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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Time is an eternal and abstract puzzle

Time is an eternal puzzle because it is an abstract 

created for convenience used for measurement, 

for classification etc and therefore eludes all sorts of definitions.

Genome map of all flora and fauna needed.

Genome map of all flora and fauna needed.

This Cancer cure berry stuff has been doing rounds at least known to me for the past 8 years in various names under various countries.

There is huge berry lobby anyway that is better than Coca Cola lobby.

Everything we need or may need may be or is available in some form somewhere in nature.

The authentic and serious research laboratories need to make them easily accessible and available to all everywhere cutting across geographical constraints.

Most importantly and unfortunately, earth is seen as human-centric rather than physical life-centric.

This has made science not even to have a detailed genome mapping of all flora and fauna which may be one of the most daunting tasks but can deliver immense dividends to all.

I wish some sane big funding group or a nation takes this up on a very large scale for the benefit of posterity and prosperity of all.

TMK -a publicity seeking leftist

TMK - The Media Keepsake of ideological disease and

The Mania for Keeping on peddling victimhood in any subject.

Why neither any media nor any individual is questioning the following?

I want to know on what basis or who authorized him that he was in the four member selection panel of Kalakshetra to appoint top officials?  This selection panel incidentally appointed M.Sankaranarayanan as Deputy Director.

Is TMK the greatest artist, senior most artist, an artist cum high level bureaucrat or vice versa?

Misusing media nexus to manipulate and being articulate in English is neither a virtue by itself nor is a requirement for Carnatic Music or the administration of Kalakshetra.

Actually the vast lands of kalakshetra can be converted into at least some 1000 mini halls for concerts, music schools, colleges, conference halls, canteens too with all the trees in place.

A very highly educated gentleman recently said ‘Kalakshetra is becoming a kerala shetram , I do not mean anything about artists but the coterie is leftist –more so after someone was shifted from Bengal here’

Religions are a good mix of

Religions are a good mix of theories, dogmas, doctrines, rituals, traditions, scriptural dos and don'ts, sermons for better behavior, cultural entertainments, socio -cultural values, physical care, environmental care and nature worship.

Religions also have imparted many philosophical concepts meant to enhance human life imbued with humanitarian values; to improve social life imbued with compassionate values and to enlighten the spiritual life imbued with sensitivity to all forms of life . 

All of the above are influential, important, and impactful in varying degrees at different contexts.

Unfortunately most of them also have been subjected to multiple interpretations due to lack of empirical authentication or for want of documented evidences.

However, some of them are always relevant, time tested and useful for humanity.
It is good to want to adopt them or to appropriate them.

But then when they are done with some ulterior motives and manipulations and in some cases done because wanting to desperately appear relevant, or merely as an outcome of either ideological or traditional indoctrination then it deviates from all the seriousness and substance of religiosity and becomes a mere ritualistic perpetuation of another activity devoid of both its intrinsic essence and contextual relevance.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ideal Political Leadership in Modern Times- a peep into its simple dimensions

Ideal Political Leadership in Modern Times- a peep into its simple dimensions.

It is fine and excellent but political leadership is not about being a know all expert on everything it is more about willingness and intention to do what is of greater importance for the common good of as many people as possible, ensuring economic development, infrastructure facilities.
In short facilitating and providing opportunities for those who want to participate in the process of growth and development.

Political leadership is all about willingness to learn and know about areas of which they do not have domain knowledge and also feel the pulse and grasp the importance of managing all available and useful and usable resources human, natural, technological, international help etc and put them to optimum utilization for intended developmental agenda and most importantly not let political correctness and media generated perception to interfere in this process.

Political leaders across the world have the natural knack for administration and expedient adjustments especially in the present complicated and complex world if they are clear about their vision and mission and a good team.
This requires naturally therefore,  that in an age of knowledge, information and hyper technology driven life it is imperative that they also use all these through data, surveys, and technological domains putting aside their halo of ego and herd of yes men and media mafia then their aura announces that they are unique leaders with great potential.

Modern day political leaders have the advantage of expert professionals in every field that they can listen to and learn from.

Political power is a stimulus and that provides a space for a leader’s response and responsibility to create growth and better situation, Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

The hall mark of a leader with vision, principles and values is not to be bothered by media manipulations and stereotyped  systems erection and instead go about his vision  as Barbara Marciniak said, “Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receiving an imprint from existence.”

Wisdom is to live in:- 1. Present context doing contextually relevant things and to 2. Practice eternal values 3. With global perspective to 4. Bequeath a livable planet, 5. A lovable society  6. With lovely infrastructures and 7. Improved living conditions;

Parenting and Individual human being

Every individual human being is a package by itself with a unique physical frame, psychological perspective, inherited/injected emotions, if we believe a life force or soul or whatever we wish to call it which has to blossom and experience life in its own with all its pleasures and pains which no one else can experience but at best be spectator  willingly or unwillingly.

Unfortunately what most parents do is trying to live vicariously through their children their own aspirations or a life which they wanted but could not without realizing their children have a life of their own.

So, strictly speaking parenting after donating a sperm and leasing a womb and initially taking care of the physical well being of the Child is all about weaving meaningful and mutually respectable relationships psychologically factoring in many socio-cultural changes and the generational differences. All of these are easily said than done because the emotional bonds and the innate parental expectations will mostly cloud many things and project only our interests, intentions prompted by our notions of their [our children’s] well being.

Wiser parenting, in my personal opinion is involving without interfering, motivating with manipulating, allowing independent and interdependent individual growth to unleash its own melodies rather than orchestrating to our tunes.

Impersonal Universal self [with whatever nomenclature - God, Soul, Divinity etc- we want to believe in or disbelieve in it totally] which operates through each body-mind organism will take care of the appropriate harmony.

Probably our role is restricted to inculcating humane values and attitudes based on that so that there is a socio-cultural harmony in living as a species.

Humans, analytics, algorithms and media- The logic of evaluations of relative impact of everything.

Humans, analytics, algorithms and media- The logic of evaluations of relative impact of everything.

Evaluations may be defined as   E=mc² i.e Evaluations= Mental manifestations in Contexts.

“Get out of your own way… stop the paralysis by analysis… decide what you want, create a simple plan, and get moving!” - Steve Maraboli.

I beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. - Rainer Maria Rilke.

“Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.” - Ram Dass.

‘The Brain Supremacy-Notes from the Frontiers of neuroscience’- KATHLEEN  TAYLOR starts off  “Science and technology are also changing their nature—and ours.”

There are very often certain normal mistakes that every votary of some pet subject or project do when it comes to evaluation.

It is only human gullibility that both the ‘pro’ and ‘anti’ brigade in any issue may be or prone to become wrong as they tend to take extreme positions.

Very often we tend to proceed from the presumption that tastes, trends, traditions all over the world may be either similar or homogenous and worse still, sometimes presumed to be same and based on that foolish attempts are made to homogenize or over simplify or over generalize.

This presumption based manias and phobias are more prevalent in religion and politics.

They are sometimes even manipulatively and selectively used as a psycho-political tool to toss human beings into the drain of stimulus- response mechanisms which included many aspects to it like brain washing, indoctrinations, subverting, and torturing physical and mental, assigning and appropriating labels.

Unfortunately most of these functions are now used by well established main stream media in many countries.

But these are not that much misused in science and commerce because in these domains tangible and measureable results and empirical evidence matter more.

Evaluation in any domain by itself has it owns dynamics and multiple dimensions.

Broadly or as narrowly defined, they could be one or some of the following factors.

But even before we embark on these factors we need to acknowledge the fact all of us do what we know, what we can , what we want to and what we are destined to do or forced to do as per prevailing circumstances or context.

In all the above the following are some of the important aspects that are involved like our  choices, decisions, intentions, attitudes, pleasures, pressures, attributes, values, principles, social obligations, motives, ideological indoctrination based conditioned responses etc.

Some of these emanate from our inner self based on our perceptions and prioritizing them and others depend on the context or circumstances.

We cannot always exercise control over our circumstances or contexts but we can play around with to a very limited extent our inner attributes, intrinsic inclinations, inculcated attitudes and perceptions.

However, we do not realize that our perceptions themselves are extremely fallible and limited by various factors intrinsically like frames of reference and scales of observation. [1]

So, overall the mental manifestations for a same issue or event or happening or an idea can vary enormously based on various inherent qualities and short comings of every individual or ideological group and besides they can also vary according to circumstances and contexts.

It is all the result of human interplay of interactions and actions either with or without awareness of the interconnectedness or interrelatedness of everything inside and outside of oneself.
Everything and everyone change according to how we relate with them. [2]  

Analytics, algorithms and data   can provide immense SUBSTANCE but cannot infuse the SOUL of ingenuity of human interpretations, inferences and incredible interconnectivities like the human mind.

Therefore, Evaluations may be defined as   E=mc² i.e Evaluations= Mental manifestations in Contexts.

We can neither defy nor deny the importance of anything and therefore cannot prepare obituary literature or an elegant elegy for any existing profession or aspect of a profession, though everything inevitably is subjected to changes and will have to adapt to changes and redefine in its newer, renewed and rejuvenated version.

As William James says, “In the end nothing less than the whole of everything can be the truth of anything at all”.
But even what is whole is difficult to define. [3]

After all everything in life undergoes a churning process and survives or evolves better through adaptations.

It is true that many things become out dated and become antic pieces much faster than we could have imagined because of the huge strides, beneficial in many ways, made by technology.

Intelligence of human species rests in seeing the best part of any emerging new technology or system and becoming a part of it or making it as a part of existing activity through active participation.

It is always ‘and’ not ‘versus’, Humanity and technology and not ‘humanity versus technology’ [4]. Polarity principle is inherent in nature of things. [5]

Humanity itself is now puzzled between two extremes one wherein everyone is required to know or at least have a knowledge of many things to perform even the simplest task and on the other extreme one is pushed into traps of small cul-de sacs of specialization to such an extent that a day may come when we will have many  specialists for nose alone , nose bridge specialist, olfactory nerves specialist, nose hair specialist , specialist  doctor for left nostril and one for the right nostril and so on.

Fundamentally, everything and anything may be seen from various perspectives before muffling them with our ideological, religious, socio-cultural conditionings and preconceptions or opinions or judgments based on the above categories.
A sample for seeing something with a different perspective [6]

Algorithms, analytics, data are   like money, important for the things that they can provide.

However they can never replace the importance of many other factors most of which emanate from the mind, human mind.

Algorithms, analytics, data are very vital and extremely useful tool for many purposes;

I repeat many purposes because algorithms, analytics, data their strength from or because of their contributory utility.

These trends of worshiping new trends enhanced by technology that helps in handling enormous volume of work in a jiffy are all the result of conclusions arrived at due to the ecstasy of revelations of research into reverse engineering.

Tweaking anything and everything to create something new or come out with some modified version of some existing thing is both interesting and easiest way to unleash the human creative instinct and also draw certain conclusions, but all these have a saturation point or suffer from certain inherent inadequacies.

Even in natural evolution certain designs are adopted and certain others discarded based on the adaptive utility of a particular organ at a particular place and period.

To get an idea into the whole gamut of how the MIND works, not the physical organ brain, and how many things are shaped by various factors in the evolutionary process which involves almost everything or many things around, within and beyond the ken of human intellect with a more comprehensive picture of these issues I wish a more exhaustive list of reference works which are or may be related to this topic like:-

A] How the Mind works by Steven Pinker –excellent research work

B] The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose- with high dose of advanced mathematics and excellent explanation of concepts of physics.

C] The Seven Mysteries of Life – by Guy Murchie – the most exhaustive book on almost all aspects of evolutionary processes.

D] Human Destiny by Le Comte du Nüoy- the biochemical explanation of human destiny

E] Works of Richard Dawkins, Neale Donald Walsch etc

While a large volume of data can throw up lot of knowledge/information inputs it cannot initiate or ensure to either enhance thinking or contribute to clarity of understanding can even restrict frames of reference for understanding.

Basically because these happen through a very intricate, and not always logically definable, net work of interactions and independent and individual mental interpretations of which I was writing two years back while writing about importance of books.

There is nothing that has not been or cannot be put in print except, ironically, the unique relationship that a book creates between the writer and every reader.

As Simon Cheshire says, “The relationship between a writer and a reader is utterly unique to those two individuals. The world that forms in your head as you read a book will be slightly different to that experienced by every other reader. Anywhere. Ever. Reading is very personal, a communication from one mind to another, something which can't be exactly copied, or replicated, or directly shared. If I read the work of, say, one of the great Victorian novelists, it's like a gift from the past, a momentary connection to another's thoughts. Their ideas are down on paper, to be picked up by me, over a century later. Writers can speak individually to readers across a year, or ten years, or a thousand. That's why I love books.” 

These moments of unique relationship between the reader and the writer can only be summed up by what Martin Luther King, Jr. Said, “Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.”

This reality of personal relationship that a reader develops with the book has been penned down by many authors, for example, Àngel Gonzàlez writes, “Suddenly the reader's eyes were filled with tears, and a loving voice whispered in his ear: -Why are you crying if everything in that book isn't true?- And the reader replied: -I know; but what I feel is real.” 

While a large volume of data can throw up lot of insights into the working patterns based on permutations but they  cannot provide the wisdom to choose as that comes with churning process that life undergoes in the form of experience through multitude of perspectives.

Everything happens for a reason. Life is an unmapped atlas consisting of unexplored territories and a jig saw puzzle without even all pieces available in the box.

Incidentally on 30th November 2015 a  tweet by @scientifact  is,  “The "Original Thought Theory" states that anything anyone can ever say, has already been said by someone else.

So, these words choice, decision, evaluation  are indeed difficult to describe exactly because they  have multiple meanings and are impregnated with immense sense and extraordinary significance capable of delivering great results when actually applied to the context.

Every field/domain   of activity also offers lot of positive elements, like information overload, lot of data, various suggestions, many facts, myriads of documented records of experiences and so on. But still none of these are fallacy proof or vulnerability proof or can vouch absolute reliability.

But whatever be the technology used or whatever information or data we must be cautious to avoid these usual traps while exploring the facts and we must desist getting distracted by:-Mutilating the facts, Analyzing them with preconceived notions or prejudices, Generalizing the particular and particularizing the general, Approaching facts with unloving criticism or uncritical love, Evaluating facts with our pet isms or philosophies, Resorting to statistical justifications,  Unleashing unworkable utopia,  Mask them with logical fallacies, Mute them in pleasant jargons, and Give historical justifications, Comprehend with confirmation bias or pre conceived conclusions, Trying to over simplify the complicated and over complicate the simple factors/aspects.

On matters of evaluation I have studied, written a lot and experienced through bitter experiences in many spheres that life’s churning process [which includes all areas of business as well] is not that easy to decipher nor can we be assured what it throws up but that does not mean that we have to be passive spectators or pusillanimous persons relying on conjectures and gamble without rules, plans, perspectives, methods and systematic measurements.

On evaluation even great research works like the bulky  ‘Evaluation: A Systematic Approach‘ by Peter H. Rossi, Mark W. Lipsey, and Howard E. Freeman first published  get such reviews like ‘There is never any clear instruction about how one should begin an evaluation or how one should proceed’.

The most comprehensive book on evaluations ‘ Making Evaluation Matter-a practical guide for evaluators’ by Cecile Kusters with Simone van Vugt, Seerp Wigboldus, Bob Williams and Jim Woodhill also emphasizes certain factors repeatedly and predominantly they are context/situation, situational responsiveness, stake holders, inherent qualities of the project /program/person being evaluated ,multiple roles, consequence awareness etc

In the realm of political decisions and business organizational management methodology etc these types of game play matter, but not in evaluating art, as Messick, S. (1994). Writes in The Interplay of Evidence and Consequences in the Validation of Performance Assessments. Educational Researcher, 23(2), 13–23, “Validity, reliability, comparability, and fairness are not just measurement issues, but social values that have meaning and force outside of measurement wherever evaluative judgments and decisions are made”.

Even this material also throws lot of light on evaluation ‘American Journal of Evaluation-2011-Smith-565-99.pdf

Here I am tempted to quote, “Friend to Groucho Marx: “Life is hard…” Grouch Marx to Friend: “Compared to what?”

That’s why it is better to go with the tide of the inevitable evolutionary churning process of life in all spheres of life and preferably immerse any topic or subject matter, primarily and basically with its intrinsic elements/components/aspects/attributes intact, into a cauldron which has a mixture of all these- knowledge based analysis, limited perception based on frames of reference and scales of observation, skepticism , criticism, intellectual scrutiny, compassionate emotionalism, humane socialism, rational thinking, contextual relevance [ which includes too many components] , traditions, practical viability, psychological comfort, aesthetic sensitivity, scientific scrutiny and so on  and churn the cauldron without clinging on to any particular restrictive social, cultural or political or religious identity or ideological constraint.

This process inevitably will bring out lot of outputs.

We can exercise our freedom and sometimes select and choose some of the outputs.

Sometimes the outputs will draw us.

Sometimes away from all or any of our intended searches and seeking, outside the circle of these known paradigms, almost tangentially serendipity will drag us to an oasis of serene clarity.

At all costs the intrinsic attributes must be the predominant factor so that whatever is thrown into the cauldron and however it is churned, the ultimate output must include those attributes so that evaluation is not distorted or desperately doctored to fit into any predefined and expected outcome.

So what pans out ultimately depends on various factors and aspects some of which are explainable within the ken of logical and rational thinking but some are beyond these.

There is an important element in media which goes beyond mere news paper or television channel based mundane doctored reports, sensationalism seeking in sensitive issues through gory visuals coupled with indoctrinated opinions [anyone with a good mobile handset can do that in real time] and that is the art of aesthetic writing which makes you fall in love with what you read instantly by using language with great impact and influence of total intensity and intense totality. [7]

That’s why books and reading play a very important role in human life. [8]


Besides and beyond all these, the subconscious inclination of human species to rely on one of its most powerful yet unpredictable tool –mind or conscious awareness plus accumulated thoughts and memory based brain is too deep to be unsettled ,albeit all its short comings.

Humanity subconsciously both loves and fears this tool called the human mind.

Since these two feelings of love and fear operate predominantly in human beings with varying degrees of intensities and dynamics with many names and labels, it [human mind as conscious tool] would never be away from the scene of any activity.

“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.” - Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.” - Speare.

A very important element or aspect of any evaluation especially in the realm of any art and more so in the art of using language as a tool or technique of art is quality of artistic appeal and impact rather than a prosaic presentation.

Even in social/political and economic development oriented activities Jane Davidson explains, “how important it is to combine a mix of qualitative and quantitative data with "relevant values" (such as needs) to draw explicitly evaluative conclusions” in his book ‘Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation’. 

So, any evaluation which deviates from studying the inherent qualities of the thing/person that is being evaluated is unworthy. For example if one were to evaluate one’s parents should one do so based on whether they [the parents ] had qualities which had the potential to compare them with great film stars/great sports persons/ millionaires/greats artists/ great musicians/great thinkers/great scientist etc. No, not at all, the evaluation must be purely and preferably only based on how they were as parents in relationship to the concerned person in terms love, care, compassion, emotional attachment etc

Those who have read and liked the above write up can also browse through these links as they have some relevance to the topic written above [9] and [10]

Monday, April 18, 2016

New Year in March -April

Modi's focus

Modi’s focus has been and is always on economic developmental activities from the time he took over as PM and even before that.

However, please try to understand you can get rid of all scaffolding once your new house is ready to occupy but cannot divorce your spouse. Similarly, however great be one's vision, good be one's intentions, excellent one's actions as a political leader one cannot afford to divorce politics totally from policies.

The ways and means and methods of getting political mileage can be maneuvered [as in this domain no one can create any paradigm shift] though cannot be changed but gradually modified into a more civilized way.

It will again take time as in India politics involves poly tricks and itching ticks associated with it all of which cannot be removed or wished away over night and even if one tries doing it MSM will sensationalize it.

To tune all his party men first to the frequency of prioritizing economic development and progress, then educate the public about its importance over everything else etc is difficult, not impossible, but it takes time.

Everyone must realize through reaping the tangible benefits of economic development oriented policies, programs and performance. We must feel happy that at least it is all happening after 60 plus years.

Biggest problem that GOI must address simultaneously is silencing MSM and NGO mafia funded by anti-national forces.

Seniors within the party must be asked to gracefully retire and not resort to media attention seeking, public attention diverting and religious passion whipping activities.

All religion oriented, I mean every religion oriented, activity must be confined to the four walls of the house preferably room, still better within the individual and that will be a sign of real advancement.

While we have allowed evolution in every sphere of human activity in religion alone, we have cautiously protected with love status quo, of course with certain selective misinterpretation of select books or scriptures. This, if you ask any psychologist will tell you is the manifestation of sense of insecurity.

All religious leaders must remember that the greatness of religion does not hinge on the number of adherents but in the temper of tolerance towards others, though there is no harm in having more number of adherents. It does not hinge on louder mikes and larger places of worship or even reclaiming historical mistakes with histrionic attacks.a

Language and Culture

Gurus and Biographies

It is the influence and impact that people, events, things  have on our soul that matters more and that makes us at least remember them.

Actually all such beings, things , events are real Gurus.
That is the reason that I have a totally different take on biographies. You may see in the link below .
Incidentally just a while ago I got a tweet from the great soul Neale  Donald Walsch @_NealeDWalsch 4m4 minutes ago
“Each soul creates for itself the exact people, events, and circumstances needed to accomplish what It wishes to accomplish”.

Thought leaders and Ignorance

Self proclaimed  or labeled ‘Thought leaders’ lead me to think only of these lines:-

Phenella writes in “The Unwritten Comedy”.
“To be ignorant of many things is expected
To know you are ignorant of many things is the beginning of wisdom.
To know a category of things of which you are ignorant is the beginning of learning.
To know the details of that category of things of which you are ignorant is to no longer be ignorant.”

Droughts and floods


Difficult times require drastic measures- Droughts and floods
1.Issue directive to all state governments to ensure that every building irrespective of its size must provide rain water harvesting facilities before October 2016 failing which electricity supply to that building must be cut.
2. All rivers must be deepened, de-silted and widened wherever possible  also remove all encroachments on all rivers all these too before October 2016 failing which 20% central government funds to such states will be cut and if remains undone till December 2016 then parliament must be empowered to impose president’s rule in those states.
3.  Encourage digging of artificial ponds and lakes as per local regulations and laws.
4. Work out linking of rivers project on a war footing.
5. Anyone [organization/company/individual] found polluting rivers will be punished severely.
6. Encourage water recycling projects.
7. Remove plants like Prosopis juliflora and limit or restrict cultivation of plants like sugarcane, eucalyptus to only certain area with enough water.
8. No house /hotel/ office must have a flush out of more than 10 liters.
9.  River pollution [letting industrial waste or sewerage water into rivers] and encroachment must be treated as a criminal offence.
10.  We are one nation and all states must help one another in times of crisis like floods and droughts, if they happen even after all these measures.