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ne day I got a mail from Dr Mukund Hambarde, Director General, Chhattisgarh State Council of Science and Technology at Raipur to visit and deliver a lecture in a conference
“Interaction between Traditional and Modern Technology”. I was surprised that who Dr Hambarde is. I wrote to him that I would certainly like to visit Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh as I had never seen this tribal state of India. I was told that Dr Raman Singh, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh is doing a very good work in making a new capital of the state which will be unique. I got a reply very soon that I can be there and everything related to my visit will be taken care by Dr Hambarde. I also got to know that we met in Ahmadabad and he had also gifted me a copy of the book GEETA. Dr Hambarde suggested me that there is direct train from Lucknow to Raipur but it was taking more than 20 hours so I requested him that I can visit only by air. Dr Hambarde was very kind to say yes to my request.

I took a Jet airways flight to New Delhi and from New Delhi I changed my flight to reach Raipur. I was very curious to see the airport as I was landing there for the first time. I found it’s a small airport and one has to walk from plane to arrival lounge as it is very close. But on the right hand side a very new terminal was coming up which was looking far better than Lucknow’s new airport terminal. A young man named Jagat was there on the airport with my name placard. I met him and I boarded the car to reach to the place o my stay.  Roads were very ordinary and from airport instead of going towards the city we moved to away from it. The taxi driver was playing some rational songs at a low volume so I asked him that I like the music of Chhattisgarh very much and can he increase the volume. It was the first day of Navratrti so devi geet was being sung by a local singer who belongs to Raipur. The driver was very happy to tell me a lot about the place and the venue. After 20 minutes we reached to Institute which is meant of Pancahayti Raj training. A green and huge campus, very close to nature and nice weather I found there. I entered in the room which was very big, with nice furniture, AC and LCD TV which I was not expecting. I thought to have a cup of tea and then I met the organizing secretary of the conference Dr Tyagi. I was very keen to meet Dr Hambarde and he also came with a smile and lots of affection. He enquired about my stay and then we had a cup of tea. I came out of the guest house and had a long walk in the campus. Everywhere,  tribal touch was visible. On coming back I found a boy whose name was Bhojraj Dhangar. He w as making rangoli which was the symbol of Chhattisgarh State Council of Science and Technology and Vigyan Bharti an NGO which is fighting for creating relevance to our great Indian traditional knowledge. Dhangar was a real genius as his hand was working like a magic perfectly following the command and creating the rangoli. I congratulated him and thought that India is full of talents but how many get noticed and recognition. I had a very tasty and homemade food in the canteen of the campus which was made by the people, who were probably tribals. Again I had a walk in the campus which was totally calm and away from the hustle bustle of the city.

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It was probably the month of august 2011 when I got a call from Siddharth who said he is calling from M.S. University, Baroda. He said to me that can I deliver a lecture in the FOOTPRINTS 2012, a technical festival in the month of February 24-26, 2012, organized by the students of engineering faculty. I wanted to see this nice and historical city of Gujrat I checked my diary and then told him that yes I can. He further told me that FOOTPRINTS will take care of my to and fro airfare and local hospitality.

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Pradeep K. Srivastava, the creator of scientoons has lent his support to the Research Cooperative in a brief posting at Science for Humanity.

The website tells us that:

"Scientoons are the cartoons, based on science. They not only make you smile and laugh but also provide information about new researches, subjects and concepts in a simple, understandable and interesting way."

I recommend members of this group to visit the Scientoon website and see! They did make me smile, though I do wish that minor changes could made in the English texts, here and there.

I visited and browsed the gallery.
One of the scientoons that especially caught my attention was this one:
Synthetic Cell

This led me to search for news articles on the subject of Synthetic Biology.
Here is one of those articles (from the BBC, dated May 20, 2010):
Artificial Life Breakthrough - BBC

So, then, I thought I'd see if there are videos on this subject on YouTube.
Yes, there are many YouTube videos on this the subject of Synthetic Biology.
For example, here is one: "Introduction to Synthetic Biology" (57:13) - Andrew Hessel
(video uploaded November 7, 2009).
Introduction to Synthetic Biology (video)

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