Friday, August 26, 2016

Coffee Spoons

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."

Life is enormous and I am carefully measuring out and savoring each and every coffee spoon of it. Life is so beautiful. Love is so beautiful. What lies beyond love? I want that question answered only when I am sure that whatever is beyond is even better or at least as good and everybody, especially those I love can follow me there without experiencing pain on the way. Mahayana Buddhism is so beautiful.

Why did we have to take this form? Why do we have to go through these experiences? The journey is terrifying but beautiful. Who is holding my hand? If anybody held the hands of those before me, who was it? Why am I curious? Why me? Why do I ask that last question?

Fickle Devotions

We are fickle lovers of our childhood devotions. Or are we?

Friday, May 27, 2016

What Corporations Take From Us

Why do we allow ourselves to be willingly exploited? Is it because we do not understand that we are being exploited or is it just that we don't care? We are so careful with our money, our privacy in real life. Yet when it comes to privacy in the virtual world, we don't seem to care.

We install apps that collect all our information. We allow operating system providers to collect data we wouldn't share with our siblings. The acquiescence of the massive majority compromises the privacy of the unwilling minority. Do we not see what this is leading to or are we focused only on the short term benefits?

Monday, May 16, 2016

Walls

There are times when a dislike of something about your psyche begins to grow in you. If left unattended, over a period of time, the loathing turns into overwhelming fear. That is when you start building a wall to hide it. Unfortunately everything, even fear, is associated with something that is good about the psyche.

When you wall away what you fear, you also wall away that which is associated not only with the fear but also with some positive aspect of your psyche; something, given a choice, you would rather retain. The suppression of the positive results in behavior that could be at the end of the spectrum opposite to that causing the fear.

Facing fears is not easy, which is why you resort to building walls. Over time, as the fear grows, the wall grows with it. The bigger the wall, the greater the trauma of breaking it. But ultimately, the wall will have to be broken and the fear faced. Breaking walls may create oscillations from one end of the spectrum to the other. However, these oscillation will attenuate as the fear is dealt with. And what will remain is a state of blissful equilibrium.




Friday, May 13, 2016

The Prodigal Son Effect


Celebrating one rare 'good' act by a group that is mostly violent, insular and manipulative while loudly denouncing one bad act (real or orchestrated) by a group that is largely peaceful, open and tolerant. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The power of the Subconscious

There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the Universe than the subconscious. It gives one what one asks of it. The trick lies in knowing how to ask, even in knowing that one is asking.

There are people who ask without even knowing it. Kekule for instance; he went to sleep with a question on his mind, not even addressed directly to his subconscious. It gave him the answer in his dreams anyway.


Einstein was a great believer in the power of intuition. One thing that intuition is, is the subconscious working silently and throwing up answers. I feel that even those who think that they have thought out a solution have in great measure made use of subconscious processing. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

Study!

To meditate,
to cogitate
upon the pleasant,
grant me this heaven!

By rote revise
and memorise
subjects odious,
thus am I driven!

Friday, September 25, 2015

The Sublime Artist



I wondered how it would be if air could be sculpted, only to realise that it is indeed possible and is nothing but music. Water and Air, in the form of a babbling brook or waves at night time are tools used by nature to sculpt air.

Nature was the first composer. And what wonderful peace the music of nature provides. Even the greatest of composers looked to nature for inspiration. We are lucky that we are in an age where we can record and reproduce music, but how much have we missed?

I don't know if flowing water can be sculpted, but it does a lot of sculpting, and that, with timeless patience. The feel and look of a cool smooth pebble, the majesty of a canyon, the latter looking as if it were chiseled and the former as if it were polished. What more needs to be said?  

If lightning were a chisel and thunder the hammer, the sky must certainly be the sculptor. After completing his work, he rejoices by wearing the rainbow as a garb; the rainbow woven of sunbeams on the loom of the atmosphere.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Barsaat - A Sublime Love Story

A movie review I came up with in 2006 and forgot to post.


Verdict

Amazing movie – very little of the usual baggage of direction, acting, story, screenplay etc. The picture is all assets, no nothing else. Absolute Must See.
How it Started

My friend and I were roving the roads of Chennai wondering what to do with our evening when we decided to pop into Sathyam (a multiplex). Surprisingly, we had quite a few movies to choose from. There were tickets for Sarkar, Viruddh, Fantastic Four and Barsaat-A Sublime Love Story.
We were busily scratching our scalps trying to figure out which one, when we happened to see the posters. Sarkar had a picture of the Big B, Fantastic Four had a Woman in a tight fitting rubber suit and Barsaat had Bip wearing a wet see through blouse with nothing underneath. Of course, I mean no other clothing underneath. And then there wasn’t much deciding left, the lady in the rubber suit had to wait.

Highlights
The hero’s hairline was scary (It gave me frightening visions of where mine might be headed). Initially his clothes were quite traditional, a fluorescent pink shirt under a white coat and white trousers. His costume however started growing more and more bizarre as the show progressed, he featured in white wet see through pants… and in one song he wore tight black jeans over white briefs (yes, his zipper was down... ). This catastrophe would not have been noticed if it were not for the brilliant angle shot by the cameraman and the highly efficient editing. .
Now let us put that behind us and move on to the more delectable items on display. Bip’s costumes were prominent by their absence… and while Priyanka Chopra was mostly clothed, she lost no opportunity to get drenched. She was super hot…. hotter than Sridevi in her hottest rain dance.
I must admit tho’ that Priyanka Chopra also acted rather decently. If I were to choose between the hero and Bip with regard to their acting, I would close my eyes, stick up a couple of fingers and pick neither.
Gist of the Story
No story, no gist.
Moral of the Story
Sex Sells (At least I am learning my marketing... Here I come, I I uMmm...)
Silver LiningThe hem lines

Miscellaneous


The only purpose of the Barsaat was for bheegifying see through clothes.
They must've picked Sublime from a GRE Prep book... like mousse.

New Blogs

Henceforth, my poems can be found at www.indiverse.blogspot.in and my essays at www.essaycapades.blogspot.in. mirzawilly will be for random musings and things I find amusing. I have already moved my poems to indiverse. It will take some time to move the essays.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Espressos and Expression

There was a time when I used to have a couple of espressos to get my mind buzzing. It still manages to get my mind working, but I do not enjoy such a buzz now-a-days. A South Indian filter coffee though, is always welcome.

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Music

I wondered how it would be if air could be sculpted, only to realise that it is indeed possible and is nothing but music. I don't know if flowing water can be sculpted, but it does a lot of sculpting, and that, with timeless patience.

Friday, July 31, 2015

The Insect - My Version

I want to make a long journey,
halt at every milestone
to gently leave my mark;
very reluctantly move on,
perhaps not at all,
to stop only when you want me to.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Benjamin Franklin

Had Benjamin Franklin announced that he was going to experiment with the kite in the storm and had he been electrocuted, it would likely have been proclaimed that he died because God punished him for prying into His business! The mob is easily roused and cowed by such proclamations. Unfortunately.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Truth in Apology



"How you have felt, O men of Athens, at hearing the speeches of my accusers, I cannot tell; but I know that their persuasive words almost made me forget who I was, such was the effect of them; and yet they have hardly spoken a word of truth. "

This is an excerpt from Socrates' Apology, his defense in court prior to his being sentenced to death. The point I wish to make is that each man, including one who is 'mad', has his own 'truth' and as long as a particular truth doesn't engender violence in any form, it is OK. This is of course open to dialectic.

Socrates also speaks of 'persuasive words'. In this age of information where so many persuasive views on a particular topic are available, it can be difficult to discern the truth from the propaganda. A lot of reading is required.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Windows 8.1 Auto Update and Control Over My Own Devices

I just got an upgrade from Windows 8.0 to 8.1. Of course Windows took my consent, officially speaking. Actually, I didn't have a choice. It was either upgrading or not being able to use my laptop!

The funny thing is, while upgrading, it said, "Taking care of a few things". I wonder what exactly they were taking care of. Whatever they might be, I wish they had taken care of them before releasing 8.0. It also said,"Installing your apps", which was on the screen for quite some time. Funny thing is, I don't install apps on my laptop. I wonder what they meant by apps and what apps they were installing.

I hate being forced into upgrading things I don't want to upgrade, that too, on my own laptop. Microsoft, Google, Huawei, I have paid good money for my devices and I want control of them! I wish you would just mind the business of creating hardware and software and leaving it to the users to choose whether to install them on their computers or not!

Update: The problems continue - keypad arbitrarily stops working, mouse pointer jumps unexpectedly, the menus pop up when you least want them... frustrating. I wonder what exactly they fixed in 8.1. The desktop background is uglier in the new version.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sanctimonious Sermonising

The benefit of sanctimonious sermonising seems to be accorded to only certain select groups in India. It would perhaps sound less sanctimonious and less sermonising if accorded equally to all.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Communism

The failure of communism lies in the need for a central body to collect and distribute resources and authority. This results in the collection of power in the hands of a few. In what fundamental way is this different from fascism or runaway capitalism?

Perhaps these are all just contrived justifications to set people at each others' throats. Much like how religion has been used. Talking of religion, I am really glad to note the change to the positive of the stance of the church towards homosexual unions. I hope more religious bodies follow the cue.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Bang Bang

Saw the movie Bang Bang today. It required willing suspension of an unimaginable amount of disbelief. I found myself more than willing.

The products placements were terribly tacky tho'.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Wherefore art Thou Symbian?

I was very happy with my Nokia E71 and its Symbian OS. Subsequently, I bought another Nokia phone, but this one kept popping up intrusive reminders for upgrades of the OS. Everytime the phone starts up, the upgrade window pops up and the only two choices are postpone and install. Why can't they provide 'Do not bother me with this' as a choice?

I despise the intrusiveness of the major mobile phone OSs. Given half a chance, the companies that make these OSs would stick cameras up every orifice of a person. Ostensibly to provide 'value' by keeping a close eye on health; actually to make as much money as they can by selling the data and ads.

The coolness quotient of being aware of the uses of such technology is mainly another marketing ploy to promote it. What would be cooler is a detailed power point type description of the exact rights one signs away when using these phones and apps. And I do not see the point of rushing to buy a new phone as soon as it is released. If a phone is not good enough for a long enough time, it really ought not to have been bought in the first place.

I am waiting for the first good Tizen phone to be released in the hope that it will be more like Symbian than like the other OSs.

Description of Dorian

In the first few pages of the book 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', I read a description (actually bits and pieces of descriptions) of Dorian given by Wilde. I wonder if he has also created a similar description of a woman. I think the beauty of women is much more deserving of veneration.

If you are tempted to pick nits and point out that it must be an ugly woman that can be described the way a man is, I suggest you put a lid on this temptation.


Whose Words

"Those who are faithful know only the trivial side of love: it is the faithless who know love's tragedies." - Oscar Wilde

I do not entirely agree with this statement for those who are on the receiving end of the actions of the faithless also experience love's tragedies. I am not talking just about romantic love. Take King Lear for instance. I wouldn't agree with the point of view that it was his faithlessness to his youngest daughter that caused the tragedy. I feel his elder daughters would have caused the tragedy anyway because of their baser natures.

The quote of Wilde also reminded me of something I read about quoting others in one's writings. My opinion is this, how does it matter whose words are used as long as they are the best suited to convey one's thoughts and feelings.