A letter to a city

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Dear Bratislava,

   I will live these past three days over and over again. I shall meet your majesty, enigmatic personality,  maturity and child-likeness in a different place and in a different time. You are not a city -the physical manifestation- to me but the spirit that lives and glows from within. Let your spirit keep my passion burning. And let a Danube of longing keep that passion shiny and fresh. I long for you. I know that you are under going some renovation but then, “I can/could” -impatiently- wait a couple of years and re-visit you.

 

It’s not about remembering you my dear Bratislava, I will never strike you out of my favorite places ( just keep nurturing your spirit). The wish I made while visiting you is that I want to live in you.

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Hope to meet you on the banks of Seine and Glomma.

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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.

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.

Logical Fallacies

https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

 

Tu Quoque : In Latin that means “You too”. It’s a special case of Ad Hominem fallacy where the arguer is blamed for his past actions or silence. Like we blame our intellectuals for them “being” biased rather than discussing if the situation they were pointing to is real and in existence. It’s kind of when someone points a finger at you, you would blame him of being a felon in the past rather than introspecting you. If a smoker were to point out that smoking is dangerous, we, rather than verifying the fact, would argue “And yet you smoke!”

Ad Hominem : In this case though, rather than going through the validity if the argument, we just blame the character of the person who has been arguing the cause. This is the argument our lawyers employ in the cases of molestation. Since the character of the woman under the question is not of respectable character, it is proved that she herself invited that abomination. The same goes with the dressing and all others. “Anyone who dresses like that is not of respectable character”.

Appeal to Authority : Most of the quotations fall under this category. When a popular person says something, rather than verifying the validity of what he had said, we just assume that whatever said by the person of such a stature should be true. When our beloved god-men/politicians comment on various issues, rather than questioning them, we take them for granted.

Appeal to Emotion : When some one argues a point, we respond in an emotional tone. We see these cases in “our sentiments have been hurt” cases, when someone says something, rather than trying to prove/disprove them on what they might have said, we just file a sedition case because of our ‘hurt feelings”.

Bandwagon : When questioned about the validity of the point, rather than answering that, we respond the number of the people who seem to be thinking that the point under the question is valid. Remember this : A million people believing something untrue doesn’t make it the truth; it just makes a million idiots though. Many a people believe in -some or the other form of- astrology, but without a scientific proof, astrology would just be hokum.

Burden of proof : Assuming that the burden of proof (or correctly dis-proof) lies with the one who is not claiming. Bertrand Russel once said if one were to claim of a cup and saucer that are neatly placed on a table orbiting  the earth, it’s not the burden of a well esteemed astrophysicist to come with the disproof before the person who is claiming comes up with a conclusive proof for what he had claimed. May be I should say this to my devotedly religious friend the next time I meet him 🙂