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More reliance on technology means lesser human thinking ability!?

To a great extent I disagree with the statement that more reliance on technology will surely deteriorate human thinking ability. I find this idea to be faulty and based on some short term focus on human behavior. In my opinion the time period talked of is increased and a broader outlook is taken, technology will more probably become an integral part of our lives. In contrast to declining the human intellect, technological aides like hearing machines and seeing glasses will complement our abilities to interact with nature and greatly enhance our experiences.  Image © The New York Times Company Further, the statement appears dubious when one considers even our own present day experiences. For instance, the other day I saw a live telecast of the graduation ceremony of IIT Bombay on the internet. Owning to the COVID-19 condition, this year's batch had to rely upon tele-conferencing technologies to at

A new life

I saw a new life the other day Born under the pandemic sky A teeny-tiny brimming soul Oblivious to world raving high She smiled her jubilant ignorance Her feeble hands trying to grasp Those teeming eyes hardly open The world not yet in her clasp I wonder thus observing The spectacle of nature A gift of life put forth For us to honestly cater What world awaits her? Twenty years down the line This same judging jungle Or the utopia we all pine?

Why I write?

Initially I wanted to title this post,  On writing Diaries , however this thought-provoking question is far better. Although it may take me a long time to be an author per se, more or less, I have been a continuous writer since my seventh grade. What started with jotting down non-sense farce on daily routines during the middle school years, has now grown into some fierce rhetoric on vast ranging topics important to me in general. So, what is it about writing that I like so much? Unlike most of my friends, what has made me go on for so long now? Why do I write? And why do I plan to write more vigorously, more persuasively and more indiscriminately than ever in the coming future? Well, there isn't any plain simple answer to these. I write because I like to write. I write because it gives reality to all of these thoughts inside my head which couldn't find an route through the tongue. I write because it often makes me feel good. I write because I find this the best way to convey my

On Women

So, on Women eh? Well, I would be frank with you reader, I like women in general. I like them a lot. They are incredibly courageous, brave, strong, intelligent, caring and wise, how can I not like them! This is speaking in general of course, there are certainly some people whom we would all better do without, but on the whole I find, all the women I have met, beautiful and awesome, both on their physical form and on the metaphysical one. How many a role a woman plays over the course of her life. For some they are a Sister, to some other they are a Mother, and yet to others they are a partner and a friend. And how efficiently they play out all the roles. Like some heavenly presence. All the while going through all that discrimination, mistreatment, disrespect, violence and what not that a woman has to go through almost everywhere. At most places in the world, even if it only a short walk to the nei

The two moons of my life

A photo of the Moon I recently shot through my telescope The Snow white ball of shine Comes to focus pretty fine All of a sudden the eyepiece speaks And a distant world quietly greets Love, for love it be Glides through the mares merrily Up the shadowy crater circles Down to the valley centers Near the pole an impact visible

On writing Internship application mails

So, you are a college student in your sophomore year. Having a keen desire to work in the academia you decide to intern under some professor . You meticulously search for someone working in your interest domain and have found them at long last. But how to go about the application? How to contact the professor, so that all your skills and diligent nature shine through? How to write the application email seeking a position so as to convince the reader of your efficient qualities? How to write such that the response is agreeable? Writing an effective internship or project application request via an email is an art which gets perfected over time as one gets more and more feedback. Getting to know your interests better, researching about the institutions and people working in your domain and keeping a look-out for any opportunity that may find its way to you, are some of the first things to be aware of. To get a favourable reply to your application, the point that you are making should be c

Review: God of Small Things

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy My rating: 5 of 5 stars God of Small Things is my new favorite. I do not recall having been moved this much by anything I read in the recent times. It is story par excellence . Even days after turning over the last page, the reader simply resides in the world created by Roy. The world where Estha, Rahel, Ammu, Velutha, Sophie Mol, Baby Kochamma, Mammachi and Chacho live. In the world of Ayememon, that small town in Kerala where the god of small things reigns, but is meant to be quiet. And where it is the big things that are forced upon people. The world of God of Small Things , is a world of chaos. It is a world of patriarchal norms and how they have controlled the societies, of political quests and how they affect the lay gentry, of social differentiation and how derogatory they can be. It is a family saga set against the back drop of rural India, in a time when events were taking place at a q

Review: Endless Night

Endless Night by Agatha Christie My rating: 5 of 5 stars Honestly, and I am gonna be very honest with this one, having read Then There Were None and Murder in the Orient Express , I did not think it possible that any of Christie's can surprise me now. I was wrong. Endless Night is a gem. A rarity that one comes across in many a long months. Christie took the title of the book from William Blake's, Auguries of Innocence: Every night and every morn Some to misery are born Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight Some are born to sweet delight Some are born to endless night There is subtle interplay between emotions and actions. The story unfolds like a personal journal. Endless Night is written in the first person narrative, unlike most of Christie's other works. The first few chapters narrate the story of how a young cab driver, Michael Rogers, who seems to lack f

IWD 2020

On the recent International Women's Day, I wrote poems for the three women who have shaped me and continue to define who I am. My Mum, my Sis and She.  1. To Ma, who is everything. When she sits there on the couch. Simple. Elegant. 2. To Sis, who is always there. When I meet her after a long time, at her hostel. 3. To Her, who stole my heart. When she looks at me with those passionate eyes.