Why don’t we get high on Idli and Dosa?

Two weeks ago, my 9th-grade student and I were discussing the synthesis of alcohol by the process of fermentation. After going through the synthesis reactions in detail, our discussion moved to other instances of fermentation in our everyday experience. She immediately recognised Idli and Dosa batter formation and we wound…

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From Darkness to Light…

Subham Karoti Kalyanam, Arogyam Dhana Sampadah,  Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya Deepa Jyotir Namostute. ‘ I salute the one who is the lamplight that brings auspiciousness; prosperity, good health, abundance of wealth, and the destruction of the intellect’s enemy– Kama(lust), krodha(anger), lobha(greed), moha(attachment), mada(pride) and matsarya(jealousy)’. As Navaratri, Diwali, Karthikai deepam(festival of lights)…

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