|I am Badri, 32, living in the San Francisco bay area, working as a chip designer in a silicon valley company. I am originally from India. I've been an avid space/astronomy/astro-physics/cosmology buff ever since my (late) uncle introduced me to Carl Sagan's COSMOS series when I was about 14 or 15. |
Back in India, access to space magazines or books wasn't readily available for me until I went to college. But India's public television "Doordharshan" (the only channel available those days!) used to carry an hour of educational programmes ("UGC") in the evening, and once or twice a week, half an hour or so of that used be a program called "NASA at work". I used to skip play time after school and rush home to watch that.
I remember I once watched a program that talked about the different types of stars and their life cycles, and at the end of the show I took a notebook and a pen, and wrote down pretty much the entire script of that program. That used to be my reference material for a few years!
My uncle PRS used to have a couple of nice books on astronomy in his house, along with several copies of magazines like Popular Science, which I used to devour whenever I visited them.
When I went to Engineering college (CIT, Coimbatore), I discovered two things, that shaped my personality for the next several years, if not forever: 1. a telescope and 2. Carl Sagan's books like Broca's Brain, Cosmos, Dragons of Eden. I joined the "Space Club" and became its seceretary in my senior year. I had such a good time reading "A Brief History of Time" and some material on Quantum Mechanics, Relativity, etc... it was perhaps the best period of my life in terms of discovery and wonder.
After college, my space interest has steadily dwindled. I feel bad about that at times. My wife got me a very expensive telescope for the last birth day, which, shamefully, I never used.
I am perhaps clutching at my last "space interest" straws now, and participating in SETI@Home is a part of that.
But, I am sure, I'll rediscover Space at some point. It's sure to happen when my son Harsha starts wondering about the stars!
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