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I belong to the class of people who just cannot start their day without a sip of Coffee and an intake of the latest news, however cliched that may sound. However, in India if your eyes first fall on the newspaper, there’s a great probability that you may be whining for the rest of day. R-Land has robbed me of my coffee and thus the only good thing I do in the morning, I don’t do anymore. (Un)Fortunately it hasn’t robbed me of the newspaper. And believe me, when the first thing you read about is a Bomb Blast or Murder (or both) or a couple of political turnarounds, or kidnapping or rape (let us for the moment forget the fact that our cricket team does also feature on the front cover), the probability of a smile coming on your face is negative (mathematicians are welcome to give their take on this). When Charlize Theron said “A woman in S.A gets raped once every 26 minutes”, it doesn’t really take a celebrity to make us realize that our country’s crime rate isn’t any better either.

At times like this, only Lennon’s Imagine comes to my mind. I’m not a big fan of Beatles nor am I of Lennon’s solos but this particular song without great “music” is one of his few, which have appealed to me. Listen to it when you get the chance to; its a beautiful song.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one


Written by Chronoz

November 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm

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Men of ‘Onor

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Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we shall redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom……..

Nehru’s speech is immortalized not just in our Indian textbooks but in the minds of anybody who appreciates beautiful oratory; just because it embodied the spirit of a whole nation and inspired an entire generation.

Yet one speech that struck a chord with me recently belonged to a man who too inspired his entire generation:

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer…………..

With a muslim middle name few expected him to give the bigshots a run for their money. Yet, in a stunning example of personal determination, he broke all odds of race, religion, etc and is what we see him as today – The President of the U.S.A. The week that was, most definitely belonged to him.

Yet, IMO, the week also belonged to another man, who did not exactly steal the limelight. Yet like Barack Obama, he is truly “Destiny’s Child”. Like Obama, he inspired an entire nation. He and Obama are two of the most envied leaders in the world, each in his own light. Like Obama, few in his own country would have heard of this man before 2004. When he played, he was ridiculed for his long hair and for damaging the beautiful game (I know its not cricket, but still!).. When he became captain, few envied his job; the pundits wrote him off. But today, M.S.Dhoni is the darling of a nation and his men would be willing to do anything for him.

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November 11, 2008 at 12:34 pm

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Love in the Time of Cholera!

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Bloggers Note: If the title does not even sound vaguely familiar to you, I’m afraid your quizzing funda is not upto the mark. Go Google it, or wiki it or (preferably) scroll down to the bottom of this long, long post to find out what its about.

“Love is in the air”, the purist inside exclaims as the cynic (who has always had his way) snubs it saying, “Yeah, so what! Its always been in the *ahem air from the childhood to the blah, blah…”, you know all the crap! But yet being ’18’ adds a whole new dimension to the above phrase; you actually get to observe it.

Things a IIT aspirant gets to observe can hardly be classified as relevant to the common man. When I closed my house gate, i realized that i should apply my force as far away from the hinge as possible, simply because Torque=Force x r. When the bus braked, Newton’s inertia filled my mind. And ofcourse, when adding sugar to tea, I was reminded of anomers and epimers.

But now that I’m an “IIT’ian”, I really get to see Love (mind you not feel it :P). When one sees people around him going out with each other, he often wonders about the true meaning of this concept called Love. One friend conveniently referred to it as an extended-friendship but I still find it hard to realize the difference between ‘best-friendship’ and the so-called ‘extended-friendship’. Is it all about whispering sweet nothings, private meetings rather than gang meetings? Maybe only (*ahem) experience will tell.

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Written by Chronoz

November 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

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