Month: March 2016

Maths and religion

Mathematicians believe in higher powers!!

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PS: The image is copyrighted by C. Burke, not my property.

 

 

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Brussels

Whenever human life is obliterated for inexplicable barbaric causes, I feel enraged. Tuesday was one such day. I woke up and checked the news feed on my phone with half opened eyes and here was the news “twin blasts in Brussels”; I immediately sat up straight and opened few newspaper websites and there it was. “They” struck again. Throughout the day, I was waiting for Facebook feeds from certain people who get loudly vociferous whenever there is a news of immigrant crisis in Europe and how many European nations aren’t able to cope with the situation. And right I was. Multiple posts from those people but none focused on condemning the attacks or criticizing the perpetrators. Almost all the posts were directed towards the issue that what would be the general sentiment towards the immigrants/refugees post these blasts. I empathize with the war victims; it is a heinous crime to drive someone out of his home and strip him of his fundamental rights. I remember one short poem “No one wants to put his children in boats; It happens when water becomes safer than the lands.” I get it bigtime that the crisis war torn victims are facing is acute but I also won’t deny the fact that any nation that is  compromising its internal security and jeopardizing the safety of its own people by taking in people from other countries is not very wise. I am not saying that these bombs were planted by immigrant population. No! But you cannot deny the fact that extremists hide themselves in the general population and few pose as immigrants themselves and cross the borders easily. 

It is a warning sign for the world that DAESH has the capability to strike at its will. There is a general sentiment that blames US, England, France and few other nations who have supposedly created the ISIS. I am not going to debate on this topic but will focus on exigent issue of solving this problem which has blown itself out of proportion. Many European nations have been serving as breeding grounds for radicalized religious fanatics. Molenbeek is one such tiny place in Brussels, we call it Croissant Pauvre in Brussels and banlieues in France. In myriad articles that I have read, discrimination, lack of education and employment opportunities are cited as the reasons why the youths are taking to terrorism and keen on joining the religious war for ISIS. It is high time that we don’t turn a blind eye at these no-go places and straighten them out. Not only listen to what their concerns are but also develop a plan of action to introduce them to mainstream society and strict actions such as deportation, expulsion or arrests should be taken against those who preach and propagate radicalized religious propaganda. 

Europe is general is pretty laid back and suffers from lassitude and inaction. The Europeans still carry the romantic image that nothing will happen to them and the belief has been punctured many times in the past by the radicals. It is time to wake up and tighten the reins. Create a sense of belonging for people likely to stray and tighten the reins on anything that can disturb the balance of a mature society. Safety of your own citizens is much more important point than any other humanitarian crisis. I was talking to a friend from Austria and she told me that around 40% Austrians would fall under category of poor if Govt. withholds the services it provides to its citizens. Now do the math, same number of resources but add more mouths to feed at an exponential rate. Results can lead to dissatisfaction as Govt. can’t maintain the status quo of “provider” and it can crop up civil war.

 Just because I was born to parents who follow a different religion doesn’t mean I need to die in a bomb blast. Actions must be taken fast otherwise it will be difficult to handle these Abdeslams who are roaming among us in disguised form.

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Erudition of a hypothetical hipopotamus

It is common for the human mind to paint everyone in the colors that it enjoys the most. I am in my late 20s and my friends/acquaintances are getting hitched at an exponential rate and few of them are even bringing new lives on the face of the earth and here I am sitting in my office and thinking about trivialities of life such as what to get for dinner today – Thai or a simple salad! Married people want you to get married and those with kids bring to the table the conspicuous advantages of getting married and having kids as early as possible. Sometime ago a single friend of mine was recounting an instance in which his other friends, who were married, were making a plan of going to some place with their spouse and then looked at the friend of mine derisively as if he has committed a social crime. He said “what can I do if I am not married”?

If I were in law and control department I would have arrested all such people who have been terrorizing singles for centuries. If I list down all the things said to me by these neoclassical professors of human life then one life wouldn’t be enough and terabytes of memory would be used. Here is one brave attempt from my fading memory:

  1. Why are you single? You are so great.
  2. You’ve to find the right girl yet.
  3. It will happen. Trust me! Life surprises you when you least expect it.
  4. Don’t you get lonely? NYC is such a great city and should be enjoyed with someone special.
  5. Do yo want me to set you up? I have a great friend who recently got divorced and finally got custody of her child. She might be few years elder to you but that shouldn’t bother you, should it?
  6. Are you active on Tinder or badoo?
  7. You are such a great catch to remain single.
  8. You should try online dating. Many of my couple friends met that way.
  9. Those women don’t deserve you.
  10. There are plenty of fish in the sea.
  11. You are just busy and focusing on few other aspects of your life right now.
  12. You should get a cat or a dog to keep you company.
  13. Most important thing to remember during this “difficult” time is that you should appreciate yourself and your qualities.
  14. So, if you live alone then you must binge watch Netflix and Hulu, No?
  15. I think getting married at right age is necessary for everyone(after flashing her diamond studded finger at me)
  16. Are you considering having a kid? You should. It brings a phenomenal dimension to your life.

My reply to all these atrocities has always been the same – an indifferent smile.

PS: The title of the post is totally irrelevant to the content. I just wanted to put something random.

 

 

Museum of Natural History

Funny story, few days ago I was trolling the natural history museum and there was this “cool dude” Thor type character hanging around the rocks and meteorites. An old man, who supposedly works at the museum, was explaining to kids what meteors are while our protagonist was checking how much would he weigh on moon by standing on a weighing balance and was touching his biceps persistently as if his arms would pack their bags and leave him if he didn’t touch them. He showed interest in Halley’s comet and the old man explained what it is but like every movie the hero must have more dialogues than anyone else, he interrupted the trajectory of comet and said passionately in his deep baritone”My girlfriend’s name is Sally. Salley- Halley, same same.” And the proverbial rocket scientist juxtaposed his oracle with diabolical laughter. He added “so, like, if like , I also, like discover a comet then I can name it after my girl Sally, right? That would be so cool!!” and then shouted from across the hall “Hey Sally! babe!! Hey babe! I am gonna find a comet and name it after you”. I said to myself, hmmm! that’s exactly how Galileo started. I wanted to see who this Sally is, the girlfriend of our budding Tycho Brahe. She came running towards him and said “you know it takes forever to go to Mars, why these people at NASA or something can’t make it faster. I am not going to Mars unless they speed it up”. I started appreciating that girl from that moment itself- after all,how ambitious she is! Then they started talking about some astronomical distances and the number “million” cropped up which baffled both of them. But our cool dude, Himesh Reshamiya, had answer to all the problems – “so babe!! keep it simple, whatever is greater than a thousand becomes a million and in other countries like “London” they call it a billion” and that was the final conversation between Marie and Pierre Curie before I walked into river Hudson and accepted death.