2016-12-24

Inexorable Passage of Time

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It was an old theory propounded by I guess Alvin Tofller that times flies faster in relation to the time we spent in this world. Years get shorter as we live our years. That time fundamentally is relative.

 Toffler wasn't wrong.  2016 went zooming past. Faster.

Each of us wants more in life. More money. More fame. More of all. Time for WhatsApp and Facebook included. Given this desire for more against the inexorability of Tofflerian time, how can we achieve more? We - both as individuals and collectively as a species - gathered much knowledge, skills and technology, and it seems we will need less time to do more. Accumulated years shorten time but accumulated knowledge makes it easier to accomplish tasks. Technology makes say shopping a breeze compared to the rigor of walking through the maze of malls. I am an optimist. This is how I would like to define my/our progress. Malthusians abound. But that's for them to write how Toffler's impedes our achievements.

Is life, btw, about achievement? What metrics should we apply to measure life? How do I explain to posterity about how I see my own life? No ready answers given history and human memory have been quite ignoring even of those that endowed us some great inventions and innovations.


PS: I also succumb to the bouts of being a sulking Malthusian. Allow me the crib as we all go through the double whammy of a passing calendar year as well as Tofflerian time. 

2016-12-18

Monumental Tragedy

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Census team continues to miss me. I still don't get reckoned amongst Indian population. Methinks, I am not such an exception. My breed must be many. This country's population is - taking a random guess - 10 per cent more than what we are shown.

We will have approx 30 crore people coming up to employable age in say about 20 years. That is about the population of the United States. If someone thinks 8 per cent growth is great for a country of this size then he/she must be on dope. We need 20 per cent growth to fuel these numbers. And FORVER. In this context, and when things seem to be limping back to at least a close to 8 per cent growth, a few know-alls with their priorities garbled come with this supposed demonetisation decision ( there was no demonetisation as larger denominations were introduced as well). While future remains unknowable, science, experience and wisdom help us manage future better, vanity blinds us into ruining it.

Cash is what runs this economy. While we want an efficient system the fact that there are a good 20 per cent people without bank accounts makes cash a necessity than an option. People on daily wages operate just above the poverty line border. Events - mainly health reasons - push some back to below poverty line. This current episode of madness which took away many days of wages for such people has pushed many to below poverty line. For them corruption was never an issue. Subsistence was. Providing them their right to livelihood should have been a priority over tacking corruption. We don't have to run schemes sequentially. We can run schemes parallely provided one complements other. Here carpet bombing has been attempted for what should have been a  laser focussed attack on black money creators and hoarders.  In fact, large governments are the source of corruption. If one has to stop the flow of black money then government has to cut itself to size. It won't take ere long for ingenious black marketers to replace old stock with new currency.

Every decision is a trade off. We take decisions so long as merits overshadow demerits. Here is a decision where that logic has been throw to wind. Now rhetoric is being used to defend the indefensible. 

2012-03-10

Five Formulae For Life

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Life explained and lived through -
  • Selfishness is a virtue - work hard for yourself; keep expanding the economy around you; pay higher taxes; hire people; spend more. It will do good. 
  • Moral hazard - you pay a price for others' indulgence. Almost always.
  • Information asymmetry - you can never know the truth. Only knowable truth is what you did. 
  • Chance theory - one thing somewhere there can and will affect the something else here. a boss has a fight at home; team gets screwed.
  • Black-swan events - extraordinary, not ordinary, events shape life. Ours or someone else's. 9/11. marriage. death.

2011-09-24

Chance Everywhere!

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Those who have read this blog know that I am a big fan of chance theory. It is our innate need to feel important and live till eternity that makes us see patterns and rationalize things and events.

My wife is a cousin of one of my - erstwhile - friends. This friend happened to accost me at a study circle, introduced himself and much later ended up introducing me to her. Such an important aspect of my life was caused by a random event.

Now one could say, if we go back to its origin, every thing or event will have such random, chance beginning. That is the point. There is no purpose behind many of such things or events. That does not rule out planning and free will. Sciences and Philosophies have been built on planning, control, organization, free will and such. It is important that Man controls the course of events lest life and world should become completely randomized.

I would yet say chance is everywhere!

2011-08-22

Who will LokPal the LokPal?

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Sure. What after LokPal?

What is a policeman earning a paltry salary going to tell his son when he asks for a cricket kit?

Corruption has different shades. A politician who already is worth say Rs 1000 crore signing a deal which will make him/her worth Rs 2000 crore is a serious issue. We surely need a redressal mechanism. A corrupt clerk, paid poorly by the government, and  totally driven by needs which operate within his family, cannot be done away with by LokPal. We have individual incentives to be addressed.

Anyone for treating the cause also and not just curing the symptoms?

PS: And who will LokPal the LokPal?

2011-06-13

Life, Choices, et al

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Children want to grow fast as they want to be able make choices. Grown-ups want to go back to being young so they can reverse wrong choices they made.
xxxxxxxxxx

There is nothing wrong with the world. It is how I have been engaging with it that needs correction.
xxxxxxxxxxx

It is perhaps easier to choose 10 things that we want or want to do before we say bye. If there was only one thing to have or do, how easy or hard would it be to choose. And what would that one thing be. Is it the same thing for which you have worked / working hard your life.
xxxxxxxxxxxx

The purpose of life is death!
xxxxxxxxxxxxx


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2011-03-23

Sex and Instinct

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Tautological. But then how else would I break writers's block.

Unlike for other animals (almost all), based on reading and observation, it appears that for human beings sex is not an instinct. It is learned. We are capable of resisting the urge even when an opportunity throws up. We can choose not to reproduce. Surprisingly, there are couples who haven't consummated marriage. There are some who don't 'like' sex. There are some who want more and perhaps do more.

It is not that our content does not matter. It is that when it comes to human beings context matters much more.

PS:
-This is not intended to question sexual orientation. Everyone is entitled to his/her choice.



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2010-11-26

Out of action

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For a reason. We relocated to Mumbai on Nov 01st. Still living out of a hotel. Should move into flat in 3-4 days. Thankfully 10 minutes away from office. Blogging will resume in another week. Those who missed new posts, please excuse.

2010-10-23

Mind Games

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Mind plays many games. Over a period of time, we have avoided doing things that we had earlier wanted to do or done things that we would have ideally avoided. These could be simple things like avoiding junk food or wanting to do a bungee jump.

Mind keeps putting us first in a quandary and then in guilt. Much later, it puts these things in " not necessary to do" or " it is okay to indulge once in a while" category.

We are mostly about interaction between mind and body, primarily through a rush of chemicals passing through our body, which are again based on inputs, physical or psychological.

2010-10-01

Bieber and Chance

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The place of chance in our lives can never be overestimated.

- What if Justin Bieber' s mother was 30 and not 18 when he was born. Would she have been as net savvy? If she did not know Youtube, would Beiber have happened to us? I doubt.

2016-12-24

Inexorable Passage of Time

It was an old theory propounded by I guess Alvin Tofller that times flies faster in relation to the time we spent in this world. Years get shorter as we live our years. That time fundamentally is relative.

 Toffler wasn't wrong.  2016 went zooming past. Faster.

Each of us wants more in life. More money. More fame. More of all. Time for WhatsApp and Facebook included. Given this desire for more against the inexorability of Tofflerian time, how can we achieve more? We - both as individuals and collectively as a species - gathered much knowledge, skills and technology, and it seems we will need less time to do more. Accumulated years shorten time but accumulated knowledge makes it easier to accomplish tasks. Technology makes say shopping a breeze compared to the rigor of walking through the maze of malls. I am an optimist. This is how I would like to define my/our progress. Malthusians abound. But that's for them to write how Toffler's impedes our achievements.

Is life, btw, about achievement? What metrics should we apply to measure life? How do I explain to posterity about how I see my own life? No ready answers given history and human memory have been quite ignoring even of those that endowed us some great inventions and innovations.


PS: I also succumb to the bouts of being a sulking Malthusian. Allow me the crib as we all go through the double whammy of a passing calendar year as well as Tofflerian time. 

2016-12-18

Monumental Tragedy

Census team continues to miss me. I still don't get reckoned amongst Indian population. Methinks, I am not such an exception. My breed must be many. This country's population is - taking a random guess - 10 per cent more than what we are shown.

We will have approx 30 crore people coming up to employable age in say about 20 years. That is about the population of the United States. If someone thinks 8 per cent growth is great for a country of this size then he/she must be on dope. We need 20 per cent growth to fuel these numbers. And FORVER. In this context, and when things seem to be limping back to at least a close to 8 per cent growth, a few know-alls with their priorities garbled come with this supposed demonetisation decision ( there was no demonetisation as larger denominations were introduced as well). While future remains unknowable, science, experience and wisdom help us manage future better, vanity blinds us into ruining it.

Cash is what runs this economy. While we want an efficient system the fact that there are a good 20 per cent people without bank accounts makes cash a necessity than an option. People on daily wages operate just above the poverty line border. Events - mainly health reasons - push some back to below poverty line. This current episode of madness which took away many days of wages for such people has pushed many to below poverty line. For them corruption was never an issue. Subsistence was. Providing them their right to livelihood should have been a priority over tacking corruption. We don't have to run schemes sequentially. We can run schemes parallely provided one complements other. Here carpet bombing has been attempted for what should have been a  laser focussed attack on black money creators and hoarders.  In fact, large governments are the source of corruption. If one has to stop the flow of black money then government has to cut itself to size. It won't take ere long for ingenious black marketers to replace old stock with new currency.

Every decision is a trade off. We take decisions so long as merits overshadow demerits. Here is a decision where that logic has been throw to wind. Now rhetoric is being used to defend the indefensible. 

2012-03-10

Five Formulae For Life

Life explained and lived through -
  • Selfishness is a virtue - work hard for yourself; keep expanding the economy around you; pay higher taxes; hire people; spend more. It will do good. 
  • Moral hazard - you pay a price for others' indulgence. Almost always.
  • Information asymmetry - you can never know the truth. Only knowable truth is what you did. 
  • Chance theory - one thing somewhere there can and will affect the something else here. a boss has a fight at home; team gets screwed.
  • Black-swan events - extraordinary, not ordinary, events shape life. Ours or someone else's. 9/11. marriage. death.

2011-09-24

Chance Everywhere!

Those who have read this blog know that I am a big fan of chance theory. It is our innate need to feel important and live till eternity that makes us see patterns and rationalize things and events.

My wife is a cousin of one of my - erstwhile - friends. This friend happened to accost me at a study circle, introduced himself and much later ended up introducing me to her. Such an important aspect of my life was caused by a random event.

Now one could say, if we go back to its origin, every thing or event will have such random, chance beginning. That is the point. There is no purpose behind many of such things or events. That does not rule out planning and free will. Sciences and Philosophies have been built on planning, control, organization, free will and such. It is important that Man controls the course of events lest life and world should become completely randomized.

I would yet say chance is everywhere!

2011-08-22

Who will LokPal the LokPal?

Sure. What after LokPal?

What is a policeman earning a paltry salary going to tell his son when he asks for a cricket kit?

Corruption has different shades. A politician who already is worth say Rs 1000 crore signing a deal which will make him/her worth Rs 2000 crore is a serious issue. We surely need a redressal mechanism. A corrupt clerk, paid poorly by the government, and  totally driven by needs which operate within his family, cannot be done away with by LokPal. We have individual incentives to be addressed.

Anyone for treating the cause also and not just curing the symptoms?

PS: And who will LokPal the LokPal?

2011-06-13

Life, Choices, et al

Children want to grow fast as they want to be able make choices. Grown-ups want to go back to being young so they can reverse wrong choices they made.
xxxxxxxxxx

There is nothing wrong with the world. It is how I have been engaging with it that needs correction.
xxxxxxxxxxx

It is perhaps easier to choose 10 things that we want or want to do before we say bye. If there was only one thing to have or do, how easy or hard would it be to choose. And what would that one thing be. Is it the same thing for which you have worked / working hard your life.
xxxxxxxxxxxx

The purpose of life is death!
xxxxxxxxxxxxx


- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad




2011-03-23

Sex and Instinct

Tautological. But then how else would I break writers's block.

Unlike for other animals (almost all), based on reading and observation, it appears that for human beings sex is not an instinct. It is learned. We are capable of resisting the urge even when an opportunity throws up. We can choose not to reproduce. Surprisingly, there are couples who haven't consummated marriage. There are some who don't 'like' sex. There are some who want more and perhaps do more.

It is not that our content does not matter. It is that when it comes to human beings context matters much more.

PS:
-This is not intended to question sexual orientation. Everyone is entitled to his/her choice.



- Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

2010-11-26

Out of action

For a reason. We relocated to Mumbai on Nov 01st. Still living out of a hotel. Should move into flat in 3-4 days. Thankfully 10 minutes away from office. Blogging will resume in another week. Those who missed new posts, please excuse.

2010-10-23

Mind Games

Mind plays many games. Over a period of time, we have avoided doing things that we had earlier wanted to do or done things that we would have ideally avoided. These could be simple things like avoiding junk food or wanting to do a bungee jump.

Mind keeps putting us first in a quandary and then in guilt. Much later, it puts these things in " not necessary to do" or " it is okay to indulge once in a while" category.

We are mostly about interaction between mind and body, primarily through a rush of chemicals passing through our body, which are again based on inputs, physical or psychological.

2010-10-01

Bieber and Chance

The place of chance in our lives can never be overestimated.

- What if Justin Bieber' s mother was 30 and not 18 when he was born. Would she have been as net savvy? If she did not know Youtube, would Beiber have happened to us? I doubt.