カテゴリーアーカイブ: 生と死

人生を祝う, でも、死 — このカテゴリには、私のより個人的な投稿の一部が含まれています.


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. 覚えている, this was more than half a century ago in a remote hill station near Munnar in Kerala.


When I was a child, 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. あとで, 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.


American School Shooting

Another day, another American school shooting. The predictable aftermath will be “thoughts and prayers” (現在の人々は懐疑的な気候のために異なる言葉を使用している,,en,銃法に関する別の意味のない議論,,en,いくつかの "never agains"と "never forget",,en,無駄にそれらの練習の代わりに,,en,私は銃でアメリカの致命的なロマンスのいくつかの他の興味深い側面について書いてみたいと思った,,en,銃のロビー,,en,銃暴力,,en,大量撮影,,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.



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.


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. それは almost time.



ヒンドゥー教の聖典の中で, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. 文字通りとして提示 神の言葉, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. すべての経典のように, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, 単なる献身の行為として、, しかし、哲学的談話としてだけでなく. それは世界を理解するのに哲学的な姿勢を提示します, そのフォーム (インドからのもののために) 人生に対処する基本的かつ根本的な仮定, そして彼らの周り不可知現実. 実際には, それはちょうど仮定と仮説以上のものです; それは世代から世代へと受け継が常識の基礎であります. それは知性の基礎であります, ロジックの前に同化され、合理性に触れたり分析することができない現実の本能や感情の理解を形成します. 彼らは切り札が毎回ロゴ神話です.


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. その時点で, 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]を, I got 17 のために 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, what, 60 seconds over 15 回 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, それは 17 for a quarter of a minute. そう 17 回 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.


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.


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. Nevertheless, 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. しかしながら, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.