Kategori Arkib: Kehidupan dan Kematian

Hidup meraikan, walaupun dalam kematian — kategori ini mengandungi beberapa jawatan lebih peribadi saya.


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. Ingat, this was more than half a century ago in a remote hill station near Munnar in Kerala.
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Childhood Friend

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. Kemudian, 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” (although people use different words now because of the current climate of skepticism), 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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percanggahan,,en,Hidup ini penuh dengan percanggahan,,en,Saya sedang menghadiri retreat penyelidikan mengenai amalan Kesedaran dan renungan pada yang indah,,en,Garrison Institute,,en,Saya sedang banyak perkara yang menarik pembelajaran,,en,dan memenuhi banyak,,en,orang-orang seperti yang berfikiran dan cemerlang,,en,jenis orang dengan siapa saya boleh mempunyai perbualan yang mendalam tentang sifat benar realiti,,en,tidak seperti kebanyakan orang dari lapisan kehidupan yang lain dengan sopan dan bijaksana akan meminta diri apabila saya mendapatkan sedikit tidak benar,,en,Suatu Pengalaman Pengajaran,,en,Saya baru sahaja selesai penggal pertama saya sebagai seorang profesor di Universiti Pengurusan Singapura,,en,Saya mengajar kursus ijazah dipanggil komputer sebagai Alat Analisis,,en,yang pada model perniagaan dan data yang didorong oleh sokongan keputusan,,en,Saya mempunyai kira-kira,,en,dalam tiga bahagian jam tiga kelas setiap seminggu,,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. Ia adalah almost time.

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Bhagavad Gita

Antara teks-teks agama Hindu, the Bhagavad Gita is the most revered one. Secara harfiah dibentangkan kerana firman Allah, the Bhagavad Gita enjoys a stature similar to the Bible or the Koran. Seperti semua kitab-kitab, the Bhagavad Gita also can be read, bukan semata-mata sebagai satu Ibadah, tetapi sebagai wacana falsafah dan juga. Ia membentangkan pendirian falsafah dalam memahami dunia, yang bentuk (bagi orang-orang dari India) andaian asas dan asas dalam menangani kehidupan, dan realiti yang tidak dapat diketahui di sekeliling mereka. Malah, ia adalah lebih daripada sekadar andaian dan hipotesis; ia adalah asas akal diturunkan dari generasi ke generasi. Ia adalah asas-asas akal, yang membentuk pemahaman naluri dan emosi realiti yang diasimilasikan sebelum logik dan tidak boleh disentuh atau dianalisis dengan rasional. Mereka Mythos yang muslihat logo setiap kali.

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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. Pada ketika itu, 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 untuk 15 seconds. So what is it for a minute? It should be, apa, 60 seconds over 15 times 17. Hold it, where is my iPhone? I need a calculator. No wait, ia adalah 17 for a quarter of a minute. Jadi 17 times 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. 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. Atau lebih teruk lagi. Walau bagaimanapun, some truths have to be told, even when they are too true.

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