Kategorie Argief: Lewe en dood

Van die viering van die lewe, selfs in die dood — Hierdie kategorie bevat 'n paar van my meer persoonlike poste.

Pointlessness,en

When my mother gave birth to me, it was a touch-and-go sitiuation. I was created with an abnormally huge head, which I would like to insist is filled with a brain the size of a small planet. Whether because of the head or some other medical reason, my mother had to undergo an emergency c-section. Onthou, this was more than half a century ago in a remote hill station near Munnar in Kerala.
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Childhood Friend

Toe ek 'n kind was,,en,Ek het 'n vriend in die buurt gehad,,en,'N slim,,en,en effens nerdig,,en,kind,,en,nie anders as myself nie,,en,Ons het gewoond geraak,,en,speel pluimbal en doen fisiese eksperimente,,en,Teen die tyd was ons tieners,,en,ons het van mekaar af weggedryf,,en,soos ons paaie afwyk,,en,Ek het die IIT-VSA gegaan,,en,globale-burger-roete en beland in Singapoer,,en,hy,,en,van meer beskeie ambisies,,en,by die huis gebly,,en,en het 'n werk gelyk aan wat my pa gebruik het,,en,Ek het gehoor van hom,,en,alhoewel ek nooit regtig in hom gehardloop het nie,,en,Hy het getroud,,en,het waarskynlik 'n paar kinders gehad,,en,en alles moes glad gegaan het,,en,selfs 'n bietjie dully,,en,Maar 'n paar jaar gelede het hy skielik aan leukemie gesterf,,en,vriendskap,,en,parker pen,,en,N ander dag,,en,Nog 'n Amerikaanse skoolskietery,,en,Die voorspelbare nasleep sal wees,,en,gedagtes en gebede,,en, I had a friend in the neighborhood. A smart (and slightly nerdy) kid, not unlike myself. We used to hang out, play badminton and do physics experiments. By the time we were teenagers, we kind of drifted apart, as our paths diverged. Later, I went the IIT-USA, global-citizen-route and ended up in Singapore. He, of more modest ambitions, stayed back at home, and got a job roughly similar to what my father used to do. I kept hearing of him, although I never really ran into him. He got married, probably had a couple of kids, and everything must have been going smoothly, even a bit dully. But a couple of years ago he suddenly died of leukemia.

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American School Shooting

Another day, another American school shooting. The predictable aftermath will be “thoughts and prayers” (Alhoewel mense nou verskillende woorde gebruik as gevolg van die huidige skeptisisme,,en,Nog 'n nuttelose debat oor vuurwapenwette,,en,en 'n paar "nooit weer" en "nooit vergeet nie",,en,In plaas van daardie oefeninge in nutteloosheid,,en,Ek het gedink ek sal skryf oor 'n paar ander nuuskierige aspekte van Amerika se dodelike romanse met gewere,,en,geweer lobby,,en,geweer geweld,,en,massa skiet,,en), another pointless debate over gun laws, and a few “never agains” and “never forgets”. Instead of those exercises in futility, I thought I would write about some other curious aspects of America’s deadly romance with guns.

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teenstrydighede,,en,Die lewe is vol teenstrydighede,,en,Ek bywoning van 'n navorsing toevlug op bewustheid en kontemplatiewe praktyke by die pragtige,,en,Garrison Institute,,en,Ek leer baie interessante dinge,,en,en ontmoet 'n baie,,en,eensgesinde en uitstekende mense,,en,die soort mense met wie ek kon diep gesprek oor die onwerklik aard van die werklikheid het,,en,Anders as die meeste mense uit ander vlakke van die lewe sal beleef en taktvol verskoon hulself wanneer ek 'n bietjie onwerklik,,en,Ek het net klaar my eerste termyn as 'n professor by Singapoer Management Universiteit,,en,Ek geleer 'n voorgraadse kursus genoem Computer as 'n Ontleding Tool,,en,wat op besigheid model en data-gedrewe besluit ondersteuning,,en,Ek het oor,,en,in drie afdelings van drie klaskamer uur elk per week,,en

Life is full of contradictions.

I am attending a research retreat on mindfulness and contemplative practices at the beautiful Garrison Institute. I am learning a lot of interesting things, and meeting a lot of like-minded and excellent people – the kind of people with whom I could have deep conversation about the unreal nature of reality, unlike most people from other walks of life would politely and tactfully excuse themselves when I get a bit unreal.

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Twilight Years

At some point in our life, we come to accept the fact we are closer to death than life. What lies ahead is definitely less significant than what is left behind. These are the twilight years, and I have come to accept them. With darkness descending over the horizons, and the long shadows of misspent years and evaded human conditions slithering all around me, I peer into the void, into an eternity of silence and dreamlessness. Dit is almost time.

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bhagavad Gita

Onder die godsdienstige tekste van Hindoeïsme, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. Letterlik aangebied as die Woord van God, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. Soos alle geskrifte, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, nie net as 'n daad van toewyding, maar as 'n filosofiese diskoers asook. Dit bied 'n filosofiese houding in die begrip van die wêreld, watter vorme (vir diegene uit Indië) die basiese en fundamentele aannames in die hantering van die lewe, en die onkenbare werklikheid rondom hulle. In werklikheid, dit is meer as net aannames en hipoteses; Dit is die basis van gesonde verstand oorgedra van geslag tot geslag. Dit is die grondslag van intellek, watter vorm die instinktiewe en emosionele begrip van die werklikheid wat opgeneem voordat logika en kan nie aangeraak of ontleed met rasionaliteit. Hulle is die mythos wat troef logo's elke keer.

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Aging Mind

I used to have a pretty sharp mind, particularly when it came to simple arithmetic. I think age has begun to dull it. Case in point: recently I had to check a friend’s pulse rate. So I felt his pulse for 15 seconds and got 17 beats. Op daardie stadium, I wanted to call out the heart beats per minute. And at that point, my mind suddenly went blank. It started going through this chain, “Ok, I got 17 vir 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, what, 60 seconds over 15 keer 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, dit 17 for a quarter of a minute. So 17 keer 4. Where is my calculator, dammit?!” Granted, it was a slightly stressful situation. But this is not at all the way my mind used to work.

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Income Inequality

I read on BBC yesterday that the richest 62 people in the world now earn as much as the poorest half, which would be about 3.5 billion people! Although there is some confusion about the methodology, it is clear that the wealth and income have been getting more and more polarized. The rich are certainly getting richer. Income inequality is more acute than ever.

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9/11 – Too True to Tell

It has been a while since I posted a new article in this series on 9/11. Recent terror events have made it unpalatable to dwell on the 9/11 conspiracy theme. Nietemin, one has stand up for what one believes to be true, even when the stance is unpopular. So I will press on with the series, and wrap it up with two more articles, despite the warning from a friend that I will never be able to visit the US again without risking a lengthy interview at the airport. Or worse. Egter, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.

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