A few good things

A good walk and a good talk can do wonders to man. Talking is so natural to man that any suppression of this would be catastrophic. Mills called freedom of expression the source of all well being. Silence too is golden. A silent man is still a thinking, observing man. Only he won’t interfere. That’s what makes silence valuable at certain times. ...
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On one’s own

Three sweet words. What a world of difference they can make to a life. It may seem to some that the natural or social order demands that one is always under someone’s protection or tutelage. For others, one must be on one’s own with the beginning of youth. Nothing is more beautiful than living one’s own life and being in control for everything. The starry heavens look all the more open, inviting, fresh, and free, as one walks down the road. ...
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Terminator 1 — a weak script?

Watched the first Terminator yesterday. It has the feel of a ‘B’ grade film — synthesized, above-the-scenes music, mindless shooting… The flaw in the script, it occurs only now, is the way the ‘problem’ is resolved: A robot killed through brute crushing force. It is a robot, and mostly acts as any human would. Would it not have any “weaknesses” one would expect a software-run machine to have compared with a human? If the story had pinpointed and used these weaknesses to kill the machine, the film would have been more intelligent and interesting. ...
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The good old diary

With blogs everywhere around, has the good old diary become obsolete? What about writing with pen and paper? Now that computers are everywere, is the literate man obsolete too, for now one must learn to type, at least on many jobs? It’s difficult to say whether our thumb and the forefinger were meant to write — so important an act for mankind that civilisations got defined after it. Will the typewriter herald a new stage in civilisation, so that in future one would ask: did they have typing, instead of asking, did they possess any form of writing? ...
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The priceless things

They are priceless, and yet they are free! For true-to-life beings, they are the ends themselves. A small, incomplete list: The bright glimmer of water drops as light shines through The radiance and shine on green grass as the first beams of sun kiss them The shy, sweet smile on a girl’s face Work well done Free speech Help from strangers ...
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Phoenix on Mars

The Phoenix aircraft — a small fan like structure — is now on Mars. Had watched the last Landrover robot picture and quite liked the idea of the venture. They say there could be frozen water on the North there, so the aircraft has been sent northwards this time. They want to dig the soil and find out if there is life lurking beneath. I was thinking: why not put some microbes there — let them adapt and adjust. They might evolve! That way we can export life on other planets. Kiddish idea, but quite a thought! On the aircraft, a mission scientist said: “Like a union worker, it went right to work.” ...
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A big city

Living in a big city can bring about a soul eating anonymity that a small town would probably shield one from. There are lots many people around, lots of happening events, and one feels like a small cog in a large merry go round! That’s what a big city is always — a large fun-filled wheel that keeps revolving day and night, season after season, come rain or sunshine. A pretty bleak scenario to be alone in such conditions. ...
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