Thursday, July 06, 2006


My friend Vikram asked me this awesome question today... Is there some link between a woman's ovarian cycle and the cycle of the moon! Both repeat in about 29 days time! What a perfect coincidence! Nature has its own ways to amuse us! There is also this myth that there is a woman in the moon that is more prominant than the man in the moon! Even chinese astrology identifies moon as the feminine power or more popularly known as the 'yin' (and the masculine known as the 'yang'!) Another interesting link.

Whatever it be, it is something spectacular and worth giving a thought! A woman only has the power to create and sustain life which simply makes her way superior to men! Even recent scientific genetic studies have shown that the male genetic material (the Y chromosome) is decaying due to many mutations compared to the X chromosome over the centuries and there are very few active genes that remain in the Y chromosome.

Is astrology for real? I have heard some really interesting ideas about astrology being for real but somehow my reasoning system fails to register it. Even the slightest vibrations in the cup of tea that we drink causes such chaos on its surface that is linked to the gravitational forces from distances we can't even fathom! (I had read some very cool essay about this in Resnick and Halliday long time back) Life also (both physical and metaphysical) is a force that may interact with other forces in nature and have certain influences!

I really awe for people who study these extra-scientific questions - these things have no definitive answer (at least for now) and their entire life revolves around trying to find asnwers for these breathtaking questions (also considering the fact that I am struggling with my very very small research question)! Do these people ever get sound sleep, I wonder?

Monday, June 26, 2006


Very soon, I will have my personal webpage that will embed services provided by social networks, messengers, blogs and photo galleries apart from the usual content I will have on my webpage. (I need to write another one on Social Networks!) It will be very easy for anyone to spend some time on my 'webpresence' and get a fairly good idea of everything (abstract or otherwise) that belongs to me. There will be a whole new semantic web infrastructure where it will become almost necessary for everyone to have a unique web id.

This will lead to many unforseen repercussions, I imagine. A whole new field consisting of sociology, technology and psychology will emerge that will study the implications and consequences of this new way of living. New behavioural disorders will be identified and peculiar ways to combat them willo be sought! Overall, people will be kept busy. New occupations and new challenges will emerge.

Will all this be a boon or bane for our society? Today's already stressed youth who is managing myriads of cognitive processes will be exposed to many more brought about by technological as well as technologically induced factors. Some people will become even more effective than others, I presume, thus more widening the gap of equanimity and homogeneity!

What do you think all this will lead to?

Thursday, June 22, 2006

meeting skills

Overheard this excerpt from the people who conduct loud meetings everyday just beside my lab:
"Anybody who is working on anything would need something." (My immediate reaction was: Oh lord!, then I smiled, then I thought!)

This reminds me of a saying ... "If I knew what I was doing, I wouldn't have called it research!"

You can't possibly imagine how much of good work they do starting from conversations like these! O Lord!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Science - Art - Creation - Imagination

For some people, studying Science is a difficult proposition. Others, they are generally considered the smarter lot! (This is the general thinking in my part of the world where I have been brought up.) I disagree with this line of thought. The environmental and some genetic factors (the genotype and the phenotype) develop the initial seed composite in every mind and life takes a random walk from there and achieves its own standards of self-established milestones. I think average minds remain complacent because they don't/can't think like Jonathon Livingston Seagull and don't harness their deep desires.

I think that creating Artwork requires a great deal of ability which involves analytics, interest as well as a deep sense of the abstract notion of the idea you try to breathe life into. What makes it more challenging is the fact that there is no proper theory behind art. In fact, the more I read about people with some sort of mental faculty, I find that they are more artists, more philosophers, more creative geniuses rather than mere scientists. Leonardo da Vinci, for example, was a maverick, a creative genius, a scientist, an engineer and one of the greatest painters of all times.

Commerce and Economics govern the financial stability of nations and its individuals - this has given rise to policies that indirectly promote pressures on individuals to become rational machines and just exist in this beautiful world without any regard to one's intellectual and artistic abilities. This has led to regional instabilities and we see a drift in power-shift across time and regions.

Imagination is more important than knowledge(Einstein) and art is imagination. I just wish to be a creative person in life!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

UStad Amjad Ali Khan, Sarod and Indian Classical Music - Being one with oneself!

He creates magic - not music! Each beat from his Sarod is like a wave that touches each cell of your brain or perhaps your soul considering that the soul is the congregation of each dimension of your mental ability. This reminds me of a saying - "The heart has reasons that the mind knows not" Rather, I believe in this one - "The heart has reasons that the mind believes not." In fact, we don't know our minds ourselves. What we know is an artifact of the model the mind creates for itself.

Oh, I was talking about the magic of music, or rather Sarod, an Indian classical instrument. Sarod is a very rich many string-ed instrument like the guitar with a bigger resonating box base and longer wooden neck. Amjad Ali Khan devised his own 19 string sarod! It is much harder to play a sarod since it does not have any frets (the metallic part under the strings that is pressed to create the desired note) in it.

I have attended one of his shows in India. There, he was playing with his two sons (Ayaan Ali and Aman Ali) and Zakhir Hussain. He is a genius - there is a clear distinction between his music and the one his sons play! I remember the energy I felt during that show I attended. It was a feeling analogous to the synchronous dancing of all the brain cells in eternal light and immortality (free/endless energy)! (I am writing alot about the brain and the feeling because I am listening to his music even now and am totally enchanted and drenched/soaked in it :) You could really feel that top of the world (literally) experience in his live performance, the feeling that you may only get sometimes when you are very drunk! I also remember his rendition of 'Ekla chalo re' (by Rabindranath Tagore). It was exalting. His music is available on under the Hindustani Instrumental section. Go, check it out and enjoy!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Summer of 1999

A picture I had taken in '99 when I had visited Pokhra (and Kathmandu) all by mself.

Another picture : was reading a novel in style :)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Summer of 2006

Small waterfall beside the furnace
I am travelling alot lately. When I initially moved to NY for work, I had to travel long distances for a couple of weeks to reach workplace. Last weekend, I met an old buddy and visited Princeton university with him, It was a nice feeling there as I had gone to the school of stalwarts like Einstien and Nash. Next day, I went to Washington D.C. and enjoyed the Smithsonium Air and Space museum there. It was a fun place! Lots of rockets, spacecrafts, satellites and fighter planes on display! I even tried the F-18 Flight simulater and shot many enemies! I had thought that it would be so scary being upside down inside a fighter plane but it was fun!

Yesterday, I saw this new hindi movie called Fanaa - total crap! So many smart people get together to come up with such lack of creative work! It was frustrating.

In the morning, I went to New Haven to see one of my cousins who is studying at Yale. She has inspired me some way or the other when I was very young and used to listen to her intellectually stimulating discussions with my other cousins. Then I have come to this beautiful place with her in Litchfield at another cousin's big country house! Waiting for lots of family members to come here by evening for the long weekend.
Sunset at the pond!

Hoping to have a good time here, eat lots of home-made food and also work a little! The place is amazing and you can walk along the river, sit beside the pond, try your hands at fishing, go hiking or just sit in the sun and relax!

My foot!

The summer of 2006 has just arrived!

Monday, May 15, 2006

The inverse pandemonium

I don't know why I chose this title but since I chose it by free will, I will write something about it.

The idea is something like that of the movie Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan where he says that there is a good for every evil!

There is an absolute balance in this world where things have a reciprocal at each end of the spectrum. Each piece of thought can be inverted and adjusted in any way one can possibly imagine. We haven't harnessed the power of the mind completely as we limit ourselves into mortality. Again, whatever we imagine can be deemed as null or infinite or anywhere in between by similar forces.

Is our universe a speck of dust in space? Is this not an inverse pandemonium in itself? We know what space is (we think we know) but what exactly is time? Is it a state of mind - can we control it? Are there other dimensions that we have not explored?

The whole world is a complex maze with so many beautiful patterns in it - do these patterns tell us something? Why do we find something beautiful and why do we find some other things ugly?

A child's brain is the most powerful machine - it can learn and adapt to anything it associates with - what exactly is there in a child's brain -does it have something to do with the fact that it has nothing in it. Does it have rules pre-configured in it?

How powerful are the five senses of human beings - is it not enough for everyone to achieve whatever they wish for. Then what is the sixth sense? Is there a seventh sense?

There are so many beautiful minds in this world - is it chance? Or is it some sequence of events in a child's brain that make it that way?

This is the inverse pandemonium!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Thou know it all!

I will try to write a couple of lines about achievement, happiness and love. I am an abstract kind!


Achievement is directly linked to your inner conscience. If you have the purity of thought and the passion to follow your dreams, things will slowly fall your way! It may start with an impulsive action or restless musings, you have to identify it and believe in it. Achievement has alot to do with confidence. Confidence has alot to do with depth of character. You should follow your heart and not compromise. You should also have the desire to constantly learn and update yourself. It all has to do with expending your thoughts and channelizing it in the right direction.


Happiness is purely a state of mind. It is not the little things in life that make you happy, it is the dim sight of the blissful beyond that one identifies with. This translates to hope. Hope is what keeps one alive. And you smile even in times of desperation! You get sad and you get glad, this is a temporary state of emotion. Happiness is again an inner feeling. You have to be careful for what you wish for, as this can hurt you emotionally. This has a disturbing effect as there is only limited time, but this really does not have much to do with happiness. Believe in yourself, learn from life and you will be happy.


Love is a nice feeling. It is the chemistry between you and the other object that you associate with. It is a dynamic function with many variables in it. Ya, this sounds stupid! So, love is complex! Love makes you high ... higher than you can ever imagine and it ceases the brain with emotional matter. It is difficult to identify love!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

license to chill!

I have been waiting for this for so so long! Finally I have really started thinking about buying my own car :-) The thrill is so much that I have started dreaming about it! My mom tells me that I used to stare at cars when I was a kid all the time!

Oh, I got my learner's license. Yeah, just learner's license!

I had gone to the license office more than an hour away from home for the second time to get my license. Not that I failed the first time, I did not have proper paperwork. This time I thought that I had the proper paperwork. But no I didn't. I had gone with 2 friends so I waited for them to come out victorious! They were sorry for me but it was okay. I consoled eating an apple given to me by one of my friends! Came back home really dejected around 2 p.m. and rested. As I lied down, I fumbled on an envelope on my bed. And that envelope contained my bank statement that I needed to get my license. I got up, lit a cigarette and started running. The license center was to close at 5 and it was already 3. Reached the center at 4.10. Luckily, there was no rush in the evening and I got to the test terminal in 10 minutes. Finished the test in 10 minutes and started smiling. The photo on my license is a proof for that reassured and happy feeling.

I have a dream
My car to zing
the roar of the machine
is so soothing
to get tickets
for speeding
to steer with
or against the wind
day or night
rain or storm
nothing can stop
the will to move on!
I have a dream
My car to zing!

I am renting a car this weekend for getting used to the roads here and getting my permanent license next week. Mustang, Firebird, Eclipse or a Honda Civic ... I don't want to buy a Honda Civic but that looks so convenient. I am not sure if I can afford a firebird or a mustang. I have started looking at all the Eclipse models very recently! Let's see what's in store for me!