Pocket Diary – 12

I don’t have any thoughts to reflect over today. So, I am putting out few of my additions to the Pocket Diary. Actually, I have many drafts but I am unable to expand over those ideas. It will take time to think over them & put them into words.I will wait for them.

Devdutt Pattnaik “Be careful of ‘stories’ they can easily be used to delude and manipulate, and be passed of as ‘motivation’. There is no truth out there, only stories well told”.

Stories…Stories…& more Stories. That’s all what is being feeded to us now through various media sources.Yeah I take them as stories – Faith put on a story may become your belief. Even principle seems like stories at the start but once beefed up with scientific facts & logic – it changes to a rule. In India, stories are vital part of our daily lives.
And I hope you know about Devdutt Pattnaik. I like his point of view & how he explains the Indian mind-space through mythology. Pick up his work if you like. He is a contemporary, so interpreting his work will be easy.

I.K Gujral “The bureaucracy is the backbone of the govt. & it should be kept happy”.

Everyone will agree that ‘Bureaucracy‘ comprises the backbone of the govt. However, about the ‘keeping happy’ part – instead of govt. supporting them they themselves took the responsibility.Even private players contributed in keeping them happy through the clandestine means. Well, the present condition of country & the bureaucracy is open for all to comment on.

Bertrand Russell “A good world needs knowledge, kindliness & courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant man”.

Russell is not any ignorant man, but whose quote has survived the wheel of time if not the non-ignorant ones. I don’t believe that any statement based on ignorance stands the beating of time.The ignorant comments are generally the prejudices which the individuals have been carrying all through the generations. They are hard to drop away from the society so they persist. The world never stays good – freedom of intellect comes only to few with genuine thoughts.

“Rosy-eyed nostalgia should be no reason to forget that we are living in arguably the most advanced & civilized age in the history of the human race, in no small part due to the ‘materialistic’ work of thousands of scientists & engineers”.

Thank You all the scientists & engineers of our country, for whatever you have contributed. It did had major impact on our lives.And this statement is also for all the skeptical ones. ‘Criticism’ may be easiest to do but ‘Acknowledgement’ is what you sometime have to do.
Adding to it, Acknowledging only the success & excellence  is not what I am asking. I also ask the scientific community to acknowledge their laxity, their lack of zeal, their acts of plagiarism, their weakness. It’s both ways after all.

This much will be enough for today I think. These quotes helps me launch into the orbit of some focused thought. The old texts of wisdom have eluded me for most of the life & I am rediscovering there gems. And reflecting on these fragments of wisdom provide me the nourishing intellectual juices.Do tell me if they also move your gray-matter.



Pocket Diary – 6

Most of the things i wrote down in my diary were lenghty thoughts on some topic. So i think i would post them separately.

I would start with the request to read this small pdf A Mathematicians Lament by Paul Lockhart. It’s an amazing thought provoking lament on creativity & boring subjects. If you like it then also think about the idea of education with fun. If art will be made like code coloring than is it same as making maths fun & missing the real part of maths.I have some thoughts on that & would post it later.

All the recent news & people criticizing govt. on each & every matter.(it makes sense for the opposition to do so).I know the govt. has to be criticized for many conditions & future steps(taken & not taken).But i wanted to just ask a Question that Why don’t we criticize the pvt. companies. I mean the NGO’s are there doing that job but i don’t see the people criticizing the pvt. companies for there steps taken & unaddressed moral duties. Might be that the media doesn’t focuses on them.There is a ‘ Block Wall Street ‘ protest going on at various places around the world and the progress path of neo-liberalization(our country’s contemporary policy) benefiting the big pvt.  firms;the same thing might occur here in India after some years.Our country might also get into Private Profit & Public Loses phenomenon with this rootless,ruthless & ruinous development strategies/plans ( i just read few articles on 12th 5-year plan & land bill). On reading something on privatization of education i think there would be dicey situation for students soon(5-10yr), they might not get to be a graduate without taking loan from banks( and get into the debt cycle).Actually i just wanted to say that……...Don’t Stop criticizing the govt. but also Don’t not criticize the pvt. firms(especially the giants)

” There is Crack in everything… that’s how the light sets in ” – Leonard Cohen

The above line speaks for itself & gives a point to always remember.The below line i came up with when reading on debt cycle & energy crisis.

” The present Age is living off on the Past generation & on the Future Generation “

how? We are utilizing huge quantities of fossil fuel, which came from the long died organic materials. We are using credit on so many financial areas, the govt. dealing in credits, will put the future generation in debt.We are practically living on credit-debt cycles & fossil fuel line.

I also made some reminders & notes viz.

Read theories of Macaulay.

What are Ricardian &  Malthusian methods ?

What is Urban Heat island effect ? ( This effect raises the point of climate change abnormality in cities)

Why does the cost of houses keep on increasing? I mean it make sense for a piece of land to do so. But for a Flat ? What dynamics are working there. Doesn’t the technological advances in construction & designs should lower the prices of flats?

I also made some rough sketches of my ideas to post on my fbpage. But work on them after November month :P.