Studying City Life

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 16, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

One of the ways to look at life in India is to travel in a public transport. Since trains compartmentalise everything and autos and cabbies don’t give you the chance anyone else, the bus is the best place to observe the interaction between: men, women, children, college-goers, differently abled and all stratas of society. Better still if you are on a bus in a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai. Next time you are in Mumbai take a north-south long distance bus trip. Best way to discover Mumbai and its eccentricities.

Also might find something interesting that was not in your travel brochure..

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listening to:
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

reading and doing

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 16, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Everyone consumes the web differently. Web is a thing to be consumed differently. There are people who post regularly on the web and then there are people who read what has been written. They think and think. Say what wonderful work that all of them are doing and appreciate them for bringing forth a fact and then do nothing about it.

At least, that’s how I worked. I read blogs like GlobalVoices [link]. I say that what they are doing is a great job and then go home and do nothing about the things that were reported there.

Do you do anything after reading such posts which request you to use your power and freedom to make a difference?

If yes, please do not reply on the comments. It’s very easy to talk about things that you do do. What is more difficult is owing up to the fact that you don’t do anything. And, to all those people who do do something, take a bow. And the people who write these things that cause other people to do, take a bow.

Mysterious Universe and AstronomyCast

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 15, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Two podcasts that I have been following:
Mysterious Universe is a podcast about the paranormal – UFO sightings, USOs, Bigfoot and other apparations of that ‘other’ world. I missed most of the shows in between but have caught up with them again reaching episode 43 yesterday. Episode 43 talks about Ancient Indian astronomers among other things.

Check it out.
Universe Today’s podcast is now called AstronomyCast. This is where they discuss about several ideas about our universe. Great explanation. Great show. Listen in if you’re interested in space science.

Both are worth checking out.
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listening to:
Cararoe jig – The Corrs
City of blinding lights – U2

Exam Fever

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 15, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Well, exam’s beginning in another month. Aaaaahhhh! (runs and hides under the bed). Well, you gotta do what you gotta do. Can do nothing from under the bed. Relax…(What???)…Breathe in and breathe out… So, till the end of December…blog posts will mostly be about shouting and running under the bed..studying…sleeping…studying…eating..studying…eating…studying…did I say eating….

Pardon my attempt at humour…I’m trying to release severe mental trauma and tension. Sorry for killing the medical terminology…those equations are wrong…what’re you doing online??…
[Ed: Blogger was under severe stress while composing the blog. Kindly overlook any spelling errors etc. Thank you]

Calm…Relax…Study…
Hah! Feel much better already. Thank you for bearing with me for this one post. Will do it again before the exams..so bear with me.

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listening to: (go study….exams in one month and your listening to songs??????)
I hope you dance – Lee Ann Womack
I never loved you anyway – The Corrs

Is blogging genetic

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 14, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

In the future, will today’s bloggers offspring also blog? What will they blog about? The same subject as their parents or something different. If both father and mother are bloggers, whose style will he take more??

Nah, just joking. But, just think: how would ur children blog…what would blogging be like in that age – 30-40 years or even 10 years for all you older folks.

What about SMSing and the choice of search engine or the choice of computer…or the choice of tech gadgets?? Trying to get your mind on a track that may or may not be thinking about. This can be developed into a whole new branch of philosophy called techno-philosophy where people study such abstract questions like “Why does Technology have the affect it does have?”…”Why does technology exist?”…”What would happen if there were no technology??”.

Enjoy thinking.

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listening to:
Angel – The Corrs
At your side – The Corrs

Google and Microsoft

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 12, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

Thinking yesterday: Will Google take over Microsoft or will Microsoft take over Google or some new super power take over both of them…maybe Apple or IBM or maybe some company like Altavista or maybe something that is not born yet?…I’m talking about 25-50 years from now. Think about it. How do you look at it??

Possible conspiracy theory or reality??

20 years into the future… MS goes open source. MS and Google work together to make the Internet available to all. MS was actually siding with the “evil Government ” to take over all closed source companies and ISPs to provide free Internet and softwares for humanity….Computers now available for $1. Laptops for $2. Internet connection free. Unlimited bandwidth…every computer engineers heaven…since everything is open…currency is abolished. You just take anything you want whenever you want…after asking, ofcourse.

Currency is abolished = companies useless = stock exchange useless = billionaires’ money is just a piece of paper = poor get food = medical services are free = everyone can research about their favourite subjects without worrying about lack of money = environmentally clean technologies = Governments useless = Greatest equaliser among human beings

I seriously doubt whether that will happen, though. Not costly to be optimistic? Is it??

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listening to:
Would you be happier – The Corrs
X-Files Theme [remix] – Mike Oldfield

What If?

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 12, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

What if for one day all the world’s multinational companies sat down and allowed alternative people in their business to demonstrate their skills. One place where the world can watch. All free and open source or paid services from the people in your adjoining area. No, this is not for saving the rupees you would give the multinationals who have made themselves an integral part of our society.

One day, one place where only people from the locality field their products. Call it the Local Market. Locally manufactured food, locally manufactured drinks, locally manufactured products, local people. A place to meet and discuss. A place for local businessmen to sit and talk with these enterpreuners of the local kind. One day that their talent is showcased to the community.

Maybe they have a better computer than Apple. Maybe they have better food than MacDonalds. Maybe their products are better than the ones you would find in multiplexes. Maybe their product is much more superior to anything that you have seen till date. OR maybe they are worse than the above named people. What’s wrong with giving it a try? For one day?

Empowering local communities with local self government powers like the Advanced Locality Management is not enough. You should give them the power to survive as local economies doing well in themselves and also yearning to do better than the best in the industry. When, you encourage such organisations, you will have companies like Apple and Google starting from a garage in India.

Alas, people still want the best. But who decides what’s best. That was told by a fellow sitting in someplace near Silicon Valley or in Bangalore or Hyderabad. What if there was a better Operating System than Windows or Linux? What if there were people who don’t have the Internet access to distribute their OS but had a small community who used a system of telegrams to send and receive mail regarding bugs and bug fixes?

I am not saying that such a community exists but isn’t there a possibility? Programs aired on TV recently showed the work of village level enterpreuners who had no basic education but used the skills passed on from their parents to build these wonderful machines useful to the people around them.Necissity, is indeed the mother of invention. But, if man does not accept these inventions, what then? The TV shows maybe a 10-20% of the actual events taking place and even less percentage of perspectives on a subject.

There is no denying that the youth in India today are taking initiatives that their forefathers would not have imagined taking up. But, if you do not pay attention to that human voice asking for attention for the work that he is doing, how will this whisper be heard by more people?

Life is not always just. Man is not always fair. But, atleast we must try…

Where I want to spend the rest of my life?

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 12, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

I had great ambitions for my life.But, I seem to have lost it. My interest has not vaned but certain experiences have helped me to reach this conclusion.My ambition would just be a waste of my energy. I can conserve that energy and put it back to something more useful.

I want to go to some place.A place where people are not out to take the world by storm. Or maybe a country that has still not discovered the idea of taking over the world. I am not saying India is all of this but her people lack the amount of time spent on recreation and family. They all seem to be increasingly hardworking. Then, why not go to an Indian village? Things from the city will soon reach there too. I want to go to a place where civilisation of the MNCs, 12-24 hour work load, tension when not doing the work and studying thoroughout vaccations have not caught up yet.

As the people working here go to foriegn lands and work even harder, the natives there will see that they are losing their edge to the Indians and begin working harder. This will lead to a sort of world that I would not want to live in. A far away peaceful country like Norway, Sweden, New Zealand or some island in the Pacific will suit my purposes. I do not want money.I just want peace and quiet.

The people of today know only that the more you squeeze an orange, more juice will come out. But, if you don’t take care of the orange tree, there won’t be any juice there in the first place. All it takes is for one generation of Indians to say “NO” to this way of life and it will all change. But, the present generation of Indians have still not been pushed to the limits. Not yet.And yet, because of the infusion of youth, the older employees have to work harder to get their work done. The cycle will continue until somone can break it.

Restless

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 12, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

I think about many things at the same time. I get good ideas on many things at the same time. And in the process of writing one down I forget the another. This process is caused by restlessness. I am restless to write down that new idea. Somehow, this feature seems to be integrated into my body functions.
While studying one subject another line of thought goes through the beauty of another mathematical derivation. The thing is I am conscious of it both at the same time. This leads to lesser retention and weaker long term memory. Hell, I can’t even remember what was thought yesterday because of this.
This is a very quiet form of restlessness.
I have tried another form of meditation. Thinking of everything at the same time as a point instead of thinking of a point as a point. This only seems to lead to further distortion. The other form of meditation, I cannot do, because when I do it, I am not aware of only the two but all the different streams of thought flowing through my mind.

What my blog will not be about

Note: I wrote this on my earlier blog hosted as http://parallelspirals.blogspot.com/. I recovered the text from the WayBack Machine. This post appeared on Ocober 12, 2006 as per the timestamp. I’m trying to collect here again all my old writings spread on various blogs.

[blog was written over many days and songs]
1. Will not be about one subject
2. Will not have a fixed theme (for non-WordPress guys n gals: the layout)
3. Will not be political (except content [sometimes] in the sidebar)
4. Will not be easy to find
5. Will not be number one on WordPress.com (won’t mind if it happens though)
6. Will not be about celebrities
7. Will not be about tech
8. Will not always be about what I like (hey, you gotta give the other side a chance)
9. Will not be about money
10.  Will not always follow the above written objections or happenings (hey, rules are meant to be broken)
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listening to: (in alphabetical order)
Intimacy – The Corrs
Irresistable – The Corrs
It’s Like that – Mariah Carey
Lifting me – The Corrs
Mea Culpa – Enigma
No Frontiers – The Corrs (great song)
Old Hag – The Corrs (great instru)
Rebel Heart – The Corrs (best instru)
Parachutes – Coldplay
finally finished that post….ha!