Vidya Sury

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Puns and Parodies

Who can resist a pun, intended or unintended? Not me, certainly. I am married to someone who is exceptional at rolling out puns on a daily basis on practically every occasion and is pretty good with parodies. I originally meant to write a parentingpost for P, or even about Prayer, but while walking on my terrace today and laughing my head off with Sury and Vidur piling on the puns, I thought – on…

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Day 15 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge dawns rather bright, clear and very warm in my part of the world and I am pleased to present my friend, Dr.Chandra Senan’s book titled “Oxygen”.

I “met” Dr Chandra through my blog in April 2012. His emails are encouraging, appreciative and kind. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that I reviewed his sister’s book  of poetry “Dialogues from Within“, last year during the A to  Z Challenge. We have built a pleasant friendship and I feel privileged to know him.

Dr.Chandra Senan has authored several books and Oxygen is his latest. When he offered me a preview, I expected a text-book-type book. But when I began reading it, I found it not only informative, but also beautifully written. Interspersed with inspiring quotes and presented in a layout that any layman would find interesting, I’d say Dr. Chandra has the gift of expression.  Now let me introduce you to the book Oxygen.


The Story of a Primal Fluid of Vital Importance to All Life Forms on the Planet and Our Intimate Relationship with This Extraordinary Gas

by Dr Chandra Senan


Book blurb:

“The topic chosen for this book was influenced by the fact that three of my previous tomes were on water, blood and alcohol. As we would not be alive without the first two fluids and the exclusion of the third is something that for many would make life onerous to cope with, I decided to keep the fluid theme going and to resolutely remain in the realm of substances absolutely crucial to our survival. Oxygen seemed the obvious choice.

Fluids, incidentally, have relatively low viscosities, exhibit flow and display turbulence, possess mass and can be deformed and compressed. It is near-ubiquitous, life-sustaining oxygen which we take for granted that makes us (and the planet) tick, the four main categories of oxygen usage being medicine, metallurgy, chemical synthesis and rocketry. If you think life’s a gas, you would almost certainly be right and that gas is none other than oxygen although nitrous oxide (a.k.a. factitious air) first laid claim to that accolade, owing to the euphoric effects of inhaling it – an attribute that subsequently led to its recreational use as a dissociative anaesthetic, laughing gas parties being all the rage with the aristocracy (the hysterical participants falling about cachinnating) from as early as 1799.

But it’s oxygen in all its guises and the far reaching effects this element has had (and continues to have) on practically everything on our planet (and elsewhere) that takes centre stage in this offering of mine which, hopefully will seem like a breath of fresh air – an expression that sadly has become a contradiction in terms. In the sapient words of prolific science writer Dr. John Gribbin: “Oxygen exists in the atmosphere because there is life on Earth; and life exists on the land surface of the Earth because there is oxygen in the atmosphere.”

Given the parlous state our planet is in, we would be unwise not to heed this warning by the eminent astrophysicist Carl Sagan: “Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something.”

In “Oxygen” Dr Senan has included almost everything you ever wanted to know about the gas. Comprehensive, solidly researched, it has a wealth of information presented in easy to understand format with color illustrations throughout. Here is a preview of the book. Go on – take a look! You’ll enjoy it.

Some quotes from the book:

“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it is reasonably close to Oxygen on the “gotta have it” scale” Zig Ziglar

“Freedom is the oxygen without which science cannot breathe” David Sarnoff

“What Oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life” Emil Brunner

Colour illustrated
A5 size publication
298 pages
Publisher: Literati Publishing
ISBN-10: 0956928161
ISBN-13: 978-0956928160

Books by Dr Chandra Senan: Oxygen, Alcohol, Time, Water, Blood

Please visit Literati Publishing for more details. (Best viewed on Chrome browser)

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