the two seater to Totleigh Towers, with Aunt Dahlia, Madeliene Basset, Sir Watkin Basset, Roderick Spode and Stiffy Byng in the mixture. Bertie was in trouble, but Jeeves saved the day. It was a terrific production, given that all roles were played by just three actors, with the two seater and the bath tub also playing stellar roles. Here is Bertie in a bath tub, although at a large distance! The ticket prices played their role in keeping the audience at a distance, with the front seats being priced at Rs 5000 a piece!

If Bertie had a bad week, the rest of us had it worse. On Tuesday, the U.S. got Trumped and India got Modified.  `Change' had a great week. The public was out of money, the ATMs were out of cash, and the PM was out of the country. However, the apologists were not out of excuses. After holding out for several days on the basis of 10 Rs notes  having found their way to the corners of sundry purses, sheer necessity forced a trip to the bank. Two and a half hours of patience yielded four of the notes below, with Gandhiji smiling bashfully on a background of a colour hitherto associated with Barbie.

All the chaos was in a good cause, being dedicated to rooting out black moneys. Here is one of them below, looking dejected. (In case of incomprehensibility, consult Google Translate).

We now await the rigours of the next week. However, Chennai might look forward to some relief. Amma is expected to be discharged from hospital. Please stand by for further bulletins from the frontline.

This blog post is by Neelima Gupte and Sumathi Rao.