Monday, April 19, 2010

The omniscient

She always does it to me... always! If anything ever has got anything to do with me, she would know it.
  • Every time I would point to an actor, "Ah, that guy, what's his name?? The one who played the classmate of the hero in that thriller... what was that movie?" She would invariably tell me the name of the actor I am thinking about and the movie; and then rather matter-of-factly add, "Kayla (bengali for Dumb), this is not him!"
  • Or, at the dinner table in a restaurant when I have apparently burried myself in the menu, she goes "Suvomoy, stop scanning what everyone else is having."
  • Or, on a Sunday when she is in the kitchen trying something new, and I take a bottle of beer out from the fridge, walk upto her and complain, "There's only four bottles left, we'll have to get more for the evening." And she would politely go, "Amount of salt and other spices are all adequate and as discussed. So stop bothering and go back to whatever you were doing." :O
  • Or, when I am spellbound in appreciation of the mannerism of Mr. Melvin Udall telling the manager, "I am not a prick; you are, not judging". She would warn me, "This time, please wait for an opportune moment before you use it on someone."
The list is never ending; and so is the realization, even after seven years of knowing her:

If there is one thing in this world that I can't do without, its her.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finite set

Trivial observation - when it comes to education/career choices, we Indians are encouraged to choose from a finite and rather small set of options. No/much attention is given to whether the choice coincides with one's interest. To me the one line answer to this why is something like: filling up your stomach, six inches below or above your belly button takes priority over realization of truth of any kind.

My friend here has spit it out straighter:

Why in India everybody wanna go for MBA, IIT, IIM, Finance, Marketing, IT etc? Are there no other career than these sort of things, which will give reasonable package, career progress and work environment?

I think a key driver of such career choices is inherent conservatism of the Indians when it comes to making a living. Some of the many key drivers are
  • Lack of organised social security system reduces risk taking ability. In USA, if you are unemployed, the government will take care of you. In India, if you are unemployed, either relatives take care of you, or you starve
  • Marriage system controlled by family and community requires potential grooms to reach a certain level of prosperity by a certain age. Otherwise, the quality of bride drops off drastically
  • In a country which suffers from acute material and welfare shortages on per capita level, those who have it, hold a place of honor in the society. The sooner you get it, more honorable it is
  • Parents are the key decision making factors. Indian society gives them extraordinary influence and they don't hesitate from deploying emotional, financial and social levers in any dispute with their children. Usually they don't have the intellect to look beyond the obvious - making money now is better than hoping for more money later
  • General lack of awareness. People in metros experiment more, people in villages less

Poor Newton

Here's to my friend with a heart of the size of a coconut-carrying-spider:

4th law
No moving body can have a continuous acceleration, with or without the application of an external force; furthermore, external forces, consequently energy can be created/destroyed out of nothing at all

5th law
For any natural number n, there does not exist a system of n moving bodies the accelerations of which are independent of one another. In other words, in any set of moving bodies, change in acceleration of one results in a change in acceleration of all other bodies belonging to the system

6th law
For any moving body, traversing long distances results in an increase in acceleration; furthermore, the increase in acceleration is directly proportional to square of the force applied opposite to the direction of velocity