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In Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical Les Misérables, Emtpy chairs at empty tables is a scene sung by Marius in soliloquy.

After the events of the failed revolution (itself inspired on the Paris Uprising of 1832), Marius sits alone and wounded, but alive. He reflects on the price his failed attempt has cost him, mostly measured in lives taken from young men of good will. Why, Marius asks the void, is he alive while his friends are not? In the end, what purpose did their 'revolution' serve? Was it worth it at all?

While the exact details of the scene vary by production, I wish to talk about the last time I saw this musical, in September 2018. The production crew decided that, since they were already taking minor risks using small sparklers during the fight scenes, they could very well take some risks with regular candles. So,…

Named for the Italian anatomist Alfonso Giacomo Gaspare Corti who discovered it in 1851, the organ of Corti, also called the spiral organ, is a structure found in the inner ear of mammals, which acts as the microphone for our sense of hearing. Like a microphone, the organ of Corti receives the mechanical vibration of sound through the air, and it transduces it into the electrical signals which the nervous system interprets into hearing.

The organ of Corti contains four…

There are times you read a book and you forget everything about it - its name, author, colour; everything except maybe a single sentence or character. Long ago, I read a book that had a comparison of Islam and Christianity. The bit I remember is about how Islam has lots of detailed rules because its founder was a trader, and thus concerned with standardization. Trading requires consistency in measurements, contract terms and standards of quality. Thus, this background was instrumental in…

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