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Alcohol: True or false!
While trying to bone up on every news item about Kashmir and its mysterious numerological connection to 370, I had completely overlooked a news item which was headlined as follows: "An artificial tongue with gold and aluminium 'taste buds' could aid the fight against fake alcohol."
So we now have the prospect of detecting 'fake' alcohol with 'fake' tongues. What a contradiction in terms! Hopefully, the scientists who work on this worthy enterprise are not 'fake' scientists! 


Thousands die every year at marriage parties, where country-brewed hooch is served, suitably peppered up with dashes of kerosene and methyl alcohol. Scientists working on this project are our future saviours. Cheers to them!!!


Let's begin at the beginning!
During my formative years when the British were still ruling us, some schools also gave us a smattering of Latin, Greek and French, too. We were supposed to toss a phrase or two of these languages, to show that we belonged to the right class of Macaulay's Children! Below is just one example:


Once while sipping, a senior of mine lifted his mug to me and uttered:


"In Vino Veritas'!
"Pray, what does that mean?" I meekly asked.


"Ol' Boy, Saksena! You must grow up!" In Latin it says, 'In Wine lies Truth"!


"Very true" I responded. Now you are getting spiritual! Spirits when consumed do make you feel buoyant, and make you utter the nasty truth, which you would not utter when sober"!!!!! I have witnessed that plenty of times at corporate parties and elsewhere. Those who behave and are sober in office, often utter the most devastating things to their bosses, at parties. It is a sad commentary on our society, that some truth uttered by a sober man is not accepted. But punished! Same thing when uttered by a drunk man is excused with: "Koi baat nahin hai! Zara zyada pi li hai".(No matter! He has just had one too many!'


I told my friend, who taught me the meaning of 'In Wino Veritas'.


So, can we summarise that into: "To keep your spirits up, pour your spirits down"
For the curious and the hard-headed, the news item informed the following:


"Scientists have developed an artificial "tongue" which they say can tell the difference between different drams of whisky. The tongue, which has been developed by the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, uses properties in gold and aluminium to test differences between spirits".
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