Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Next Hill

Perhaps ever since Man was born, his progress owes much to his desire to know, in the words of Alexander the Great, "What is beyond the next hill."

Our psyche, which is primarily responsible for all historical changes wrought by the hand of man on the face of this planet, remains an insoluble puzzle and an incomprehensible wonder, an object of abiding perplexity - a feature it shares with all Nature's secrets.  - C. G. Jung

Some of the secrets of Nature have begun unravelling, only to reveal many more. Do we know how far we need to keep tunneling to get to the other end, if at all there is an other end. With regard to the psyche (forgive me if I use the term rather loosely), let us say we get to read thoughts of other beings. To make a continent of Man, to make the waters recede, is perhaps the next great step in our evolution. I hope there becomes one day, one Pangea, not separate continents. How beautiful that would be.

The question then comes full circle, how do we know the other minds truly exist and are not figments of our imagination. How do we know we are not just simulations, as some popular theories go? Do we know the purpose of our existence? What happens when we discover our purpose? Who or what guides my fingers as they type? So many fascinating questions. I could keep ruminating on them while I stare at nothing. There might not be much purpose to my ruminations other than a certain pleasure they give me. I have also observed in the past that ruminations have led to interesting insights.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

God

god is a terrible fellow when it comes to meting out judgements and punishments for errors deliberate, deliberately induced and uncommitted, just perceived. I wonder who punishes this god for his Mistakes. Considering places like Pakistan, Sudan and North Korea, he is a pretty incompetent fellow. I wonder what the motivations are for his actions.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Elegy of a Voyage

The Moon came out. It's purpose was unclear.
                     
                                                                       - Aleksandr Sokurov

What is it with Russians and melancholic misery? Rather like Poe, but not quite.

Monday, September 05, 2016

War

I once read a true story. A small boy came running to a soldier. The boy was bring an apple. The soldier shot him. In the shadows of the dusk, he mistook the apple for a grenade. Poor soldier. The boy was dead. The soldier had to live.

Picking Holes

Nothing is perhaps as easy as picking holes in the thoughts that someone has presented to us. Especially when the collection is wide and the thoughts and observations, numerous. It must be all the more difficult for people from non-literary professions to write as the time they can devote is penning their thoughts is much less.

Appropriation

I am a great fan of President Obama and have read about 60% of his book, “The Audacity of Hope”. The clarity of thought, the insights, the anecdotes and the way the President has with English are exemplary. 

There was however a sentence in the book I found intriguing. To quote, “At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise.” I say intriguing because he seems to have spoken for all religions. I feel this is true only for some religions.

There is a lot of compromising to be found in religions of Oriental origin. This is quite evident in Fritjof Karpa’s book “The Tao of Physics”. I think several scientists and artists found Eastern religions fascinating precisely because of this reason. These philosophies and religions gave them freedom of expression and thought. The freedom to question.


There are two appropriations in vogue these days. One is the appropriation of the word religion by those who speak of Abrahamic Religions. The other is the appropriation of the word Asian by South-East Asians.

Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

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