When Thomas Mann got the Nobel Prize in 1929 for his novel ‘Buddenbrooks’ he was just twenty-five. A prolific writer, Mann is respected and often referred to for his symbolic and ironic insight into the aspects of time and its influence on our lives.
"Time has no divisions to mark its passage", wrote Mann in his novel ‘The Magic Mountain'. There is never a thunderstorm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year ... It is only we, the mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols". How true!
In ‘The Beloved Returns' another novel, he wrote, "Hold fast the time! Guard it; watch over it, every hour, every minute! It slips away like a lizard ...”
Twenty years later, stressing the urgency of time, Jawaharlal Nehru said, 'Everything else can wait, but not agriculture!'
It was clarion call to young scientists. They proved, all it takes for fantasy to turn into reality, was a matter of time, inspiration, and drive!
That was the beginning of India's great 'Green Revolution'.