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BUDDIES IN SPACE

BUDDIES IN SPACE
Story: P. Anil Prasad

(This short story is actually a by-product of my study on the life of astronauts on board the international space station just out of curiosity. Originally written in Malayalam and published in a service magazine. Now I rewrote it in English and added to the open story collection)


Emma Johns, a US scientist, stood looking out the glass window of Destiny lab in the International Space Station. The infinite view of space that has no day and night made her crazy.

The luminant globes that lay scattered everywhere in the tranquillity of space was the embodiment of eternal beauty and power for her. It was her father Athens Johns, who was a scientist at NASA, had shown her a video of space for the first time. Then she was a second grade student. When she finished viewing it, he asked: “My dear angel, do you like space?”.
“I want to go there” She replied. At this her father held her over his head and said with a very bright smile: “ definitely Emma, one d…
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Theory of visionary crisis in Organization Development

The Theory of Visionary Crisis (An open development of organization theory) P. Anil Prasad
Is there any possibility for a "visionary crisis" exists in organizations? Experiences say “yes”. Okay, then what is “Visionary Crisis?”
To answer this, firstly, we may have to be on the same page in defining a “visionary”. The Cambridge online dictionary gives the definition “a person who has the ability to imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. will develop in the future and to plan in a suitable way”. The Collins online dictionary gives the definition "If you refer to someone as a visionary, you mean that they have strong, original ideas about how things might be different in the future, especially about how things might be improved."
Now it is clear that visionaries cherish dreams and imaginations for future. Such dreams and imaginations are developed by synthesising information and impulses the visionaries receive from the broader environment in the past and in the …

Climate change and need for alternative technologies

An analysis with the title “Global Warming and Hurricanes” published by Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of Princeton University, based on published research findings, suggests 2-11 % of increase in storm intensity by the end of 21st century (see https://www.gfdl.noaa.gov/global-warming-and-hurricanes/ ). Connecting to that, we also see named storm reports are coming in greater numbers and from newer regions in the world every year. 

Though there are views that it is too early to suggest Global Warming and Human Activities have increased the occurrence and intensity of storms world wide, nobody denies its possibility. 

While writing my open fiction Imanofutu in 2013, I imagined a situation of 22nd century in Imanofutu, wherein they have to ground all their air-crafts because of regular storms and lightning caused by climate change and people turn against their government and the scientific community for not getting ready with alternative technologies on time in accordance with the …

A poem is born

A poem is born!
Poem: P Anil Prasad
Unrest
Yelling heart
Anger
Sense of loss
Sorrow
Burning brain
Depression
Aching fingers
Deep breathing
Abrupt sleep
Waking up
Collage of images
Flow of words
A poem is born!

#openpoem
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VIRTUAL HEALING

VIRTUAL HEALING Flash fiction: P Anil Prasad
The worst recession was at its peak. Six weeks passed since Sudheesh lost his job in the IT company. It was a rainy midnight. Flash of lightning kept on peeping into his bed room through the glass windows. He was not able to sleep. For some time he lain staring at the strange and momentary shades being created by the lightning and darkness together. Then he pressed his face hard against the pillow.
He had not been sleeping well after the termination, in fact. Even though an anticipated one, he found it extremely difficult to recover from the shock of termination. He had a little hope on the Project Manager’s promise to take him back in a short while. Later a friend, who was working with the company’s accounts department, told him the Project Manager was also sacked.
The rain was getting thicker. He got off the bed and slowly walked to the living room. He sat there on the floor with an empty mind. He had been living in that rented three room …

Primary Educators as the most Trained, Exprienced and Recognized Mentors

India celebrates Teachers Day today. Wishing a very happy teachers day!

On this teachers day, let us also think ways to give more importance to scientific and effective core skills training in primary education phase to nurture adaptive and positive behaviour that enable children to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life in future. After family, no where other than in primary educational institutions, we get such a golden opportunity for behavioural modulation in children. 

While looking at things in that way, we should also ensure Primary Educational Institutions are the most important and specialized institutions in any country, and primary educators are the most trained, experienced and recognized mentors! I am fully confident that this will definitely find effective solutions to most of the social problems we face across the world today. A very happy teachers day once again!

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A STRANGE FAREWELL

Another story from the #openfiction collection A STRANGE FAREWELL Story: P Anil Prasad
It was Divya’s second day in the Space Agency as a Junior Scientist. She sat confused on her bed in the staff apartment. Her heart was heavy. Last night she had a dream about her most intimate schoolmate Ronny. In the dream she saw him injured and lying unconscious on the stone bench of a park that was very familiar to her.
During her school days her family was in deep financial trouble. Her father owned a small shop. But he was a drunkard and never earned a penny for the family. Her mother was a piano instructor and her small earnings were the only source of income for the family.
Ronny’s home was in her neighbourhood. Both his parents were teachers at the school were they studied. He was always kind and compassionate to her. During those difficult times in her life, he offered unconditional support that she would never forget. He used to get her school fees settled by his parents.
There happened yet …