Why Happens, What Happens… It is Chemistry, in Life’s Laboratory! – a welcome self-help book from the pen of Sushmita Mukherjee, an Organic Chemist, who interrelates life and chemistry, was out on Aug 16, 2017. This is her debut book backed by a good deal of research. The passion for writing made her give up her faculty position to be a full-time writer and a freelance copy-editor. For a feel of her writings and musings, visit: www.fruitsofintrospection.blogspot.in. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is what the publisher's website says about the book, Why Happens, What Happens… It is Chemistry, in Life’s Laboratory!:
When there is an effect, there has to be a cause, as the effect is the cause made manifest! The invisibility or imperceptibility of the cause is no proof of its non-existence. What happens, happens, that is why! Life thus leads us through the mysteries to bask in the joy of its unraveling, leading to self as the cause of every effect that affects us, to ultimately bless with the bliss of a wonderful chemistry with our very own selves, and so with all and everything.
Why happens, what happens…thus happens, Chemistry unfolding every moment in this Laboratory of Life!
Chemistry is not only about equations. Equations are just a way of expressing chemistry. We live chemistry every day, though we know not. Chemistry thrives on bonding, as do we. Life is many things and of them, one is chemistry too…
The book, Why happens, what happens…It is Chemistry, in Life’s Laboratory!, contains 10 chapters, each chapter beginning with a thought-provoking quote. Here are the titles of the chapters along with the related quotes.
1. Life and Reaction
How you act and react, depends on Who You Are and What You Are Being.
Bonding leads to stability. Bond with Self.
3. Reactivity versus Selectivity
To be selective or reactive—the choice is yours.
Unless you interact, you cannot relate and respond.
Influence of an influence is manifest in the effect.
6. Reaction and Energy
The more excited you are, the more reactive you are.
7. Reaction Hill
Even by coming down you gain.
8. Reaction Mechanism
If you knew why things happened the way they did you wouldn’t be judgmental.
9. Organic Reactions
Myriad are the ways we react…each having its own significance.
10. Chemistry and Nature: The Inseparable Duo
Life is a ledger of chain reactions.
It is a book on the similarity in the mechanism of interactions—whether the interacting entities are “human” or “chemical” mattering not. It is about the “psychology” guiding the mechanism of interactions! Thus happens, what happens!
“Why happens, what happens…” we are found to muse, bemused, not amused at all with all that happens. We seek the cause, as it hides from us. The mystery mystifies and inhibits, and the yearning for the answer intensifies, as awareness dawns: When an effect is made manifest, the cause has to be there. We are after the mechanism…
Psychology guides the human interactions and determines the chemical reactions, be it in the laboratory of Life or Chemistry! Each interaction is unique, as each interacting entity is unique. When we know and embrace the unique entity that we are, as we bond with our own selves, developing and evolving our chemistry with our own selves, we understand the chemistry involved in the chemical reactions…we accept and acknowledge the chemistry that each and every human relationship is. And for this—the essential and preliminary understanding—chemical equations are not required.
Diffused is that which confused, knowing: Why Happens, What Happens… It is Chemistry, in Life’s Laboratory!
Chemistry is not only about equations. Equations are just a way of expressing chemistry. We live chemistry every day, though we know not much of it. Chemistry thrives on bonding, as do we. Life is many things to many, and again, many things to one. And on this “stage,” that life is, life is chemistry too... It is chemistry, unfurling in life’s laboratory, as inside and as our very being, so, outside! Chemistry serves as window to the ongoing, outside, as it has served as the window to the essential knowing: The ongoing, inside, the truth of being and its functioning. It has led to Oneness as the Sole “Ism” of life. Thus is realized: When acknowledged, each discipline is found to enrich and corroborate one another, instead of depreciating and contradicting—because, each, innately, is in search of the answers to: “Why are things the way they are in life?” and “Why are we the way we are?”
Thus echoes and affirms…
“There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge.”
~ Glenn T Seaborg (a chemist, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, in 1951)
Courtesy: “Sacredspace,” titled “Unity of Knowledge,” in The Times of India, Kolkata, dated April 22, 2017, and Wikipedia (for details on Glenn T Seaborg).
Reported by: U Atreya Sarma, with inputs from the author.
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