Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Paul Graham, in his essay The Top of My Todo List, pointed to a list a nurse has compiled of regrets of the dying people. Till now, of all his essays I have read, I did not find myself disagreeing even partly with any. But here, PG, I beg to disagree by 20%.

The top five regrets as the list mentions are :
  1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I didn't work so hard.
  3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hats off to Aamir Khan for such an outstanding show! सत्यमेव जयते is a show which fearlessly brings out the harsh realities and ugly truths plaguing the whole of the Indian society: the facts to which we have always been turning a blind eye. Denying the existence of these problems, and too afraid to break out of our comfort zones, we should learn something from Aamir : fearlessness to speak out, to break out of cruel practices which have been increasingly becoming social norms and most importantly, a burning desire for change!

I would even go one step further and say "अगर हर कोई आमीर खान होता, तो आज सच में मेरा भारत महान होता!"

Knowing very well that to build a nation, one needs to get rid of the social problems first, each episode of the show deals with an issue pervading our society, affecting our daily lives and the future of our nation. Each stanza in the following poem is about the issue discussed in one episode each. So this poem will get larger as more episodes come out...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

the better half :P 
Continuing from the previous post...

There was free wireless internet on Dubai Airport. When all the three of my co-passengers were sleeping, having left the task of looking over the luggage to me, I took full advantage of the wi-fi. I was chatting with Kirtika about the journey so far when she told me that Dubai onwards it gets much better. Already pampered by the Emirates service and food, I could hardly imagine anything better. Every single word of what she told came true. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

An escapade from the horrors of sixth semester

For the uninitiated, four of us, Arijit, Gunaa, Nitin and I are interning at Facebook this summer. This came as a much wanted pleasant change after a grinding semester (some people like Devesh would disagree, but not all of us can manage time as efficiently as him). With this post, let's go from Chennai to Dubai!