A Tale of Two WebCities

It was a landmark event in the world of social networking.

Fifteen years ago, with the mobile industry still to boom, man had limited alternatives to be in contact with their dear ones who lived in far off places. I remember how, back then, my family members used to write long letters to their relatives, and patiently had to wait for the reply.

A very less fraction of the world population back then would have imagined that one could keep their far-off relatives on their fingertips. The birth of Orkut will always have a pivotal place in the history of social media.

In the year 2006, when Orkut was turning three, I saw how children of my age back then joined it with much excitement. It was an entirely new experience. Writing scraps. Writing testimonials. People started understanding, even if in the least sense, what actually social connection means. Many got the platform to spread their skills among the like-minded. India has been de facto among the largest fan bases of Orkut and I have seen it as well.

I had made my first Facebook account in the year 2007, and it was a barren land back then. No people. No applications. No talk-in-the-air. Facebook was stagnant. Orkut was booming. Orkut was good. And all good things must come to an end. And GOOGLE has done so. With the shutdown of Orkut around September this year, a major chapter of the rise of modern social media will close. But its memories shall always live.

Adios ORKUT.

The Story Thing

When life gives you lemons, better squeeze it and savor the lemonade.

But squeezing those lemons is not everyone’s cup of tea. When people have the choice of facing the adverse, they give in to the pressure. But why exactly do they lose rays of hope!!

From my perspective, broadening the horizon of one wisdom and one’s realization of the worldly consciousness are weapons of great might. The more one is aware, the lesser he is scared of the unknown and impending danger. Only those who ride on the horses of wisdom possess the calmness of the seas and dare to tread miles in moments of adversity.

Reading, especially reading good has always helped me. Books have the power to change you. A good book can string that cord inside you which you are unaware of, and mold you into a new person altogether. The most productive thing as a result of reading is your ability to write good as well. It is like

‘You write what you are, and you are what you read.’

I have gained much because of my reading habit. The best thing is that I’ve started writing as well. This is the biggest change that has come in me. I’ve till now written some short stories like Through the growing Years, a mini-series of short story Cessation, and several poems like Down A Dreamer’s Lane and The Lone Companion.

And the proud part is that I continue to write till today.

Have a good day! 🙂

Asimov on Science & Spirituality.

Read it in an article today. He appeared on the David Frost Show and delivered his irreverent wit in full brilliance when badgered with the G-question. The account goes like this:

[Frost] said, with neither warning nor preamble, “Dr. Asimov, do you believe in God?”

“That rather took my breath away. It was a dreadful way of putting a person on the spot. To answer honestly, “No,” with millions of people watching, could arouse a great deal of controversy I didn’t feel much need of. Yet I couldn’t lie, either. I played for time, in order to find a way out.

He said, “Dr. Asimov, do you believe in God?”

And I said, “Whose?”

He said, a little impatiently, “Come, come, Dr. Asimov, you know very well whose. Do you believe in the Western God, the God of the Judeo-Christian tradition?”

Still playing for time, I said, “I haven’t given it much thought.”

Frost said, “I can’t believe that, Dr. Asimov.” He then nailed me to the wall by saying, “Surely a man of your diverse intellectual interests and wide-ranging curiosity must have tried to find God?”

(Eureka! I had it! The very nails had given me my opening!) I said, smiling pleasantly, “God is much more intelligent than I am — let him try to find me.

Quantisation of Literature.

Imagine the strange strange world of atomic particles being illustrated using the character of classic literature. Today, I came across this book, Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Physics,written by a CERN scientist Robert Gilmore and published in the year 1999.

aliceThe book explains the subtle world of quantum particles through the looking glass of Alice. For a person like me who holds interest in literature and physics equally, the subject of this book holds my interest to a great extent. I feel that this book can help a person in grasping the concepts of quantum physics easily because the very way of explaining the otherwise recondite subject attracts one’s attention. It’s like paradigm shifting: seeing the same thing from a different perspective.

The journey starts with Alice falling into a rabbit hole while watching TV. The rabbit hole takes her to Quantumland, where she has experiences varying from the ones in the classical world.

I feel that such books tend to bring physics closer to the masses and so their reading should be recommended by the masses. 🙂

Selected quotes from the book ‘Aleph’ by Paulo Coelho

A compilation of thoughts from the book ‘Aleph’ written by Paulo Coelho which I read the last month. Each one looks bland at a cursory glance, but carry profound depth of meaning. A healthy food for one’s mind to ruminate on…

1. That’s funny. I’ve been trying all my life to find out what my limits are and have never reached them yet.

2. We always try to interpret things in accordance with what we want and not as they are.

3. That is what marks out the warrior; the knowledge that willpower and courage aren’t the same thing. Courage can attract fear and adulation, but willpower requires patience and commitment.

4. The light falls only on the stranger.

5. We should not judge ourselves too harshly.

6. If I had to give you one piece of advice, it would be this: don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions.

7. Life is the train, not the station.

8. If you rely only on experience, you’ll simply keep applying old solutions to new problems.

9. No man is a prophet in his own land.

10. Suffering comes from desire, not from pain.

11. It’s one thing to describe a situation and quite another to experience it

12. Sometimes you have to travel along way to find what is near.