February 09, 2007

Doubting Thomas....

What are Diatoms? Why are you studying the Genome of Diatoms? I asked these questions five years back to a person, and the answers were so convincing that I am doing the same today. Yeah! Me and Anton started working together on Diatoms, five years back when I was still in India, more than 100s of questions, 1000s of mails and my first three scientific publications….believe me that’s all happened even we before seeing each other in photograph. My stilly doubts and questions took an another step of intensity, when I landed in Paris, exactly two years back, Anton came to receive me in airport and took me around and introduced me to Paris, Snow, My Lab, French wine and the French food. I attacked him with questions as a bunch of arrows, how does metro work? How to buy the tickets? How does automated laundry work? Which is the best place to Jog? From such simple questions to some really complicated questions like “what is one night stand? What sorts of people do that? Etc..etc.. Last week was his last week in Paris, my questions and discussions I had with him was more intensive than ever, my Illusionist, reality and myth were all the outcome of my silly doubts and his enlightening explanations. Check out these pictures taken on my day of arrival on a snowy February evening and yesterday on the day of his departure on a gloomy February evening. You can understand what silly questions can do to a person..yeah..I was driving him crazy..…and he was enlightening me.....well! I wish he was here to read this blog and give his opinion...Anyways...He can do it from Barcelona…Right? Ok..Let me check if he is on Skype and ask him “if he likes this blog? “. Anton! You just cant escape from my questions.

9 comments:

Anton said...

yes, uma, i like it very much indeed... it's nice to see the pic of "before" and "later", pitty that in the second one it's not all three of us, i wonder how the snowman is doing and how time has affected him....

anton

Uma said...

anyways..in the photo..you look as if you just ate an snowman ;-)..and wait a min..did you ask " how time has affected him??" opps! I forgot to ask you that question ;-) nothing endures but changes ..may be thats the answer....

Anton said...

by the way, who's thomas and who doubts him and why?

Uma said...

Thomas is a biblical character, one of the 12? disciples of Jesus. He doubted everything it seems, and he asked for proof from Jesus on several occasions, before believing his words. I don’t know how common is to use “doubting Thomas” in everyday life, but as I grew up studying in Catholic schools, I heard it very often. Once one of my lectures in college fed up of my cross questions and referred me as “doubting Thomas” and told me some stories about him.

Anonymous said...

That does not sound like a complicated question at all to me.

Uma said...

Etc..etc.. says it all the first two are just to show the directions of complication..I dont want my blog to be listed in 'adult' site ;-)

Algae girl said...

Nice snowman. Anton I love this photo, I shall remember you always like this, I feel it embodies absolutely the essence of a PhD student two months prior to thesis submission. Congratulations, you rock!

Sunitha said...

Hi uma, that was a nice blog item. So Anton is in Barcelona now, good for him but sad for you.

Hi Anton, this is sunitha, uma's friend in India, i hope you still remember, wish you all the best and a good escape indeed ! God bless !

Anton said...

hi sunitha, sure i remember about our brief email exchange, i remember your going behind some pics of mine to relieve your curiosity.... little did we know it had to be uma the one to take the best pic of me during my whole phd... thanks for your appreciation algaegirl, i would mention this pic captures the essence of the end of a phd 'on a good day'... some days we can look really crazy :-D

godspeed