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Lunch

A rip-off from the cover page of Michael Swanwick’s short story collection, ‘Not So Much, Said the Cat

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Satya Nadella meets God

Few things of-course needs divine intervention!

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Buried in the Sand

This was motivated from the fallen statues of Saddam Hussein, Stalin etc. typical at the end of a revolution/regime.

Sketched on 7 May 2017.

 

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Curse of the Crescent

A man with a pair of horn and a tail stares at the moon, rest is left to imagination.

Sketched on 13 April 2018 (and I had initially named it as, ‘The Man and his Mission’) and revised on 12 January 2019.

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A Misbehaving Star

The Kepler telescope looked at a star,
fourteen hundred and seventy light-years afar,
its readings were far from par,
and the intensity dips were bizarre

A dip of twenty-two percent,
and nobody knew what it meant,
but it gave us a scent,
of other life forms as far as the universe went[1]

Is it weird aliens and their Dyson sphere?
or a passing comet[2] and a spasm of fear?
cosmic dust? or debris from a galactic war not cleared?
or an exotic phenomenon which we cannot grasp from here?

Tabby’s star, as it got named,
her paper, ‘Where’s the Flux?'[3] found fame,
Aliens are the last resort of logic[4], from which we all must refrain,
Science – not a fantasy to tame[5,6]

The first contact may have to wait,
and we are yet to call an alien ‘hey there mate’,
or are we destined for a disaster and this just a bait?
Little do we know what is in our fate.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIC_8462852
[2] http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/tabbys-star-weird-star-gets-weirder/
[3] https://arxiv.org/abs/1509.03622
[4] https://www.space.com/34303-alien-megastructure-star-strange-dimming-mystery.html
[5] https://phys.org/news/2018-03-tabby-star-dims.html
[6] https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/03/us/tabbys-star-mystery-dimming-brightening/index.html