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Monday, July 29, 2002
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It's the people in their 20s who change the world, only it takes some of them 20-30 years.

Friday, July 26, 2002
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Monday, July 22nd, 2002

Are there any Absolutes?

What follows is my personal opinion. And so it is a relative quest for the existence of absolutes, not an absolute quest. I have used female beauty just as an example. Probably this concept can be extended to other similar cases.

One of the questions that has interested me a lot is whether there is any absolute in the matter of female beauty, in the sense that if a female looks like this and this, she is beautiful, else not.

I could think of two possibilities in this. One is that there is an absolute definition for beauty and that across countries, cultures and people there is a variation, but still something general can be seen and that this is absolute. The other possibility is that there is no such absolute and this is just one way of thinking we have got used to and it could have been that things were totally different and the very fact that things do change across time and geography is proof of this.

I personally do not think that the former is true. Not because it varies with time and space because even after such a variance some general factors can be extracted here. But because I see no rationality in a female having particular characteristics being called beautiful and some other not. Rationally it could have been either way.

But then what do I achieve from thinking so? That it just happened that I learned such and such is beautiful and such and such not. I can see through the futility of this and see the conditioning that my brain has been put through due to a variety of factors and thus learn not to consider any particular female as more beautiful than another.

But then does it come naturally to me? It might be true that it was just a learning (that I now see as false) that has lead me to thinking this female is beautiful but not that. So can I now learn that it is not so and that it is just a conditioning and come out of it? I tried and failed. I still see this female as beautiful and that as not. And it still affects me. So I accept that it is my nature. So now do I go against my nature to satisfy my desire to be rational. Or do I remain natural and forgo rationality? Rational thinking doesn’t come naturally to me, atleast in this context. Is it just because I need to learn to think rationally? If that is not possible, then probably, I think, I better remain natural rather than rational and say “No. This female is beautiful while that female is not”.

Monday, July 22, 2002
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Friday, July 12th, 2002

Infinite Ignorance

- Look into the past. Before us there were apes, and still before the single-cell life evolved(?) from the organic broth. Long before that the earth came into being. The earliest we think back upto is the origin of the Universe itself. The Big-Bang theory and the Steady State theory. Ever thought whether Universe is just the name for the matter or whether it also includes the space in between. I think it should and then the question arises as to what was it like before the so-called Big-Bang? To whatever extent we think, one can ask what was it before that. It never ends.

- Look into the future and the same thinking can be repeated here too. What next is the question here? No end is visible here too. In fact there cannot be an end to it.

- Now move on from the domain of Time into the domain of Space. What is outside the earth, and then the galaxy? If you think it's the Universe, then what's outside the Universe? Is that also defined as the Universe? If so the villain of Infinity again obscures any possibities of knowing the ultimate truth here too.

- It's not over. Start looking inside. It's the cells, made up of organic molecules, made up of atoms of elements, made up of electrons, protons and neutrons. What are these made up of Sir? Then we enter into a domain where physicists have started conveniently defining particles and waves aposteriori just to fit the observations. Invokation of the question "What's this made up of?" brings forth the smiling Infinity blocking the pathways of knowledge like the God who told Adam and Eve not to eat the apple.

We live a life of Infinite Ignorance and worse a life of ignorance with no end possible to this ignorance. Do you think we need be confident about anything in this life?

Think about it. Especially because you will reach nowhere.

Friday, July 12, 2002
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Friday, July 12th, 2002

I am a Celebrity

You are reading the weblog of a Celebrity(I am just being an ass). My name and views have been mentioned in passing(I am being modest) in a Rediff article. This article has now been linked from the Rediff front page. (By the time you read this, it might have vanished from there, in which case you can read the article using the first link).

I knew it. Rediff is a quality website which recognises Quality(me). And Gopika Vaidya is a brilliant journalist. Take my word for it ;-)

Friday, July 12, 2002
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Indian food makes my mouth water. Western food makes my eyes water.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002
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