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‘Mission Mangal’ wins hearts all over: Critics call it the ‘Best Film of the Year’

India’s first space film Mission Mangal has received a unanimous thumbs up from the Indian media. The film that is based on India’s first interplanetary mission – the Mars Orbiter Mission – has opened to glowing reviews, with film buffs branding the film as the best film of 2019, with some critics even calling it Akshay Kumar’s best film to date! The film has received rave reviews for the incredible performances by the entire cast and the brilliant direction by debutant Jagan Shakti. The climax of the film has found a special mention with the gripping screenplay grabbing eyeballs. Some critics have even predicted that the film has the potential to be Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing film so far. The film has patriotic undertones as it narrates a tale of ordinary people doing extraordinary things making the nation proud.

After tales of heroism that were untold such as in films ‘Airlift’, ‘Rustom’ and ‘Kesari’, extending his fem-force messaging in films such as ‘Toilet Ek Prem Katha’ and ‘Pad Man’, in ‘Mission Mangal‘, Akshay Kumar celebrates the power of women scientist and their achievements.

Announcing the failed launch of GSLV-F06 on December 25, 2010, due to a small mistake by Project Director Tara Shinde, Rakesh Dhawan, a fellow scientist working with her, takes the blame for her, in the opening scene. As a result, he is relocated to work on Mangalyaan as punishment. The MoM (Mars Orbiter Mission) is thought of as an impossible mission by his coworkers due its aim of reaching Mars with its tight budget.

Vidya Balan, who is the Project Director is always bubbling with energy and ideas and she is the one to life up Akshay Kumar’s spirits with crazy ideas. Her motto is simply “Anything is possible.” The temporary scrapping of the then Chandrayan 2 mission takes Vidya Balan to experience a Eureka moment.   Mocked upon by their over-ambitious dreams, Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan are assigned a team of juniors comprising rookie scientists Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu and Nithya Menon.  The hardships faced by Akshay Kumar and his team and how they chose to overcome it is the crux of the story.

The MoM satellite is finally launched on PSLV on November 5, 2013, and is named Mangalyaan (Sanskrit: Mars-Craft) and is successfully inserted into Earth’s orbit. Scientist Rakesh Dhawan (Akshay Kumar) and his team celebrates the successful launch. After spending 298-day transit to Mars, MoM satellite is inserted into Mars orbit on 24 September 2014, making India the  4th country  in the world to do so and the first country to do it in the first attempt.

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Memories of the fantastic voyage to the moon on it’s 50th anniversary!

–Lachman Balani

It was the summer of ’69 and I was literally over the moon as I had just graduated from the American School of Tangier, a US secondary school in Tangier, Morocco and was preparing to go to Cornell University in the US for further studies in engineering.

Amidst all the excitement of getting ready for university, another extraordinary event, the imminent moon landing, heightened my adrenalin levels as I was highly interested in science.

Way back in ‘68 and ‘69 when the Russians and Americans were running neck and neck in the race towards the moon, I was actually rooting for the Russians as they were the first to launch the space  satellite Sputnik and the first to put a man, Yuri Gagarin, into orbit. The Soviets were also the first to hard land (unpowered) and soft land (powered) a spacecraft on the moon. The U.S.S.R. was also the first to get photos of the lunar surface.

I would jokingly tell my American friends in school that “the Russians are gonna paint the moon red!”

They would laugh back: “nah, we doubt it, but even if they do, heck when we get there we will spray it white with the Coca Cola logo!”

Such was the ingenuity of American marketing even way back then.

I remember well also that after the “dress rehearsal” Apollo 10 mission in May of the same year, there were rumours that Russia, cloaked in secrecy, would somehow beat the US and send up a manned mission to land on the moon before the upcoming Apollo 11 voyage in July.

However, the great day finally arrived for the Americans. My family and I huddled around the black and white TV on July 16, 1969, to watch history unfurl. With memories of the fire that killed three astronauts in the Apollo 1 mission a couple of years earlier and Neil Armstrong’s near death experience a year earlier still fresh in everyone’s minds, I kept my fingers crossed that nothing drastic would occur as the countdown began. Continue reading “Memories of the fantastic voyage to the moon on it’s 50th anniversary!”

Have the BEST backyard experience this spring and summer!

Creating the perfect backyard is easy once you attend the Backyard Living Expo, the only consumer show in the GTA dedicated exclusively to backyards.
Come hear from celebrity experts and industry leaders on how to make your backyard the place of your dreams, regardless of your budget or the size of your yard.

Also at the show, get the tips and secrets to entertain your guests with a perfect barbecue. The Backyard Living Expo runs from Friday, March 29 through Sunday March 31, 2019 at The International Centre (6900 Airport Rd), for more information, visit http://www.thebackyardlivingexpo.com.

Learn how to make the most of your backyard from a variety of HGTV celebrities, gardeners,
chefs, DIY professionals, and outdoor build and design experts as they present on the Weber
Grill Main Stage and the Pro Series Stage each day.

Here is a sampling of who you can see at the show:

Grill Master Michael P. Clive brings you the most popular menu items offered at the Weber Grill
Academy! Learn how to prepare the best of both land and sea – and yes, dessert too – using
tips, tricks and grilling techniques to help make you a backyard hero. BroLaws discuss how to budget for your outdoorspace and the latest and greatest for the outdoor world this year.

Ted Reader can talk about all BBQ trends for 2019 and how to create the best BBQ setting
including tools, tips and accessories to create the greatest grilling experience of the summer. Continue reading “Have the BEST backyard experience this spring and summer!”

Toronto’s Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden wins international achievement award

The City of Toronto, in partnership with local community groups, has won the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence in Public Space for the innovative Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden. The installation was selected from among 17 qualified submissions in the same category.

The community transformed the intersection into a landmark and gathering space that celebrates the area’s Indigenous history and symbolizes the aspiration to positive international relationships.

“The Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden is the result of hard work and vision by neighbourhood residents, business owners, volunteers and others,” said the Councillor for Ward 14. “I would like to thank the selection committee at the International Downtown Association for recognizing the work of Roncesvalles community and for celebrating the vibrancy of our city.”

The International Downtown Association (IDA) will officially present the award during the IDA Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas from October 24 to 26. The Public Space category recognizes capital improvements that have enhanced the urban design, transportation methods, physical function, or economic viability of downtown and the community.

Planning for renewal of the space was initiated by the Friends of the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden community group along with the Roncesvalles Village Business Improvement Area, and the garden officially opened in June 2016. Representatives of the Mississaugas of the Credit were engaged and a number of local volunteers donated their time to reimagine the space. PLANT Architect Inc. was commissioned to create the design concept. Continue reading “Toronto’s Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden wins international achievement award”

Nobel Prize for Physics, 2017 – Indian Connection 

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics has been conferred to three scientists namely Rainer Weiss, Barry C Barish & Kip S Thorne under the LIGO Project for their discovery of gravitational waves, 100 years after Einstein’s General Relativity predicted it. The Nobel Prize for Physics 2017 celebrates the direct detection of Gravitational waves arriving from the merger two large Black holes in a distant galaxy a Billion of light years away. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. This opens a new window to Astronomy since Gravitational Waves are an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space.

This is a proud moment for India also, since the discovery paper has 39 Indian authors/scientists from nine institutions-, CMI Chennai, ICTS-TIFR Bengaluru, IISER-Kolkata, IISER-Trivandrum, IIT Gandhinagar, IPR Gandhinagar, IUCAA Pune, RRCAT Indore and TIFR Mumbai. primarily funded through individual/ institutional grants by Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Science & Technology and Ministry of Human Resource Development AE, DST and MHRD, who are co-authors of this discovery paper.

The group led by Bala Iyer (currently at ICTS-TIFR) at the Raman Research Institute in collaboration with scientists in France had pioneered the mathematical calculations used to model Gravitational Wave signals from orbiting black holes and neutron stars. Theoretical work that combined black holes and gravitational waves was published by C. V. Vishveshwara in 1970. These contributions are prominently cited in the discovery paper. Continue reading “Nobel Prize for Physics, 2017 – Indian Connection “