Happy Gandhi Jayanti

The Dandi March : A simple act of making salt shakes the British Empire

Gandhi had some concrete plans, steps and targets while achieving his goals. He is often known for the the principles he stood for, but this is example where he followed them through, but showed a tactical approach to achieving a goal. Many find it hard to believe as how a march can be equated to a fight, but Gandhi showed that it was an act of disobedience and when done in the same spirit, it achieved the purpose of what's achieved by other means like violence.

In early April, 1930 Gandhi, 61 years old, reached Dandi after walking 241 miles in 24 days. He then defied the law by making salt. It was a brilliant, non-violent strategy by Gandhi. To enforce the law of the land, the British had to arrest the satyagrahis (soldiers of civil disobedience) and Indians courted arrest in millions. There was panic in the administration and Indian freedom struggle finally gathered momentum both inside and outside of India. The picture of Gandhi, firm of step and walking staff in hand (shown above) was to be among the most enduring of the images of him.

Source: http://www.kamat.com/mmgandhi/dandi.htm

Letter to a teacher

This piece is famous as Abraham Lincoln's letter to the teacher of his son and there are good number of sources which dispute that fact. Regardless of that, this is a wonderful piece of advice and some thought provoking ideas.

Yesterday, incidentally, I had to recollect this one from out of blues, when I was listening to some one. Things may not as black-and-white, but I had to say to myself "For every scoundrel there is a dedicated leader."



Letter to a teacher.


He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just,
all men are not true.
But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician,
there is a dedicated leader…
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy,
if you can,
teach him the secret of
quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that
the bullies are the easiest to lick…
Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books…
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun,
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him
it is far honourable to fail
than to cheat…
Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong…
Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son
the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon…
Teach him to listen to all men…
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good
that comes through.

Teach him if you can,
how to laugh when he is sad…
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness…
Teach him to sell his brawn
and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he’s right.
Treat him gently,
but do not cuddle him,
because only the test
of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage
to be impatient…
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always
to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,
but see what you can do…
He is such a fine little fellow,
my son!

Small Aim is a Crime

This is  wonderful thought by Dr. Kalam and it appears in his poem, "Song of Youth" in the book Ignited Minds.

The poem goes like this and is written for students to work hard for the development of country.  This phrase in this "Small aim is a crime" is a catchy one and applicable to any field. Wonderful thought and a life lesson.

As a young citizen of India, armed with technology,
knowledge and love for my nation, I realize, small aim is a crime.
I will work and sweat for a great vision, the vision of transforming India
into a developed nation, powered by economic strength with value system. I am one of the citizens of the billion; Only the vision will ignite the billion souls. It has entered into me ;
The ignited soul compared to any resource is the most powerful resource on the earth,
above the earth and under the earth. I will keep the lamp of knowledge burning to achieve the vision - Developed India If we work and sweat for the great vision with ignited minds,
the transformation leading to the birth of vibrant developed India will happen. I pray the Almighty:
"May the divine peace with beauty enter into our people;
Happiness and good health blossom in our bodies, minds and souls".

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Remembering Mahatma

Gandhi's Talisman

"I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him. Will he gain anything by it? Will it restore him to a control over his  own life and destiny? In other words, will it lead to swaraj for the hungry and spiritually starving millions? Then you will find your doubts and your self melt away."

- One of the last notes left behind by Gandhi in 1948, expressing his deepest social thought.


Poverty is the worst kind of violence.   - Mahatma Gandhi.

Magic Square of my Birthday

 

 

06

01

19

81

44

45

8

7

46

7

47

10

11

54

33

9

Inspired from Ramanujam's Magic Square

 

Image

 

The process is simple - http://nrich.maths.org/1380

But the interesting part in the solution involves seeing a symmetry in 2d arrangement of numbers like if you fold the square, the external numbers add up to the internal numbers of the facing side. :-)

2011 in Science

Here are some interesting developments in Science and Technology field that happened in the year 2011. This is a choice of some random events, but it definitely shows that future is extremely promising!

January 

February

 March

April 

May 

June

  • The United Nations holds a ceremony in Rome, declaring the once-widespread cattle disease rinderpest to be globally eradicated.

 July

 August

  • A computer has learned language by playing strategy games, inferring the meaning of words without human supervision. (MIT News)

September 

  •  A monkey sporting a ginger beard and matching fiery red tail, discovered in a threatened region of the Brazilian Amazon, is believed to be a species new to science. (The Guardian)
 
  • Feeding a supercomputer with news stories could help predict major world events, according to US researchers. (BBC)

October 

November

 December

  • Researchers at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) report the discovery of a new particle, dubbed Chib(3P). The discovery marks the LHC's first clear observation of a new particle since it became operational in 2009. (BBC)

As you can notice from the list, my choice includes an inclination toward computers, physics and a couple of happenings in India. A lot has happened in 2011 throughout the world and you can get a gist of it from this wikipedia article 2011 in science.

Here's to the crazy one...

Here’s to the crazy one.The misfit.The rebel.The troublemaker.The round peg in the square holes. The one who saw things differently. He was not fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo. You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things. He invented.He imagined.He healed.He explored . He created. He inspired. He pushed the human race forward. Maybe he had to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels? He made tools for for people. While some see him as a crazy one, everyone saw him as a genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Rest in Peace, Steve

Try!

Try! Yoda's philosophy ("There is no `try'") sounds neat, but it doesn't work for me. I have done most of my work while anxious about whether I could do the job, and unsure that it would be enough to achieve the goal if I did. But I tried anyway, because there was no one but me between the enemy and my city. Surprising myself, I have sometimes succeeded. Sometimes I failed; some of my cities have fallen. Then I found another threatened city, and got ready for another battle.

~ RMS in The GNU Project Document. ( C-h g in emacs)