Abhilash Medhi

Abhilash Medhi (Blind Education and Rehabilitation Development Organization (BERDO): Abhilash was born Assam, India. He earned a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India and then worked as an Assistant Systems Engineer with Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, India. Abhilash also volunteered for Child Rights and You in Mumbai, India where he specialized in child labour laws, helped build alliances against child labour, and developed micro-credit schemes for poor women. Abhilash volunteered at the 2nd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD 2007). At the time of his fellowship Abhilash was pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Studies at The London School of Economics and Political Science.



When an Inky Darkness Enveloped the Morning

24 Jul

I am back from a trip to Panchagarh, a sleepy town 42 km from the India border in Northwest Bangladesh. The 470 km bus-ride from Dhaka to Panchagarh was backbreaking and my ears are still jarring from the effect of the loud music and the incessant honking of the horn. But I am not complaining. First, I have seen worse in India. Second, the scenes of village life unfolding on either side of the highway were more than adequate compensation. Third, how often do you get to see a total solar eclipse in your life?

The Sun at 'first contact'

Cloudy skies marred a clear view of the celestial spectacle, but the sun eventually shone (or should I say peeped) through the haze in all its regalia. The moon covered more and more of the sun, reducing it to a sliver. With only minutes to go for totality, darkness and with it a strange hush descended on the place. The whole experience culminated in the magnificent Baily’s beads and the thousands of sky-gazers who had gathered at the stadium at Panchagarh on the morning of 22nd July to witness the once-in-a-lifetime event erupted in a mad, synchronised cheer.

Solar corona

Posted By Abhilash Medhi

Posted Jul 24th, 2009

1 Comment

  • Owen

    July 29, 2009

     

    Pretty spectacular power outage!

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