Articles By: Narendra Nayak

My friend Arunachalam Kumar September 13, 2015 12:01 am

My friend Arunachalam Kumar

This is not a biographical sketch of Dr.Arunachalam Kumar, MS, Professor of Anatomy, formerly Dean of KSHEMA,a fabulous teacher, a mentor for many, a research worker, a writer and a genius to put it briefly. It is not an eulogy to him but an attempt to recall incidents of our friendship of nearly four decades and what we did together as rationalists- he a confirmed one with a rational streak bursting out once in a while and me the rationalist […]

Midbrain Activation – A Scam June 1, 2015 5:56 pm

Midbrain Activation – A Scam

This is an update on the FIRA campaign against the scam called Midbrain activation. The campaign against this fraud has been heating up. In Kerala, the magicians have stepped into the battle field as also the media.

Midbrain activation challenge – an update April 26, 2015 11:20 pm

Midbrain activation challenge – an update

Since our group has taken up this fraud called as Midbrain activation head on and we are running a systematic and probably the only organized campaign against it, it would be needed to keep all our member groups informed on what is going on. A write up on Ranjana Agarwal made in 2010 is still getting comments and one of them was from on Vinoj Surendran from Kollam who said that he was ready to take up our challenge which […]

Midbrain activation and mastery — A skeptic’s view March 26, 2015 8:57 pm

Midbrain activation and mastery — A skeptic’s view

It is that time of the year when parents look for classes that would keep their children engaged during the summer vacation. The one doing the rounds lately has the right mix of ingredients to ensnare parents and to make them spend money to ‘activate the midbrain’ of their children. Advertisements have started to pop up in many cities wherein fantastic claims are being made. Did you know that the mid brains of your children are not functioning to its […]

Neutraceutical Racket Taking People For A Ride January 31, 2015 10:48 am

Neutraceutical Racket Taking People For A Ride

The latest fad in town seems to be racket in what are called as ‘neutraceuticals’ by clever marketing companies out to take consumers for a ride. It could be anything from spirulina to aloe vera to herbal teas! These are the new in-things out to take people for a ride and promise cures from anything from obesity to cancer. Brimming with names like anti oxidants, bio organics, essential fatty acids to amino acids seems to be the latest jargons and […]

The Spirulina Racket And Why Panaceas Do Not Exist January 7, 2015 6:54 am

The Spirulina Racket And Why Panaceas Do Not Exist

What I saw on a white board at a school in Mysuru took me back to my days as a teacher of biochemistry, classes on nutrition and a lot of other stuff. It also awoke the consumer activist in me, and the myth buster too! The blurb says that 1 spirulina is equal to 10kgs of vegetables/fruits besides making claims of it containing all vitamins from a to z! Is spirulina what is claimed to be? How the peddlers of […]

Children and Superstitions December 26, 2014 12:57 am

Children and Superstitions

The abuse of children for and in the name of religions and related superstitions has been going on since time immemorial, writes Prof. Narendra Nayak

The Pope, the Prime Minister and the Islamic State November 17, 2014 9:05 am

The Pope, the Prime Minister and the Islamic State

While one may wonder what the Pope and the Prime Minister may have in common, I would like to elaborate why. Both are desperate to cling on to their following and hence the commonality! This has reference to two of their statements made recently – one of the Pope Francis who says that the Big Bang theory may be right and that god is no magician with a wand sitting out there in the sky while the other of the […]

Avasthe of URA’s Samskara! September 27, 2014 9:43 pm

Avasthe of URA’s Samskara!

If I may be pardoned for the play on these Kannada words which are also the titles of two of the famous books of Jnanapita award winner Dr.U.R.Ananthamurthy popularly known by his initials, I will elaborate on the choice. Avasthe means disorder in Kannada and samskara is the abbreviated word for antya samaskara or the last rites performed before the disposal of one’s mortal remains! Well, URA was well known for his controversial remarks, his fearless speeches and his very […]

Astrology Flops Again! May 16, 2014 9:01 pm

Astrology Flops Again!

Press note of our million rupee astrological challenge results: I had made a prediction when we put forward our challenges to astrologers and all those who possess supernatural powers of prediction to forecast the results of the elections of 2014 – I had said whoever may win or lose but astrology will be a flop and I am glad that my prediction has come true again! We had posed twenty questions to them to predict the results including a googly […]