21


One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I. 

When you’re at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul. 

Nothing is as best, when you are 21.

You are young, wild and free.

Something which I made on a cool iPad Application.

It describes the 21-year-old outlook and its shenanigans I lure upon.

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Innovations of the future

Twenty three hundred years ago, there was a learned Acharya (Scholar) named Chanak in the Kingdom of Magadha of the ancient India, formerly called BHARAT which aboded as a cultural heritage and a rich nation. Bharat was divided into kingdoms like Gandhar, Kashi, Avanti, Assaka, Kalinga, Magadha, Kuru, Mallayrajya and so on.

There was King named Dhanananda who was ruling Magadha, who was adamant, wine-loathed and women laden man. He had a cabinet of ministers, which was headed by a wise prime minister named Shaktar. He was the King’s advisor and a learned man. One day in the assembly, he announced to the king, that women in their kingdom are raped and murdered, and no one seem to care about it. The king got furious, by Shaktar’s comment and sent him to Nanda’s hell, which was a torture cell in the underground reigns of the kingdom. Acharya Chanak, was Shaktar’s…

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Time is to live.


Each time is one time. 

Time, as we know is the most relative concept. No one has ever barred away from it or surpassed it. It’s an opportunity for some, perception for others and pivotal for many. In economics, it’s a resource and in Business, its money. Since the ancient times, time has been the source of observation to all the philosophers, artists, inventors, sailors, scientists and businessman. From the probability to mystery to technology, it has always been the frame of reference.

How do we know how much time we have?

When will the clock stop ticking?

Is the world going to end?

Do we actually know if today is the last day?

These questions hovers around in the common minds, and most of us pass time in searching more in the quest. People are so busy in their own race with time and work. We debate, quarrel, play and wish on almost everything that is trending and forget about what we actually want with time. I believe, time is to live against all those odds which we face and all the solutions we come up with. It’s a cycle. There are good ones and bad ones almost same for everyone. The knowledge lies within oneself and not in the books.

We, humans are so well versed with deadlines, if we set a deadline of when are we doing to die, we will be more productive and effective in our lives. So one free suggestion out of expression, set a deadline for yourself and then continue with the normal.

Indianess and Game.


Game theory has always been a zero sum game which determined that the profit of one will always be on the expense of others, which introduced by John Van Nuemann and Oskar Morgenstern until John Nash discovered the Nash Equilibria for the non-zero win-win situations and won a Nobel after quite a psychological stint in his life in 1994.

India, a cultural heritage has always been stodgy for economists and philosophers and they their own perception towards the abstract spectrum from its happenings and times. Nothing can match the susceptibility of the nation’s randomness and sovereignty. Psychology of an Indian has always been an outlook of its own kind, not really the demographics of the nation affecting it. Indians are known for their unruly social behavior and their unintentional verve. When it comes to making choice, we can be selfish as well as collaborative at the same time. Read the theory of Prisoner’s dilemma. We say that population, illiteracy, poverty and corruption are the  issues defining why we Indians are the way we are. But actually, it’s not the demographics that matters in our behavior but a social upbringing does. There are people spitting on the roads, throwing junk, breaking the queue, giving a bribe (most of them taking it), breaking the signals, urinating on the road sides and what not. Who is to blame? The system or the self? Often, we come across real-life situations where we end up being privately smart and publicly dumb. We celebrate festivals of colors and crackers and leave the roads and grounds defiled from their plastic wastes and chemical colors. Indians and Indianess goes along together irrespective of the caste, creed or position. We all belong to the same field of paddy crops. Then, we blame the system and its governance for its behavior, being publicly dumb. Social behavior is not something we just show it on Facebook, but how we actually implement it in our day-to-day lives. This is where Indianess differs from the Global social behavior. And we talk about globalization. That makes us self-contradictory.

Rationalism is a child’s play and when Indianess paints the canvas, the theory of game comes to being. We, Indians being superficially rational, be it in professional lives or the way we think, which still makes us the third world country because of this mass behavior. Only, when we try to change, others will. It’s like a movement with no incentives and holistic growth, which will be marginal for the self. As we know, we are heedless without incentives. And we blame the government, which itself runs like a tip-toed bulls. We have to create our own incentives for the satisfaction and not for the temptation. And then the Nash equilibrium is favorable for non-cooperative and win-win situations in particular circumstances stating that one can benefit, making others benefit too. Then the Indianess will make its hay shine in the field.

Few examples of game theory are Chess, Stone-Paper-Scissors and the art of tit for tat.

Adopted from the book Games Indians Play by V. Raghunathan and inferred by me.

Let not the game decide us, but our own behavior. 

The Rat Race


Life as we know, is a race. A race to approach the repertoire of dreams, accentuate the anomaly, understanding the dynamics of the running world and surviving through the fattest of all psychologies and culture. But, most of us run behind the things which are immaterial to what we actually want. We see, interact, discern and conclude without an over-thought. Do all of us follow our passion, the thing which makes us smile and the zenith we want to scale? The answer is Almost No.

History has meant it and believed it that one should follow their heart, no matter what and there lies the true satisfaction. But, it’s just a one ear-to-another ear-to the world again phrase. We belong to the commons, and we will stay in the commons. Until and unless, we are not usually eccentric in our thoughts and work. We are the common rats, and we will run like one until we realize that Money Making is not an attribute of differentiation, but a trait. This is one confusion of the mass. Situations and consequences makes some un-follow their dream and go to the path of survival. But, just as we remember everyone is same but different.

Just when I was talking to a friend over a lazy afternoon book-reading session, he just as well remarked ” Even if we win a rat race, we will still remain the rats“. We laughed in unison.

I am no one to inspire. But, I can definitely point out and hold a voice. This might help. Self-discovery runs in silence than in words. Make your own examples and create an example, which might as well be in the Rat Race to self discovery. Be what you are. And do what you want to do.

 

A Piece of Paper


As the clock struck past thirty minutes to seven, I approached the tutor who just left the class with a spellbinding session on English Usage and Vocabulary. I introduced my blog to him, and asked him for a topic to crib upon. In a fitting second, he tore a piece of paper from a book and gave it to me. And this left me baffled for a moment with a subject I can creatively ponder upon.

A Piece of Paper 

What does a piece of paper mean to all of us? Metaphorical or hyperbolical?

For some its an unfulfilled dream. For some a leadership style. For some a factoid. But for many, it was living.

Piece of paper is a symbol of creating history. Today, the essence of paper is soft-pedaled due to the emerging work-flow on the internet and the discovery of manmade machines. All the ancient scriptures, manuscripts, inventions and stories are made on this finest invention of the Chinese. Without it, the world would not have been more compact. The world’s best poetries were written on that piece of paper in the woods, or in the dark. It has an impact which is far-lived and implausible. A best piece of paper is often a rare piece of art and thoughtfulness. It is a tool, not just for those creative heretics, but for the commons.

A dream is not broken, until it’s not lived. A piece of paper symbolizes dream which is not lived. I believe, until and unless we don’t put in enough efforts to live it, we are like that torn piece of paper. As we say nothing is rewritten, but pre-written. With that one piece, we can make destiny dance over dreams.

Leadership is a behavior which is observed and experienced by many. Be it small or big. A piece of paper is a piece, even if its big or small. Just like it, leadership is like that piece of paper. Some have more stories to the journey, and some just enough to inspire. Leadership is not just leading by choice, but by example. A piece of paper is a simple epigram to those journeys based on values and leadership without complexities.

A factoid is an information bowl shared and exchanged from nations to companies to individuals. It is an agreement, a bond, a policy, an article and a shredded trash. A piece of paper is thus a utility for the commons, and a more day-to-day necessity. Be it anything, anywhere.

When I talk about living, ask the ones who have lived their heart out on a novel, a book, a prose or a poetry which instigated revelations and revolutions. To those ancient messengers, an eighteenth century poet, a twentieth century architect or a nineteenth century infamous sci-fi novelist, they know how understatement a piece of paper is. That was a living worth the dime, and for the dime. It has created almost everything and anything we see around. And we know that life’s simple inventions has created the best discoveries. That is living, by that piece of paper, and for that piece of paper.

Just so that we don’t make a satire out of sarcasm, we can add meaning to it ourselves.

One important task to do : Take an A4 Size paper, and list down all the words which you want to live, or experienced before. And then encircle it if lived. And then see a story taking over. You never know, if history has it.

I have been doing it myself and I love it when I glance it each morning. The feeling makes me want to experience more and live more.