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Nearly all of the Earth’s atmosphere is made up of only five gases: nitrogen, oxygen, water vapor, argon, and carbon dioxide. Several other compounds also are present. Air can contain as much as 5% water vapor.


99% of the mass of the human body is made up of only six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Every organic molecule contains carbon.


Since 65-90% of each body cell consists of water (by weight), it isn’t surprising that oxygen and hydrogen are major components of the body. Hydrogen is a component of the water molecules in the body, as well as most other compounds.Oxygen is necessary for respiration. You will find this element in the lungs, since about 20% of the air you breathe is oxygen.


 Carbon is ingested in food the food we eat and in the air we breathe. Carbon accounts for 18.6% of the total mass of the human body.


Nitrogen is a component of proteins, nucleic acids, and other organic compounds.Nitrogen gas is found in the lungs, since most of the air you breathe consists of this element.


Calcium is a major component of the skeletal system. It is found in bones and teeth. Calcium is a metal. It readily oxidizes in air. Because it makes up such a large part of the skeleton, about one-third of the mass of human body comes from calcium, after water has been removed.The element is incorporated into the bones, combines with other elements including iron, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium. It is necessary for sexual function and reproduction, muscle growth, and to supply nutrients to the nerves.


Potassium primarily is found in the muscles and nerves as an ion. Potassium is important for membrane function, nerve impulses, and muscle contractions.


Sodium is important for proper nerve and muscle function. It is excreted in perspiration.


Chlorine aids in cellular absorption of water. It is the major anion in body fluids. Chlorine is a part of hydrochloric acid, used to digest food. It is involved in proper cell membrane function.


Phosphorus is found in the nucleus of every cell. Phosphorus is part of nucleic acids, energy compounds.


Magnesium is a cofactor for enzymes in the body.Magnesium is needed for strong teeth and bones.


Sulfur is a component of many amino acids and proteins.



In such a chemical cocktail that permeates the air,space and objects I see nothing but form and function. 
Form of man and form of plants thriving in cosmos to be of use to one another is simplicity in itself. We need oxygen and plants need carbon dioxide. In supplying each others needs we have fulfilled our roles that of course is one among many dimensions we run into each other. ‘I think there fore I am.’ In order to know that my brain again  of same substance as in Cosmos, fired up certain electro-chemical impulses. It has no reality outside myself really.

We palaver, chat up to higher-ups and make deals, cut corners,stab backs of each other and are locked up for some 30 years in Louisiana and released because of some lacuna in human justice and, thank God we have showed Law still reigns supreme under the sun. It is much about nothing really.









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Lightly we foot it where our peers left off

As seasons crowd out the smooth with the rough;

We descend through tunnel of time, for sleep

And how others make do with theirs: enough.


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Under vault of heaven we make merry

Ev’n as seasons after their fashion hurry:

Surely as our peers we replaced in time

We must leave seats- for time will not tarry.



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Omar Khayyam Illustration:quatrain#9

“But Come with old Khayyam, and leave the lot
Of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot:
Let Rustom lay about him as he will.
Or Hatim Tai cry supper-heed them not.”

(Edward Fitzgerald translation-first ed.,)

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“The Place where the mighty one once abode
Of Pomp and glory devoid remains ruin’d;
All I could hear there was the cry of dove,
‘Coo! where art thou!’, on and on she moaned.”

(text and illustration-benny thomas)

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I Have Been Dreaming, said I ©

I have been dreaming, said I
While my feet touched these cobbled lanes
Not caring if these veered to the river bank
To carry me far where the sea received all,
where galleys with unfurled sails
bided time, adrift by tremulous sign-
Ah the wind was contrary!
The captain swore profanities
At the unspeakable charms cast by
A Dreamer for whom even the wind
Bent her rules a little,
till the dreamer and the dream
Found the cabin and service.
I am the Keeper of the Royal Sun
Abdel- kerim by your leave, said I
To which the Captain bound by an oath
Steered all hands double time.
And the painted ship with ghastly crew
Did swim skirting swells and even when
the land came in view,
And the domes through swirls of dust
Gleamed under roiling heat
I knew I was dreaming.
And the chains that bound my feet
To cold slabs bore drops of sweat
and said I, These stone walls shall
Wear out before my dreams will.
Benny 3 Feb,2012(reprinted from pup of my doggrels-http://byronin.wordpress.com)

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Uttar Pradesh in India has a woman Chief Minister. She made some thousand statues to glorify the fact she began as small potatoes and have become a sort of millstone around the neck of UP. But the statues are one way of redressing the inequality that for centuries existed. She was low-caste Dalit before whom all civil servants, high caste or low no matter now kowtow deeply. In making so many statues and spending millions of the tax payer’s money she is making a point that she a Dalit woman is not to be taken lightly. Some woman, some millstone!
One morning she calls her security detail and says she wants to check whether money was well spent. The Senior most bureaucrat old but not so wise said,’ Behan-Ji, you may not like what you see there.’
she calls him to come along and after seeing 896 statues in which she is keeping pose all calculated to bring awe in the eyes of the public she gets out of the car. After removing her sunglasses and peering at the face she says,’How come the sculptor made me look the same, every one of them?’ No one could give an answer. She calls for the sculptor and berates him roundly for making her look like a potato.
The sculptor who began as a Bhaia( milk-man) scratches his head and says ‘Oh Chief Minister-ji, Maaf keejiye,I could not get a water melon for a model’.

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