Direction-WISE

The most prominent things I remember from my recent visit to Coorg, are the presence of the Sun, the Moon, the Stars and the wonderful Clouds. I was so interspersed with Nature that I kept staring into the star-filled nights, sitting on the terrace, whispering to hubby about things of no relevance – those were really magical moments.

Being on the topic of stars, I was totally happy and proud of myself, when I pointed to the Big Dipper. And now after reading thru the links, I came to know the name of that formation and that it’s always in the northern direction.

There were many other constellations that we were discovering, making shapes all by ourselves, trying to remember the directions – it was so much fun. And that was the time, when the topic came about – how stars guided people in finding directions, when there were no compasses !!! [Read this link to know more on that topic]

Isn’t amazing, how the night sky helps a person to find where they are, if they can really take time to understand the constellations and their messages to us ???

That was the time, I also remembered this part from the recently read book “My Sister’s Keeper”.

When Anna asks her father whether is it true that we can use stars as maps, Brian explains that it’s called celestial navigation and it goes like this.

“You have to measure the altitude of a star, figure out its position using a nautical almanac, figure out what you think the altitude should be and what direction the star should be in based on where you think you are and compare the altitude you measured with the one you calculated. Then you plot this on a chart, as a line of position. You get several lines of position to cross and thats where you go.”

It’s totally confusing and it’s probably like reading Greek or Latin for me, but there are possibilities to find directions, using the natural resources available around us.

Then later were the days when compasses are the basic norms for travel, without which you were considered lost. Β People travelling by the sea or the land, were always found with it.

As technology advanced, there were more and more gadgets and softwares for knowing where you are and where you are heading…..isn’t that the basic truth one should find in life !!!

But, for me, I find this the simplest and yet the powerful thing to find the direction, here in this country, at present. Β I think you’ll agree with me on the way, this dish has bombarded into the homes of India.

And I also read in some forums that the Tata Sky dish should be facing a particular direction for it to work effectively (50-60 deg / south-east I guess) – facing the Satellite for better reception.

So, when I walk through the dark gullies of Chennai, where the power-cut is killing the charm of living, these dish TV receptacles are my guiding light to tell me, which is my direction to follow. Aint that easy ???? πŸ˜‰

Better still, I hope you all have your Google Maps / GPRS with you, when you travel around….I believe in Dish TV antennas…..really….. πŸ˜‰

Now, you’ll agree that I am Direction-Wise, right ???? πŸ˜€

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14 Responses to Direction-WISE

  1. mala says:

    Hmmm I agree u are direction-wise and u know where u are heading. Good for you. Keep it up. Also I feel envious that u could engage your husband in astronomical talks. Must discuss this when we meet. Cheers

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  2. so true on the dish thing u can find many in every indian street

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  3. Phoenixritu says:

    Greek to me … but then directions have never been my strength

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  4. Shilpa Garg says:

    Dish TV receptacles for directions… that was new for me! πŸ™‚
    Off late I am bitten by this Google Maps bug… so whenever, wherever I am going, I check it on the G Maps! Awesome it is! πŸ™‚

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  5. Shilpa Garg says:

    Oops, forgot to mention, before commenting on this post (after reading your post, I mean :)) I ordered for my copy of My Sister’s Keeper at Flipkart! Can’t wait to read it, after such rave reviews from you! πŸ™‚

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  6. You know what, I think I have a built-in GPS. AB trusts me more than his iPhone maps app. I don’t know how I do it, sometimes I do look at the sun, but I just know the way to anything and back even in places I am visiting for the first time. With google maps and street view these days, I am only more equipped to never lose my way πŸ™‚

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  7. Priya says:

    Love looking at a clear sky with lots of stars πŸ™‚ But never thought beyond the beauty of the night sky!!
    All this info is so new to me. Thanks for writing this Uma πŸ™‚

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  8. Bikram says:

    πŸ™‚ well yes they do exist how did thousand of years ago people found the way .. and then animals they cant read or have technology they do it all the time .. as we see the tremendous migration patterns of them.

    Thank you for the Info, I ma sure my geography teacher will not this much.. oooops I hope Mr. shante doesnot read this πŸ™‚ he hehe

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  9. Ashwathy says:

    You have to measure the altitude of a star, figure out its position using a nautical almanac, figure out what you think the altitude should be and what direction the star should be in based on where you think you are and compare the altitude you measured with the one you calculated. Then you plot this on a chart, as a line of position. You get several lines of position to cross and thats where you go.”

    Ok that was totally Greek to me, but I get the general idea… πŸ™‚

    Totally geography lesson post that one, madam! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›

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  10. Swaram says:

    LOLzzz very very easy Ums πŸ˜› U r one smart lady πŸ˜‰

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  11. Pepper says:

    err.. i am not sure how much i understand. πŸ˜›

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    • UmaS says:

      LOL Pepper….its so simble…. πŸ˜‰ I find the dish TV antennas the guide to my directions, as the stars guided the navigators long time back…. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  12. Deboshree says:

    You sure are very direction wise. Congratulations. πŸ˜€
    A thoroughly entertaining post. πŸ˜€

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  13. Vidya says:

    I have this inherent trait of saying ‘left’ when am actually pointing to my right… You are direction wise… but dish for direction? you are a rare species:)

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