Taken a few moments ago in Skötufjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland.

Kálfavík, Wesfjords of Iceland

Kálfavík on Skötufjörður, Wesfjords of Iceland
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP


PS: I don’t trust the calibration of my Macbook Pro screen, but will have to make do while on the road.

  • Arun - July 6, 2012 - 8:29 pm

    In this picture the scene radiates peace, shanti.
    Future site of the Parrikar Yogashram 🙂

    Of course, I can imagine it might be quite the opposite during a winter storm.ReplyCancel

  • Börkur Hrólfsson - July 5, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    Be careful ! This is where my wheel almost broke off !ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - July 5, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Outstandingly dramatic. So desolate.ReplyCancel

Rauðufossar (“Red Falls”), taken this morning, in the Highlands of Iceland.


5D Mark III, 70-200L f/2.8 IS II


What Goans live for.

Goa‘s poet laureate, the late Bakibab Borkar said it best1:

Please Sir, God of Death
Don’t make it my turn today,
not today
There’s fish curry for dinner.

([1] Great Goans by Mario Cabral e Sa and Lourdes Bravo Da Costa, N.N.A.P. Publications, 1991.)

The Goan term for fish curry is hooman. Subtle differences in this coconut-based preparation obtain as one traverses the state. The central plot remains the same, it is the retelling of the story that offers opportunity for creative spin. In addition to variety over regions, differences in expression prevail across lines of caste and religion. (Note that the same is true of language.) The Goan Catholics have their own method as do the Hindus, and even within these groups, the individual castes put their own individual stamp.

The items featured here are served at a small family-owned eatery named Sharda in Bambolim. The food is cooked at home by the lady of the house, Chandravati Gauns, in the style characteristic to her community, the Gaude/Gavde (among Goa‘s earliest settlers), using vegetables and herbs farmed locally.

Goan Fish-Curry-Rice

Goan Fish-Curry-Rice
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Up close

Up close
5D Mark II, TS-E 24L II

Chef Chandravati Gauns of Paliem

Chef Chandravati Gauns of Paliem
5D Mark II, Zeiss ZE 100 f/2 MP

  • […] Goan fish curry prepared in this deliberate manner is manna for the soul. The lady was apologetic that on this particular evening she wasn’t using her traditional earthen pot which is the real deal. […]ReplyCancel

  • Link Bait – Week 5 | Munch Passport - March 22, 2013 - 6:18 am

    […] the same experience and live in a different country you can make these dishes at home. There are several blogs on Goan food that you can find online. I live in US so if I want to eat authentic Goan food, I have no option […]ReplyCancel

  • Ajay Prabhu - March 2, 2013 - 12:31 am

    I am staying for a week in Goa, the land of my ancestors, on my visit to India this time. I am using your photos as my guide to choose places to visit and enjoy traditional Goan food.

    Ever since I saw this picture I am dreaming of the thali that Chandravati Gauns will prepare for me, when we are there.

    Thanks Rajan.ReplyCancel

  • Srikantha Shenoy TV - July 4, 2012 - 12:49 pm

    Oh! It is irresistable. The high point of Hindu ‘Hooman’ is the Theppal (=Thirpal) – the flavoring berries.

    Kapadi’s fish joint in Bicholim had a cult following back in ’80s. Is it still surviving the tourists onslaught?ReplyCancel

  • Jon - July 3, 2012 - 2:09 pm

    The poet laureate definitely had his priorities right.ReplyCancel

  • Mervyn Lobo - June 29, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Fried prawns with semolina!!!
    The perfect beer food.
    Makes my mouth water……

    Looking forward to pictures of shark Ambot Tik.ReplyCancel

Inventor of the microprocessor.

In 1971, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, a technological feat that (understatement alert) changed the world. What the fractional horsepower motor did to the Industrial Revolution, the microprocessor did to the ongoing digital revolution.

The original architecture of the microprocessor was conceived by Marcian “Ted” Hoff, the brilliant engineer and employee number 12 at Intel. His two colleagues, Stanley Mazor and Federico Faggin, helped bring the idea to fruition. The trio was honored by President Obama (link to video) with the 2009 National Medal of Technology in a ceremony held at the White House.

I met Dr. Hoff yesterday at his home in Los Altos Hills in California. A warm, unassuming man, he carries with him a rich fund of stories and personal recollections of the early days of Silicon Valley and the pioneers who made it, men such as Frederick E. Terman, Dave Packard, Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, Bill Shockley, Sherman Fairchild and others. Dr. Hoff‘s affection for Robert Noyce was especially palpable when he remembered Noyce’s depth in semiconductor electronics and his inspiring presence.

Ted Hoff

Marcian “Ted” Hoff
5D Mark III, 85L II

The world's first microprocessor - Intel 4004

With his invention, Intel 4004, the world’s first microprocessor
5D Mark III, 24-105L

Outside his home in Los Altos Hills, California

At home in Los Altos Hills, California
5D Mark III, 24-105L

  • […] out that as luck would have it, ace portraitist Dr. Rajan Parrikar, no mean engineer himself, had just published a splendid photo essay on none other than Dr. Marcian ‘Ted’ […]ReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - June 22, 2012 - 10:37 am

    There are few better ways of seeing what Dr. Hoff hath wrought than this graph showing how the 2,300 transistor count on his 4004 CPU has grown:


    As I drop in a Core i7 in my computer today, with it’s nearly 1,000,000 transistors, it is Marcian Hoff I will be thinking of, the creator of America’s greatest invention.

    The 10 micron spacing on Hoff’s invention is now down to 22 nanometers on the latest Ivy Bridge …. with the Xeon Westmere sporting no fewer than 2.6 million transistors and all available from your local computer store.

    The story of Hoff and Faggin’s great work is here:


    Thanks for a great photo essay.ReplyCancel

  • sanjeev - June 22, 2012 - 3:33 am

    # 3 has amazing clarity , sharpness and colours despite the bright background. It almost looks like a pasted on image.

    was it a fill in flash ?ReplyCancel

A pioneer in Fibre Optics.

In the early 1950s, a young Indian from Punjab, Narinder Singh Kapany, then a graduate student in the Physics Department at Imperial College in London, developed a bundle of fibres suitable for low-loss optical transmission. This key advance lead to a flowering of an entire new field of technology known as “fibre optics,” a term first coined by Kapany himself.

Dr. Kapany later moved to Silicon Valley in California where he turned into a productive entrepreneur and served on the faculty at the area’s universities. In 2009, Charles Kao shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in optical fibres. The Swedish Academy acknowledged Dr. Kapany’s contribution but sadly did not include him in the list of awardees. See this for more on that.

Now 85 years old, Narinder Singh Kapany is active at the Sikh Foundation in Palo Alto.

Narinder Singh Kapany

Narinder Singh Kapany
5D Mark III, 85L II

At work

At work
5D Mark III, 24-105L

  • Nav Singh - November 8, 2015 - 7:26 pm

    Wow this is so interesting, do you have an site that has more information like so?

    Are you located in the US?


  • jaskiran - September 22, 2015 - 8:51 pm

    The Indians are always discriminated by the Sweedish society. Count from JC Bose to Satya Bose, Gandhi and now Kapany. The list goes on and on, while giving prize to people like Obama for no reason. The Nobel prize shouldn’t be the motivation, as said, Karmanya wadhe ka rasthe.ReplyCancel

  • A Singh - April 5, 2015 - 11:59 pm

    Parrikar Ji,

    Thanks for posting this great blog. I sometimes feel, that we Indians don’t know our worth.ReplyCancel

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  • Anil Desai - June 20, 2012 - 10:23 am

    It is good to see the face of a man who has made 90% of my current surgical operative practice possible. Thanks Rajanbab.

    anil desaiReplyCancel

  • Thomas Pindelski - June 20, 2012 - 9:44 am

    Coincidentally, when the dentist was using a diode laser connected with a single, insanely thin fibre optic strand on my gum the other day, I found myself wondering what genius came up with this technology!

    Fine portraiture.ReplyCancel

  • Rujvelt - June 20, 2012 - 4:09 am

    Proud to know that Narinder Singh Kapany has created fibre optics term. Thanks and congrats to Mr.KapanyReplyCancel