Tretar 1, Why we look at sky

[This post is a part of an ongoing series for Project Tretar. You can read previous posts here]

As promised, here is the first edition for Tretar. The photo was taken just after sunset at Raja’s seat in Coorg on Jan 1, 2014. So, that makes it the first sunset of this year! It was one of the most gorgeous sunsets I have ever seen (and I have seen them in Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Goa, New York, Florida and California). The sun went down gracefully behind the fading hills, sinking slice by slice before our eyes, eventually leaving behind a flame-orange canvas.

Tretar1 by Nistha


Jan 15: As I surveyed nature’s panorama in the hills of Coorg, these words of Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famous astrophysicist echoed-

There is a fundamental reason why we look at the sky with wonder and longing—for the same reason that we stand, hour after hour, gazing at the distant swell of the open ocean. There is something like an ancient wisdom, encoded and tucked away in our DNA, that knows its point of origin as surely as a salmon knows its creek. Intellectually, we may not want to return there, but the genes know, and long for their origins—their home in the salty depths. But if the seas are our immediate source, the penultimate source is certainly the heavens… The spectacular truth is—and this is something that your DNA has known all along—the very atoms of your body—the iron, calcium, phosphorus, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and on and on—were initially forged in long-dead stars. This is why, when you stand outside under a moonless, country sky, you feel some ineffable tugging at your innards. We are star stuff. Keep looking up.Neil deGrasse Tyson

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5 thoughts on “Tretar 1, Why we look at sky

  1. ‘We are star stuff.’ – Good one !

    A question, Nistha !

    How do you find such relevant quotes?

    You are not into astrophysics and I believe you do not normally read Tyson (or, do you?)… so how on earth did you find these fitting lines?!


  2. Hehe, its hard to find something when you are looking for it. I read a lot and some things stick in mind. So, when I work on these compositions, I tend to pick from those sticky thoughts 🙂

  3. “Why we look at sky” – at Sunset more often than Sunrise?
    I have seen many sunrise and sunset at numerous places but i always felt more content at sunsets than sunrise. Even after knowing that mostly sunset leaves us with empty or gloomy afterwards!

    Loved your thoughts on connecting to stars!

    Keep up the good work.

  4. What a fab start for project”Tretar”. Awesome pic and quote.
    Ye dil maange more..
    May Sai bless u.

  5. That quote is not from Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’s from Gerald D. Waxman from his book “Astronomical Tidbits: A Layperson’s Guide to Astronomy”

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