Archive | June, 2011

Question 3

29 Jun

Is the worst civilization closest to nature?


I think

26 Jun

Anything that is said should be said if it is important to what is said around it. Before or after.

Excerpt: The Rising Fall

22 Jun

Adam went into the room and collapsed on the bed from fatigue and sighed a relief. He could feel the exhaustion seeping into his body and slept.
When he got up after what felt like hours, refreshed and went for a shower. When he came out surprisingly there was a change of clothes waiting for him; the clothes fitted him perfectly.
When he stepped out, he found the Man waiting for him. He led Adam to a table and they sat down. The Man picked up a deck of cards lying on the table, shuffled them and dealt cards.
Adam asked, “Are we gambling now?”
The Man replied, “Not really, you must be tired from your last game, so maybe you can relax for some time and we can talk. So what are your cards?”
Adam looked at his cards and replied, “I have a pair of kings and a five.”
Man said, “I win this round.” Then he shuffled the cards and dealt again “So what have you got this time?”
Adam said, “I have color”
Man said, “I win again.” And he dealt another round of cards and asked the same question again.
Adam said, “I have a sequence.”
Man said, “I win again.”
“You have been saying that for the last three rounds but I have not seen your cards, how do I know you are telling the truth. Let me see your cards.”
Man laughed and showed his cards to Adam. To Adam’s surprise his host was lying and did not have the winning cards.
He said, “You were lying. I have won this game. Maybe you were lying earlier too.”
“The question is not whether I was lying or not, it is why I could lie earlier and what it means for you.”
Adam didn’t understand what the Man implied and said nothing.
The Man smiled and said, “The reason I could lie earlier was because you thought you were weak and assumed I will be better off, in the last round you had a confidence in your position of strength and that’s the reason you challenged me. All our decisions are innate; we decide from our position of weakness or strength rather than that of our opponents.” He continued, “It is easier to challenge when things are obvious, physical in nature, it becomes worse when we are burdened with concepts or when we are dealing with ideas.”
Adam asked, “Concepts?”
“Yes, concepts. Concepts like honesty, compassion, sympathy, empathy, morality and the worst of them all; love. These are not real; these are synthetic, manufactured by weak human minds to bind the stronger men, tricks of the feeble minded and bodied to survive in a world that naturally belongs and is the right of the stronger.”
Adam kept quiet and listened to the man; he found resonance in his thoughts.
Then the Man asked, “Do you know which the most deceptive idea, ingrained with treachery is?”
Adam said, “Equality?”
The Man smiled and said, “You surprise me with your insight. That’s right, it’s the most duplicitous invention. I would have believed in the merit of it, if it was not so blatantly distorted and abused. The truth is, weak are cunning and they are extremely aware of their weakness, they know they are feeble both in mind and body. So they create such fraudulent concepts to strengthen themselves and weaken the stronger.
Life is a struggle for power. Everybody desires it and wants to control. Some have a natural right to it, while others cheat to attain it. This is not how it is meant to be, you cannot chain the strong with superfluous unnatural ideas while the weak have a free run. Look at animals, now humans will say that the same species do not hunt each other, while it is true, it is also true, the weak and sick find no place in the group. The stronger through his strength becomes the leader but each member still has to earn his membership to the group. If any member weakens the leader’s position, he has no place there, everything is received on merit, and there is no mercy. One rule. And that works. Rule of value above all.
Everything that is born doesn’t necessarily have a right to live. Creation of life is a power nature has bestowed on us but the reason how and why life creates is not a conscious action. And even if it is, the act cannot be the reason. Every life must justify itself. If it cannot, it should cease by choice or by force.”
Suddenly the man stopped and looked down, Adam followed to see what the Man was looking at and saw a cockroach crawling there.
“Can you please kill that hideous thing?”
Adam got up and crushed the insect. But as soon as he sat down, a dog started barking incessantly, making conversation impossible anymore. Adam turned to see a Labrador tied to a pole that was making all the infernal noise. The Man looked up and shouted to Adam, “Can you shut that dog up, so that we can continue our conversation?”
Adam looked at him with a shocked expression.
The Man snapped his fingers and the dog whimpered and sat down quietly.
The Man laughed, “Of course I know you will not kill the dog, after all dog is a man’s best friend, he is loyal, caring, loving, and compassionate and is almost human. The cockroach is vile, disgusting, dreadful, a symbol of evil, revulsive and hence expendable. But unfortunately both the views are assumptions without understanding and not real. These are manifestations that you have extrapolated in your mind on the two lives. They both live their lives as nature dictated them to, without pretension. Humans that have made them more or less than what they truly are.
He paused to collect his thoughts and then continued “The only thing that humans hold precious in the end is concepts and the brave understand and see through these deceptions. And those are the ones who go for the only true need of all lives that is power. For you to reach your goal it will be important to differentiate between your innate reality and projected reality.”

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Question 2: If you were alien

22 Jun

You land on an planet and meet life form there, what is the first thing you say to them?

Hint 1: Remember they are native and you are alien
Hint 2: Take me to your leader is taken
Hint 3: And so is hi dude


20 Jun

Life is nothing but a tic of time


18 Jun

Do you think trees like windy days?

First and second

17 Jun

I read that Arvind Adiga has published his second novel “Last man in Tower” and I checked the product description, and in a way it seemed to have parallels with his first book. I haven’t read the new book but like White Tiger which was about class differences, this one deals with economic disparity.

Then I tried to think how many authors are there in the modern times who actually write about different stuff. And I am talking about famous authors.

Before the commercialized world took control of our lives, we had writers like Oscar Wilde who wrote philosophical to satirical to children stories with equal ease, or Steinbeck or Orwell or Twain or Graham Greene writers who had diversity in their writing (this is a general observations and not a rule).

But in recent times, if you look at the success stories you find that writers get tagged or themselves confine within certain themes (though I am waiting to see what Ms. Rowling will do next. Wonder if she can write a single stand alone novel or will she be tempted to repeat the series formula).

There are two things about writers that I believe are always true-

1. If you really want to read any authors honest voice, you should read their first book. Invariably it also would be their best work, unless second assumption comes into play.

2. If you want to know how courageous an author is read the second book after the first successful book, for that will tell you is he just extending the first book or writing a new first book.

I as a rule don’t read the author again, if I find the second book on a theme similar to the first one, that shows nothing but paucity of ideas. It might be better crafted, better written, better said but I have read the better version already. Rewording doesn’t make it a new idea.

And I would rather spend my time on a new idea rather than wasting it on an already read story.

Books are not words. Books are ideas, imagination, fantasies, dreams.