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On perception

Can you perceive that which you have not perceived?


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Quotable Quote

Once you figure out what a joke everything is, being a Comedian’s the only thing that makes sense. – Edward Blake

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The essence of truth

As happens almost every time I go to the Central Library to read up for an upcoming paper, this time too – an innocent looking book entirely unrelated to the subject under study caught my attention.

‘The essence of truth’ by Martin Heidegger  – read the almost austere cover page. The contents of the book, however, were nowhere close to what I had imagined. I managed to read an entire chapter before dozing off to the all-too-well-known library induced slumber. Here are a few extracts for you to reflect:

And what is true? The true is what is known. It is just what corresponds with the facts. The proposition corresponds with what is known in knowledge; thus with what is true.

So truth is correspondence, grounded in correctness, between proposition and thing.

Must what is given first of all resemble something given, therefore itself be necessarily a correspondence?

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Within You Without You

I am posting this song solely because I can totally connect with the lyrics and the rhythm!

We were talking-about the space between us all
And the people-who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
Never glimpse the truth-then it’s far too late-when they pass away.
We were talking-about the love we all could share-when we find it
To try our best to hold it there-with our love
With our love-we could save the world-if they only knew.
Try to realize it’s all within yourself
No-one else can make you change
And to see you’re really only very small,
And life flows ON within you and without you.
We were talking-about the love that’s gone so cold and the people,
Who gain the world and lose their soul-
They don’t know-they can’t see-are you one of them?
When you’ve seen beyond yourself-then you may find, peace of mind,
Is waiting there-
And the time will come when you see
we’re all one, and life flows on within you and without you.

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Purposeful Philosophy

The past few months have seen me progressively formulate a bunch of guiding principles and philosophies for myself – a broad set of guidelines that are helpful in decision making – be it your career, friends, family or life in general.

Several incidents – the Shell Workshop by Kaustav – a mini-fundaes session for the Spons team – Professional Ethics classes (esp LSG’s lecture) – discussions with buddies – Lays, Hypo, Sania, Sanjay, Droopy, Hugga, Impo, Normal have all helped distill some of these thoughts.

Noticed a poster today which sums up the most important of these principles –

Have a Purpose.

The Means will Follow.

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jhini re jhini re jhini chadariya,

jhini re jhini re jhini chadariya
ke ram naam ras bhini chadariya,

jhini re jhini re jhini chadariya
ashta kamal dal charkha doley,

panch tatva, gun tini chadariya
saiin ko siyat mas dus lagey,

thokey-thokey ke bini chadariya
so chadar sur nar muni odi,

odi ke maili kini chadariya
das kabir jatan so odi,

jyon ki tyon dhar deen chadariya

A simple doha by Sant Kabir – talks about how Jhini, the cloth of life has been crafted by God with great care and love – how we soil it with our wasteful lifestyle – and how Kabir preserves it with simple living.

Jhini, Indian Ocean

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I feel compelled to write.

The past two months in Bangalore have been a whirlwind of experiences. Meeting people, going places, convincing people,getting lost, it’s been quite a journey. It’s been a lot of fun.However, what struck me the most, and what continues to baffle me, is one single word. Money. And the price we choose to pay for it.

As part of the Spons team for the IITM tech-fest, Shaastra 2007, it’s our (Lays and Uss) job to convince sponsors to shell out quite some money. And experience says they do.’For what? you might ask. ‘Attracting the best brains of the country’ we say. Visibility,brand building, and blah blah, we go on.

Lesson: Some People have money. Lots of it.

I am reminded of the day when I was at a roadside shop, having grub,when this little boy and his sister came up and asked me to buy a small garland. For? 10 bucks. The indifference in me chose to look away. But there was something which held my gaze. The boy wasn’t begging. He just pleaded once and started to walk away. I called him back. He told me he studied in a govt school nearby and needed to buy a notebook. His mother made a few garlands and asked him to sell them and buy his notebook. After much asking, he finally told me his exam results. He had scored a 90+ in every paper. I didn’t know how to respond. I felt helpless. Hopeless too. All i could do was buy his garland and wish him luck.
Lesson: Some people don’t have money. None at all.

Then there was this day when I didn’t pay the bus fare and had to jump off the running bus as the driver refused to stop until I paid him.
Lesson: Sometimes, people are short on money. And they find shortcuts.

Yet another day, Lays and I were traveling in a bus when an old lady boarded it. She too, did not have any money. While we were thinking of paying her fare, someone else did. We were left thinking.
Lesson: People with some money help those with no money.

Further, one day I found myself in a bus with just a 500 rupee note. I asked the other passengers for change. One pretty lady asked me,’How much is the ticket?’ and handed me six rupees. Embarrassed, ‘Thanks’ was all i could manage.
Lesson: Having too much money doesn’t help always.

After receiving my first stipend, my bank account swelled up, and within a week, it was back to ground zero.literally.
Lesson: Money is meant to be spent.

We (Nai, Goofy, Uss) went to Bannerghatta National Park last weekend. We bought tickets for the grand safari, had ice-cream, traveled in an AC bus. Saw tigers 8 ft away. It felt good. And then Goofy convinced us to go hiking to a hill-top. The scene was breath-taking; the hills spread so wide that one sight couldn’t take in the entire view. One could see the clouds pouring onto another hill-top very far away. And then it rained. It was fun.
Lesson1: Money can buy you ‘things’.
Lesson2: Life gives away it’s best moments for free.

There have been several more instances, when I have been confused and intrigued by what money can and cannot do. That’s for now, have to get back to work..
Dying to go home, and get back to good ol’ insti.

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