Sunday, April 29, 2007

प्रोजेक्ट्स, अस्सिग्न्मेंट्स और पैर्किषा

Friday, July 15, 2005



If you know the meaning of this word, that’s good, you know quite a bit. But if you know where does this originate from, then you’re in a class of your own. For those unaware, the word originates from the island country of SRI LANKA where, according to legend, lived kings of kingdom of SERENDIP who were famous for their accidental discoveries wherever they went.

Consider a example, say you were wandering around your garden and found a chest full of gold coins behind a tree, you suddenly became rich and that too without any expectations. Now that’s what we call serendipity. On the other hand you could have spent a hundred years to search for a hidden treasure and still not find it! Now this is uncertainity in its purest form.

Talk about life and its full of uncertainity, nobody knows his future; no doubt newspapers are full of horoscopes, but hey, aren’t those just predictions? In fact it's life uncertainity that makes it worth living. Imagine if you already know what would happen to you the next day? There will no excitement left, no puzzles, just a boring life, right? Consider knowing that your math exam tomorrow will not go as good as you wanted, what would you do then? Stop studying and blame your fate and yourself for being so unfortunate? This way you would only be adding to your troubles and your depression will lead to even poorer results. On the other hand if you knew you’d be getting good results you’d become overly excited and lose your concentration. You might still be getting good scores but never really what is your worth. See how knowing your future can push you away from your actual potential. In fact, the best part about life is its uncertainty. So all we have is predictions, which have no proof of being true and actual.

So far, I have talked about two things – serendipity and uncertainity. How do they relate? Serendipity means making discoveries by chance, and where does this chance come from? Uncertainity of course.

You can also find this post at Ricky's Impressions

Friday, May 13, 2005


The most basic of human activities from the early man era has been to communicate with each other. From symbols of the early man, to the titanic languages we live with today, if there’s one thing that is important for the existence of the so called social animal, it is to communicate. But often, we have seen that despite the advances made in languages we have made, we still fail to get our message across to the other person the way intended. This results in misunderstandings and quarrels over not so important things in life.

Often, people associate communication with great vocabulary and language skills. This is not true, communication refers to the getting the message through. So when a 1 year old cries because he his hungry, he needn’t have to say he’s hungry, all he needs is to cry, and all else is understood. However, this can’t continue for a long time especially with growing needs and more of the world to grasp. Perhaps, that’s when the need of a more advanced medium for communication is evoked. Symbols obviously are the very next step in the communication cycle but they too show a temporary existence as a major method of communication. Although symbols or other naïve methods are equally good or even better than defined language, they are limited to a very small spectrum of messages that can be conveyed. This brings us to next most important step, the use of language: usage of defined words for defined as well as undefined objects, something that definitely puts us a step ahead of the animal world.

So the quest, now, is to use this language effectively, so that misunderstandings are minimized and communication is complete, that's what this blog shall focus upon.

PS: As a global standard, English shall be the main language of concern for this blog.