Browse Category: Random Scribbles

India Corona

You, Covid-19 and Exponentials!

I was talking to my physiologist cousin the other day whose wedding has been fixed on 15th April. I told him to postpone the date as we should prevent arranging and going to as many mass gatherings as we could amidst the current corona outbreak. He was kinda being ignorant saying “We Indians usually don’t get caught to that extent. This is just another buzz. And anyways the big summer is coming, so don’t you worry!” I was laughingly amazed at his confidence and a bit worried at the same time. Let me explain to you why.

What comes to your mind when I tell you that Italy has 27,980 total corona infected cases at the time of writing this article (17th March), active being 23,073. Whereas India has only 137 total cases. So does that mean India is doing a pretty good job at preventing the outbreak? After all, we have the desi cures like cow dung and Gaumutra. But what if we are not exactly preventing it but are just a month behind where Italy is now? Is that shocking enough?

Exactly a month before, Italy had 3 Covid cases. It took them almost a month to lock the country down. Most of the companies in Bengaluru, Pune and NCR have asked their employees to work from home. But in our minds we still have an abstract view about the disease. But with the growth rate, it is hard to keep up with the speed of conversion from abstraction to a real threat.

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question-everything-tushar shinde

Question Everything!

I would still be grateful to my startup journey if I had not learnt anything expect the art the asking questions, really stimulating questions! Why should I be grateful? Well…

Asking questions can clear your understanding, understanding something makes you have a clear idea about what’s going on around you and this clear vision and the robust opinions are hard to penetrate by blinding noise & chatter outside – something which our country is in the desperate need of.

The trick that I learned for better and long-term understanding the subjects while preparing for GATE was to

Ask multiple WHYs and HOWs until it resonates with your common sense

This trick works wonders because human mind needs no extra efforts to remember the things dealing with common sense!

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ancient storytelling art of storytelling

The oldest & hardest thing humans do!

 

Last week Jeff Bezos was in Mumbai visiting investors, customers and a group of content stakeholders for Prime Video. When he was getting interviewed by SRK and Zoya Akhtar, Mr. Bezos mentioned a very interesting point about content-making. Referring another form of it as the oldest and hardest things that we have been doing. Allow me to explain.

From the dawn of life on earth nearly 4 billion years ago, the only way to transfer the information was through re-production. Whatever the evolutionary knowledge your DNA has got, it used to and still gets passed on to the descendants via re-production, yet another form of survival-instinct at the gene level. This miraculous yet inefficient form of knowledge-transfer played a key role in the creation of bio-diversity we all witness today. But it were human genus, between 2 million to 200,000 years ago, who started communicating through signs and primitive talking (imagine 2 dogs barking at each other in some code language and understanding it). Since then the more advanced forms of knowledge like ‘don’t eat a particular tree’s fruit’ or to ‘not to go near some pond’ or ‘to store food deposits for the upcoming winter‘ were passed down successfully. It is around this time the above mentioned phenomenon arose. The oldest and hardest thing humans are doing for thousands of years – Storytelling!

Don’t believe me? Just try to recall the number of hit vs flop movies from 2019.

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Dear Children of Future

Dear children of future,

It is hard to describe the gift of life. For the next few years, you will go through numerous events and situations. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will confuse you, others will fill you with joy. No matter what it is, always know that these events are what makes life.. well The Life. You should never give up the hold on it.

This real world you are gonna live in will be full of blunders and beauty. Some will say the half truth, bombard you with their biased emotional commentary and will try to influence you to align to their Ideology. They will try to suppress your voice against their agendas. Whereas the other set of people will give you hope, freedom and respect for your existence as a human and to your voice. Choose wisely who do you want to go with.

Always believe that all the people are always good at heart and situations make them what they are today. Excuse them to an extent. And it is okay to be confused by seeing the chaos, inside and outside. When a certain question pops up, I want you to be curious. When, something sparks your interest, I want you to read about it. Do something about it. Watch movies and documentaries about it. Google it. Learn about it. Stimulate your brain and not to just rely on opinions the world system throws on you. I want you to educate that beautiful mind of yours.

Also remember, anything that creates hatred and divide, ignore it. People will tell you that this is not how the real world works. But that’s okay. No one should take an eye for an eye, otherwise your children will be living in a world which is blind. This world has been created for you to experience it and become more mature day by day, year by year. Let the love sink in for all. Try to cling to music, to poems, to quotes, to writing, to art, to the scientific beauty for not to feel alone. These things will help you realize that someone else is out there who knows how exactly you feel. There are people to explain the things which you cannot. Less lonely, more beautifully.

Ultimately all it boils down to you and your ‘being’ ness. You are not a machine made with flesh and bones. Whenever the going gets tough, put your hand on the left part of your chest and feel the beat. That’s hope. That’s life!

Happy Children’s Day. Cheers 🙂

SRK – from an Analytical Perspective

There was a conference held at Vienna in 2012. One of the topic was titled ‘Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood’. In a country like India which is heavily diverse by languages, races, religions and castes, an ordinary boy from a middle-class household becomes a superstar and goes on to be a face of Indian secularism is one of a kind example.

[One can access the official excerpt here: https://www.univie.ac.at/srk2010/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/PRESSenglishlongversion.pdf]

Aamir khan might have grossed four hundred crores or Salman Khan might be the greatest star for bollywood based on average earnings, but there is still an undeniable enthusiasm and curiosity shared by people for Shahrukh. The reasons lie in the roots where he came from and the series of actions he took. This is no way a comparison and we are not demeaning anyone. Factually, Salman and Aamir were born with the silver-spoon while Shahrukh was an outsider. Rejecting the oppositions and suggestions posed by the relatives and caretakers, he came to Mumbai. And what happened thereafter, the endless struggle and victory can beautifully be reflected by a dialogue from Black Friday, “Maamu kahani sunate reh gaye aur ladke ne chaand chum liya!” Globalization came into our homes at the times when SRK was entering industry. Computers were going mainstream. Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan was at its peak, the gap between Hindus and Muslims was broadening, Berlin wall fell down and Soviet Union had been dissolved. Global and local situations were erratic. And Indian Film Industry was no exception. It’s surprising to see how Glocal phenomenons affect the very things we’re involved with. Old stars like Bachchan and Mithun were on their descent. Identity crisis in the context of ‘Global Citizens or Indian citizens’ were starting to pop up. Here, Shahrukh emerged as an answer.

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-|- The Chicken-Egg Problem |-|

I was just thinking about this. About the movies that we, Indian audience get to watch. ‘Bollywood Masala’, that’s what we call it right? Yes, it is true. A fun fact, more than 75% movies made here revolve around only one genre – romance, love stories. Once in a while a good movie releases and of course, when it is able to cast known stars or celebrities, then we realize.. ‘Dude, we’ve been watching shit all this long!’. Because yes, quality of our movies are drastically reducing down. And we even realize it few times.. few good creations alarm us to review our taste.. once again. But the thing is forget rate of Indians is too high. Next shitty film comes and we fill the theaters or watch pirated so called 3 hour entertainers on home theaters. If someone tries to make a better attempt, keeping it low on casts and costs, what do we do? We do nothing. Did you forget about our high forget rate? We’ve already forgot those clean emotions we got when we saw that last good movie. Or in some cases, a lot of convincing is needed to bring us to those films. Our mind subconsciously judges it with a quote – ‘If it didn’t make it to and on Box Office, it’s probably not worth of my time.’ Ohh, and did I tell ya, probability fucks sometimes!!

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Dreams – One way or the other

What passes on is time, and what get spent is us. So before you get totally spent, live that dream you are counting on all your life.

This doesn’t make any sense

But well not everything does, not everything has to.

now I am gonna touch the age old ghisa-pita discussion of what race are you racing in! You don’t have control over your birth, your religion, your caste, the economical situation you get born into and the kind of schooling you get.. nothing. You grow up, see other kids passing their board exams, getting into the college and then graduate, so do you! You are lucky if you get a job among thousand candidates for a single vacancy otherwise you go for something which can at least earn you daily bread and butter, you get a girl according to your stability and financial conditions, you marry, manufacture children, apply same cycle to them and then on one fine day your heartbeat stops.

Well, that’s it. Everyone among us is doing it with or without realizing it. Nothing new and nobody is special.

Oh, but wait there is always a thing that makes you special. The thing you buried down years ago. Your dream. yes!! That poor little thing which you never nurtured. Ohh boy..

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Evidences of Rape

Torn, staggering and depressed, I reached to the gates of police station. I peeped in. Two hawaldars were in their chairs, resting. I saw one head constable in the corner trying to adjust his position to make a comfort sleep. I went in.

“Where should I file a complaint?”, I asked one of the hawaldar.

“What happened”, he asked without looking up.

“Amm..” I stammered, moved my head a little to check if anybody else is noticing. But, it seemed that nobody cared about what was happening other than his own desk. I gathered all my courage and told him, “I got raped!”

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