Sunday, December 20, 2009

Why do some Nerds hate other Nerds ?

The behavioral pattern that I attempt to explain in this post is the following: In premier institutes like the IITs, NITs, BITs etc, you get this crowd which claims itself to be the cool type, a crowd which doesn't mug or rather is incapable of mugging. The contradiction here is that these guys might have cribbed for at least 2 years or even more to get into these institutions; and yet they take a total 'U turn' and come up with phrases like "I am caught in a bloody nerd world" and crap.

Let's get their perspective. They have been good students or nerds all through out their school life- you know the "BLUE EYED BOY" of their community. They work quite hard for another two years. They come to an IIT or whatever and here they are unable to put up good grades. This is where the U turn starts. To instantiate, contrast a guy in ECE Dept and another in Civil Dept. Blind Logic suggests that the ECE guy has to put up better grades- the blind logic is that guys with better ranks land up in ECE and hence better grades. I call the logic blind because JEE rank is reflective of one days performance. Now the inability to put up good grades by the ECE fella is due to several reasons-indiscipline, no interest towards discipline, etc.

There is this disorder called Attention Deficit Disorder. I actually have a friend of mine who lost interest in studies because they were guys of similar intellectual capability all around him. On a different note, what he did was pick up a guitar. Never mind the high pitched screeches that the guitar sounded in his hand and the poor people who had to listen to those sounds (including me) [:)] . What hurts me the most is not the pseudo-rationalization of their inability to justify their rank. but their disowning of the nerd community. The square and fair truth is that "IITians will be Nerds, quintessential NERDS for that matter, if they can."

Monday, July 13, 2009

Reductio Ad Absurdum

To get started and perhaps, may be strike a chord with the readers, do you remember the famous “proof by contradiction” that struck us so often in Pure Geometry? Well, you have got to laud the sheer brilliance of the guy who came up with this beautiful idea. To take it up a notch further, this simple yet profound principle gives amazing tranquility when applied to daily situations.

For starters, try this. I have had my bad days and others have had theirs. The usual reaction to such experiences is to fall back on philosophy. As my mind wandered during its 'virgin bad days', the recurring theme of thought was contemplating “joie de vivre” or “ the essence of life”. For whatever reason(perhaps my eccentricities), my brain pondered in the reverse direction. And bam! Presto came a state of tranquility or 'Nirvana' . Say, if we did know the essence of life, there would be no point in living. That made everything so clear and never would your mind wander in that infinite directionless plane.

Critics and others could say, that ain't the absolute truth for us to stop our pursuit of life's essence. Now, for a matter as subjective as this, I don't think there is any absolute truth. And even if there were, what good is truth, if all it does is cause more restlessness? Truth is liberating by its very nature.

We could use it to also understand how beneficial it is to have different tastes. For, if everyone were to like the same guy, what about the others? Tastes “are” different and for a reason they are. It makes sense and most important of all, it gives peace. Shall come up with more instances of its application. Ciao!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Should I Do or Ditch the Dishes?


The place where I stay in Italy for my internship has a common kitchen। And certain utensils exist which are for common use. Obviously, our conventional wisdom has taught us (courtesy our ‘goody-goody’ bringing up) to clean them after use because they are for everyone. So I start pouring in all of the detergents I find to clean the ones I have used. But, suddenly I realize that I have done a bad job (no big surprise) and the utensils stink still, but in a different way. (With the smell of the liquid detergent). May be the guy to use them after me cleans them before use, in spite of me doing so. Thus, my cleaning them has not helped in any way. But then, our conventional wisdom says we have to clean them and not doing them will leave certain really well bred people (aka the “Raamudu మంచి Baludu”) with their jaws in their palms. No wonder we go and fall for sentimental crap. This is a totally arbitrary and bizarre musing of mine; but mind you, everything about it was logical. Concluding the post, if you are good at cleaning them, sure, do the dishes. Else ditch them :)