Friday, April 28, 2017

Your English vs My Hinglish

It sounds so stupid when both of you know the local dialect well & yet choose to converse in English. English is not bad. It's good that you know a language that'll help you communicate anywhere on this planet. Sign language is much difficult & less recognized.

But when you make it a prestige issue?! Ah, Aargh. Talking in English doesn't make you an intellectual. Nor does my broken English make me an idiot. It just feels odd that you are practising your English vocabulary with me, especially when I am more comfortable in Hindi. I'd like to enhance my Hindi vocabulary. Give me a chance if you can. No? OK.

It amuses me? No. It hurts to see parents talking to their newborn in English so that the baby picks up the language early in its life. But what's the use if you don't teach manners to the baby; if you never step outside because your neighbors are bad at English, & you restrict the Internet so that your toddler doesn't start using Hinglish in place of English.

The books you bought for the child are from 17th century. Nobody uses that complex language anymore. I, for one, don't roam around with a dictionary or use my phone to search for meanings of the words you are using. Oh, I did once, when a Twitter friend said she's leaving because I am too morbid. What on earth is "too morbid"? Everything is morbid. But let's start a Google search.

If I feel comfortable omitting the word "that" or "which", I'll skip them just like I skipped "wi" in this sentence. I only need to communicate, not to show off.

Language is just a medium for expression. If you say writing in Hindi will degrade my efforts, did you even think of writing such a long Facebook post as this - in any language?

You can write better English anywhere, for a restricted audience while I use the language that makes me feel at home... while also depending upon whom all I want to read my books, articles, or anything. If I can express myself better in Hindi, I'll use Hindi if you too know that language. Otherwise, since you struggle at Hindi, I'll use English or any other language so that it makes you feel better and not because I want to show off my oral English skills. I don't gauge people on their English quotient. There are people who can't speak at all. Some don't have voice; other have disabilities. Try calling me on phone & see how long before I respond.

If you unnecessarily start turning to English just to show off, I won't understand you, even if you give me a digital dictionary. I won't even try. I feel those parents are wrong who spoonfeed English to justborns instead of letting the child learn core cultural values first.

What if the kid learns good English only to throw you out at a later stage because you mix up English with Hindi: the great Hinglish language? It happens. It happened to many.

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Arun Kumar

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

आखिर पाकिस्तान हमारा दुश्मन क्यों है?

हमारे यहाँ ही नही, दुनियाभर में सिस्टम बच्चों को यही सिखाती आईं हैं के किसको प्यार करना है, कितना प्यार करना है और कब प्यार करना है।

हम पैदा समझदार होते हैं लेकिन हमें स्कूल भेजा जाता है ताकि हम जान पायें की हमारा धर्म सर्वश्रेष्ठ है और दूसरों का धर्म बेकार। हमारे मन मे अलग अलग भय बैठा दिया जाता है ताकि बड़े होकर हम भी उसी सिस्टम का भाग बने।

यह धर्म और जाति तक ही सीमित नही होता। हमे बताया जाता है हमें किन देशों को पसंद करना है और किससे नफरत। हम भूल जाते हैं कि अगला भी इन्सान है। हमारी उनके प्रति नफरत हमें यह सोचने भी नही देती की अगले ने हमारा क्या बिगाड़ा।

वो तो स्कूल और मीडिया ने कहा दिया कि पाकिस्तान हमारा दुश्मन है। क्या सचमुच वहां रह रहे लोगों ने अपना कुछ बिगाड़ा है? वे भी उसी सिस्टम का शिकार हैं। उन्हें बताया गया कि हिंदुस्तान उनके लिए खतरा है।

सिस्टम क्या है? इसके पीछे कौन हैं? क्यों हमे हर पल, हर घड़ी गुमराह किया जा रहा है? इसका उत्तर कभी और दूंगा। अभी इतना जान लीजिए के politicians और media भी उसी सिस्टम का शिकार है। चाह कर भी निर्णय नही ले पाते क्योंकि नमक का हक अदा करना है... और society (सत्ता) में बने रहना हैं।
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सेकुलर बनाम तुष्टिकरण - भाई जागो, क्यों 18वी सदी में रहना चाहते हो?

कई सारे देशों का कॉपी पेस्ट है भारतीय संविधान। इसीलिए कुछ भी (नहीं) सही है। एक लाइन जिस बात को recommend करती है, दूसरी लाइन उसे ही prohibit करती है। ऐसे में जनता को झांसा देना (आसान) है। 1952 में तो ज़ल्दी थी।

अब बैठ कर इत्मीनान से नया संविधान लिखा जाये। और उसमें पहले secular का मतलब बदला जाये। पहले सेक्युलर शब्द में से तुष्टिकरण हटा दिया जाये। रिजर्वेशन व कोटा बाद में।

तुष्टिकरण के चलते बंगाल भी कश्मीर बन गया। तुष्टिकरण के कारण रोज केरल में RSS कार्यकर्ता मारे जा रहें है। और सरकार किसी की भी हो, इस सब से उनका कुछ लेना देना नहीं है। वो तो बस अगले चुनाव की तैयारियों में रहती हैं हमेशा।

यहाँ एक्शन भी वोटबैंक के हिसाब से लिया जाता है। कश्मीर में जवानों के हाथ पाँव बांध दिए और बंगाल में ममता को खुली छूट दे रखे हैं कि पुलिस अब हिन्दू उत्सवों पर समुदाय विशेष के लोगों पर लाठियां बरसाती है। उनके प्रार्थनास्थल से घंटियाँ तक छीन लीं जातीं हैं। उधर तमिलनाडु अपने को अलग राष्ट्र ही समझता है। किसी actor-turned-politician ने united states of south का जिम्मा ले लिया है।

काट दो। उधर से कश्मीर, इधर से बंगाल तो काट ही दो। फिर केरल व TN भी हटा ही दो। क्या रह जाता है?
किसीको क्या फर्क पड़ता है? हम सभी तो बस अगले महीने के इंतजार में जी लेते हैं। बाकी का संविधान जाने और उसका (नाजायज) प्रयोग करने वाले जाने।

देश को और कितने टुकड़ों में बांटेगे, अपने स्वार्थ के लिये? किसी को मजहब के नाम पर तो किसी को caste के नाम पर। किसी को उसकी भाषा के लिए target करते हैं और किसी को उनकी चमड़ी के रंग के आधार पर। ऐसे बनेगा देश?

बनाना कौन चाहता है? यहाँ तो बस देश की जनता को दबाना है ताकि फिर से कोई freedom struggle न शुरू हो जाये।

किसी दिन तो लोगों की आँखें खुलेंगी और वे देख पाएंगे की 70 साल पुराने, already दूसरों के प्राचीन संविधान पर आधारित भारतीय संविधान एवं सन 1800 के IPC को पूरे ओवरहॉलिंग की आवश्यकता है। देखें वो दिन हमारे जीवनकाल में आता है या अगले जन्म में।
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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Will you want to become Cyberorg? Neuralink aims just at that

Cyberorgs refer to living things that have enhanced abilities due to a computer chip in their brain. The living things could be humans or animals. Right now, there are few human cyberorgs and several lab animal cyberorgs.

Cyberorgs can also be biologically grown bodies containing an artificial brain populated with thoughts and ideas of a human body long dead/deceased. Wait. What? Doesn't that mean life after death? Yes, exactly!

Elon Musk... the same guy working on electric cars in Tesla Motors, transportation in Hyperloop, an elevator to the moon in SpaceX etc has bought a startup. This new venture is named Neuralink. Now what it does is something you've only seen in movies or read in science fiction books.

Neuralink is into creating Cyberorgs. The first thing it is working on is, to enhance qualities of humans by planting a chip into their brains. It is risky. The surgeon has to cut a part of skull to reach brain and then operate on brain to join its nerve centers to an externally or internally powered computer chip.

It is hard to locate and isolate the nerves responsible for different capabilities. Scientists are already working on that. It is even harder to connect those nerves to a computer chip. But we have examples where a totally paralyzed person got a brain chip implanted so that he can move his limbs simply using thoughts.

While the focus of Neuralink is to be able to create wonders by extreme enhancements in the human, few have also reported the possibility of being able to download data from human brain. Of course it will need a secure storage system & DNA based hard disks are completely suitable for the purpose. They can store data for ages.

If download is possible, uploading to brain is also possible. The data downloaded from brain can be fed to lab grown brains for use with humans and robots. While this is exciting, downloading and uploading data to brain may also be misused to feed certain thoughts to a large number of people who then think the same way.

Other than enhancing humans, Neuralink also aims at curing diseases like dementia, paralysis etc. We already have a person who has electrodes in his brain. These electrodes work based on thoughts and help the cyberorg in limb movements.

Since brain is involved, not many are willing for computer chips. However, there are volunteers who'd risk everything for a better life. Remember that the first human head transplant is scheduled just 8 months away. And there is actually a volunteer ready to get his head replaced. All this sounds like science fiction but is in fact, happening already. Will you want to go under a knife to remove some health problem or to enhance your capabilities by getting the brain operated?
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Smart Artificial Intelligence Dangers - What is Musk doing?

🛰When Stephen Hawkings said human race has the biggest threat from its own scientists, he was not totally wrong.

Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors, is going a bit too far with his science obsession. I can understand electric cars & Hyperloop transportation. I can also understand with his space ferrying plans where he has proposed to ferry people to the moon and back. Was it a space elevator? I can't recall.

Anyway, his team dealing with artificial intelligence has found that their machines have developed their own language for communicating with each other.

This is scary, because even animals on this planet can make certain sounds only, to express their feelings. None other than the humans have a full set of words that can be used for anything. And it is not restricted to few sounds with varying pitch. It is a whole complicated language.

Now Musk's team working on artificial intelligence says it has discovered that the machines in their experimental network, are using different words to communicate among themselves.

How is that possible unless the machines know and can imagine things? If I said "tree", your brain will first produce an imagination of the tree and then you understand what I said. So if Musk's scientists are true, it does mean a bit of own imagination for the machines.

Does it sound cool & exciting as people are still dealing with weak artificial intelligence or what I'd term as dumb artificial intelligence.

Does it not ring a bell, a danger sound perhaps, to stop playing with machine learning?

If the machines can automatically create and use a different language that you & I cannot understand, the day is not far when they gain awareness. And what happens once the machines gain awareness of they being distinct bodies?

Well, I am trying to stay positive but can't think of good scenarios. Will it become the Skynet from the movie Terminator or will the machines be humble enough to serve humans?

Only time can tell. But do we need to take such huge risks? We are already sitting on a ticking bomb. The possibility of nuclear war, change in climate due to global warming can put an end to human race any day. Under such circumstances, would it not be better for the powerful to stop messing with nature and to stop trying to become god?

I can only hope that smart artificial intelligence too aids in betterment of the planet as a whole. Because if it turns out the other way, we would be fighting tons of metal that can think and act faster than humans!

Maybe, it's time we taught moral science to the machines to avoid the dangers of artificial intelligence.👌😀

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Monday, March 27, 2017

What are Cyberorgs? They are not a future thing

🛰 Cyberorgs are humans using computer chips to perform better in one or more areas of life. When I say Cyberorgs are *not* the future, I mean *they're already here.*

This is the story of using computer chips to make a paralyzed body move. And it's just one example. Read it here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/i-have-a-computer-chip-in-my-brain-that-reads-my-thoughts
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One day, we will be using technology to reprogram our brains: something like deleting unwanted parts of life (by killing those memory cells), superstition, beliefs, etc so that what remains is pure knowledge fed by experience or fed by uploading data to brain cells. It's not fiction. It's already on roll.
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Faith vs Beliefs - Which is more important?

Confusion reigns when each belief is shattered one by one. Belief, they say, is genetic (प्रारब्ध कर्मा). You don't get to choose your earliest beliefs. They are fed to you even before you learn your alphabets.



Depending upon your early influencers, the belief turns into faith. Or the belief fades into the time.

Faith is again, individualized. It differs per individual. Faith can also be a result of varied beliefs backed with experience of own.

Some people change their faith by evaluating the "returns". There was this person who wanted to understand "phala shruti" (rewards?) of some hymn before he'd sing it. So much bargaining in the name of beliefs.

But beliefs don't last. Most of them are just our minds playing games. Faith has a longer life compared to beliefs. And your faith is much powerful than any of your beliefs.

There will be times when you'll see many of your beliefs, that you held close to your heart, start breaking. That's when confusion sets in and you'll feel lost. If anything (other than God) can keep you sane during that turmoil, it is your faith.

What I am trying to say is beliefs are not that important because they keep on changing as you learn more. But having faith is essential for survival. Mostly, it is the faith in God that keeps people going but it can also be faith in own self & own knowledge.

In short, keep the faith. That's your only weapon when beliefs break or fade out. You might hold a belief for long before it suddenly disappears. You may become miserable...how can it be wrong! In such scenarios and more, it is your faith that gives you reassurance & reasons to continue wherever you are headed.

Let me know if you understood the above because I am too confused right now and I need someone to explain it to me. But I think I got the answer in a broader sense. Thank you, whoever/whatever you are. 👍

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Quotes to live by - March 17 2017


People change for two reasons. They change because their minds opened up or they change because their hearts broke. Both are related in most cases. A heart breaks to open up a mind or perception changes enough to break a heart.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Is Super Artificial Intelligence possible without senses?

Right now, all artificial intelligence in world is weak AI. It is weak because it can't think on its own (I can hear some scientists laughing at this sentence; Yeah, I know what you are up to).

super artificial intelligence


Everything from driverless cars to robotic surgeons are weak artificial intelligence. It is true that they learn things over time and get better at what they do. But that's it. All that programming for machine learning, becomes better at the thing it does.

Can it become aware of its surroundings & other jobs in this world? Is Super Artificial Intelligence possible, especially when there are no senses involved?

It is quite possible. Right now, we have electronic tongues that complement humans in wine tasting. Robots use cameras with GPS as eyes. You must have seen those voice synthesizers that convert expressions into sound. Stephen Hawkings uses one, in case you need example.

What if all these techniques are combined? We'll have machines that can think & talk like normal people. Probably this is the reason why Google is working on an AI KILL switch while developing AI based assistants like Allo for Pixel.

Prominent thinkers have displayed concerns at the attempts by scientists to create super AI.

It would take just an automatically developed algorithm for robots to gain consciousness or awareness. What happens afterwards is how prepared we are to deal with robots that know they exist...and that their likes exist.

Will they revolt as shown in the movie Terminator? Maybe we should teach them non violence & Gandhi already? 😂😂😂
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The concept of multiple universes

9000 years ago, Hindus (Read "ppl of Indus Valley n not just the sanatan dharm") knew about multiple universes. I will cite two examples below.

If u read Devi Purana, it is mentioned that there are many instances of Brahma (the creator), Vishnu (the caretaker) and Shiva (the destroyer)... all created by God (Read "Devi Ma") to take care of each universe.


The second example relates to Ramayan, the epic that needs no introduction.

According to folktales related to Ramayan, when Hanuman saw the god of death in Ayodhya, he warned the latter and asked him to stay away from the province. But a body created means a body that'll die. Rama had to leave the body.

To facilitate the transition, Rama's ring fell down a hole in ground. Rama then asked Hanuman to go fetch the ring. By the time he returned, Rama allowed god of death to relieve him of his body.

What happened down the earth is also interesting. Hanuman chased the ring as it rolled down the hole. It went and stopped in a mountain full of similar rings.

Surprised, he asked someone nearby, "which one is the ring of Lord Rama?" The person said all of them belong to Lord Rama and that there were rings from different time phases (Read "different universes"). Each time a ring falls, a Hanuman would ask him the same question.

Hanuman understood that Lord Rama tricked him. He also understood that his was not the only Rama. That he was not the only Hanuman in existence. He understood there are many universes and life is spread or rather replicated among them. He stopped grieving and returned to the surface to continue his work of protecting people.

The two examples I mentioned above indicate that the concept of multiple universes existed much before people came to know that Earth is not the center of universe but a part of it. Any comments?
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Mobile Kavach by Government of India

MOBILE KAVACH: The Indian government silently released protection software for Android phones. It's called Mkavach, where kavach means protection. The govt body C -DAC developed the app in tie up with Ministry of Information Technology.

The Mkavach doesn't have real time malware scan yet but is a good tool to protect your apps with a password, protect your privacy, prevent unauthorized use of WIFI, cellular data & bluetooth etc resources. It also has a SIM lock so that if anyone tries to change the SIM card, it raises an alarm by sending mobile phone co-ordinates to pre-registered phone numbers.

If interested, check it out on
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Free Internet in India

The Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) proposed almost free Internet pan India. Right now, the minimum rate is 10 paisa per MB. If TRAI's proposal is implemented, people will pay just 2paisa per MB.

Unlike cellular data, TRAI intends to rope in entrepreneurs who'd set up hotspots throughout India & provide fast net access using WIFI networks.

It serves two way, providing affordable internet as well as creating business opportunities for WIFI hotspots.

Indian Railways already provides WiFi hotspots at most railway stations with help from Google. Some fast trains also offer WIFI for free.

The only issue with TRAI proposal would be encrypting data, as public networks are easily used to hack computers & cellphones. Maybe C DAC can come up with something that protects people who use public, almost free Internet.
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Facebook vs YouTube India: The Race Begins

If you are being bombarded by videos from past, uploaded by others, on Facebook, it is basically Facebook trying to give you a new addiction. These videos are different from the muted autoplay function the social networking site introduced a few days back. Facebook is expanding and posing a threat to YouTube among others.

facebook vs Youtube India
We are watching you,
dear Facebook...and you too, YouTube!!!


Pretty soon, Facebook will be a competition to YouTube. Strange but true. Vimeo and Dailymotion are nowhere as near as the threat Facebook videos pose to YouTube's. 

Earlier, people recorded offline and uploaded the videos to Facebook. The process used too much of computer resources for playing back just until four years ago. The playback is now much lighter & probably played on a  different lightweight player. I did not find any confirmation that Facebook changed its video player - but the new look and ease make it obvious. Like YouTube, Facebook is also becoming a repository of videos because of the ease of broadcasting video it provides.

Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

TV channels are airing their shows on both TV and Facebook at the same time. I do not watch TV but when something interesting comes up, I can watch it live on Facebook now. Earlier, live streaming was restricted to YouTube and third party websites.

The ease with which anyone can go live on Facebook is the major turning point. The mobile app of Facebook allows just about anyone - you and me - to go live whenever we want. I have checked the Android and Windows 10 app. I am sure iOS would also be good. At one of the weddings I attended recently, they live streamed the whole event on Facebook without damaging their phone. I am yet to do a live show on Facebook so I can't talk about the video quality but when I look at others' it is fairly good even on low resource machines.

You can go live on YouTube too, but that needs either special software for converting live feed into YouTube format or the Android/iOS YouTube app. The Android app of YouTube is again good for live streaming on YouTube. You don't have to use third party software when live streaming with the YouTube app for Android and iOS. I could not find any good app that I could use on my Windows 10 tablet. The YouTube Android app consumes a good amount of phone & tablet resources; heats up your phone if you are broadcasting for longer periods without break. And of course, you can go live on YouTube if your channel exceeds a certain number of subscribers - when streaming through apps.

Where does all this fit in? Well, YouTube is trying to woo the South Asian viewers to get an edge on Netflix and likes. Given that Facebook is both a social networking platform and now a live streaming site, the latter already has an edge in this (tough) competition.

Is YouTube being desperate? Yes, it is.

YouTube is so desperate for viewer base in South Asia that it is even bypassing copyright laws in case of India. It is not only allowing but also promoting new artists who are uploading commercial grade covers of just released songs.

You CANNOT do so - according to the Indian Copyright law 1957, modified 58. There must be a difference of five years before you can reuse anything related to performing arts. But the law was always abused. I mentioned it in details when covering history of electronic music in India.

According to its own rules, you need a permission from copyright holders before uploading commercial quality covers on YouTube. It seems to have forgotten the rule. Or maybe they changed it now.

According to YouTube's monetization policy, revenue from advertisements on commercial grade covers go to the original copyright holders. The covers with no or one/two instruments are okay to make money. In short, you cannot monetize commercial grade covers. But what I don't understand is the fact that covers (especially, commercial grade audio) are an open infringement of copyright laws and seems no one, including the copyright holders, has problem with that.

Coming back to Facebook, it has not forced any rules yet. It goes without saying that you should own copyright to the videos you are uploading or streaming live. It has not yet started offering advertisements but has made it pretty easy for every one to upload videos. It may start showing advertisements and overlays on the videos soon.

If you know making videos, this is the right time to invest your time into it. They'll be displaying adverts, an opportunity to earn - for you.

Competition is between Facebook and YouTube. Others like Dailymotion and Vimeo cannot even make it yet to South-Asian market. You might have seen "kuch naya dekho (Watch something new)" ads aggressively on virtually all channels...from YouTube to TV, AdSense and social media - even on Ookla's speedtest website (but excluding Facebook & Instagram feeds for obvious reasons).

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Educating our kids for future jobs

I was watching a video that YouTube recommended to me. It is about hard work not paying off. I am now lazy. It is also true I can relate to the sentence, "hard work not always pays off". The post has nothing to do with the video though. This post is about the changing scenario in terms of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence while the video was of spiritual nature

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By now, you might have already heard of Artificial Intelligence. Did you hear that technology might replace most of the conventional jobs? That is, the jobs that humans do right now, will be done by machines coded specially for certain tasks. And like human brain, the machine learning systems will get more experience as they keep working. So a future jobs ad saying "needs accountant with three years experience" might actually be an ad for a bot or a machine.

I could relate myself to that video (that prompted this post) because my hard work of almost seven years failed. I worked on a project hoping that it will fund me for the rest of my life and that I can retire early. But something happened. Not a fire or any type of major catastrophe. Just a small change in the way Google parses webpages and lists them in the Search Engine Results. All that seven years' of work was gone just because of that small change.

Future Proof them when Educating Kids of Today

Did the above teach anything to you? Future proof yourself and your kids. Don't be sure the present circumstances will always last and support you. As an exercise spend a little time googling "what (future) jobs will artificial intelligence replace in next 10 years". Check out the results; read a few articles and then think/plan accordingly.

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I don't want to sound a preacher. Given the nature of conventional professionals and the pace of development in IT, esp IoT and Artificial Intelligence, the best bet for current generation is to diversify their education portfolio. Instead of just one specialty, they'll need a broader skill-set that would be of real value by the time they enter the job market, few years hence.

For example, if your kid wants to pursue journalism, encourage him/her to pursue MA/PhD in natural languages too, as well as a Degree in Mass Communication or Statistics (Big Data based). That will provide the child with enough skills to get a good hold in an economy largely controlled by software and cyberorgs. Cyberorgs are not future. They're already here... humans powered by pre-programmed chip to improve their performance.

Future Jobs - Who is at Risk?

Associated Press already employs the use of Artificial Intelligence for updating their news network. Maybe two or three more years before someone comes up a software that will replace manual reporting completely!??!

Other than blue collar jobs, journalists, writers, accountants, health specialists and even programmers have a tough competition with Machine Learning (or Artificial Intelligence). This means people will have to go for unconventional jobs and businesses. It is just a matter of time before Artificial Intelligence takes over plenty of daily life aspects, including earning.

Elon Musk (no introduction needed, I think) proposed common universal income to deal with the possible future. The US is debating common universal income to help people who would be obsolete by Artificial Intelligence but it wont be enough to give them a fulfilling life.

I think we are smarter than some piece of software code and if the latter is threatening our future generation, it is better to invest in multiple talents instead of just one high specialty. That's my two cents. You are all are more educated and experienced so I hope you already have a better plan for your kids.

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Android app testing

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Moving Towards the End Happily, Drinking Kool-Aid Collectively

I was watching this video that just popped on my Facebook timeline. It triggered the thoughts dormant in my mind for past many months - due to the anti-anxiety medicines that I now take daily.

I am now wondering why I never thought of making this video that I embedded below for you to view. You might have already viewed it. There is no harm in watching it again. It is about the lie we keep telling ourselves.

The video speaks my mind: something that I've been trying to communicate all these years. This is not against any specific person or organization. This is not against a certain community of people. This is for the human race - because the planet will survive anyway, with or without the human race.

We don't simply need politicians. There is enough politics already, everywhere - from families to businesses to parliaments. We need real leaders who can bring about a change in the way we perceive the world and in the way we live our lives at the cost of other species.

Who gave humans, superiority over other species? By whose permission are we destroying our own existence - moving towards the end happily, drinking our own kool-aid - under the impression that we are developing and developing fast? How long can humans play with nature before they go extinct? 
 
Watch this video and think for a while. Are we really progressing or are we just made to believe we are progressing as a human race? Why are we so sure that we are not dependent on other species for our survival?


According to scientists, the pesticides we use today are harmful for bees. These pesticides are actually killing all the bees. The same scientists say that human race will not survive more than four years once the bees are extinct. So they came up with a solution. They are developing robotic bees that'll help in pollination. I guess pretty soon there will be progressive replacement for other species as well, including trees and even flowers. What will we eat? Capsule packaged food. I am not talking fiction.

Welcome to your new home planet!

The elite have build underground safe-houses in case of a nuclear war where they can survive for years. Where will the normal people go? There is no answer. In fact, yes, there is an answer! Our scientists are already looking for ways to inhabit Mars, the planet they always portray in books and movies as alien. They are now trying to grow food in controlled environment that is similar to Mars. You might have read about that in newspapers.

Not only Mars, scientists are also looking for other planets that may contain an environment suitable enough for human race. I do not think I need to say anything more on the issue(s). It is your call. It is up to you whether you continue to drink the kool-aid they provide you under the guise of development or you wake up to the truth and do something 'real' for the human race.

They call me a rebel for not being mainstream. I am not a rebel. I am not against constructive science & collective development. I am against destructive science and the lies they talk of, when telling us how we developed to become a race superior to all other species on this planet or any other. I am all in if you ask me how to use science for overall benefits of the planet - or rather, the human race because as said earlier, Earth will survive with or without the homo sapiens. 

Oh, by the way, have you heard of the house sparrow? No? Maybe ask your grandparents if they ever got a chance to play with one?!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Politicians want status quo on all issues! Here's why!

I am frustrated. I am so frustrated that I can leave this place forever if I see opportunities elsewhere. Not middle east. Neither USA. Maybe Singapore or Iceland. But that's just frustration talking.

The most undeserving person according to the Indian politicians is the upper caste Hindu male.

Who's sacrificed when politics is at play?


No government or political party has anything for that so called general category but they sure expect full support during elections, taking their loyalties for granted.

When KCR donates jewelry worth 5 crores from tax money, it makes news. Nobody even sighed when he launched a scheme to fund motor-cabs for the non-Hindus.  Why the discrimination, if not for appeasement of a certain community? Guess nobody cares about that scheme. Also, it was in 2015 so that scheme doesn't matter much after two whole years.

I can see India going to people who don't respect the Amar Jawan Jyoti... or leaders who believe that people signing up for army are signing their own death warrant. I can't remember who said that people join army to die.

This is the country where a martyr's wife cries on live TV that she needs a job, even if it is sweeper's job. It has been an year since her husband died in Himalayas where he was posted to protect India from enemies.

I am wondering what kind of people support this system. And how do they claim to love their country, all the while supporting mentally sick political leaders?

On one hand, India is trying to maintain peace in Kashmir & at the same time, spending millions on security of  separatists & their families.

Who are they fooling; playing both black & white in chess? What for? Just for votes. They won't get votes if issues are fixed. How can they ask for votes if all the issues are resolved?

I am depressed. I am sad at the state of affairs. I did my best to empower these citizens. They never trusted me. They lack unity. I am not the one who can bring them together. I give up.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Reality vs Your Reality - What is Reality?

A Look at Reality of Life
In case you are interested, time is the 4th dimension, the basic 3D being length, breadth and height that we plot as X,Y, and Z axis on graph papers.

But this post is not about time. This is about the 5th dimension - the 5D where you think you see the reality. However, imagination is the 5th dimension and this is the dimension where all the action occurs according to humans. I use the word "human" because I don't have idea about how animals and birds think and view things.


Coming back to  humans and reality projected by mind, it appears different to different people. My reality is not your reality. Reality is about seeing things through that lens called perspective and prejudice. Everyone has an opinion and that opinion (also called prejudice in some cases)  helps in creating things on the screen present in our brain for viewing and analyzing things or events.

Our eyes look at at objects  because they  (the objects) reflect light falling on them. If they don't reflect light, they'd be invisible. You might have been tricked in past by glasses. If it is a pure glass, it is transparent and you go  bump into it.

Our eyes pick up reflections from objects and pass the information to brain that adds our perspective to it before projecting it as reality. Since no two people have exact-similar life experience (everyone is unique when it comes to imagination), different people see the same thing differently.

You might have noticed how different an event was, when talking to someone else from that event. Your experience of an event might be completely different from another person from the event. Have you ever argued about whether a person was wearing blue or green? Or how a person treated you badly while the same person treated the other guy nicely?

Life experiences are different for each one inhabiting this planet. Perceptions are created and are subject to change by a set of factors: immediate family, belief of family members, friends, genetic issues and more. The perception keeps on changing. In many cases, people simply form an opinion about other person based on hearsay! Now, that's bad. Everyone has one or two prejudices and that's why you are inclined towards a particular religion and political party, among other things.

These life experiences shape our vision. Whatever is presented to you, goes through an analysis where past plays a prominent role. In most cases, the past is just an illusion because what you remember is not the original event but the last time you remembered it and the mood you were in, when you remembered it. That changes perspective completely; Never go by past data when it comes to predicting life's reality. There is nothing more to say about it. Just try and be accepting. Like accept people and circumstances. Go ahead and change them if you want; nobody except your past is stopping you. But that's another story and I'll write about it as a different article.

The main idea that I want you to retain from this article is that no two realities are alike; that people tend to observe their present through the prism of their aggregated life experiences; that people sometimes are so burned up that they fear smiling may bring in adversities. Again, the topic of adversities is an entire story in itself so I hope I will blog about that as well, sometime in future. For now, just don't force your perception of life on others. Let them build their own - be it by knowledge or trial and error. Forcing your own perception (that is, your own reality) will only make it worse by superimposing yours over the others.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Types of gods in Hindu religion

Thought coming in right now is about meaning of कोटि (koti). People say we have 33 koti gods in Hindu religion. Koti means crore. Koti also means 'type'. So is it 33 crore gods or 33 categories of gods? In either case, who are they n where to look for them?



I don't believe they're up there, stacked up in heaven. The concept of heaven & hell  is just to tame people. You do good expecting a better afterlife. You avoid bad to avoid hell. It is the same in all major religions. Maybe you should read my article on the concept of sin in Hinduism.

Then where are these gods? Everywhere around us. The sun god, for example, is always there and so is the moon god. Wind god spreads scent all the time. Likewise others too exist. Someone inhabited that banyan tree you cut down to widen your cemented road. But that does not matter because we look for gods in inanimate objects.

I am not saying that idol worship is wrong. It is ok. Every one needs a medium to talk to God. Imagination is the beginning of road to spirituality. By all means, worship to inanimate but do not neglect the demi gods. They also assist you in living a better life. If you can't praise them, don't go give them problems. One of them could be your guardian angel.

We just have to open our eyes. You can see gods everywhere you look & in everything you look. You just have to identify and acknowledge their existence to be able to see them.

I still feel it's 33 types of gods and not 33 crores. Will look into it. If anyone has any set theory about this, please share with me too. 
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Truth behind MUDRA Loan and Standup India Loans

The government talks about inclusive growth, development, and enabling people to set up and expand their businesses. The government even came up with MUDRA loan facility for micro-entrepreneurs and Standup India scheme for bigger businesses. Do they really help? Of course, provided you know someone who can get your work done. Before coming to MUDRA loan, let me explain the Standup India scheme loans / support.

Standup India Scheme Details

You will have to arrange a caste certificate or a female gender certificate if you wish to avail help from the Stand up India government scheme. The Standup India scheme is limited to people of scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and women entrepreneurs. The Stand up India scheme website itself states it clearly.


If you have to get a loan under this scheme, transfer 51% of your company share to someone belonging to ST/ST/ or someone female. Alternatively, you may go for fake SC/ST certificate or better still, a Dalit caste certificate, like Rohith Vemula did for procuring scholarship at Hyderabad University - only to get involved in university politics and kill himself.

You may also opt for gender change operation but then, if you have that kind (much) of money, don't waste your time trying to get any loan under Stand Up India scheme. With that type of money, you need not approach SIDBI or Stand Up India government's SC/ST/Dalit appeasement scheme. Any bank will give you a personal loan or a business loan - the standard types against surety.

So you have a startup idea? First go and find a scheduled caste person who'd be interested to work with you or register your business in your mother, wife, or daughter's name. Of course, you will have to transfer at least 51% (in short, your whole business) to them. Forget it. Better find and get angel investors to invest in your Startup.

The MUDRA Scheme Details

MUDRA scheme is even more interesting. The government did not restrict it to types of people but to certain types of business. No need to talk about the three categories of the loan as they don't make much difference - if your loan application for 10,000 is being financed, your loan application for 10 Lacs may be approved as well.

MUDRA RUPAY Credit Card Schema
Keep in mind that if you intend to spend the loan money on tangible assets, your loan application may be approved. If you know the bank manager or approach loan agents, your chances of getting MUDRA loan will be more. If you want working capital for example, loan for advertising or to start an online business, better go for regular bank business loans where you have more chances of getting approved even with a bad credit rating.

In other words, banks will finance your idea or expansion plan - under MUDRA - only if they are sure of being able to recover the money from you. Ask MUDRA loan for a vehicle/taxi and you will get it. Ask MUDRA loan to buy stocks and you will get it.

Good luck trying MUDRA Scheme loan for any other purpose. This, basically, benefits the banks because not only do they sell their own packages as MUDRA, they also get refinancing from MUDRA. That is a win-win situation for the banks providing MUDRA loan to the "poor entrepreneurs" who have to pledge their vehicle and goods with the bank that's lending them money. So where is the government involved? Just in refinancing the banks!

Summary: MUDRA Loan & Startup India scheme

While I don't have any hopes from the much hyped Startup India Scheme, I think MUDRA can still work out if government gives it the status of a bank instead of keeping it as a refinancing entity. Let's hope someone does that in the future. Or at the least, arranges alternatives for people from General Caste.

Forget that rant above, I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that such schemes have never really benefited any real needy, even if the person is from the SC/ST/Dalit or even Minority category. It is just a method to keep us divided.

I don't expect anything from any government. If it cannot provide proper food to people, how on earth will it improve the lives of citizens? All these schemes and reservations are just an eyewash to fool the people at the bottom of the pyramid. These are the people who really go out to vote, every election... without fail... and they go to vote anticipating just food and shelter. Every political party knows that the day these people are better off, there will be no issues left in the country/society. How can one fight elections without any issues?!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Did Draupadi Love Karna Secretly? (Mahabharata series)

You might not have heard it already but there exist tales about Draupadi regretting marrying Pandavas in some areas of Indian subcontinent. In case you are not aware of Draupadi, Pandavas and Karna, you've missed the epic Mahabharata saga, original by Ved Vyas and translated into English by many. There are many translations in market. I too have a recommendation, if you are interested, towards the end of this blog. You can scroll down to the recommendation or you can read through the post first.

Karna: The warrior


Coming to the question Did Draupadi love Karna, it is not part of original story so you can't say for sure. But back then, word of mouth and folklore were the ways literature traveled from generation to generation. We are looking at something that happened 9000 years ago so we cannot be sure of everything in it. Often, things are lost in translation. Often, someone creative wants to bring his own twist into the standard narratives. So? Did Draupadi love Karna secretly?

"If I had not stopped Karna from marrying me at swayamvar (ceremony where the bride selects her husband from a number of suitors), I would not have been wagered, humiliated and called a whore," said Draupadi to the Jamun tree according to a folk tale. Scroll down for the folk tale in short.

Draupadi was result of a sacrificial yajna performed by King Drupada. The mission of Draupadi was to destroy Dronacharya, the guru of both Pandavas and Kauravas. You might know how Drona took revenge from King Drupada when the latter mocked him. It is a whole different story. I will not go into it here in this article.

If Draupadi came out of the sacrificial fire, she already knew her mission. If she took a normal birth, King Drupada would have already programmed her brain so that she goes on to destruct Kauravas and in the process, guru Dronacharya. That is natural; happens in any family - even now. People instigate their kids against people who they think have wronged them. Not all families maybe, but most of them do that. Don't ever do that - it affects the children negatively for a lifetime.

Her only hope of destroying Dronacharya was to marry someone who could defeat the guru. She herself or anyone else around were not as good in combat skills as were Arjuna and Karna at that time. That is the reason the clause to woo her in swayamwara was a bit too tough. And both King Drupada and Draupadi knew it will be possible only for Arjuna or Karna to fulfill the clause to win the hand of Draupadi. 

But Draupadi stopped Karna from participating. She knew Karna was a loyal of Duryodhana and would never go against his friend and patron. She also knew there was no chance of Drona going against Duryodhana as he was the trainer of Kauravas who had sent Pandavas (including Arjuna) underground. She knew that marrying Karna would put an end to her mission. She stopped Karna from participating in swayamwar by calling him a person of lower caste and that she won't marry a "sootputra" (son of a charioteer). Karna left the hall in disgust, humiliated.

Later, when the Pandavas wagered Draupadi and lost her to Duryodhana, Karna did not stop himself from using cuss words against Draupadi and Arjuna. There is an argument saying that Karna was trying to provoke Arjuna so that Draupadi is spared humiliation. I leave it to the reader to assume how true it can be... given he was humiliated in front of almost all the Indian kings and princes at Draupadi's swayamvar. Before this turns bigger than the Mahabharata epic saga itself, here is the folktale in brief that makes people question did Draupadi love Karna.

Draupadi plucked a fruit from a jamun tree. Before she could do anything with the fruit, the tree told her that the fruit was reserved for a sage who was supposed to eat it that day. It further said that since Draupadi plucked it, she will incur sin for contaminating the fruit. Horrified, Draupadi asked all of her husbands to fix the fruit back to the tree. Needless to say, they failed. The tree then said that a chaste woman has powers to do anything. Upon this, Draupadi tries to fix the fruit back to the tree and failed. The tree asks her if she loves anyone other than the Pandavas. It is then that Draupadi said she sometimes thinks she would have been better off if she had married Karna instead of Arjuna. That said, the purple jamun fruit attached to the tree on its own.

Does this tale say anything about love of Draupadi for Karna? People often think of something or the other when frustrated. Did you feel, after reading the above story, Draupadi loved Karna secretly? Let us know in the comments.

Recommended: While there are many versions of Mahabharata available in the market, I recommend Mahabharata by C. Rajagopalachari. His version is short, to the point, and does not omit any of the important events. It begins from King Santanu and goes on to explain how Yudhistira got his brothers' & Draupadi's souls released from hell after the great war.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

History of Electronic Music in India

India got talent. I thought of naming the post as History of Alternative Music in India but then, there are too many alternatives - alternative Pop, Alternative Rock etc. I just wish to focus on the history of electronic music in India that came in mainly via remixes. Remix can again be categorized into different types of genres. As such, remix is not a hard-definition genre but for sake of this post, we'll consider it a genre. I will define the term 'remix' in the next few paragraphs in this article about history of electronic music in India.


Bringing Remix To India

I credit Gulshan Kumar of T-Series with bringing remix and promoting the trend in India. Of course, there were some DJs (Disk Jockeys) as well but in 80s, people were rather obsessed with original soundtracks of both old and new music rather than listening to modified soundtrack.

While talking about 'remix", clearly it is not a genre but is used very well in different genres, mainly dance. History of electronic music in India is history of remix in India.

Using a loophole in the copyright law (1957) of India, Mr Kumar got his musicians to add "jhankar" (some drums with plenty of drum claps or whatever you call it. I can't remember the exact word for those effects around 16Khz frequency in a standard 10 band equalizer).


I define remix as adding own music to the "original soundtrack" of some movie or other piece of creation. The emphasis here is on the original soundtrack. If it is not original soundtrack, it is not remix. We'll come to that in a while.


When the other music companies holding original copyrights to music objected to this practice, courts modified the Copyright Act of Performing Acts (1957). The new changes stated that none other than the production house can use the original soundtracks for maximum 60 years from date of production of those tracks. But then, the court used the term "original soundtrack" which gave further boost to Gulshan Kumar and his music company named T-Series.


PS: It becomes necessary to mention here that the credit of bringing vinyl cassettes and tapes to common man, goes to T Series that is now handled by his brother, Kishan Kumar.


History of Electronic Music In India

Legal jargon is a fun and can be manipulated in as many ways as one can. All a person needs, is a brain that can locate ambiguous laws and use it for own benefit. When the courts banned usage of "original soundtracks" and said they can be used only by the production house that paid for it, the consultants of Gulshan Kumar came up with an idea that boosted not only the sales of electronic music based on new movies but also brought up new faces/talents to the mainstream.

To understand it more clearly, T-Series stopped using the "original soundtracks" and instead, had new talents sing those songs to own orchestra that was mainly electronic. Now this created much, much better versions of the new releases and probably the "Jhankar version" (as they were called) sold more than the original records. Instead of purchasing the new records as they released, most waited for the "Jhankar" version to be released. This was beginning of the electronic era of music in India.

Bringing Out The Talent - T Series

Not only the latest releases, the T-Series hired fresh talent to sing old songs from Hindi movies and converted them to own electronic versions. This saw the emergence of many a singers and actors (as T-Series also created movies around music). I won't go into detail there else this post would be limited to T-Series.


Still, I would like to state that the following names owe a lot to Mr Kumar and his T-Series:

1. Sonu Nigam - Was associated with T-Series until the fall of T-Series due to an accident explained in the second point here)
2. Anuradha Paudwal (went on to become an alternative for Lata Mangeshkar but suddenly withdrew after Mr Kumar as assassinated by some Mafia for reasons not made public)
3. Kumar Sanu - Not only sang for T-Series but also was hired by different production houses.
4. Attaullah Khan - This is was a whole different story. A Pakistani singer who became famous across Asia just because T-Series recognized his talent.
5. Vinod Rathore and many many more...


Bally Sagoo

The above section was an off beat but the story of T series would be incomplete if I don't mention it. Bottomline is T-Series used own orchestra, electronic, on all types of music to create a history of electronic music in India. That was in the 1990s before the famous DJs Bally Sagoo, Suketu and Aqueel captured the market.

Bally Sagoo



The numbers from Bally Sagoo were not exactly remixes because they did not use original soundtracks. Instead, someone sung the songs while Bally Sagoo arranged music. Not all of Bally Sagoo is electronic.


This person had an amazing talent with electronic. While the Dubstep was still in its infancy - limited to Britain - Bally Sagoo came up with an album called Asian Dub. This album was released somewhere in 1999 and satisfied most of the conditions of Dubstep. If you want me to be more precise, let us call it electro-dub.

Some of his famous albums are Bollywood Flashback 1, Bollywood Flashback 2, Star Crazy and Essential Raga.


Rise of Electronic Music In India

Bali Brambhatt
Following Bally Sagoo came up plenty of DJs such as Aqeel, Suketu and more. They were not remixes but covers. They had people singing songs on live orchestra under the Dance and Pop genre. Nonetheless, both Suketu and Aqeel produced some of the best rocking numbers.


Within these names pops up a name that stands a bit apart! Bali Bhrambhatt, was not much into mixing but did create a number of good dance numbers that rocked pubs and parties.


These DJs found place in emerging Indian electronic music Though most of their numbers were dance & pop as discussed above, some of their creations fall under electronic mixed with other genres. I am not sure what to call them.


Then, there were music companies that knew the people in 90s were more oriented towards fresh voices and off-beat music. They hired these talents to cater to the tastes of the music lovers. Their music is still played in many pubs even all these years. There are some other names without which the 90s won't be complete: Baba Sehgal, Alisha Chinoy, Biddu, Nirvana and not to forget, Apache Indian. They were electronic, more inclined towards pop, dance and hip-hop. I might come up with another article to cover the rise of alternative music in India. For now, let us bring our focus back to history of electronic music in India


The New Age Electronic Music In India

Just when I thought the phase was over, I suddenly found talent all over India in the electronic genre and not limited to that genre. I discovered this breed accidentally in 2010 when looking for some electronic real remixes instead of covers.


Among the names I would like to take are:

1. DJ LIJO
2. DJ Akhil Talreja
3. DJ O2 & SRK
4. DJ Rink
5. DJ Jaaya (or J-Ya as she signs up)
6. DJ Tejas and
7. DJ Shadow

You will be impressed to know that in India, we have a good number of lady DJs: DJ Rink and DJ J-Ya deserve a mention. All of them are just experts in spinning disks. Plenty of other names exist but cant put all of them here. And in this case, they are remix: electronic music over original soundtracks.


I might as well add that this too is just another good phase of the history of electronic music in India as I am now finding some other genres dependent on "electronic" already spread all over the world - created by Indians but yet to be accepted in India.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Relationship Tip - Add Value for Long Lasting Relations


What value do you bring to the different relationships you care about?

Consciously or unconsciously, people evaluate relations time to time. I am not saying true love doesn't exist but most of times, social obligations take over the preference.

If you don't bring anything valuable to the relationship, you are as good as without the relationship because one sided love kills you daily.

According to Dr Mittal, finance, entertainment n engagement are most desired elements in any relationship.
If you bring financial gains, or if you crack jokes to entertain other side or if you have the ability to talk good, you will be accepted anywhere.

But if not, especially if you are a male with no earnings, your emotions don't matter after some time.

Be realistic. Find out expectations of people & provide it to them for long lasting relations. No relationship can thrive only on emotions for long.

PS: I hope the above didn't spoil your mood. If you have questions or counter thoughts, connect to Mr Mittal by sending a mail to powercut@powercutmedia.com or chat with one of us at facebook.com/PowercutLifeCoach 
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

God and Man

"So why was I born?", he asked God

"Because I need you", replied God

"What is the point of my existence?"

"To understand God"

"So you want humanity to understand you; all those people on earth?"

"No. Not all people. Just you".

"Why me? Why not someone else?"

"There is no someone else. It is just you and me," said God

"What about others? They remain ignorant?"

"No. You are not understanding. There are no others. It's just you & me."

"No. Wait. If there are no others, who are all those people?"

"All of them are you, in different births, at different times".

"Pardon?"

"It is only you populating the whole world. You as yourself. You as your mother, you are your father, friends, wife etc. All of those bodies are in fact you spread over time, in different births."

"This can't be. What about those terrorists there?"

"You kill. You die. You riot. You suffer. You are the criminal & you are the victim."

"No. I didn't understand."

"It is okay not to understand. You still have to learn a lot. And you'll continue taking births until you fully realize it," said God before sending the man back to earth, reincarnated as his grandfather this time.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

How do thoughts work? What are thoughts?

On Thoughts:
What are thoughts?

Thoughts and ideas are basically a wave passing through one's brain to another. I don't know how a thought is created, or an idea strikes. But I know that if you don't pick it up, it is passed to someone else. And then, when the other person speaks about it, all you can do is to clap while thinking how did the person in question steal your thoughts or ideas.

See the entire universe as a single brain and we, the people, as just cells composing that huge brain.

A thought, an idea, occurs in one of these cells (person). If it is anything against our beliefs we reject the thoughts. We are groomed to do so. That's what schools are for: to give you a mindset that would help various power centers. If you follow that mindset, you are a gentleman. If you don't, you are a failure.

Anyway, coming back to thoughts and ideas, they keep bouncing from person to person until someone is ready to accept them and put them to use. That means we are all connected by or in some medium. Probably that medium is what is called God? Or you may think in terms of something like radio waves. Whatever it is, it connects all of us - irrespective of geography, language n religion.

That's my personal observation. It has happened many times when I avoided ideas and saw others talking them up. The next time your brain fires up, stop and grasp that thought so that you don't regret it later...
~ PowercutIN ☺
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Gandhi - The Father of Nation

If government can make Pongal an optional holiday, let it make other holidays optional too. Especially Oct 2nd. Nobody likes Gandhi anymore, after knowing him. He is not the father of nation. He did not lead the freedom struggle alone. He just appeared towards end n took all the credit.

Before continuing, I just want to say I don't hate Gandhi. It is the tactics he and historians used and use to make it appear that the entire freedom struggle started only after Gandhi's entry; and that he gave birth to dynasty politics while aiming for a Republic.
 
Nobody talks about Mangal Pandey who revolted against British from within the British forces. Forget Azad, Bhagat Singh n Sukhdev. They are branded terrorists now.


Lakhs fighted, thousands died n hundreds were jailed. Nobody remembers 1857. It is not there in school text books. Rani of Jhansi, Tatya Tope, and Bahadur Shah launched an attack on English... giving spark to what is now called the freedom fight and whose credit goes to Gandhi.

The British sent many to Andaman to isolate them. Was Gandhi ever sent there? No. He enjoyed most of his prison time in lavish guest houses of the British.

It was Sardar Vallabh bhai who shaped current India. It was Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel who used his convincing skills to ask different princely states n provinces to join the Indian Republic. It was Sardar Vallabh bhai Patel who had Indian army launch an attack on Hyderabad that was trying to join Pakistan. The army defeated Razakars who were on killing, looting n raping spree. It was Patel who brought peace to that area.

His fellow fighters got beaten up brutally but this guy wasn't as much as like see a baton in India. South Africa is a different story. He took entire credit of the work of common people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It was supposed to be one country but is three parts now.

And as if all that was not enough, he lent his surname to Feroz Khan so that Indira Khan could become Indira Gandhi.

Ever since, these fake Gandhis exploited the poor average person. Nobody really wants to remember Gandhi seriously. We and our immediate neighbors are still paying the price of the great gamble that Gandhi-Nehru duo played.

There's lot more to the story but I don't want my account suspended again. The above is enough for people to understand that Gandhi was not what he projected himself as. And if anyone is to be blamed for the killings of forces on both sides of border, it is Gandhi. You simply can't blame the governments of India or Pakistan.

Kashmir became a sacrificial goat. Because when two power centers fight, it's always the general public that is sacrificed. What was supposed to be one huge power is now three power centers, all thanks to Gandhi. Why a holiday on his birthday? Why the hype? Just because a certain family can rule India for long. And it did.

Ah BTW, who was Baba Amte? Ever heard of him? No?!
~ PowercutIN
Posted via mobile, hence the SMS lingo
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Republic Day 2017 - Where do we stand after 68 years?

*Happy Republic Day 2017*

Tomorrow is Republic Day. People feel patriotic on this day so they buy lots of flags n then do not dispose those flags properly. Two days hence, there would be plenty of national flags lying on road and in the municipal garbage bins.

Republic Day celebrates our constitution that was released n country was declared Indian Republic.

Basically, it is a copy paste job. Our constitution is based on the constitutions of different democracies all over the planet. I suppose it was created with good intentions. But that was 68 years ago. This is 2017. We have to read the Constitution again n make changes to it so that it is updated, with new n better things for current n coming generations.

Currently it though only 68 years old, contains ideas of 19th n 20th century. But that's ok because what good is a constitution without loopholes?!

The credit for current constitution goes to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar. He is hailed as Messiah of Dalits n untouchables. Few know that he converted to Christianity in his prime. Not only that, Ambedkar also called for conversion of Dalits n untouchables. He believed that only conversion to another religion was the best method to bring in equality among castes. But we proved him wrong. Today, exist things like Dalit Christians n Dalit Muslims. The tag "dalit" stayed with the lower caste even after conversion. Maybe he should have asked Dalits to settle elsewhere so that they can get rid of their lower caste status. He did not know that Indian Republic would bring in reservations.

It did. The Mandal commission identified lower castes n further categorized them as SC, ST, OBC etc. The idea of reservation was to benefit people lagging behind in the society. It never served the purpose though. Of course there is reservation but it is (mis)used by well off lower caste people. The reservation system does not serve the real lower castes. All schemes, including the current government's Mudra n Housing for All schemes favor SC, ST. And OBC too. Not to forget the minorities!

There are so many ifs n buts in the constitution that the economically backward lower castes cannot really benefit from it. There go the government schemes into dustbin, making the unfortunate Dalits still think that conversion is the best way for a better life... which in my opinion, will take many more decades.

You and me can't change overnight to embrace these so called untouchables in India. Conversion doesn't provide them equality but it helps their children to study in convents run by missionaries who brainwash these kids into believing that Indian culture is disgusting. They grow up to hate their own people and leave their country for an uneasy life abroad.

Wait. What was I saying? Oh yes, *Happy Republic Day*
~ PowercutIN
--- Via mobile phone
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