By Dr Akhilesh Gupta
The author is Advisor, Office of Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.
Nargis was a true blue superstar of Indian cinema. A name that evokes melodies of a luminous bygone era is today shared by a devastating cyclone that ripped Myanmar bringing death and destruction.
For several hundred years after the Europeans arrived in West Indies, hurricanes were named after the saint's day on which the storm struck. If a second storm struck on the same saint's day later, it would be referred to as segundo (Spanish for ‘the second’), such as hurricane San Felipe Segundo. The practice of naming storms after people was introduced by Clement Lindley Wragge, an Anglo-Australian meteorologist, at the end of 19th century. He used female names and names of...