14/2012 Ugadi Pachadi

Ugaadi Pachadi

Today is “Ugaadi” , the New Year day according to the Telugu Calendar (this day also coincides with the Parsi New Year day Navroz). It is a tradition to consume “ugadi pachadi” today, this pachadi is a blend of ingredients which render the following tastes to the pachadi : sweet (due to the use of jaggery, an unrefined sugar), sour (due to raw green mangos), salty (due to use of sea salt), bitter (due to flowers and leaves of the margosa tree aka neem tree), spicy/hot (due to fresh green chillies). It is also one way to recall the events of the last year. In my case, I saw these tastes in the last year, on the following occasions ::


  • Sweet :: Arrival of my grand-daughter Samviti.
  • Sour :: Several events which happened in the family.
  • Spicy/hot :: Holiday and visit to Kathmandu. My course on cryptography at Kathmandu University
  • Salty :: Frequent emotional outbursts of my closest blood.
  • Bitter :: Behaviour and attitude of a person very closely integrated into our family since three years. The bitter taste of the venom of hostility and hatred, injected by this person into our family, dominated the past year. It will take a long time to cure the family of the effects of this poison.

Today, as I take one more dose of Ugadi Pachadi, I wonder how many of these tastes will affect my life in the year which starts today.

partha

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13 / 2012 How to misuse maths and fool people

My earlier posts 10/2012 and 12/2012 exposed the farce called Vedic Maths.

I have observed some more farces using mathematics, done by jokers, to hoodwink gullible idiots. Two such farces which come to my mind right now are ::


  • Numerology
  • Astrology

I will come up with more details soon, on these topics. If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know directly by email :: drpartha AT gmail DOT com

Watch this space.

partha

12/2012 The voice against imposing Vedic Mathematics

A bunch of very highly qualified and talented scientists have put up a petition against imposing vedic mathematics (VM) in school. So, I am not the only one who does not like VM.

Take a look at:

http://www.sacw.net/DC/CommunalismCollection/ArticlesArchive/NoVedic.html

Their concluding sentence is prophetical ::”We re-iterate our firm conviction that all teaching and pedagogy, not just the teaching of mathematics, must be founded on rational, scientific and secular principles.”

11/2012 The curse of academics

This is a strange, and a sad phenomenon. Politicians form alliances and coalitions, to grab power. Businessmen form cartels and oligopolies. Criminals form gangs and loot the world. Everybody likes to share and prosper. Except, academicians, the most intellectual of all human beings. They are shy to share what they discover. They are shy to react when asked an opinion. I notice this happening to me very often. I start wondering if there is something wrong with me. Recently, I asked a number of my friends, their opinion on something which I was ready to publish. I was motivated, not only by a genuine admiration and respect for these colleagues, but also by an anxiety to see that I do not confuse others who will read my publlication. Only one colleague offered me his opinion. That was a non-committal,  non-convincing “looks okay” remark.   All others are either too busy, or are acting polite by not saying anything adverse.

To repair this situation, I take a few steps, since charity begins at home ::

  1. I put up all my findings and sicoveries on the w-w-web, and share them with the world.
  2. When someone asks me for an opinion, I take time and give a thorough listening. I give my detailed and frank opinion, some of which is not very enccouraging. I dont stop with just a non-committal, non-controversial “looks okay”.
  3. I relelntlessly consult my colleagues and keep them informed, even if they are not very responsive always.

I continue to grope for the truth. Hope I will find an antidote for this curse.

10/2012 The farce called Vedic Maths

I am now working on a report about Vedic Mathematics (VM). I came across this article, which decided what approach I should take ::

http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/art-culture/the-fraud-of-vedic-maths

Another article, by a scientist from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, further confirmed my opinion on VM .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharati_Krishna_Tirtha%27s_Vedic_mathematics

There is more to come on this subject. Watch this space.

9/2012 A thief in my school FPIHM

Liberalisation and open market is a great thing. That is until the thieves step in. This happened to the education system in India, particularly the state (AP) where I live in. It is more than just a coincidence that all (or almost all) these private so-called institutions, are run by goons belonging to a particular commmunity.

My experiences (nightmares) concern private engineering colleges. All of them are sickening places, run by unscrupulous and incompetent crooks who ::

1. hoodwink the authorities.
2. ruin the students
3. swindle the teachers

There is this college situated just outside Hydearabad. Ironically, this college is located very close to a famous temple of Saraswati (the Hindu Goddess of learning). This college is owned and run by a stinking rich industrialist/businessman.  This scoundrel should have been in jail, except for the clumsy and cumbersome legal system in India. They tried to steal my salary, by using some cunning tricks which all thieves play. In fact, when I threatened to drag him to the nearby police station, he relented. As if by magic, his goons, came running to the police station with my salary in cash. I have proof and photographic evidence, and a lawyer as witness for this shameful episode. You can get details from me, if you want to stay away from such criminals.

8/2012 Now, what do you say Mr. Manager ? FPIHM

What do you say now, Mr. Manager ?

When a bunch of apes takes over a ship, only two things can happen : the ship sinks, the ship runs aground. You did both. to the ship you were steering. And now, you have to explain your actions and inactions.

Luckily the sailors, who knew how to swim, jumped off the ship before it sank. Here is the story of one of the sailors ::

For 13 long years, you kept this sailor handcuffed, fettered, and tied up in a strait jacket. You shamelessly licked up all the rewards and goodies which the sailor should have got.

How do you explain calling yourself my superior ? Were you / are you superior in intellect ? learning ? honesty ? professional competence ? So, why did your company go bankrupt What do you say about this Mr. Manager ? Don’t you have any shame or feeling of guilt ?

Let us see what happened after this sailor escaped from your clutches: within 15 days, the sailor was in Bangkok, teaching in a world-famous technical institution. Within 3 months he was in a famous institution in China, working for the United Nations. Ever since, the recognitions and rewards have not stopped coming. The latest one being, an invitation to join the Board of Editors of a famous international research journal published from UK. The sailor did not have to go to UK. UK came to him ! What do you say about all this ?

It was enough to get out of the company of brain dead idiots like you, this sailor was decorated **twice** with international awards, by IEEE (USA). Why did this not happen earlier ? How do you explain this Mr. Manager ?

Let us see what happened to the company you apes were steering. The company went bankrupt and sank into the sea. In India, hundreds of thousands of Info. Tech. companies are flourishing except this three lettered company which you apes were steering. This happened, in spite of all the pampering it (and you) got as a Government owned company, and all the resources (except sensible Managers) it had in abundance.

In a shameful display of favouritism, you promoted your own godchildren. You chose them, not because of their technical skills, but just because of their sweet talk, and “Yes Sir” salutes. How do you explain the generous favours you have doled out to your bunch of godchildren ?

One of your breed of animals, wrote to the sailor that the sailor’s work was not acceptable because their Marketing team could not sell it. Classic example of the tail waving the dog. Since they did not know how to encash an idea from a scholar,  their marketing team sold away the very institution that fed them. No wonder, the institution went bankrupt. Now, what do you say about this ?

Later, this same institution had to beg the sailor to visit them and help them. They had to pay the equivalent of two months salary just for a day of visit, for the very same skills which they found hard to sell. So much for the wisdom of you apes. Now, what do you say about this ?

Two of your own kin, who always thought I was worthless, came running to me to help them in the company they were starting (since the company they were supposed to be steering had started sinking). Predictably, both these companies went bankrupt in no time. That makes at least three companies you managed to sink. Now, what do you say about this ? It is anyway too much to expect any technical skills from Managers like you, you proved your lack of Managerial skills by sinking all the companies who chose to ask you to steer them.

Moral of the story :: incompetence and dishonesty will finally ruin you, one day or other.

Satyameva jayatay.