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Kumbh Mela – Haridwar

The plan was quite whimsical, but had a long awaited desire to visit the place at this time – while the proverbial Kumbh ka mela was on.

To add to the occasionalability of the event, it was going to be a full-moon night when we reach, if we started off right then.

We – Khosla, Buddy, Kavita & me – were at A302.

We started off well from A302 – Buddy, Kavita and me — then there were the chronicles of Badsra on the way.

Anyway, next scene, I’m on the couch and wondering how come I’m here, where am I?
after the regular-moments lasting balck-out, I realised I was at the Badsras’ and certainly not anywhere near Haridwar.

But the plan was on!

So we started off at about 1200 Hrs on 28th — although I was planning to head back to Gurgaon and get going with the regular, media exchange between hard disk, computer, TV, my head.
Good that I stuck on the Haridwar trip.

After 3-4 hours of driving (I was comfortably on the back seat though) we realised that we had traveled only about 60 kms – some wrong route that we had taken.

Anyway with a stop for samosas, fuel-refill we were there at the place by about 2030 hrs and the feeling was good.
The place was nowhere like I’d thought it’d be — crowded, full of people and noise — Probably it was the timing. The last pooja is at 1815Hrs so the crowd has dwindled — although we did hear about babas and their shivirs which remain lively even after the last pooja, we thought we’d go there after our dips. The Dips, I must say were quite nice — the water was cold and more than that the current was quite high. Much as I tried experimenting and applying different schemes to withstand the current, I could never stay there for more than 15s.

It was a full-moon night [Poornima, Poornmasi]After the holy dips – and the assumption that our sins have been washed away – we went out for pet-pooja.

Poori-sabzi, Khasta (kachori) chole, mal pooda halwa, kulfi, aloo-tikki, gol-gappe were experienced in our binge.

Despite having the tripod, could not manage to click the picture I had in my mind — need to learn this stuff too!

unreasoned reasoning

i Received this fwd a few days back…..
read on to explore ridiculous reasoning.

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new Hindu students to stand and…..

Prof: You are a Hindu, aren’t you, son?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So you believe in God?
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure.
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then? Hmm?
(Student is silent.)
Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?
Student: Yes.
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student: No.
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From…God…
Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student: Yes.
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes.
Prof: So who created evil?
(Student does not answer.)
Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?
(Student has no answer.)
Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, and smelled your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes.
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold?
Prof: Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn’t.
(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)
Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?
Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light…. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)
Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?
(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter.)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelled it…No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?
(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it, sir. The link between MAN & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

i say, c’mon man what is this student preaching??
he has the right to choose his beliefs and so does the professor.

so are we just taking it as faith that ‘we have evolved from monkeys’ ?, does it not make sense that way, sound logical?
do we have any other belief to go on with or rather anything that explains us, humans’ presence here?

let’s take a look at the story once again – the professor’s question were never answered and were scientifically (which is synonymous to logic for me) correct/valid.
now if there was/were god, would he not save his brother – which even to think sounds ridiculous.
we can/should never take this thing as a fact that god has created everything.
believers in god often would go by this reasoning – God is infinite, incomprehensible and we cannot explain him just like we can’t explain many things (as mentioned in the fwd)
but no , this is an escape route – in fact it the philosophical flaw in the student’s premise – philosophical trickery, if u ask me.
{and yeah the student beat the professor if the latter accepted his reasoning)
we haven’t seen brain – but we do have explanation for it – we know where it is….
wouldn’t it have been much easier for us to say that brain is something controlled by God and he has everybody’s brain – that would put an end to any argument.

something which exists can be proven – light, electricity, heat – one can show the effects of it and prove the existence.
whereas to say [ conclusively] that something exists and then ask others to disprove it would be ridiculous.
if someone says prove that there is no electricity, one can show him the effects of it and tell what is about to happen due to that electricity – which is known.
at the same time if u say there is crexecity which makes the sun come out every morning and the moon in the night – and hey just believe it because u don’t know what crexecity is and would comprehend it anyway and it is the one controlling sun, moon’s movements….
now one has all the right to ask wtf is this crexecity, can we get more details on it , and can we check for it’s functioning mechanism – that’s a learning/progressive process
but no, we have preachers – just believe it!, crexecity is something that has not been seen, can’t be and just have to believe it…

that was crexecity which was handling only the movements of sun,moon…Now
presenting to you – GOD – the wholesole manager of this universe (or whatever galactic level discoveries, of course it resides at atomic level too…were u thinking God would miss out anything?

i can understand God as a term being used as a synonym of life,to say that everything/creature has a life would also be still bearable.
when the statements turn to saying he controls everything, sees everything (or for that matter even one thing), i get slightly uncomfortable (just like when i hear politicians making bold promises – hey btw, some politicians may be good, G can’t be!)

how did the reasoning go?
if you have given the power/authority to God to be the whole sole manager of this world (i’m sorry, is this not the belief? )
so how does he handle the bad,wicked things – don’t want to be repetitive, but only the one’s residing at a particular place are responsible for the happening at a place , and not god (it may be as vague as clouds, trees, virus, men,children,dogs objects)
what i’m trying to say is, if there is a flood somewhere – don’t say God did it in a rage, or if a certain area has had exceptionally good rainfall (good crops n all) – don’t credit god, he’s no entity – it’s the sun, the moon, the cloud, the people sweating down, the bulls leaking anything that can be seen or explained by a knowledgeable one.

so god, since u r handling all the things in this world, why make anyone sad (hey u control everybody’s emotions as well (brains?), but somehow u control my brain insuch a way that makes me want to make people aware of your non-existence!), why let a simple goodpoor man die of hunger,cold or the hard-working, has-worked-to-earn-the status rich man get a sudden business loss (or a personal tragedy)
or has the God been demoted to handle only the good good things….

Blog of bloggers

Here’s a quick-list of all the good blogs that I have seen and would recommend
MT’s blog – am not sure what this blog is about, but it’s my boss’s blog so has to be one of the top recommendations. From the last post that I saw on this blog, it has info about new waves being made in the online world of which we are bound to become a part of, with or without our consent. Yo Boss, keep blogging, I’m sure there are several things that can be blogged about and I’m sure most of us would be interested in that.

Badsra’s Blog – now this is the place for ideas and as it says, it has musings about everything. One of the finer blogs that you would find a link to at my blogspot, it has information about things which are trend-setting and better ideas that are catching up.Budds, neat work man (not literally) and a fine content generation/aggregation that u have done…..keep blogging, u have no idea how many people u inspire to blog, me41.

Atul’s Blog – and this my friend, is a blog bymy friend atul and I suppose this blog’s all about blogging and things are shaping up fine it seems. He is into making a story and I recommend this as I play a role in the story that’s just come up. So atul, let this not be yet another shattered dream (mine that is ;) ).

Raheja’s blog – this guy ‘sudhanshu raheja’ has recently started his own online portal, primarily for MBA aspirants – mbakarma.com. What else can I say besides saluting and wishing him all the very best for the initiative taken. By the way the blog’s all about education, start-ups, new technologies and a very very informative place to visit. If I’d not done my MBA already, I think mbakarma would be the place that I’d be found in (one way to say, given a chance, i’d study)

Ankit’s Blog – Just like him, I’m not sure what this blog’s about but there is a contentment in knowing that there are people like me. Thanks Ankit (I’m sure I’ve inspired u enough to start serious blogging man)

Hey some links that I have given above are without the permission of the owners of the blogs (actually all of them, but I think I own them…hehe) and there are many that come to my mind right now but I just don’t want to clutter this place (clutter??? Hey, there’s hardly any content here dude!)
Till the time I don’t delete this post….keep visiting!

Blogging fever

so everybody i know is blogging these days and some of them are boasting about blogging. I’m just wondering , can i earn out of this crap that i am writing…everybody says the first step is the hardest, so that means that my first blog was the hardest?? now if u happen to have the misfortune of visiting this, i must tell ye, you are one luck person…think about it..
meanwhile you can always check out friendly blogs of my friends
here’s atul’s blog

and then there is the blogger friend of mine badsra and this is one good blog.
and this is what primarily inspired me to start bloggin, i didn’t make it is a different thing.

so till we meet again……so long..

memory remains – Raka

I just thought i’ll mention a few weird incidents that happened with some of us…

Place: AIMT, greater noida,
Time: sometime in the night
The thing: so we were drinking, raising a toast to our beloved friend – Sanjeev Chand’s birthday.
Although there were restrictions on alcohol consumption inside the college premises, our enthusiasm needed a restriction of greater force and not just these letters on the joining instructions, and besides who is supposed to follow such instructions when the D himself had been spotted in inebriated state slinging crap, which most of us, although had been through crap of levels unimaginable, did not expect from a person in the position that he was in and we didn’t expect him to be in the position that he was in is a different matter altogether.
If I remember that incident correctly, included in the party were
• Atul
• Kuber
• Ritesh
• Madhur
• Me
And surprisingly Sanjeev wasn’t there…..
Anyway continuing with the “Raka incident “, so all of us were drrrrunkkk……and there were several other parallel parties going on in the hostel, meaning a lotta chaos in the hostel, enough to wake the sleeping dogs up.
Yeah, we – atul, madhur, ritesh, kuber and me are in atul’s room and raka walks in, in his usual slow pace and says in the most casual manner “ abe warden aa raha hai, daaru vagerah zara chupa lo”….i still can’t believe it, raka wasn’t drinking that day.
I still remember we had those videos, which have been lost in this digital world, with kuber and me singing our spirited version of “riders on the storm” and of course there were several thought-provoking discussions going on with topics varying from philosophy of life to whether a person should join the armed forces or not.

Needless to say, by the time we realized raka was not joking, the warden was there along with the Registrar – Lt. Col. Riyaz Khan, and it was a photographic moment – atul and I were planning to throw the empty bottles from the balcony and see who could throw it farther, so when the warden came in he sees atul with this bottle of old monk and all the other drunkards are saying whatever they want to whoever they want, knowing all the while that nobody gives a damn but still saying it to increase the intensity of the chaos and when we had the pleasure of extracting the pleasure from S C Pathak , the warden himself who wanted more…ok the last thing in the para isn’t true…nobody liked talking to him or even getting in a discussion of any sort in which he was a part.
All of us were caught and it was a mass breath-test that took place in the hostel that night with Riyaz sir’s sense of smell benchmarking the students as either drunk or heavily drunk….i’m not even considering the ones who did not drink that day.

So what we (I don’t even remember if anyone else did it) did was chewed some ‘gutka’ to create a destructive interference of the odour of the alcohol and gutka and I seriously thought it was a good outcome…………I was drrrrrrrrunkkkkkkkkk.
So when my testing time came, warden took over and immediately declared “ isne Gutka chabaya hai sir”…… and since I was drunk I had to argue that I was not and I presented my logic to Riyaaz sir, and he screamed back” U are drunk”….
Kuber was even funnier , he somehow slipped off and slept, or at least pretended to sleep, but our warden smart that he was, quickly followed him and even though Kuber tried hard to act and assure him that he was in deep sleep, was woken up by warden and told to get ready for the test. Kuber had chewed some pepsodent and thought that he would be set free, he too was drrrrrrrrunkkkkkkk……..

Then there was madhur, who thought by arguing and saying that he had had just two pegs could escape the wrath of mr.warden himself…..how wrong he was – “ Madhur beta……nahin …no….galat baat……aapne sharaab pee hai…..”…….he was declared drrrrrunkkk.

So our recent past caught up with us and all of us were declared drunk………
Letters to the parents would be couriered the next day with of course a big fine being slapped on each of our faces.

So why is this post named after raka if it is the drunkards who are being discussed, of which raka is not one?
Well, it still remains in my memory as one of the most improper communication, not in the words but in the way it was suggested….. The sense of urgency shown in that information that raka provided, was just not there