Run LHC Run!

Large Hadron Collider starts its full fledged test run today, at 9:30 a.m. (Western European Time). What a milestone man! Its really cool to see such grand collaborations in action. And what great astonishingly astounding theories it attempts to test- extra dimensions, theoretical predictions of time travel, among others.

But whats really interesting is the hype and the social impact it is making. Almost everyone who cares to even glance over the news is aware that in some isolated facility called CERN, there is this incomprehensibly named machine set to start testing some fantasized-by-many-but-pursued-by-(almost)-nobody stuff. And never before has humanity seen doomsday concerns with such geeky angles. Micro blackholes, strangelet disaster, vacuum metastability, etc., there have been lawsuits filed against, and bets offically announced to claim the end of the world. I find it completey ravishing. (If you are reading this stuff for the first time, quickly read this before you piss in your pants). Man, we have grown up! haven’t we? From geeks’ cupboards to scifi to pop culture, the big science has finally crept on to the breakfast tables.

It is a blissful moment; and for me, even if the world somehow does end, it is the moment worth dying for! And if the world has to end like this, it will surely end without a whiff! It will just be absorbed in the wormhole (or whatever does it). No war, no pains, we will all just cease to exist. It will be the ideal moment to unexist even for the most hardcore realist, as not only the individual, but everything which is out there will be gone. Nobody will be there to loose (or gain) from your death. No mournings, no unsatisfied deathbed wishes! We, all we know, this earth, and much beyond (I’m not sure of the technical extent) will be extinct! And considering the grave dangers we are already facing, its possibly the most peaceful scenario for us to leave at a time when humanity is past its puberty and still not sincere enough.  So even if the doomsday predictions make any sense, I don’t give a damn, and wish LHC a great run.

Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 5:23 am  Comments (1)  
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Happy Diwali!!!

एक अदद कम्बस्टेबल

पिछ्ली दीवालियों में घर पर ‘अंकुर’ तो था,

अबकी दीवाली ‘मैं’ घर पर मनाऊंगा,

…यहां आइंडहॊवन के अकेले, अंधेरे कमरे से।

ब्रेक-अप हुए अभी बहुत वक़्त नहीं गुज़रा था,

पर फिर से हम साथ ही जागते और सोते हैं,

…ख़ूबसूरत भी कितनी है कम्बख़्त तन्हाई ये।

रौशन कुछ करने की ख़्वाहिश मेरी भी थी,

ख़ाली बोतल लेकिन भभक-कर बुझ जाती है,

…अरे हां! याद आया- शरीर भी कम्बस्टेबल है!

[In Picture- Indian Barbie Doll]

Published in: on November 8, 2007 at 3:39 pm  Comments (2)  
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पीछे देख़ते हुए…

(इंजीनियरिंग कॉलेज के अंतिम दिनों के दौरान लिखी गयी यह ग़ज़ल एक कल्पित व्यक्ति की बानगी है, जो कॉलेज छोड़ने के बरसों बाद उसे याद करता है. मैनें गुलज़ार साहब की त्रिवेणी-शैली को दोहराने की कोशिश की है.)

आवाज़ें आती रहती हैं,
कानों में उंगली दो, या रुई के फाहे,
बीते बरसों की चीख़ें नहीं थमतीं.

पैसा है, लड़कियां हैं, असबाब है,
पर फ़ुरसत किसे है? और ज़हमत कहां है?
वो पहलवान की चाय नहीं है.

नाकारा थे, बड़बोले थे, बुरी लतों के मारे थे,
पर हंसते थे, और गाते थे, मिल बांट कर खाते थे,
अब तो फ़्रिज में भी चीज़ें सड़ जाया करती हैं.

आजकल ज़ुबान में दर्द बहुत होता है,
कोई इन्फ़ेक्शन हो गया है शायद,
या शायद कई दिनों से गालियां नहीं दीं.

पर ज़िंदगी का दस्तूर भी यही है,
आगे चलते जाना है, और नयी मंज़िलें पानी हैं,
अब इसे तो बंक नहीं कर सकते.

Published in: on October 23, 2007 at 6:36 am  Comments (2)  
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Mushy & Shroomed

Me, Ingmar(Mexico) & Firat(Tukey) set to a trip on 13th. Pure & Herbal. Hats off to Onder(Turkey) for providing his room, time, patience and support.

Believe it or not, I saw the patterns in the lawn. I had taken along a notebook in which I planned to write Philip K. Dick style notes. We played, among other things, ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. After recovery, this was what I found written on my Notebook,

फ़िर से वही हुआ. फ़िर से फ़्लॉयड को सुना. अभी कुछ देर पहले कितना कुछ सोचा था…

And it reminded me of those god forsaken days.

Published in: on October 21, 2007 at 6:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Hindi and Beyond

Hindi is the 5th most widely spoken language in its proper form by native speakers (खड़ी बोली dialect), 3rd most widely spoken in its general form by native speakers, and significantly understood by almost 950 million people.

Well, well, well, still I bet you can’t reach 50 and the list of current top literary figures in Hindi will begin to deteriorate. Hindi lacks literature.

But what is the problem? What if it lacks literature? Going by that, there are empirical predictions that till middle of this century, there will be none but 5-6 languages remaining in the world! But that seems sort of inevitable- aren’t we being the founders & carriers of the global world- the world where football is played and appreciated everywhere, the world where Oscars are the prizes about the best ‘international’ movies, and the world where we all say ‘fuck’ when there is something fucked up.

(I hate to be called anti-development, so I will be careful)

Remember Mir (publications)! Those who remember will feel a sudden rush of neurons in their head going a bit off-beat, yeah, for so many examples, illustrations, approach was not ‘western’ (did I say ‘American’). Ever heard of ‘Russians using the pencil in space when Americans spent millions on inventing an anti-gravity pen’. The pencil is nothing but that narrow region in your 1.5 kg brain where no education from B.Tech. in NITK to FRS/DSc/PhD from Harvard can take you.

Languages, Culture, Society, Sciences, Mathematics, Literature, Education, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Law, Media, Arts, Cinema, Analysis, Intuition, Thinking, Brainstorming, Feelings, Creativity- all these are so human, merely human, and about human. And humanity is not governed by unitary method- It is NOT wise to dig 1 well for 10 hours, rather than digging 10 for an hour each. They are all different wells, and may lead to completely different waters.

So when you have such a massive language which lacks literature, you are basically diminishing the feelings, the ideologies, the touch that has become central in the development of that very language to its present form. And you can’t translate them as a fix. How do you replace that gap? There is no alternative of an Urdu or Hindustani Ghazal, or Sanskrit Shlok- translation just won’t work.

And so, in the mighty land called India, so many neurons were led to starvation leading to death, and the result was….


(I guess I just made a hypothesis about the causes of IT revolution in India)

Published in: on October 21, 2007 at 8:56 am  Comments (1)  
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