November 3rd, 2010

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A tiny mystery....

At Bilkal Rangaswamy Betta, someone picked up a tiny little caterpillar and gave it to me.


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You can estimate its size when you realize that it's on the palm of my hand.

(Aside to prashanthchengi....that sentence above is a good illustration of when to use "its" and when to use "it's". The possessive pronoun does not have an apostrophe.)

I found that there was a greenish little sphere on the side of the caterpillar; it was not the mouth or the cloacal area, so I could not understand what it could be.

I asked Dr M B Krishna, who said that it might be emerging from a "pod" or egg-case . So, I decided to also ASK (Ask S Karthikeyan). Karthik said that it might be a drop of fluid that the caterpillar had expressed from its mouth; but I told him that this green thing was actually not a liquid, but quite hard. He decided to reserve judgement on what it could be...so there it remains, another tiny, unsolved mystery of Nature!

If anyone can throw any light on this, I'd be grateful...

And meanwhile if anyone can see my heart line and fate line in the photograph and tell me how rich and famous I'm going to be, I'm open to hearing that, too!
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No comments!

I enjoy having feedback and dialogue as a spinoff from my posts; I do like communicating with people, and exploring points of view other than my own.

However, I find that lately, comments on my blog are down drastically. I thought that probably no one reads the blog any more...so just now, I checked the stats (alas, I rarely do it.)

Yesterday, the blog had 242 unique visitors....and out of them all....ONE person commented.

What is it that keeps people from commenting? Perhaps, a lack of interest in the topic. Perhaps, a dissension with the views expressed...but that is precisely when I do want feedback and a response....a point of view that opens my eyes to a fresh perspective. Perhaps, a disinclination to type out a response. Perhaps, no inclination to engage in a dialogue or even mark one's visit.

Almost invariably, I tend to comment when I read someone's blog. I read it, I have some thoughts on it...and I set them down. Sometimes it leads to a very lively exchange of views...a debate...or even an argument. Sometimes it is agreement. Sometimes the thread drifts, and we talk about something else entirely. It's a very enjoyable process to me

So...I find it hard to understand not commenting...but I guess I have to accept that only one-two-hundred-and-forty-secondth (!) of my readers feels engaged enough to comment on what I write!