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?
Scan your eyes to start the vehicle. The message was displayed on the front panel of my two-wheeler; I leaned forward and let the machine scan my retina. It has been only a year since AADIA (AADhar aided Intelligent Assistant) has been made mandatory on every vehicle but it feels like an eternity. I don’t even remember how it was like before.
With all phones and social media accounts already been linked with our Unique ID, Government had developed AADIA as a way to ease our everyday interactions. AADIA was the norm by 2020. Today, everything happens via AADIA, everything is known to AADIA, everything is updated via AADIA. We had smartphones enabled via AADIA, tracking everything we do by the end of the decade. Now, we have AADIA enabled smartbands, worn around the wrist, as watches were worn only half a decade back, attached to your body, doing everything that and much more like keeping your health in check etc.
Hi Kumar, You have logged into vehicle linked to your UID, Where do you want to go, a) Workplace or b) Someplace Else? A) Workplace, I commanded into my band.
Alfonso Cuaron, much before he created a gripping adventure in outer space Gravity, had directed a much underrated science fiction titled Children of Men. I had watched this movie when I was in college and I guess I might not have appreciated the beauty of that work as I was sleepwalking through semester exams. Until recently, when I happened to see it again as a result of an ineluctable revival of the film online as lot many spoke about how relevant that movie is in today’s time. The impact of the movie this time on me has been much harder. Children of Men, is by far one of most frightful view of future I have seen on screen. It is frightful, because it is so close to real.
It is 2027, and it has been eighteen years since the last human child was born. Women are unable to conceive and the society, as we know it, is crumbling as humanity faces extinction. The world has collapsed and Britain, as we see on TV in the movie, is the only stable government that ‘marches on’. Being the last functional government in the world, the country is plagued by a refugee crisis. The government, as a result, is a police state and has shut down its borders, simultaneously coming down heavily on illegal immigrants, throwing them into refugee camps much similar to concentration camps of Nazi Germany. The movie begins with our protagonist Theo, getting a coffee while the news of the murder of the youngest person in the world, an 18 year old boy, is being reported in the TV news. As soon as Theo exits the shop, a bomb goes off in the very same coffee shop and we know we are in a grim, chaotic world with no escape.
With the aathemaar-u* being away for couple of weeks, I suddenly found myself with lot of free time to spare after work everyday, which was inadvertently spent watching reaction videos on YouTube and staring at ceiling contemplating about Life and universe.
After slacking away couple of days in such a manner, marinating in my own mediocrity, it became apparent to me, while watching a Hindi dubbed Telugu film ‘Daring Gundaraj’, that how pathetic last few days have been. I needed to refresh myself. Lord Tyrion’s words reverberated in my head “a mind need books like a sword needs a whetstone if it’s too keep it’s edge”. I decided to give my brain some much needed exercise by indulging in some heavy work of fiction. –Trivial Details Ends–
Anathem by Neal Stephenson was zeroed in for this absurd task, solely because it was huge and it’s blob contained words like Extramuros. Few chapters into the book, it dawned on me that I have bitten more than I could chew. The alacrity quickly turned into regret as I tried to make sense of an Alien world with its own vernacular that author plunged into starting from the midday Provenor. I was like a Sline who’d been to no Suvins, getting lecture on Hylaen Theoric World, which even after being translated from ancient Orth to fluccish, was incomprehensible much like how the praxis of kineograms would have been to a Millenarial. I reckoned I’d rather have watched some spec-ficSpeelies accessed from reticulum on my jeejah.Continue reading →
In an Exclusive, Fuzzlabs has secured a straight communication line with the Planet… err I mean Dwarf Planet Pluto. Discovered in 1930 by an American Astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, Pluto enjoyed the status of a planet until 2006 before it was unceremoniously removed from the exclusive group of Planets comprising of major players like Jupiter and Earth.
In this interview Pluto talks to us about its life, Kuiper Belt and Planet X. Continue reading →
Eight Friends meet up for a dinner party on the night a huge comet is supposed to be passing by the Earth. Things get stranger and stranger from there on.
James Ward Byrkit’s Coherence is a Sci-Fi film which tries to comprehend Quantum Physics. For beginners, it has to be mentioned beforehand, quantum physics is inherently fuzzy.
A property of the particles in quantum universe is called Superposition. As per the theory, particles don’t exist in one state or the other, but in all of its possible states at once. Its weird, Yes. I should be more clearer, I know. For example once you roll a die, according to quantum theory, the die exists in all its six states simultaneously. Continue reading →
Brilliant performance by Jodie Foster is what makes this film must watch
Have you ever enjoyed an opening sequence of a film so much that you wished it never ended. Contact’s opening sequence is absolutely brilliant and for about two minutes you are lost in its awesomeness as the visuals zooms out of Earth into far end of the universe.
Robert Zemeckis’s (director of Forrest Gump) Contact happens to be one of my favorite science fiction films. Sure it doesn’t have lead protagonist battling in space or stranded in another planet to stay alive, it doesn’t have a magnanimous black hole into which our hero falls. Or a killer robot hellbent on eliminating our protagonist. No! but its a satisfying film to say the least. It doesn’t answer anything but help us get comfortable with our unawareness.
Towards the end Dr Ellie Arroway played by Jodie Foster, talking to a bunch of school kids, says that she will tell them one thing about the universe. That its big. Bigger than anything we ever imagined. And if its just us.. seems like an awful waste of space.