Getting into Psychology

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I did start this year wanting to venture into Psychology. Even started a book and left it at there. Bought some more but like a young girl, waiting for her Mr-right-guy, I had been waiting for the right-moment since then. But finally, the wait is over.

 

But this time, I am getting a chance to study the material like a student. I will have fellow students. I will have exams. I will a chance to compare myself to an actual student. I get to tutor or tutored by a student. But in the all, it’s not just Psychology but also Criminology. About brain in depression, how-brain-works and all. Great time to be alive is when you are learning something you love. Yay!!

Slovak

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Ahoj/čau = hello

Ako sa máš (formal)= How are you?

Ako sa máte (informal)= How are you?

Ďakujem, dobre! = Thanks, good.

Prosím = Please/You are welcome.

Prepáčte/prepáč/pardôn = sorry

Áno = yes

Nie = no

Nech sa páči = After you/voila.

Dobré ráno is Good morning but should be used only till 9:00 and then Dobrý deň. (this ráno thing is nutral).

Dobré Večer = This is something you could say till 19:00 and some how Večera means dinner. (This Večer thing is masculin)

Dobrú noc = Good night. (night is feminine).

Moje meno je Arun/Ja som Arun/volám sa Arun

Teši ma = encantado!

Ja som z India.

Týždeň is week and weekend is víkend.

Pondelok, Ulolok, Stred (it also means middle), Štvrtok, Piatok (Piatok sviatok), Sobota, nedeľa.

“Pomoc” is help and the way to ask for help would be “Pomoc, Prosim“. The same to do in a polite way would be “Môžete mi prosím promôct?

Pozor means be careful but Zákaz is something like verboten.

 

Jedlo is food and Nápoj (pl. Napoje) is drink. Donno what Pitic means.

Raňajky is breakfast, Obed is lunch and as already said, Večera is dinner.

Kava is coffee, Čaj is tea. Džús is Juice, Milieko is milk. Pivo is beer and Voda is water and as expected víno is wine. Pohar is glass and Fláša is bottle (flask).

Promím si pohar vody is A glass of water please.

 

  1. Jedna/Jeden
  2. Dva
  3. Try
  4. Štyri
  5. Pät
  6. Šest
  7. Sedem
  8. Osem
  9. Devät
  10. Desat

And then you get the numbers from 11 t0 19 by adding –nást. E.g. Jedenást, Dvanást…. Devätnást.

Need to know about 21, 22 from Warbit (Warbit means a very good friend in Slovak)

Sto is 100 and Tisíc is 1000. Oh… Číslo (pl. Čisler) is number.

 

The Happiness Template

Materialism Won't Lead You To Happiness. Here's Why!

I had encountered the word “happiness template” while I was reading a few stories in the morning. How true! Most of us have a template (read: excel sheet with formulas) handed over to us either by people around us or by our beliefs. We never bother to question the relevance of the template nor the effectiveness but join the rat race. We just fill in the blanks with numbers. Number of bucks we “need to” have, no of cars we “need to” have, number of houses, goods we “need to” have. The club memberships, the number of influential contacts etc… Most of things automatically define if we happen to successful. Of course, in reality they are someone else’s hopes being projected onto us.

Not just the happiness one, but we have many templates. Morality template, relationship-template, friendship-template, love-template etc… this templating happens to cow the people into some common groups for it is easier to deal with groups (or herds) -saves a lot of time than addressing each individual. At the extreme spectrum of this grouping lies a battalion of soldiers : they dress alike, walk alike, think(??) alike. The soldiers even undergo rigorous drills to iron out any left over individuality and to turn people into some dumb robots. Society didn’t succeed to reach that evil level yet but it tries hard. And that’s the reason when an individual tries to stick out his neck, society tries to discourage it by condemning that, calling it immoral or of poor taste etc… These are all the society’s way of court-martialing.

People around us are happy when we accept the template -like they did- and get into the race. They are more happy if you are ahead of them -you are successful. Wow!- and help them a little -you are kind too. Wow! Wow!- but not when you say something like “Hey!! Keep your respectable morals in your respectable pocket and walk off respectably”.

May be I should blame it on people not on society. If the people are afraid of traversing radically new paths, and resort to the paths of least resistance, it they who shall be blamed. One should have a clear cut understanding of what is important to oneself. Allow vagueness, the people around you swoop in with their own ideas to make your thought pool a spoiled broth kind of a thing and you would be stuck trying to lift the burden of hopes placed by all those around and you will not be happy either but just an egotistic happiness-illusion.

Parva – Y. L. Bhairappa

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It’s not just another re-telling. It’s the retelling of the Great Mahabharath without that mythological nonsense. People in this retelling behave, think, sweat and  live like mortals. The devas are merely the hill folk with different traditions. Dharma, Maruth and Indra are the chieftains of the hill folk. And that’s all about the tradition of Niyoga. Krishna’s magic of saving Droupadi’s is not really required if Droupadi could stall the oncoming villain with the words. Does it? What do you think would exactly be the reaction of Duryodhana and Dussaasana if Droupadi could say something like “dare to disrobe me if and only if you have the temerity to get a taste of the wrath that would be unleashed by two of mighty clans (Panchalas & Yadavas) whose rules are brothers/brother-figures to me”?

One more I liked about this book the style of narration -nonlinear. The accounts are often recalled and the book is written in such a way even the not-important-looking-figures find could find their voices in this book.

The importance given to the characterization is pretty impressive. In fact, the sanguine episodes of the Mahabharata are given less importance so that more importance could be paid to the characterization which banks heavily on the way the characters think.

I for sure have a different mental-pictures of Kunti, Krishna, Bheema, Dharma, Arjuna, Pandu, Dhritarashtra, Baarama, Karna, Abhimanyu, Ghatotgach, Ekalavya, Salya, Vidura, Samjaya and Hidimbi after reading this book.

Listen Amaya

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I happened to watch this on a trip the previous Sunday (12th June 2017). The one line description I read about this movie convinced that this movie is about human emotions and also that this movie is an award winner types. I was not wrong. I did thoroughly enjoy this movie.

 

The movie is about the daughter (Swara Bhaskar) of a widowed (Deepti Naval) woman not able to cope up with the relation that her seem to be enjoying with a another widower (Farooq Sheik). I liked the way the movie maintains a mellow pause without resorting to super-emotional scenes. I liked Farooq Sheik’s acting and characterization especially. Swara Bhaskar as Amaya was superb. The show of friction among the mother and daughter and daughter and her friend (Farooq Sheik) sometimes borders on love and sometimes on the anger that the other person is spoiling the friendship to get the relation transformed into another. I liked the way she comes around after realizing that her mom too had a right to life and love and none has a right to confine her mom to the  memories and condemn her life to them.

A good chance to learn

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Now that I am removed from from the rest of the world, I shall concentrate on learning. And I have a lot of that to do. I want to learn. I want to learn like I am gonna die tomorrow. I want to understand and be better that I was a month ago. I wanna be more organized and want to escape the fates of a lot of management people. Apart from that, I wanna enjoy the writing styles of Brontë sisters, Salman Rushdie, Franz Kafka. I want to understand the Indian politics and politics in general. I want to be able to go to a pub in Germany and be able to start a conversation. I want to master German and French.

I want to make new friends (and if required shed old ones). I want to date a girl. I want to travel France, Netherlands and Switzerland. I want to take a holy dip in the world and come out clean of my evils that I was conditioned to suffer.

I want to emerge different. I want to emerge elegant. I want to experience joie de vivre.

Some books…

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Some books make my smile and make me feel proud. I am reading this book called “Homo Deus”. I liked the author’s philanthropy (in it’s true meaning -not as in charity). so far this book talked about the problems the human had been able to conquer (famines, plagues and wars) and set the course for the humans to deal with the next set of problems (death, unhappiness and aspiring for god like abilities) and at the same time, doesn’t shy away from pointing our lack of morals like equality. I felt like reading Casmos – Carl Sagan all over again. Books like this never fail making feel proud for being born a human.

There are the other set of books I read; Politics. Our stupidity makes me cry when I read them. When I read how our attention is intentionally being diverted to sentiments like religion, nationalism so as to evade accepting the actual problems let alone be discussing them, I feel bad. I feel like atlas carrying the burden of the heavens on my shoulders.

I am now scared of picking up Freud. May be peering into brains and encountering devils could wait for some-more time.