Bhaskar Parichha

Book Homi J Bhabha

‘Less than 10 kilometers away from the town of Udhagamandalam, commonly known as Ooty, in the scenic Nilgiri Hills of southern India, a strange sight is likely to bemuse any traveler on a casual foray out of the main town. On one of the grassy hills, there are numerous white buttons spread over the landscape, as if some species of giant mushrooms are being cultivated. On a closer look, they appear to be white-topped structures, each with some set of instruments beneath a metallic roof. Upon asking the people who tend these mushrooms, the inquisitive traveler may hear many strange sounding words like ‘moons or air shower, and that the white-topped structures are detectors that keep an eye on particles from the