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Monday, July 27, 2015

MY BRIEF HISTORY OF SAND TIMER

Time is mysterious.  Stephen Hawking has given an interesting discourse of what it means in his much acclaimed work "Brief History of Time''.    He says that I have wondered about time all my life.

To understand time, you need not understand the Einstein's ''Theory of Relativity''.  It is simple and within everybody's daily experience.  Cosmology is an interesting branch of science which dwells at length the origin of Universe and the concept of Time is very important.

If you read science, it is so gripping that you go on clinging one book to other.  The concept of time in layman's language is entirely different.   Time for us means, hours, minutes and seconds.  Beyond that, we can't go. Our watches or clocks  are limited to that extent only.  It is these clocks/watches that are tied to our lives without which we can't imagine our lives.

Before the advent of these clocks and watches, we have sand timers in those good olden days.  Now they are more as antique pieces.   I read about them in my childhood days, but I physically had seen them only during 1999/2000 when my boss got it ordered from Chennai.  That brass frame sand timer caught my eyes and I decided to own it.  But, 14 years lapsed after that and only 6 months back, I managed to get a small sand timer.

Some days, I used to watch the passing of sand granules in early morning to feel the significance of time.  When I gaze the passing sand grains from one bulb to other, I wonder what this phenomena called Time.  

The sand timer which you are seeing above is kept on my Study and it constantly reminds me the eternity of time.  Whenever, I spend my time unproductively, to feel its significance, I gaze at it which itself reminds me what I lost.    

If we go back to the history of sand timers, wikipedia says that  according The American Institute of New York: The clepsammia or sand-glass was invented at Alexandria about 150 BC. 

To realize the credence of time, you need not have sand timer.  But a sand timer reminds constantly the mystery shrouded in our lives called TIME.

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