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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Scenario 1: You are a content middle aged man with a loving wife and a kid but stuck in an underpaying job that helps you pay your rent. Which makes you a bit sad because you know you could have been worth something if only… If Only. Ah! Life, somehow feel so incomplete. Always. What if you had gone down the road not taken? How many ‘If Onlies’ you consider in a single day?

Scenario 2: You are a hugely successful middle aged man even featuring in Time Magazine. Yet you have to force yourselves to wake up in mornings, brush teeth, get ready and drive to the workplace where you are considered a God. You feel so incomplete even after achieving everything you ever dreamt off. You feel so alone. You don’t have someone to hold on to at nights and have deep conversations about love and life. You can’t help thinking about the road not taken?

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Nipah And It’s Imagined Origins

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The forest stood thick for centuries untouched and unobtrusive. The branches of the trees reached for the heavens and it’s roots stretched into the netherworld. It forged a thick outer shell allowing sunlight to barely reach the ground. It was home to multiple species of animals which roamed in it’s shadows – safe and free. It allowed flourishing of Flora whom men had yet to find any name.

When the men first came into the forest, they were reverential. Their Gods existed in these forests, they believed. They were respectful to the majestic greens that composed the environment. They would kneel before the forests. They had needs they would say. They were dutiful as they cut any branches, picked any flowers, hunted any animals for their survival. The forests never did mind.

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Last Chance To See by Douglas Adams

It’s easy to think that as a result of the extinction of the dodo, we are now sadder and wiser, but there’s a lot of evidence to suggest that we are merely sadder and better informed.

 

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“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.” – Douglas Adams

In 1985, literary genius, Douglas Adams decided to go on a tour with zoologist Mark Carwardine around the world in search of Critically endangered animals for BBC. They goto Bali in search for Komodo Dragons, Zaire to see Northern White Rhinoceros, New Zealand to watch Kakapos, China to witness Yangtze River Dolphins and lastly to Mauritius to watch Rodriguez Fruitbats. Mark’s role, in this endeavor, was to be the one who knew what he was talking about and Adam’s was to be extremely ignorant and to whom everything that happened should come as a complete surprise. This book is written as if he is narrating his incredible and life changing journey, around a campfire to a bunch of his friends. Continue reading

Scientific Temper in a nation full of Morlocks

Seventy years since Britishers left us tattered and torn, we have managed to stand up on our own legs. We put a probe in orbit around Mars. But then again, as I found out, there exists an India still under clutches of hoards of superstition and irrational beliefs. Recently as Rahu decided to feast on Moon as a revenge for ratting him out to Lord Vishnu, my mother bombarded me with shitload of data from eminent intellectuals from WhatsApp University on what to do and not to do during these couple of unfortunate hours of Lunar eclipse.

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Demon Rahu feasting on poor Chandra. Credits to Chris Mayer for these barbaric images.

Made me ask myself… have we come a long way, since then?

Men are lynched in public on basis of rumors and worse, the murderers get away, casteism is still prevalent even among the most educated Indians, we have politicians calling for astrology to be recognized as valid science, we have leaders spending crores on their own statues, we have posters of film actors being bathed in milk when their films are released, affluent people in flashy neighborhoods have disgusting pile of waste rise up in their backyard mainly due to their own apathy, we have ‘intellectuals’ engaged in shouting contests over who should eat what which is marketed as news debates, we have a media obsessed over cleavages of actresses.

To talk about our thinkers who are supposed to be the torch bearers in quest for knowledge. The Indian Science Congress held annually is marred by many absurd claims, made in an attempt to exalt our ‘glorious’ past. Of flying jumbo jets and more advanced radar system being known to our forefathers, that organ transplantation a thing Indians invented citing examples of Ganesha. Many such pseudo-scientific theories were seen wanting to be passed as science. Continue reading

SUVs Are Shitty Useless Vehicles And You Are An Ass For Driving One

I have a personal thing against owners of SUVs,yes, and I believe no reasonable society should allow these these Shitty Useless Vehicles plying on their roads and hence should be banned. Well, not only because I am almost, run over by these metallic junks everyday. Nor because I am object of these people’s contempt as they sit in their high and mighty position on their bungalow-on-wheels as I try to sneak through some gaps (since gaps are the only thing available on roads), looking down on me as if I have trespassed into their private property. But because, these diesel guzzling huge shoeboxes-on-wheels are converting the roads into a) a death traps for cyclist, motorists and normal people, b) a clogged drainpipe by consuming every available space and are also c) polluting the city like no other private vehicle.

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A Complete Switchover To Electric Vehicles May Not Be Such A Wise Decision

Early last year, I read an ambitious project proposed by the government that aimed at revolutionizing how Indians drove around town. The report suggested that India is planning to go full electric starting with restructuring conventional Public Transport System to an EV based one running on swappable batteries. Though, idea of swappable batteries was soon scrapped, government’s stance on Electric Vehicles appears to be stronger than ever.

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Mahindra E2O appears to be the only EV on Indian Roads, presently.

Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that by 2030, entire fleet of passenger vehicles will be replaced by electric one. Conform or be bulldozed out he threatens.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, sure. And in a gradually dying earth, such measures are significant. But the question is, in a market like that of India, aggressively pushing for such a scheme, a wise decision?

I believe, the government apart from making an unrealistic market forecast, also are in complete disregard for the environmental effects of operating these vehicles. Now, let me make this clear that I am in no way arguing against EVs. They are great alternatives to what we have currently today. I am arguing against going fully electric. Continue reading

Dystopian Visions

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With Adhar being forced down our throats for anything and everything, a society increasingly polarized along religious and political lines, fascist chest thumping nationalists committing crimes so frequently that it has become a norm, protected by an indifferent law and order, a government of trolls and ignorant nitwits led by a goblin of a leader… we as a nation are facing doom.

The Adhar, especially, drew parallels with Orwell’s 1984 on how it’d make surveillance easy and for an authoritarian government such as this one… this is a wet dream come true. There are people who’d say that this is all paranoia but considering this government which is at helm, what guarantee do we have from them, who has history of secretly surveilling people and shadow banning people and trends on Twitter, that it wouldn’t do it? Also why is such a hare brained idea with serious technological loopholes being implemented in such haste?

But then arguments in favor of it all is what baffles me. Ache Din they say. Welfare for everyone, no corruption, every one equal in front of law, rainbows and unicorns in sky. Fucking Utopia. Bunch of bullshite.

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