H2O. It’s the magic formula, in which, two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen, bind together, to form a molecule of water. This week’s challenge takes me back to our college Chemistry lab, when we conducted experiments with acids, alkalies, and water. Honestly, I never really liked chemistry. Veering strongly towards Physics, I thought of Chemistry, as nothing more than applied Physics. However, it’s been more than 10 years since I’ve left academia, and once those blinders (abstract to real) have been lifted, I see the world very differently now. Even H2O, or water, as we commonly call it, has changed in meaning.
Water. I’m not sure we’d do much without it. Or would life ever exist — as we know of it? As we probe our universe and neighbouring planets, in desperate hopes of finding water, or perhaps, alternate forms of life; earth seems to be facing it’s own little crisis of sorts. With climatic patterns changing over the years and heat waves affecting crop cycles; cyclonic downpours, cold winters, and hurricanes becoming a regular occurrence across the globe; I wonder how life (on earth) would shape up in the next 50 years? Until then, while I still can, I’d like to to escape to those fascinating places on earth, each celebrating a different state/phase of water, which gives me hope, that soon enough we’d wake up, and realise how important it is to appreciate and nurture what we have — while we can.
You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.
Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.