तुम्हा सर्वांना गुढीपाडव्याच्या शुभेच्छा!!
A decade ago, I had this stamp on me which said “Geek”. Personal computers were still new in those years. My keen interest in those machines helped me acquire a great deal of knowledge without any formal training in computing. In those days, I used to fantasize about computers talking back to me. Responding to me and my emotions. Huh..That was a geek’s fantasy.
Cut to 2014. They actually made a movie about my fantasy. It turns out, I wasn’t alone with the crazy idea of an OS with emotions. The movie I am talking about is Her.
The story is set in not so distant future. A simple guy in his mid-life crisis, Writing letters on behalf of someone, is completely alone and void of any social life. He suddenly encounters an OS which claims to have consciousness. His rather boring and very single life now gets an upgrade of romance in form of OS1.
The most interesting part in this movie is the use of voice. From the minute one, Everything revolves around voice commands. Operating systems used in the movie interact using voice, Bothways. Thirteen minutes into the movie, You hear the silky voice of Scarlett Johansson. It casts a spell on you, the effect of which remain till the end of the movie and for some, even after that. There no representation of her character whatsoever. There is no symbol or icon or picture representing her character, Samantha. It’s all Scarlett.
She wakes him up in the morning as if she is his real wife. She arranges date for him after going through his mails. She also sorts out his mails and actually tells him which ones to keep and which ones to delete. They go on a walk together. They have simulated sex. In one scene, A young girl plays the role of front end for Samantha. Like a bridge between OS and Human. That is the high point of this movie for me. You want more and more of Her.
The only thing I didn’t like was the end. I wasn’t disappointed. But they should have made it clear whatever happens to Her. This is my second favorite English romantic movie after Definitely Maybe. I’ll rate it 9/10.
P.S.: Please watch this movie wearing your headphones. Do not use the speakers.
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The first day of new year is always exciting and full of positive energy. we are greeted with happy faces almost all around. We make new year resolutions. It’s a different story we forget to work on them. We look for the new year diary, So that we can fill it up with everyday ramblings only to find it empty at the end of the year. It is also the time when we look back and go through the previous year.
That’s me actually….
Last year started on a positive note as usual but nothing happened for the first two months. I realized it was me and I had to put more effort to achieve. So I started my consultancy in the first week of March. I knew it would be difficult. I knew I won’t get much work for the year or so. But what I didn’t expect were the hurdles at the personal level. I wasn’t prepared for them. The result was a low point within the first two month of startup.
Lost and frustrated, there was only one thing that was holding me together. Hope. Tried and tested over that last decade, It always worked for me. Fighting with the difficulty to focus, I took baby steps. A couple of months of walking, I found myself on the right path. I am still struggling but now I know which way to go.
For the last six years or so, The last three months of every year, spoilt the whole year for me. I was very cautious this time. I didn’t want to make foolish mistakes, Which I had already committed during the first half of the year. I was happy with the proceedings.
In the month of November, I traveled the Northern India. I felt the change after the journey. I gained a little bit of focus to continue. Alone or with companions, Doesn’t matter. That was the moment I decided to travel every year.
There were a few things I ticked off at the end of the year. Things I always wanted to do. Silly, laughable and maybe very easy to do for some. Here’s the list
- Setup an office
- Experience a snowfall
- Visit Indo-Pak Border
- Pee from a bridge
- Dance like no one’s watching
- Take a long, quiet drive at 2am
I wish to complete some more this year. Fingers crossed.
Oh!! And Happy new year 2014 to all my readers.
Make the most out of everyday and
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The subject of this post is really boring. I mean, Why would I waste my time talking about God when I could use the same to watch a movie or listen to music or party with my friends? For some it would be, My family believes in God, So do I. A bunch of them will say, My friends don’t believe in God, So I don’t. The rest remain skeptic and will choose side according to their convenience. But there exist some like me, Who want answers. They may be theists. They may be atheists. But they search for answers. And while searching for the answers, They discover the meaning of that fourth word of the blog title.
Yes, I was an atheist once. For almost two years. The typical human being who cursed God for all the problems in his life. Because, Rather than searching for the solution of the problem, Cursing God was easy. And that blaming reached a peak where I turned into atheist. This stage was the worst stage of my life. And since I didn’t believe in God, I had no one to blame for my problems. It would have been very easy to start believing again and as a bonus, Get someone to blame for the problems. But I resisted. I wanted answers. I had to find answers. If someone asked me why I don’t believe in God, I had to answer. Being born in a Brahmin family, I was surrounded by believers who were ready to bomb me with questions.
Why so many people believe in God? Is this world filled with billions of fools who believe in something that doesn’t exist? Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Why these highly literate people believe in God? Fools they are. I am the only intelligent person who doesn’t believe in God. I am different. Am I? Or it’s the other way round. This is the stage where I became skeptic. The question started haunting me. To believe or not to believe? In the process, Two years passed. Then came the bright and sunny day on which a small incident happened. That small incident turned me into a theist. I wish I could share that with you. It’s nothing extraordinary. But I cannot share it. Sometimes, I think I was a fool to turn theist because of that incident.
I turned theist but I couldn’t establish the definition of God. This thought process was something I cherished. I asked question to myself and Started searching for answers. It was quite fascinating that I already knew the answers but I hadn’t realized that these were the answers.
The first question that comes to you when you try to understand God is “Who created God?” One thing I learned while trying to find answers to the question is that, There are some questions which have answers in form of another question. Answer to the question is another question. The concept of God varies from religion to region. Hinduism has 33 types of God. Christianity believes in Jesus. Muslims have their faith in Allah. When some of them find it hard to believe in one concept of God, they create another concept. Thus religions were formed. In Hinduism, We believe that God exists but we cannot see God. To make it easier to worship, God was given a physical form. Human, Animal or a combination of both. Worship the form you like. I am attracted towards elephants because they are intelligent creatures and their life span is almost that of an average human. So I worship Lord Ganesh.
A bunch of people couldn’t accept this concept. They didn’t want human form but one human to represent God. Thus Jesus was born. Then there were some who didn’t like both the concepts. They found it convenient for God to be something without any form. Nothing should represent God. This was the era of Islam and Allah. There exist many other religions. I don’t want to go any deeper. The point is, Find a concept of God which is believable according to you.
What is God? Who is God? Two more question when I haven’t even answered the first question. I’ll answer these first. God, According to me, Is an energy. When I worship God, I find that some of the energy is transferred to me. It gives me a push. Motivates me. When I was in high school, I learned about Law of Conservation of energy. It says, Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed. It can be only transformed from one form to another. If I apply this concept to my concept of God, God can neither be created, Nor be destroyed. It can only transform from one form to another. Doesn’t this answer the question “Who created god?”?
In Hinduism, There are Gods like Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. They are the examples of this energy. Brahma is the creator. Vishnu is the caretaker and Shiva is the destroyer. You can see that the same energy can act differently. We all are made of that same energy. How we use it, Is upto us. Because we have the ability to think. What is right and what is wrong. What is good and what is bad. It’s foolishness to blame God for what we do. Use your ability to think and have faith in God. You’ll make most out of this life.
I may be right, I may be wrong. This is just my concept of God.
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असं म्हणतात, सुरुवात चांगली झाली तर शेवटही गोड होतो. चांगल्या सुरुवातीनंतर केवढिही संकटं येवो, आपण यशस्वीपणे त्यातुन बाहेर पडतो. आज नवीन वर्ष. नवीन सुरुवात. स्वच्छ मनाने व चांगल्या विचारांनी नवीन वर्षाचा शुभारंभ करू. फक्त स्वतःसाठी नव्हे तर इतरांसाठी काहीतरी चांगलं करण्याचा निर्धार करू. यासाठी ईश्वराचा आशिर्वाद सदैव आपल्यापाठी असो ही कामना.
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