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Memory is a Stranger

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Where am I going? Why is time uncontrollable? What is time? Why is the ‘I’ so bound by the time?
Whenever an idea of identity is introduced, the factor of time is essential to define it. Without time, an identity cannot exist. For example, to define oneself, one draws from experiences of his/her life that happened in a certain period in the past. With those experiences, he/she decides certain values to live up to in the future. While in the present, the identity is defined by the past experiences and future expectations. Without the factor of time, it will be quite hard to define oneself. Why is time so essential?


To think deeper here, we may need to investigate memory. Memory is a complex phenomenon varying in significant levels between every individual living entity. With two people experiencing the same event, it registers and impacts the two individuals very differently. While a number of reasons could be attributed to this variations in memory impact, it is clear the way memor…

Ideal Relationships

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So, I was thinking what can an ideal relationship be like? How must a relationship be so it can ensure individual liberties are not sacrificed purely for the sake of common good? What are some of the aspects of a relationship that defines how two individuals can co-habit and live a life together in peace? How can we live happily with another individual without giving up peace of mind or stability?

Ideally, a perfect relationship between two individuals is one where each member speaks his/her mind without hesitation and second-thoughts. That simple behaviour has several under-lying aspects that has to line up for it to manifest. In order not to have any second-thoughts while in a conversation, one has to not conceive of an adverse reaction because of the words one utters. The flow of thoughts through the medium of words has to be seamless between the individuals in the relationship for it to gain and sustain energy. Once such seamless connections are established, the relationship gain…

Distinct Dreams

I would like to record some of the dreams I've been experiencing of late. They are very clear, distinct and mostly I am aware that I am in a dream state, yet I can stay there without being completely woken up.

June 3, 2018:

I had several dreams that night and I specifically want to recall one because I felt a weird impact unlike other dreams.

I was sleeping in my bed (in my dream). The bed was a different one I think and positioned differently as well. I do not recall where this bed was but clearly in a room. I felt someone knock me on my head from behind the headboard of the bed. It was a gentle tap to wake me up. I then heard the voice of my grand-mother (Meenakshi paati). In her usual tone, she asked me to move away to another bed so she can sleep there. I obliged with hesitation and moved. I stood there watching her and I felt a deep sense of awe, fear and bewilderment as I realized my grand-mother was dead long back. She died in 2010 (if I am not wrong). She made herself com…

Makkal Needhi MaiaM - Let's Engineer our Society Together

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Vanakkam.

MaiaM which is a Thamizh word for 'the middle' or 'the center' is a short form representing Makkal Needhi MaiaM (MNM), a political party founded by Kamal Hassan in Thamizh Nadu, India. The origins of the party and its growth so far has been very novel for the average Thamizhan. The political, economical, environmental situation in Thamizh Nadu has been very volatile for the past couple of years reaching boiling points several times in this span. One of the peak moment occurred as 2017 unfolded. In January of that year, Thamizh Nadu and the 90s kids primarily witnessed a profound uprising of the voice of those who spoke the common mother tongue. Why do I emphasis 90s kids specifically? It is because the coincidence of this volatile moment in Thamizh Nadu and the coming of age of the 90s kids (adult suffrage) is a perfect juncture for what could be an amazing reinventing of the society in Thamizh Nadu.

Stop reading for a moment now - think of your past, recall…

Sensations and Consciousness

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What happened today (someday in September 2017) to me needs to be recorded. It deserves to be preserved for it was the most pure-est form of sensations I think I have ever experienced.

Well, at the core of this state, there is no I, there is no you but a mere calm and serenity. Out of this serenity arises thoughts. These thoughts happen out of literally no-where. The thoughts flow in as if there is no barrier before it arises. Where are these subtle yet wonderfully amazing sensations come  from? Is it just a mere variation in the bio-chemical reactions inside my head? If so, why does it feel good and that this is all is ever needed? Why do these bio-chemical reactions happen in a specific way that it feels meaningful and good?

Is our identity aligned with these sensations? How variable and dynamic is our identify then!? What sensations do we blindly or consciously choose to be part of our identity? Only because we choose and remember certain sensations, we align our identify along wi…

தமிழ் தேசியம்

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தமிழ் தேசியம்! இந்த ஒரு பொருள் தரும் இரு சொற்களை இரண்டாகவே நாம் சிந்திக்க வேண்டும்.



முதலில், தமிழ் - தமிழ் வாழ்ந்த காலம் மிகவும் தொன்மையானது. தற்போதைய மனித அறிவின்படி, ஏறத்தாழ 2500-3000 ஆண்டுகள் பழமை வாய்ந்த இந்த மொழி வாழ்ந்த இடம் அரேபிய மற்றும் வங்க கடல்களின் இடையில் உருவெடுத்த நிலம். இதன் தொன்மையை இன்னும் ஆராய்ச்சி செய்து, ஆணிவேரினை நோக்கி பயணித்தால், இந்த நிலத்தை தாண்டி வேறொரு பெருநிலம் தமிழின் பிறப்பிடமாக புலப்படும். இவளவு பழமை வாய்ந்த மொழி இந்த நவீன யுகத்திலும் பொலிவோடு வாழ்ந்து வருவது ஒரு தனி சிறப்பே. காலத்தின் பிடியில் வாழ்ந்த மனிதன், காலத்தை போலவே நிலையின்றி மாறி வந்தான். அவனைப்போலவே அவன் பயன்படுத்திய மொழியும் மாறியது. சங்ககாலத்தின் தமிழ் சிறிதளவு மட்டுமே இன்று பயன்பாட்டில் இருக்கிறது. இருப்பினும் நெடுங்காலமாக மனிதன் இந்த மொழியை விடாமல் பேசி, எழுதி, இசைத்து வந்துள்ளான். அறிந்தோ அறியாமலோ இம்மொழி காலங்கடந்து வாழ்ந்து வந்தது.

தமிழ் என்று பேசும்பொழுது, தமிழ் வழி வந்த மரபை பிரித்து பார்க்க முடியாது. தமிழில் இயற்றப்பட்ட நூல்கள், கவிதைகள் மேலும் அதன் வழி வந்த சிந்தனைகள் ஏராளம். அதன்…

Abstract - Artificial Intelligence

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The million ways our brains processes information is quite amazing. Although our brains are exceptional devices, it took millions of years to produce such an exceptional means of information processing enabling us now to create our own versions of intelligent information processors.

What once took millions of years now takes hardly a percentage of it to result in the next leap in the evolutionary tree of life. Homo sapiens, supposedly evolution's best find or the best product now is capable of creating its own progeny that struggles to be immortal. Ingenuity of this species has reached an extent wherein the species looks to fight the one big threat that faces it - death! Death is natural and the very basic for everything that exists. If there is no death, existence in itself loses its meaning. Let us worry about this later - yes, I am willing to be a criminal just like several other scientists who chose to ignore this uncertainty before heading on to split open an atom and now at …