Sunday, March 29, 2009

Thread theory - Beyond String theory

Journey of life teaches so many things and yet most of us attempt to repeat the mistakes. How often have I not told myself that time is the most valuable thing and yet when I spend all day doing virtually nothing… and this is happening from quite some time. Year 2005 was very special for me. It was this year when I first wrote a paper on solitons and in the summer holidays I went on to write the book Cosmos Redefined. The subsequent years haven’t produced the work anywhere close to the work I did in 2005.

3 months gone in 2009, I want to repeat the hard work and will power I showed in 2005. However, to add to my agony, I am miles away from the kind of concentration and dedication I had then. Distracted, frustrated and agitated with loneliness and wastage of time, I find myself in a situation where I have ruined my hopes of being a scientist.

This Friday, I did some shopping along with my father. I spend about 3 hours searching for books at Koti, Hyderabad and finally found two good books. “Topics in Algebra” by I.N. Herstein and “Introductory Quantum mechanics” by Richard L. Liboff. Planning to spend next two weeks reading the formal literature of these books and hopefully expecting that few ideas will fire up.

On a side note, I also got a print out of “Elegant Universe” by Brian Greene. I particularly don’t believe in superstrings though I am very fond of the idea of strings. Long back, when I read about string theory, I proposed a theory called “Thread theory”. Instead of strings, why can’t the matter be made up of threads? Now, when I think of it, I don’t think the idea was a bad one. Well, there you go… I found the topic for my research!

Thread theory ---- Here we go!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

The formation of us

As per the new channels, James Otis has kept few challenges to Indian Govt. to get the Gandhi’s Items.

1. Spread the message of Gandhi to at least 78 countries by conducting a world tour or educational events.

2. Increase the health care for Poor in India.

And what does the Indian Govt. say … We are sovereign country, we don’t’ listen to outsiders!

Common, what’s wrong with go ahead with the deal? This guy just wants to spread the message of Gandhi and so do we. So why are we getting pissed off if someone is demanding the same?

The reasons are simple - we don’t want anyone to question our policies. We don’t want to increase our budget for poor… who cares about poor? There were poor people in India from times immemorial… they have gone through even worse circumstances like slavery … so why do we care about them? Let us call out for all the rich Indians to go out there and purchase the Gandhi’s Items. That’s what we are fit for. And do we have to spread the message of Gandhi in 78 countries when we aren’t spreading his message in our own country?

And this brings back to our age old question… what can the people like you and I do at the point?

But before finding answer to that question, we have to answer few other questions.

Do we really believe in the principles preached by Mahatma Gandhi? Don’t we think our state today is directly due to the Gandhi’s Ideology of doing nothing and protesting peacefully?

Gandhi was a great man… the man of principles. Long back, during my school days I delivered a speech on Independence day – the summary of the speech was something like this.

“Independence to the nation is the greatest event that can occur to the nation. It’s like the birth of a child. And it occurs when the mother undergoes all the pain during those months of carrying the child inside her womb and labor pains she undergoes while delivering the child. This duration has an intense impact on the mindset of mother… it gives rise to the love towards the child. Every moment of pain the mother undergoes carrying the child, her love towards the child increases. It’s this pain that gives birth to the ever longing love towards the child even when the child grows up and hurts her. The question before us is did we undergo any such pain before we gave birth to this nation? We could have undergone that pain if there didn’t exist one man… Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi’s principles were unarguably the most intellectual at that moment but they lacked a vision for creating a great nation. They aimed more at giving birth to a nation but not simulating that love towards the nation. There were about 400 million people in India during the time of Independence and unfortunately, only a minute portion of the people in that 400 million underwent any pain. On one side, I am happy that my forefathers didn’t undergo that pain, but I am deeply concerned that we gave birth to a nation without stimulating love towards that nation deep inside us. On this Independence day- I call out for simulating that love… and for that love… we need to undergo pain. And we will certainly undergo pain when we fight against those corrupts, those criminals, those terrorists, those crooks, those politicians who don’t deserve to be part of our nation. Believe me, it’s painful to fight against our very own brothers and sisters but if we ever aim at “sampoorn swaraj”, we have to fight this battle.”

I don’t know how many students then understood my speech… I don’t know how many people now will understand my words … but the matter of fact remains is that we are an independent nation without love towards nation. We have all those patriotic songs but we never do anything to towards it.

And we finally reach back to our question - do you still believe in principles of Gandhi?

Gandhi got his education in a developed nation, this profound ideology works wonders for a developed nation but for an under-developed nation … the ideology might produce a quick independence but it didn’t prepare the people to deserve independence. All I can say is, one man’s genius left 400 million undeserving people fight among themselves on pity issues.

If you are getting pissed off with my words, let me say you that Mahatma Gandhi himself believed that we are not yet ready for Independence. Look what happened when we got Independence, first we broke off into multiple countries… people were more concerned about who remains upper-class and who remains lower class … people were more concerned towards which religion occupies the governing chair … we drafted a constitution and governance that was more or less similar to British Ideology … we divided states based on languages … we left the poor to remain poor… we adopted so called non-alignment movement which I still fail to understand when we had so good relations with USSR then … we gave the powers in the hands of a dynasty … we came up with reservation system to screw up our education system… we fought within ourselves in the name of religion … we supported the people who want to divide us… we continue to tolerate corrupts at every level of governance, some people even believe they are part of our culture … we became the world’s third largest nation to produce HIV infected people … and we still sing “Saare jahan se acha Hindusutan Hamara”!

Now I know, how pissed off we are reading all the stuff I have written… again the question is what can we do to change the state of our nation …

1. If you are corrupt/criminal/crook/terrorist/communal divider, you don’t deserve to live in this country. You will be killed by one of ‘us’ sooner or later.

2. If your father/mother/sister/brother/son/daughter/friend/relative is corrupt/criminal/crook/ terrorist/communal divider, you have to stop supporting these people and try to change them as soon as possible before one of ‘us’ kills them. It will be painful but it’s needed for the love of nation.

3. If you believe that you want to see a great, disciplined, developed, effective and harmonious nation anytime soon, you have to be one among ‘us’.

So, when will this “us” form?

My guess is very soon… as the education spreads and people find themselves jobless… they will start thinking about whose ass they need to kick for their state. And soon, they will realize that actual cause of their state is the existence of corrupts/criminals/crooks/terrorists/communal dividers - then they would start the historic war of actual Independence of our nation. This is lead to the formation of “us”.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

All right girls, this one is for you!

For some reason, most of you ladies felt that my previous post was offensive and you took it as matter of pride to defend the attitude of fellow girls. Well, let me clarify, given an opportunity I would prefer to be on your side than speaking on the behalf of poor guys.

Out of all those comments and phone calls, I got this SMS from a friend of mine that said

Keep the gender issue apart, now what do you think is the right way to react to the proposal of a guy while keeping the friendship intact. One you made fun of or to be rude.

This is what I have replied politely,

See… I expect the girl to say… you are not meeting my expectations than saying I didn’t look at you that day.

Now, this turned out into a heavy debate and yours truly had to finally give an elaborate explanation that he is not against girls and he just feels that girls should react in much polite way than saying, I didn’t look at you that way!

Every person has certain expectations and defining those expectations before your friends can always help you in avoid misunderstandings. You need not go out on a stage and announce those expectations; just let them know in one of those friendly talks. It is very easy for a person to get confused or misunderstand friendly talks.

I am not an expert in this field but since I am entitled to keep an opinion, this is what I feel.

If a girl isn’t interested in a guy who has been her friend, this is how she needs to respond upon his proposal “See… you are a good guy and I respect you… but… you don’t meet my expectations to be that special one

If a guy isn’t interested in a girl who has been her friend, this is how he needs to respond upon her proposal “See… you are a good girl and I respect you… but… I never looked at you that way

Unfortunately, the way majority of the people react is quite opposite. Let me categorically explain the subtle difference in the way we perceive this statements if we are at receiving ends.

Let us review the statements I have defined…

If a girl says “you don’t meet my expectations to be that special one”. At maximum, the guy would ask what are her expectations and since you do have well defined expectations, let me him know about it. Most of them will understand unless you say I am expecting superman with property worth 10 billion to come and marry me.

If a guy says “… you are a good girl and I respect you… but… I never looked at you that way”. There is a great chance that the girl will take him positively. Looking at a girl in that way is generally perceived as wrong thing in India and when a guy says “he never looked at her that way”, it means he is not done anything wrong. Moreover, the guy can always say, I saw you like a sister or some other relation.

Now, let us hypothesize the reactions, when the reaction has been vice-versa to what I have said.

If a girl says “I never looked at you that way

This is how a guy feels “What the f*** … am I not man enough? Never looked at me like a man… do I appear like a gay to her?

If a guy says “You don’t meet my expectations

This is how a girl would feel “What the hell… don’t I have the physical assets to meet his requirements… what does he expect from a girl…”

Without being too philosophical or sarcastic here, I just wanted to explain you the situation on how to react! Of course, if you want make the other person feel like shit with your reaction, you are most welcomed to do so... but a little rewording can help you deal with the situation in much better way.

PS: I am not trying to be Love Guru here.