Revisiting Hawking’s The Grand Design

I saw an independent film made by my buddies Sunil Shah and Renu Vora. It is called The Wisdom Tree. The film weaves science with art, music and mysticism.

Thanks to Sunil and Renu for the invite to screening of TWT.

Adi and my friends and I had a blast watching it.

I am in awe of Sunil and Renu’s wide knowledge on so many deep subjects and their view points on so many difficult to grasp ideas about our life and this universe. And here is the icing on the cake – both of their tenacity, their grit. TWT as a 7 year labor of love for both of them.

Watching the movie, made me want to reread The Grand Design.

The Grand Design is a popular-science book written by physicists Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

It is brilliant. I don’t want to put it down. I am reading it in small chunks…so, I can enjoy every bit of it.

The Grand Design - Ambal Balakrishnan

What is this Brown Translucent Thing?

May you live in interesting times.

Adi found this in the closet that I store some of my most precious belongings (photos, hard-drives containing photos, photo albums, more photos, more hard-drives containing photos, more photo albums etc).

He asked me “Amma, What is this brown looking translucent thing?”

As always, I am going to try to patiently explain to him that it is a Photographic film. I am also going to explain to him there were no digital cameras when I was growing up. I am sure he is going to be shocked!


The other day he asked –  “Oh wow. Is that an actual chalk ? I haven’t seen one of those.”

Somehow, today, I do feel we live in “interesting times”. Don’t you?