Thinking out loud

Saturday, August 26, 2006


Beyond a point, people should stop making life more complicated than it has to be.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Measuring distances...

Kautilya says that you can never be more than 12,500 miles from home. And yet, what little meaning distances in miles have. In the units that matter, you could be inches away yet light-years apart....

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Love, adjectives and geographical contexts

A brief thought:

When a Englishman falls in love, he tells the girl that she is the sunshine of his life. On the other hand, should an Indian fall in love, he would say "zindagi dhoop tum ghana saya" (Life is sunshine, you're a shade from the sun). Such is the effect of local weather on our language.

With it now becoming possible for people across the world to trivially read literature from everywhere else, may it not be hard for people to appreciate this?