Kabir: songs of a weaver-7

I have dyed myself

In the colour of Rama / Lord;

It’s the only die

That doesn’t spoil or run.

All the others, says Kabir,

Fade in the sun,

like a Kite on a string

Growing Saint in the sky.

Picture Courtsey: Zatoichi.

Translated by :Arvind Krishna Mehrotra.

बड़ी देर कर दी

हमने खोजा ,

बड़ी आवाज़ें दीं.

हर सदा गूँज बन कर

वापस आ गई .

तुमने आने में बड़ी देर कर दी .

यह ज़िंदगी अपनी हीं नहीं रही.

तुम्हें कहाँ शामिल करे ?

Gene discovery may help ‘turn off’ nightmares

TOKYO: Scientists have identified a pair of genes that regulate how much one dreams, an advance that may allow them to ‘switch off’ nightmares in the future.

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, a mysterious stage of sleep in which animals dream, is known to play an important role in maintaining a healthy mental and physical life, but the molecular mechanisms behind this state are barely understood.

A research team led by scientists at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan has identified a pair of genes that regulate how much REM and non-REM sleep an animal experiences.

During REM sleep, our brain is as active as it is during wakefulness, and this stage is believed to function in memory consolidation.

Art by Smita Sahay.