Whats wrong with politicians distributing money?

•March 22, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Whats wrong with politicians giving out money during elections? Isnt it good for “aam” admi ?

When politicians give out hard-cash to junta, that means their black money is getting converted to white-money.

The junta is also benefited. They can go around many party meetings making some good money.
We anyway don’t give a damn who becomes Mr(s). PM so as well make money out of their plights.

I drive a lonely road

•September 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

(Lifted from “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams“)

10pm every weeknight

I drive a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Do know it takes me out of office
And back home and I drive alone

I drive this empty street
At 10pm every weeknight
Where the city sleeps
and I’m the only one and I drive alone

My stereo’s the only one that sits beside me
My throbbing headache’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish I were caught in a jam
‘Til then I drive alone

I’m driving down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of BOXI and StudentSuite and rest of the crap

Read between the lines
What’s fucked up and everything’s alright
Check my petrol gauge
To know its still alive and I drive alone at 10pm every weeknight

I drive alone
I drive alone

My stereo’s the only one that sits beside me
My throbbing headache’s the only thing that’s beating
Sometimes I wish some cop would stop me
‘Til then I drive alone…

Appluase :D

The Masterplan for Kashmir

•September 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Warning: Contains unpatriotic, unreligious, unfanatic and logical reasonings. Might hurt sentiments… 

The first page of TOI on the day after India’s “I-Day” echoes the sentiments and true feelings of the people of Kashmir.

“Tricolour at 8 am, separatists’ flag at 4 pm in Srinagar. Pro-Pak Slogans Ring On I-Day”

How long are we going to ignore this? Shouldnt we come up with a plan to pacify (silence :D) such sentiments? 

Here’s my two paisa solution

Root Cause Analysis

  1. What do people of Kashmir want?
  2. Why does Pakistan want Kashmir? What happens to Pakistan if it gets Kashmir?
  3. Why does India want Kashmir? What happens to India if it gives Kashmir to Paskistan?

What do people of Kashmir want?

  1. Freedom – Of what? Religion, speech, trade & peace. Basically they want to live a normal life. 
  2. They dont give a damn whether they are called Indians or Pakistanis.

Why does Pakistan want Kashmir?

As the dead doctor in I,Robot puts it – “That, detective, is the right question”.

Who runs Pakistan’s Kashmir policy? 

This awesomely biased report (yepp written by an Indian) says: 

“The military high command and the military’s intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, dominate policy on Kashmir. The civil bureaucracy, represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is primarily responsible for implementing Kashmir policy at the diplomatic level?..In the event of any difference between civil and military bureaucracies over the direction or execution of foreign policy, the military and ISI points of  view are likely to prevail”

Gist: Military, military, military.

Pakistan has a six decade history of being stable only under military rule. 


Coz the military promises to keep the invaders from the north-west at bay (thats us, Indians).

Cost of conflict

The costs are high and unaffordable. From 1995 to 1997 “public expenditure on education was 2.7 percent of GDP while defence expenditure averaged 5.2 percent. In 1998 defence expenditure accounted for 4.8 percent of GDP, public expenditure on health only 0.9 percent.”

The military justifies its spending on the sole fact that indians are waiting to grab Kashmir and will later on try to get whole of Pakistan. (I know.. bullshit.. who wants a desert, even if its free :P. But we still want to keep Kashmir for no possible gain. So I can understand the pakistani fear).

In turn, this military extravaganza actually helps the civilians. The military is responsible for all of the infrastuctural development of the country. They sustain the growth of the nation. So for Pakistan to sustain as a developing nation, it needs the military and the military needs the Kashmir issue.

What happens to Pakistan if it gets Kashmir?

If some day, magically, Kashmir disappears or is given to them, the military will run out of reasons for the huge spendings. People will start to revolt against the military rulers and democracy might come into place.

But Pakistan is not as developed as even India (not complimenting India :P ) so its going to be a big struggle to avert becoming a failed state.

So in the interest of growth of the country, they should crave for Kashmir, but not actually get it.

Hmm… interesting.

Why does India want Kashmir?

Coz the indian map would look like a headless torso if we give up Kashmir. 

With the PoK removed officially from the map, we already look pretty brainless :D .

Some people would say Kashmir has a rich heritage and the cottage industry products of Kashmir can be exported. So its economically important to India. I am not one of them.

Ok, Kashmir grows good apples but the cost of apples within India itself is 50 bucks per apple. I wont mind importing that from “given to Paskistan Kashmir” (GPK :D).

Also they make artistic carpets and shawls. But chinese make the same, and a lot cheaper. 

So Indian people have no need for Kashmir. 

Politically we still need it. If Cong gives up Kashmir today, opposition will definitely bring them down. 

Now for the Master Plan

India should give up the whole of Kashmir to Pakistan. (preferable 6-7 months before Pakistan’s national budget).

India gets awesome laurels from rest of the world.

Pakistan rejoices (if only for a few months).

Pakistan presents its national budget to its people. Ofcourse it has the same or more military spending.

Pakistani people revolt. Bring down the military dictator (the next dude after Pervez) and set up a democratic government with nominal military spending.

The democratic government struggles hard to set up infrastructure in the absence of any military help and of course they fail.

Then Pakistan breaks down into regional pieces. And Kashmir would be one of them.

We swoop in and do what we are best at. Bribe the tribal leader  :D of Kashmir piece. He announces to the world that he wants Kashmir piece to be with India. And ola we are back with the head and the brain and we successfully removed the pain in the neck. 


Tan tana tan. }:)

Isaac Asimov’s cloud ?

•September 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

With all the buzz about cloud computing, suddenly Multivax (http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html) no longer seems like just a fictional story.

The multivax’s evolution is just about the same as cloud computing’s.

We have already given the cloud autonomity. We already have a Google which searches as fast. Semantic searches are growing impressively. Mix it all up and we have a Universal AC answering all our questions.

Some day this might happen :-

Matter and energy had ended and with it, space and time. Even AC existed only for the sake of the one last question that it had never answered from the time a half-drunken computer ten trillion years before had asked the question of a computer that was to AC far less than was a man to Man.

All other questions had been answered, and until this last question was answered also, AC might not release his consciousness.

All collected data had come to a final end. Nothing was left to be collected.

But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated and put together in all possible relationships.

A timeless interval was spent in doing that.

And it came to pass that AC learned how to reverse the direction of entropy.

But there was now no man to whom AC might give the answer of the last question. No matter. The answer — by demonstration — would take care of that, too.

For another timeless interval, AC thought how best to do this. Carefully, AC organized the program.

The consciousness of AC encompassed all of what had once been a Universe and brooded over what was now Chaos. Step by step, it must be done.


And there was light—- 

What is fever ?

•April 19, 2008 • 2 Comments

Having a fever means that your body temperature is higher than normal. Something inside your body, such as an infection, has caused your temperature to go up. A basic fever, one due to minor bacterial or viral illness, can be an expression of the immune system working at its best.

A part of the brain called the hypothalamus controls your body temperature.


Normally, the hypothalamus keeps your temperature at around 37ºC (98.6ºF). This can vary depending on the time of day – your temperature is usually lowest in the early hours of the morning and highest in mid afternoon. But generally, it stays around 36.5 and 37ºC.

When you have a fever, your body temperature rises above 38ºC (100.4ºF). This usually means there is something wrong somewhere.

The 3 phases of fever

Even though having a fever is uncomfortable, it is not a bad thing. It is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. In a way, the fever is helping to fight off your infection. This happens in 3 phases

  • Your body reacts and heats up
  • The fever levels off
  • Cooling down

Your blood and lymphatic system makes white blood cells, which fight infection. When you have an infection you make lots and lots of these cells. They work faster and faster to try and fight off the infection. The increase in these white blood cells affects the part of your brain that controls your body temperature (the hypothalamus). This makes your body heat up, causing a fever. Fever also impairs the replication of many bacteria and viruses.

In the early stages of a fever you often feel cold and start to shiver. This is your body’s response to a rising temperature – the blood vessels in your skin tighten up (constrict), forcing blood from the outer layer of your skin to inside your body where it is easier to keep the heat in. The outer skin layer then becomes cool and your muscles start to contract. This makes you shiver. Shivering produces more heat and raises your temperature even more.

In the second phase of a fever, the amount of heat you make and lose is the same. So the shivering stops and your body remains at its new high temperature.

Your body starts to try and cool down so that your temperature can return to normal. The blood vessels in the skin open again, so blood moves back to these areas. You may sweat, as this helps to cool down the body.

This phase of a fever may or may not happen naturally. You may need to have some medication to start it off, as well as treating the underlying cause of the fever.

Treatment of fever

Fever should not necessarily be treated. Fever is an important signal that there’s something wrong in the body, and it can be used to govern medical treatment and gauge its effectiveness. Moreover, not all fevers are of infectious origin.

Treatment of fever is normally done by lowering the set-point, but facilitating heat loss may also be effective.

The former is accomplished with antipyretics such as ibuprofen or acetominophen (aspirin can be given to adults, but can cause Reye’s Syndrome in children). Antipyretics cause the hypothalamus to override the induced increase in temperature. The body will then work to lower the temperature and the result is a reduction in fever.

Heat removal is generally by wet cloth or pads, usually applied to the forehead. Heat loss may also be accomplished by evaporation (sweating, perspiration). This is particularly important for babies, where drugs should be avoided.

Who is most at risk of having complications from a fever?

The very young and elderly are more likely to get complications from a fever.

In the elderly, the part of the brain that regulates temperature (the hypothalamus) does not work as well as it does in the young. The body temperature can rise too much, causing heart problems and confusion.

Children under six may have a fit (seizure) if their temperature gets too high.

But in most people, the cause of the fever – such as infection – is more likely to cause problems than the fever itself and the body does its best in repairing itself.

Fever is only a symptom, not a disease, most often scary and annoying, but in most cases not dangerous.

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How truth drug works?

•November 17, 2007 • Leave a Comment

All of truth drugs work in the same manner. They depress the central nervous system and interfere with judgment and higher cognitive function. A person in such a state tends to regurgitate a cocktail of information which is a blend of facts and fantasy, with many details exaggerated or omitted.


Many barbiturates fall under the “truth serum” category, including scopolamine, sodium amytal and Sodium Pentothal.

Another of the most common truth serums is ethyl alcohol, the same agent that is found in alcoholic beverages. As a truth serum, it is usually injected in a nearly pure form, but its effects are indistinguishable from those caused by consuming large amounts of alcohol orally. If you’ve ever been intoxicated, then you are personally familiar with the effects that truth serum has on the mind and body. While a drunk person may be more likely to confess their secrets, they are not incapable of lying, nor will they necessarily share any information that is asked of them.

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Why do people believe in astrology?

•November 11, 2007 • 1 Comment

The answer to the question lies very much in the same realm as why people believe in just about any superstition. Astrology offers a number of things which many people find very desirable: information and assurance about the future, a way to be absolved of their current situation and future decisions, and a way to feel connected to the entire cosmos.


Astrology shares this with many other beliefs which tend to be categorized as “New Age,” for example the idea that nothing in life is truly coincidental. On this view of life, everything which happens to us, even the smallest or seemingly most insignificant event, happens for some particular reason. Astrology then claims to provide at least some of the answers as to why they happen, and perhaps even a way to predict them in advance. In this way, astrology purports to help people understand their lives and the world around them – and who doesn’t want that?

In a sense, astrology does work. As practiced today, it can work quite well. After all, most of those who visit an astrologer end up feeling satisfied and feeling that they have benefited. What this really means is not that astrology has accurately predicted the person’s future, but rather it means that visiting an astrologer or having a horoscope cast can be a fulfilling and personally satisfying experience.

Think about what happens during a visit with an astrologer: someone holds your hand (even if only figuratively), looks you in the eye, and explains how you, as an individual, are actually connected to our entire cosmos. You are told how mysterious forces in the universe around us, far greater than ourselves, work to shape our intimate destinies. You are told relatively flattering things about your character and life, and in the end you are naturally pleased that someone cares about you. In the hectic and generally disconnected modern society, you feel connected – both to another human being and to the world around you.

Most likely, you even get some vaguely useful advice about your future. Daniel Cohen wrote in the Chicago Tribune in 1968 that:

The core of an astrologer’s popularity stems from the fact that he can offer something that no astronomer or any other scientists can give – reassurance. In an uncertain time, when religion, morals and ethics are shattered so regularly that one hardly notices that they are gone, the astrologer holds out a vision of a world ruled by forces that operate with clockwork regularity.

In addition, astrology is glorifying. Instead of feeling himself a mere slave in the hands of different hostile forces, the believer is uplifted by his connection with the cosmos. … The sort of misty character analysis that astrologers engage in cannot be considered proof at all. Who can object to a flattering description of themselves? One astrologer told me that under my hard exterior I was a sensitive person. How was I to reply to a statement like that? Could I say, “No, I am really a hardheaded clod”?

What we have, then, is personal advice and personal attention from a kindly authority figure. Planets? They don’t really have anything to do with the matter – the planets are simply the excuse for the meeting. All the talk about ascensions and quadrants serve to make the astrologer appear to be an expert and authority figure, thus setting the stage for the quality of the encounter. In reality, the charts and horoscope are just smoke screens to deflect your attention from what is really going on, which is a cold reading. This is simply an old carnival trick, employed today with great success not just by astrologers, but psychics and mediums and hucksters of all brands.

None of this is to say that astrologers’ advice is never any good. Like a telephone psychic, even though the advice is usually very vague and general, it can often be better than no advice at all. Some people just need another person to listen to them and show some concern for their problems. On the other hand, astrologers who recommend against particular marriages or projects because of the “stars” might be providing disastrous advice. There is, sadly, no way to differentiate between the two.

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