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  • driving Archives - Unreal Blog
    About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives driving Humor Life and Death Driving in India October 11 2014 manoj I have had the pleasure of driving in many parts of the world Being fairly observant and having a tendency to theorize about everything I have come to form a general theory about driving habits as well You see each place has a set of driving norms a grammar or a dialect of driving if you will In Marseille France for instance if you switch on your turn signal on a multilane street people will immediately let you in It s not because they are polite and considerate drivers quite the contrary in fact but a turn signal indicates the drivers intention to change lanes not a request to let them They are not seeking permission they are merely letting you know You d better let them in unless you want a collision In Geneva Switzerland on the other hand the turn signal is really a request which is usually denied Continue reading driving humor indian traffic life Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts Blank

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  • indian traffic Archives - Unreal Blog
    About My First Book About My Second Book About Supporting Me Contact Advertising Professional PHP Services Tag Archives indian traffic Humor Life and Death Driving in India October 11 2014 manoj I have had the pleasure of driving in many parts of the world Being fairly observant and having a tendency to theorize about everything I have come to form a general theory about driving habits as well You see each place has a set of driving norms a grammar or a dialect of driving if you will In Marseille France for instance if you switch on your turn signal on a multilane street people will immediately let you in It s not because they are polite and considerate drivers quite the contrary in fact but a turn signal indicates the drivers intention to change lanes not a request to let them They are not seeking permission they are merely letting you know You d better let them in unless you want a collision In Geneva Switzerland on the other hand the turn signal is really a request which is usually denied Continue reading driving humor indian traffic life Advertisement Subscribe to Unreal Blog Email address Translations Most Popular Posts

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  • life Archives - Unreal Blog
    The Big Bang Theory who is only slightly better than or different from the Rain Man I believe the reason for the correlation is the fact that the same slight abnormalities in the brain can often manifest themselves as talents or genius on the positive side or as questionable gifts on the negative side I guess my message is that anybody away from the average in any distribution be it brilliance or insanity should take it with neither pride nor rancor It is merely a statistical fluctuation I know this post won t ease the pain of those who are afflicted on the negative side or eliminate the arrogance of the ones on the positive side But here s hoping that it will at least diminish the intensity of those feelings Photo by Arturo de Albornoz autism genius life Life and Death Philosophy Physics Pride and Pretention October 9 2013 manoj What has been of intense personal satisfaction for me was my discovery related to GRBs and radio sources alluded to earlier Strangely it is also the origin of most of things that I m not proud of You see when you feel that you have found the purpose of your life it is great When you feel that you have achieved the purpose it is greater still But then comes the question now what Life in some sense ends with the perceived attainment of the professed goals A life without goals is a clearly a life without much motivation It is a journey past its destination As many before me have discovered it is the journey toward an unknown destination that drives us The journey s end the arrival is troublesome because it is death With the honest conviction of this attainment of the goals then comes the disturbing feeling that life is over Now there are only rituals left to perform As a deep seated ingrained notion this conviction of mine has led to personality traits that I regret It has led to a level of detachment in everyday situations where detachment was perhaps not warranted and a certain recklessness in choices where a more mature consideration was perhaps indicated The recklessness led to many strange career choices In fact I feel as though I lived many different lives in my time In most roles I attempted I managed to move near the top of the field As an undergrad I got into the most prestigious university in India As a scientist later on I worked with the best at that Mecca of physics CERN As a writer I had the rare privilege of invited book commissions and regular column requests During my short foray into quantitative finance I am quite happy with my sojourn in banking despite my ethical misgivings about it Even as a blogger and a hobby programmer I had quite a bit success Now as the hour to bow out draws near I feel as though I have been an actor who had the good fortune of landing several successful roles As though the successes belonged to the characters and my own contribution was a modicum of acting talent I guess that detachment comes of trying too many things Or is it just the grumbling restlessness in my soul death gamma ray bursts life Somerset Maugham symmetric radio sources Life and Death Philosophy Physics Pursuit of Knowledge October 3 2013 manoj What I would like to believe my goal in life to be is the pursuit of knowledge which is no doubt a noble goal to have It may be only my vanity but I honestly believe that it was really my goal and purpose But by itself the pursuit of knowledge is a useless goal One could render it useful for instance by applying it to make money in the final analysis Or by spreading it teaching it which is also a noble calling But to what end So that others may apply it spread it and teach it In that simple infinite regression lies the futility of all noble pursuits in life Futile as it may be what is infinitely more noble in my opinion is to add to the body of our collective knowledge On that count I am satisfied with my life s work I figured out how certain astrophysical phenomena like gamma ray bursts and radio jets work And I honestly believe that it is new knowledge and there was an instant a few years ago when I felt if I died then I would die a happy man for I had achieved my purpose Liberating as this feeling was now I wonder is it enough to add a small bit of knowledge to the stuff we know with a little post it note saying Take it or leave it Should I also ensure that whatever I think I found gets accepted and officially added This is indeed a hard question To want to be officially accepted is also a call for validation and glory We don t want any of that do we Then again if the knowledge just dies with me what is the point Hard question indeed Speaking of goals in life reminds me of this story of a wise man and his brooding friend The wise man asks Why are you so glum What is it that you want The friend says I wish I had a million bucks That s what I want Okay why do you want a million bucks Well then I could buy a nice house So it is a nice house that you want not a million bucks Why do you want that Then I could invite my friends and have a nice time with them and family So you want to have a nice time with your friends and family Not really a nice house Why is that Such why questions will soon yield happiness as the final answer and the ultimate goal a point at which no wise

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  • Accents - Unreal Blog
    the difference between R and L sounds Once at CLEO Cornell I was talking to this Japanese American intern at our experiment This kid of course had no accent by which I mean he had an American accent We were discussing a highly placed and extremely smart Japanese colleague of ours who did have an accent The kid was telling me that the older Japanese guy wans t trying hard enough to lose his accent I was too young at that time to realize that he was in fact complaining about my accent and my lack of industry in losing it Having learned English in India from Indian teachers I sport an accent in the language thick enough for Russell Peters to make me the butt of his jokes Prolonged exposures to native phonemes in other countries may have smoothed out some of the rough edges in my speech but the missing phonemes are still missing and it takes a conscious effort to simulate them while speaking But I fancy I m no longer totally deaf to them I do hear the difference between say V and W and S and Z most of the time these days I mean it is not everyday that I catch myself saying Wery vell but I still have a hard time deciding whether the phases of the moon wax and wane or vax and vane And the French Voila is still a killer Russell Peters in one of his shows wondered why his Indian audience laughed at his jokes given that the punch line usually involved a poke at the way they speak He came up with this theory every Indian believes that he himself doesn t have an accent They seem to think that there is only one Indian with an accent

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  • accent Archives - Unreal Blog
    phonemes Without the complete set of phonemes of a language an accent however slight is unavoidable Continue reading accent humor joke French Humor Accents March 25 2012 manoj Indians pronounce the word poem as poyem Today my daughter wrote one for her friend s birthday and she told me about her poyem So I corrected her and asked her to say it as po em despite the fact that I also say it the Indian way during my unguarded moments That got me thinking why do we say it that way I guess it is because certain diphthongs are unnatural in Indian languages OE is not a natural thing to say so we invent a consonant in between The French also do this I had this funny conversation with a French colleague of mine at Geneva airport long time ago during my CERN days Waiting at the airport lounge we were making small talk The conversation turned to food as French conversations often do although we were speaking in English at that time My colleague made a strange statement I hate chicken I expressed my surprise told her that I was rather fond of white meat She said Non non I hate chicken for lunch I found it even stranger Was it okay for dinner then Poultry improved its appeal after sunset She clarified further Non non non I hate chicken for lunch today I said to myself Relax you can solve this mystery You are a smart fellow CERN scientist and whatnot and set to work Sure enough a couple of minutes of deep thinking revealed the truth behind the French conundrum She had chicken for lunch that day The IA as in I ate is not a natural diphthong for the French and they insert an H in

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  • Internal and External Successes - Unreal Blog
    other hand depends on what you think of yourself It is made up of things like duty honor etc Confusing one with the other leads to misconceptions like identifying money with happiness for instance You need one for the other but they are definitely not the same The height of extroversion are the social medial networks like Facebook Paradoxically they are also an introvert s desperate attempt at being an extrovert but that s another story I think people s success in life shines more through Facebook than anything else these days It even leads to something similar to Facebook envy as BBC recently reported The report said something about people feeling left out because they see their friends having a grand time all the time They then feel as though life is passing them by There is a flip side to this Facebook evny phenomenon You can try to generate as much envy as possible by posting your photos in fabulous locations having wall to wall fun If that doesn t project an aura of external success what does I should admit I m guilty of this Facebook bragging I once posted a photo of mine with the Eiffel Tower in the background and I even remember asking my daughter to be sure to catch the tower in the background I guess in today s day and age you do need a bit of external success as well The internal one by itself doesn t quite cut it Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on

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  • success Archives - Unreal Blog
    How to be Successful in Life March 4 2014 manoj When I talked about the dimensions of success I used the word dimension with an ulterior motive I want to define success for you in a formal way You see an entity that has many dimensions is a space similar to the three dimensional space we live in When we have such a complex multi dimensional space to define success in we have to apply some good techniques from physics to do it right Don t worry i am here to help Continue reading life success work life balance Life and Death Philosophy Dimensions of Success February 25 2014 manoj Money is only one dimension along which success can be defined There are many others such as sports music art acting politics professions and even more abstract things like articulation soft skills philanthropy wisdom knowledge etc Excellence in any one of them can be thought of us success Success is easy to spot look at any one of the celebrities and ask yourself why you know them The answer is usually one of the dimensions of success and fame its byproduct Excellence in any field can translate to money which is what Eddie Felson in the Color of Money tells the younger pool player This transformability often leads us to mistake money for the measure success which by the way is the theme of the afore mentioned movie Towards the end of the movie when Felson realizes that there is more to life than money he says I just want your best game Ability to hang with the best game anybody can dish out in any field is excellence and it has to be reckoned as success This excellence is probably what the ancient Greeks called arete Continue reading life

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  • Key to Marital Bliss - Unreal Blog
    and excited prattling on about nothing and the groom staying strong and silent with not a word after the I do Halfway through their ride the horse stumbled The cowboy broke his silence and said laconically One His wife was nonplussed but let it pass Another couple of miles on the horse stumbled again and the groom went Two The wife ignored it and went on with her one sided conversation Just as they reached home the old horse stumbled once more The cowboy said Three pulled out his gun and shot the poor beast dead The bride was understandably shocked and dismayed She said Jack honey you should control your temper It s inhuman to shoot a poor old horse for stumbling a couple of times The cowboy remained silent The wife decided to take it up a notch Are you listening to me Anybody can shoot a defenseless animal Don t think you are impressing anybody Promise me you will never do this again The cowboy remained silent The wife exasperated now asked Well don t you have anything to say for yourself The cowboy finally did have something to say He said One It is said that they never had another argument in their long and happy married life Disclaimer No animal was harmed during the writing of this post Share this Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Click to share on Voat Opens in new window Click to share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on LinkedIn Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Click to share on Tumblr Opens in new window Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Click to email

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