Justice in a Ordered Society

In anarchic societies, the cause of justice becomes, by definition, the job of the private citizen. That is to say, the individual himself is ultimately responsible for the safety and security of his property and his life and personal liberty. This is not something unusual for an anarchic society. For in such setups, almost everything…

Talking

She knocked on my door and I opened the door. I was struck by her beauty, the radiance of her face, her long flowing hair. She came in, and we sat down. “I hear you are an intelligent man”, she said, “Why not tell me a bit about the places you’ve been, the things you’ve…

Shanti Parva

After the Great War that has waged all around me over the past year, and now as it draws to a close, it is only proper that we have a few words of peace now, of closure, and of rest. A sort of ceremony one could say, that in the best circumstances, should bring peace…

The journey within

In my last post, I talked about how I came to abandon my Ph.D. and basically get on with my life. In an earlier post, I talked about how I came to do a Ph.D. in the first place. And thus, one could say that in these two posts, you have the the beginning, parts of…

Bye Bye Ph.D.!

In a couple of previous posts, here and here I explained where I was coming from. The posts were written in wayyy back in the end of 2014, when I was just about a year into my Ph.D. Well, we are now past the first quarter of 2017 now, and its only right that I give you…

Objectification of Men

One hears all the time about objectification of women. The basic complaint seems to be that there are women out there who are unable to respect themselves, and who wish only to portray themselves as objects of desire. The idea is that these women use their charms, their beauty and their desirability to attract men,…

The making of the modern world

It is well accepted that we live in the modern world. But what do we mean by this term “Modern World”? Well, there are many aspects to this. Some of it is technological – for instance the TV, the fridge, the microwave – these are considered modern appliances by most people. After all, none of…

We don’t need no optimization

When we are working with data, and fitting models to it and building algorithms, it is very easy to lose sight of what we are really doing. Which is that we are trying to explore the geometry of the data. In fact, the geometry of the data points in space is really what is fundamental…

Change happens. Deal with it.

Its a human tendency to think of things that are around us, of our environment, as something that is constant. This tendency is closely related to habits – people form habits quickly, and its very hard to make them change even a little bit. These are in fact, just two different aspects of the same…

Free and Open Source Software

These days one sees so much software being given away for free, with no explicit or implicit conditions imposed at all. In so many cases, even the source code of the software is bundled alongside it – in fact there is plenty of software that is being distributed solely in source form – the writers…

Confidentiality of Communication

Communication between any two people must always be confidential. This is such a natural thing, that it is remarkable so few people understand this or appreciate this. It is an indisputable fact, however, that people who cannot keep a confidence usually come to grief. There are several reasons that people who really value communication, prefer to…

China’s One Child Policy

What I want to write about today, may appear to be something quite different, but through it, I will again try to illustrate Dharma, and how it influences everything, even in the modern world. One ignores Dharma at one’s own peril, for indeed Dharma is the Natural Law of this Universe, and each of our…

Civilized Wars

Whenever we face a difficult problem, or a difficult person, we often think of trying to resolve it by force. This is natural, for biologically, much of our being is common with animals. Yet, the society that we have created for ourselves does not appreciate the use of force. In fact, civilized society prohibits the…

A Human Geography of the USA

So, now that I’ve decided to abandon my doctorate (Why? See Should you complete a Ph.D.?), get a Masters degree instead (It doesn’t really make a difference, read A PhD prices you out of the Market), and go for an Industry job right away, the next question obviously is: Where? Now, as I mentioned earlier (About…

What I fear…

What is it that scares me you ask? Is the exams, I take, and do not ace? Or is it dragons that walk these halls, Who spite me, and I spite doubly back? Or is it petty little spies they send, To watch me, touch my things, influence my head? A title I sought, I did…

Love letters to a dear friend

Why do I not give up on you, you wonder sometimes. Looking in the mirror, she appreciates her beauty. “Is it my great beauty that he is after?” she thinks. Her long locks, flowing down her back, she strokes. “It is surely my beautiful hair, that entrance him!”, she says out loud. And then, later,…

Promotions in a Totalitarian System

In a totalitarian system, the less you work, the more beloved you are. The more mistakes you do, the most encouragement you shall receive. And if you have a character weakness – women or alcohol – nothing could be better! This is because, a totalitarian system is built on a foundation of controlling people. And…

Writing a History of India – I

I have by now expended all of the things that I wanted to write about, and that were easy to write about. I now want to embark on something far more ambitious, something much much larger in scope that what I have attempted so far. I now want to do a series of blog posts…

The nature of the creative

To do world class intellectual work, the first requirement is a completely calm mind – no matter what is happening around you, or what shit is going down in your life – one must completely relax and only then work. And even before starting work, you must reflect on it, visualize it and visualize the solution….

Fear Not, Rebel!!

Life my precious friend, is a journey. And as surely as it is a journey, so surely we must move on the paths that it offers. These paths shall not be clear at first – they are just offered to us and we have to trust, we have to have faith, to choose them. And…

The Nature of the Rebel

If I have to make a rebel out you, I must first ensure you have the right personality type, the right frame of mind, the right attitude. And thus, this post. The worship of heroes is a very common theme in human civilization. Countless fables, stories and mythologies have all originated from real-life heroes and…

Understanding Rebellions

Almost everyone has heard of some or other story of rebellion. And by rebellion, we mean not the teenage angst we have all gone through at some point or the other. Rather, we are talking of men and women like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony and others. People who started with nothing, but…

A PhD prices you out of the Market

One thing that came up in a previous post was about how PhD’s do not often command higher salaries than those with Masters degrees, sometimes even those with a Bachelors. This was the quote we used from the Economist, PhD graduates do at least earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree. A study in the…

Psychological Games in the Academy

Validation means to seek approval, praise. When someone praises us, approves of what we do, it is natural to feel happy. Validation is thus a source of happiness. The problem comes when it becomes our only, or one of the major sources of our happiness. The Academic Environment, especially, at the higher levels of Doctoral studies,…

Should you complete a Ph.D.?

In an earlier post, I discussed how increasingly Universities are getting outdated, with a specific example. That post was brought on by a seminar I attended at Purdue. Today’s post is brought on by a particular news item in today’s local newspaper. Purdue dean shrinks graduate pool to boost pay One reads, Buss brings home about…

Is the University getting outdated?

This post was brought on by a seminar I was in yesterday; and as I was sitting there, several things struck me; especially the fact how no-one else in the room really thought about the things I was thinking about. The talk was given by an ITaP person – I do not remember his name (nor…

Take A Risk!

Hindus are generally not risk takers. But it was not always like this. In ancient times, they had empires across Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, extending as far as the island of Bali in the East, and in the West, as far as Ukraine – Vishnu Idols are regularly found in the river Volga, for one…

What is a Miracle?

Even in his times, Maharishi Dayanand was opposed by many Hindus and Brahmins, who accused him of trying to impose his own preferences on Dharma. The fact is that all Hindus without exception have the greatest faith in the infallibility of the Vedas, and all Hindu scripture claims to only clarify or explain further the…

Why a Faith in the Vedas conflicts with a Faith in Miracles

A belief in miracles has several consequences – on society, on people’s thinking, and on their religious practices. A full discussion of these will take up a lot of time. Therefore, we shall focus only on certain aspects, and ignore or deal with the rest later. However, before we go further, lest it be said…

Against Miracles

The Arya Samaj is a Hindu revivalist movement founded by Rishi Dayanand in 1875. At a time when India was in its darkest hour – the rebellion of 1857 had ended in bitter defeat, and in all of India the British were paramount, the Rishi chose a very Indian way to rouse a rebellion –…

Next Steps

Since I started college (way back in 2005!), I’ve been deeply interested in the study of religions, their history, and their impact on human history. Since most of this impact has been in the medieval and modern ages, it is these periods of history that I’ve come to be most conversant with. Many people find…

About Myself

This is my first blog post here, and as I was thinking what to post about, I thought why not tell you a bit about myself and why I chose to start this blog. I am a 27 years old (2014), male, and an Indian. I am deeply interested in history, although all of my…