The author repeatedly claims uniqueness to his book by saying it is about ‘the history of India’s geography’. The introduction detailing out this objeThe author repeatedly claims uniqueness to his book by saying it is about ‘the history of India’s geography’. The introduction detailing out this objective for the book makes a case that this is an interesting way to look at Indian history and, to be honest, it is. However the rest of the book, except for the first chapter, barely acknowledges this supposed orientation.
There is nothing that distinguishes this from the other books on Indian history that I have read, except that the author is clearly nationalistic in outlook, has a penchant for wild theories, and is always willing to give priority to a good story over confusing details, in the interest of brevity or maybe, bias. The book reads like a standard, if stylized, history. And for that, there are many better books out there....more
The Earth is Spherical, Small, Mobile (triply so), Certainly Not the Center of the Universe, and thus imperfect from now on.
Having said that, so far aThe Earth is Spherical, Small, Mobile (triply so), Certainly Not the Center of the Universe, and thus imperfect from now on.
Having said that, so far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from Science, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it. Farewell....more
Most marketers practice Interruption Marketing. The difference is simple. An Interruption Marketer is aPermission Marketing Vs. Interruption Marketing
Most marketers practice Interruption Marketing. The difference is simple. An Interruption Marketer is a hunter. A Permission Marketer is a farmer.
Hunting prospects involves loading a gun with bullets and shooting until you hit something. You can take a day or a week or a month off from this endeavor and it won’t take you long to get back into successfully bagging a few.
Farming prospects involves hoeing, planting, watering, and harvesting. It’s infinitely more predictable, but it takes regular effort and focus. If you take a month off, you might lose your entire crop.
On the other hand, farming scales. Once you get good at it, you can plant ever more seeds and harvest ever more crops.
Interruption Marketing soon becomes spam, Permission Marketing can become long-term relationships with customers.
The book was probably very influential, most of the principles seems to have been applied, except by some categories of producers. Unfortunately, even Godin couldn't bring down the amount of spam in the universe. ...more
How would Google run the world? How would everything look if every industry, every social activity was "googley"?
Everything would be more open, collaHow would Google run the world? How would everything look if every industry, every social activity was "googley"?
Everything would be more open, collaborative and fun, that is how. The book might be masked as an exploration of a successful way of doing things, but in reality it a call for the open-source "gift" economy in which everyone participates to create great value. It makes sense too, for much of it.
Apple posed some problems for the author though. Apparently non-open-source can also work spectacularly.
In any case, let us try out this world. It seems like a a good place to take risks. ...more
It is an increasingly accepted speculation that souls might in fact be made of dark matter. According to our latest models, they (daOur Souls are Dark
It is an increasingly accepted speculation that souls might in fact be made of dark matter. According to our latest models, they (dark souls) condense first and allow life to settle down around them. Of course, they can't be detected since they are not detectable by ordinary matter science.
On death, the souls depart from the body, and can go to heaven/cause rebirth via re-agglomeration depending on religious practices of the ordinary matter person associated with the soul. It is not yet fully understood how religious practices affect the dark matter core of a person. However, we do know that the souls get affected by a lifetime of sins, penance, charity, etc.
It is accepted by now that no life can form without a dark soul though some scientists still like the older idea that a soul is required only for higher life forms, probably only humans. Lower life forms can agglomerate without the gravitational-religious pull exerted by the soul-core. The source of this mysterious force that is akin to gravity but applies only to life-forms is yet to be discovered. It is exciting to consider that life might be the only source of interaction between dark and ordinary matter, outside the even more mysterious realm of gravity.
This allows us to speculate that ghosts might be real. In certain religions, certain required practices being not performed would mean that the soul-core is not fully freed from its person-form. This makes it unstable and dangerous, in a limbo state between dark and ordinary matter, and causes it to react in unpredictable ways with ordinary matter - sometimes violating the laws of ordinary matter physics. It is not entirely clear how this comes about.
Dark matter souls normally interact with entirely new forces and particles that do not interact with ordinary matter. But it has been observed over time that religion can have an effect on this. It is a matter of great speculation how nature of reality is altered by the gravitational-religious forces that seem to transcend the dark-ordinary boundary and allow some diffuse interactions. A new temple is proposed to be built near CERN to test the interactions and to identify the carriers of these interactions. We anxiously await the results. We are also hoping to bump into a few celebrity souls/ghosts over there. It is a whole new world that awaits us!...more
The most intricate alien-invasion story I have read. It is erudite, it is playful and it makes you struggle with the big questions throughout. It hasThe most intricate alien-invasion story I have read. It is erudite, it is playful and it makes you struggle with the big questions throughout. It has everything going for it, except, maybe, romance. Read it....more
Will’s first tentative venture - and it tells a lot about the play that one of the reasons it is considered so is precisely be The Two Cads of Verona
Will’s first tentative venture - and it tells a lot about the play that one of the reasons it is considered so is precisely because of the quality of the play! The critics just couldn’t imagine that Shakespeare would stumble and stoop and be so clumsy once he knew his way around the theater. What can I say, it was cute. Yup, cute, if I should leave it at that, and more if I need not...
Friendship, Betrayal, Love, Displacement and finally Reconciliation: these themes are present in nascent undeveloped forms. But they convey no depth and no “invention of the human”. They do not move the reader’s soul like they do in more powerful plays.
In fact, one could argue that The Merchant of Venice picks up some of the aspects of this play such as supposedly-loyal-friendship & loyal-lover-in-disguise; and perhaps King Lear and Othello the aspect of betrayal-by-best-buddy; perhaps even A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s exploration of the restorative virtues of a magical displacement from the ordinary to restore order to the world — but they all do so without the irritating naivete of the betrayer, the cloyingly easy reconciliation or the jarring effects induced by the transition, respectively. Besides, they do so with much better dramatic structure/tension and dialogues which are not best forgotten.
Add to all this that the “Gentlemen” of the play are so far from being gentlemen of any sort - the play is filled with either idiocy or lies/betrayal by one of the two heroes, including an act of rape and immediate forgiveness, in addition to assorted instances of general unconcern for the female view of things. It is hard to not be a bit angry at Shakespeare for being so callous — unless we take refuge in the calming words of critics who assure us that Shakespeare was deftly playing male-male friendship against male-female love in this play — and here friendship emerges superior to love, which was merely an unnecessary disturbance in the orderly world of friendship (Typically explored in the juvenile “love-triangle” moves where a girl comes between two guy friends, and one has to sacrifice for the other). It might even be believable, this theory, if we imagine a very young Shakespeare writing the play (or planning the play) while skeptical of love, but with full knowledge of the joys of friendship. That is stretching it though, and I remain as disturbed by the ending of the play as I would have been if Othello had hugged Iago, forgiven him for his crimes and told him that if he wanted Desdemona, all he had to do was just ask. Friendship trumps love, right?
PROTEUS My shame and guilt confounds me. Forgive me, Valentine: if hearty sorrow Be a sufficient ransom for offence, I tender 't here; I do as truly suffer As e'er I did commit.
VALENTINE Then I am paid; And once again I do receive thee honest. Who by repentance is not satisfied Is nor of heaven nor earth, for these are pleased. By penitence the Eternal's wrath's appeased: And, that my love may appear plain and free, All that was mine in Silvia I give thee.
Despite all this, the play is fascinating in a historical context, if we move outside the play itself and look at the oeuvre. Then this could be a place where we can know a bit more about the master playwright’s craft than in other plays, for here some of the method shows through and that is worth revisiting the play for. As Charles Nicholl says:
“The play has its flaws, but in a sense they are part of its fascination. While the technical mastery of his mature comedies leaves one gasping, The Two Gentlemen has a kind of guileless transparency; it lets us in on its secrets. We see the young (or youngish) Shakespeare at work, the apprentice poet carefully blending the ingredients of love, confusion and drollery that will become familiar in subsequent comedies.”...more