Space scientists recall Mrinalini with her husband Vikram Sarabhai

Google Doodle Pays Tribute To Legendary Indian Classical Dancer Mrinalini Sarabhai

Mrinalini Sarabhai once said, "From the moment of my knowledge of existence, I claimed the dance as my own life. It shaped the entire consciousness of my being and it never changed.."
Mrinalini Vikram Sarabhai was an Indian classical dancer, choreographer and instructor. She was the founder of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts, an institute for imparting training in dance, drama, music and puppetry, in the city of Ahmedabad
Mrinalini Sarabhai with her husband and noted physicist Vikram Sarabhai.
Mrinalini Sarabhai with her husband and noted physicist Vikram Sarabhai.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: After the demise of legendary danseuse and Padmabhushan recipient Mrinalini Sarabhai on Thursday morning at the age 97, distinguished space scientists and former directors of ISRO establishments here recall her with her husband and noted physicist Vikram Sarabhai popularly known as the father of the Indian Space program.
“Why India’s first sounding rocket in 1967 with its subsequent launches in 1968 was named as Rohini, is that the birth star of Mrinalini”, that was how space scientists prodded Vikram Sarabhai, the then director of the Space Science and Technology Centre at Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) here,” recalls noted space scientist and Padmashree awardee Dr N Vedachalam, founder director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit and former director of Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC). “Silently, Sarabhai kept smiling at it without responding. Even now I do not know whether Rohini is the birth star of Mrinalini,” he adds.

Next time during a rocket launch testing, it danced and fell off at Thumba, Sarabhai named it as `Menaka’ laughing out at the nudging scientists in a lighter vein, he reminisces.

For three years during his official visits here, I have not seen him with his wife Mrinalini, his son Karthikeyan and daughter Mallika in Thiruvananthapuram, as he was on his official visit as the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Yet as an affectionate person, he had mentioned about them. On one occasion, Sarabhai said, “daughter Mallika is going to excel her mother Mrinalini in art and dance”.

“Young scientists like me used to wait for the inspiring leader Vikram Sarabhai’s visit to Thumba, but in Dec 1970, heard of the shocking demise of Vikram Sarabhai at a hotel in Kovalam while waiting to meet him. In that deep sorrow, Mrinalini was silent. Sarabhai’s mother Sarla Devi from Gujarat had rang up the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to ensure not to do any post-mortem on her son’s body as she insisted on Jain’s custom to perform the last rites on the banks of Sabarmati.

Space scientist of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and author of many books including `A Brief History of Rocketry in ISRO’, PV Manoranjan Rao recalls Mrinalini and Vikram Sarabhai as “Two illustrious professionals and dignified couple, remained strong personalities equally talented and famous in their chosen domains.

Mrinalini pursued her higher studies at Shantiniketan and had the admiration as a student from poet and teacher Rabindranath Tagore. Sarabhai met her while at Bangalore and they got married. Heard of void that filled in among the soul bonds, but such cracks are bound to be there in every relationship. The couple were so graceful, though sadly one had a short life span”.

ISRO scientist P Radhakrishnan and co-author of the book `A Brief History of Rocketry in ISRO’ recalls Mrinalini as the wife of Vikram Sarabhai who had met each other and got married. She was fortunate enough to have received full support and patronage of her husband Sarabhai in her pursuits as a dancer and for setting up Darpana Institute of Performing arts in Ahmedabad.

VSSC former head Technology Transfer VP Balagangadharan recalls Mrinalini during her last visit to VSSC in 2002 to unveil the bust of Vikram Sarabhai, her husband and father of Indian space program who had given her lot of support in setting up many art institutes including Darpana.

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WhatsApp Delete for Everyone feature is now officially available

WhatsApp’s most awaited and talked about feature — “delete for everyone” is now available to everyone starting today. Any iPhone, Android or Window phone users with the latest version of WhatsApp will get the feature, actually, must have already got it by now. Apart from the mobile users, even the WhatsApp for desktop users will also be getting this feature starting today, confirms WhatsApp via a blog post on Tuesday.

“Starting today you can now delete messages you sent by mistake – whether to one person or an entire group,” writes WhatsApp. What is important is, this feature will be available only for the users with the latest version of the app. So, if you have the new WhatsApp version already downloaded – you’ll automatically get the “delete for everyone” and in case you still haven’t got the feature, head on to Play store and update the app. I use WhatsApp version 2.17.395 and have got the feature this morning.

So how does this feature work? The most important thing to note is — the message (that you sent by mistake) should be deleted within 7 minutes after it’s sent. Coming to how the feature actually works. If you are an Android user — you should first send a message to any of your contacts. Then tap, hold and select the message. After selecting the message, you’ll see several options at the top of the screen — click on the delete bin icon. Earlier, on click that option, the selected message would automatically delete.

But now, with the new feature coming in, users will get three options by clicking the delete icon. The three options are – delete for me, cancel and delete for everyone. To delete the message from your as well as the receiver’s chat box — you need to select delete for everyone option. On the other hand, on clicking delete for me, the message will be deleted only for the sender. After deleting the message you and the receiver of the message will get this message — “this message was deleted”.

How does the feature work for the iOS users? iPhone user will send the message to a contact, select it, then click on the delete bin at the bottom left of the screen. On clicking the delete bin option, the iPhone user, like Android will get the same options — delete for me, cancel and delete for everyone. You’ll need to click on the delete for everyone option. The feature works in a similar manner for both windows phone and desktop user as well.

What is important to note is that – for the feature to work properly — both the message sender as well as the recipient must use the latest version of WhatsApp for the message to be successfully deleted.

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Abandoned pens and other such stationery stand a chance at purposeful usage, thanks to the Pen Printer. The device uses the ink from discarded pens to print on paper. The current tech may not support such an ambitious idea, but it’s worth the exploration, since many of us have bundles of uncapped and discarded pens in our drawers for no apparent reason!

Designers: Tae-jin Kim & Su-in Kim

The Complete Social Media Image Size Guide: With Awesome Design Tips [Infographic]

t’s a lot of pressure to stay active across every social media platform, and it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends and techniques.

But like it or not, social media is here to stay. And entrepreneurs, business people, marketers, and others with a message to get out are taking notice.

Why? Social media can be an enormously useful tool in the business world. You can boost brand recognition and loyalty, connect with potential or current customers, advertise products and promotions, share helpful or inspiring content, and more. Best of all, getting started on these platforms is free and just requires an investment of some time and creativity — which can pay off in big ways.

It’s worth noting that sharing visual content on social media can be particularly effective for increasing engagement with your audience. According to HubSpot:

  • Facebook posts that feature photos account for 87% of interactions on the site. (Source: eMarketer)
  • Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites, and 150% more retweets than those without. (Source: Buffer)
  • Even tweets that only have a link to a photo or video receive a boost in retweets averaging 35% and 28%, respectively. (Source: Twitter)
  • In 2014, 70% of marketers planned to increase their use of original visual assets like infographics and memes. Visual content also ranked first among content types marketers want to learn more about. (Source: Social Media Examiner)

Plus, image-centric networks like Instagram and Pinterest have been growing by leaps and bounds. So there’s no better time to start creating your own social media images and graphics. With Canva, creating social graphics is a snap, with templates already sized to fit Facebook covers and posts, Twitter headers and posts, Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, Google+ covers, Tumblr banners and graphics, and YouTube channel art.

Above all – your first concern should be that your visual content is being seen how you intend it to — that the dimensions are right, so nothing gets cut off or stretched out of proportion.

But don’t strain your brain trying to remember how many pixels go where or scour each site’s help section for the information — instead, bookmark this page and use the infographic below as a cheat sheet for creating all your social media images.