VISIT TO THE BOSE INSTITUTE, RAJABAZAR
The evening of 26th November, 2018 was probably the time I opened my eyes to the life of one of the greatest scientists of our country, a scientist incognito, ridiculed for his theory once, the great Debendra Mohan Bose, who was an Indian physicist who made contributions in the field of cosmic rays, artificial radioactivity and neutron physics. He was the longest serving Director of Bose Institute. It was also the day I got to envision the scientific breakthrough of the famous scientist Shri Jagadish Chandra Bose, who proved that even plants and non-living things respond to stimuli in a way similar to human and animal behaviour.
We reached the Institute at Rajabazar, prior to the commencement of a lecture and had some time to roam around and look at J.C. Bose’s inventions and journals. The students witnessed the working of many biological instruments designed by J. C. Bose such as, the Prescograph, Phytograph, which measured the rate of oscillation of two lateral leaflets in a telegraph plant. People generally associate the name of J. C. Bose with the invention of microwaves; however, he was also a bio-physicist. He was rebuked by western scientists for his work on stem cells, but nothing could come between him and his research.
Thus, on the occasion of the 134th birthday of J.C. Bose, a lecture session was organized at the Bose Institute, Rajabazar by Prof. Soumak Roy Chowdhury. The topic of the lecture was ‘Going to observe the sky.’ Prof. Roy Chowdhury is in the Inter-University Centre of Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune.
The motive was to SEE the vast universe we dwell in and its intricacies. He changed our idea of the space with anecdotes from art and literature using Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’. (Vincent Willem van Gogh was a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art.) There were similar instances which made us stop and ponder. We were left spellbound by the professor’s wonderful voice and attractive presentation. We were awestruck by the way Professor unraveled many mysteries and debunked some popular myths.
Through Professor’s presentation we travelled the darkest corners of the cosmos and felt the uncanny solemnity of creation. We seemed to be flying about in the hall room beyond all geographical barriers, myths and superstitions. We witnessed the beauty of the simple yet intricate details of life. It was a truly transcending experience. We were truly in THE REALMS OF BOSE.