It is important to get Personal Accident Cover. Good thing Modi government started programs to provide accident cover to every citizen.
Personal Accident Cover: Overcome the Limitations – Moneylife.

I don’t know why I had put the term ‘introvert ‘ in the title of this blog. Well, I am a certified introvert but that is beside the point. I certainly didn’t have plans to write about introversion. I must have just typed in what came to mind when I was creating it. There were quite a few people who landed on this blog searching for the term ‘introvert’. I wondered if I was making false advertising, but didn’t think much about it. However a few days ago, Google had listed one of the entries in this blog in response to a search query that was rather disturbing. Someone was searching for ‘introvert’ in combination with a very depressing word. Since that particular word happened to appear in the title of one of the posts, Google seemed to have dished up that page. Unless it was someone researching that particular aspect in connection with introverts, that person was under severe depression, and seems being an introvert had something to do with it. I hope it was the former that is the case here, and even if it is the latter, I hope that person had the good sense to talk to someone about it. BTW, why am I avoiding the mention of that search term here? The very purpose of this post is to tell the fact that being an introvert is nothing to worry about. I think it makes sense to mention that search term here so that if anyone else searches for that combination of words, they can potentially land here, and hopefully I can rub off some positive thinking onto them. So here goes; that person was searching for ‘introvert suicide’. It seems there is nothing that I could do except hoping that whoever that person was, didn’t mean to do anything foolish.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being an introvert. It’s a perfectly normal personality trait, and it comes with its own strengths. Roughly half of the people on this planet are introverts. If introverts are marginalized in our society, that is not because they are of less value to society. It is just that voices of those who speak, even if they have no value to add to the conversation, are the voices that are heard. And guess what, it is the extroverts that make all the noise in the world. So, naturally extroverts rule the roost, and it is not their fault either. From my own experience, I can tell you there is absolutely nothing to worry if you are an introvert.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/

[from a 2 year old draft]

The caring child: How to teach empathy | BabyCenter.

Defacements continue

Posted: March 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

In my last post , I mentioned about a barbaric incident where centuries old idol of beautiful Vishnu was defaced. Today I saw two Ganesha idols in Shilparamam; both idols were defaced completely. These were made of metal. It must have taken someone  quite an effort to deface these metal idols. Just look into the western sky right across these idols in Shilpa Sandhya Vedika, and you would realize who was behind this defacement.

There are so many visitors, most of them oblivious to what is happening. Indians don’t have the slightest idea about the kind of threats they are under. They are being squeezed out of their own country, and they have no clue. It seems it would be too late before the majority of them realize what is being done to them. Whatever is happening to Yezidis in Iraq, the same fate is awaiting the Indians that adhere to the traditions of this ancient land. If I think practically, I don’t have any hope that Hindus can avoid the fate of Yezidis. They are running towards that fate blissfully in all their ignorance.

The temple is named Chatur-bhuja, that of the four-armed god. Who was reponsible for the (literal) defacement of the statue is not known to me. – See more at: http://www.ams.org/samplings/feature-column/fcarc-india-zero#sthash.JE8LWI1D.dpuf

Feature Column from the AMS.

the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order—luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.

— Amundsen in The South Pole

(Amundsen lead  first successful expedition to south Pole)

Our obsession with English

Posted: August 7, 2014 in india

The current drama regarding inclusion of English in UPSC’s CSAT reminded me of what I wrote few years back:

In an ideal world, we don’t have to force a foreign language on our people, and our children should be able to become doctors, and engineers without ever having to learn a single word of English. Of course, we are not living in an ideal world, and learning English has become necessary to get a decent education in India. However I still don’t see the point of including English in a competitive exam like JIPMER. I agree that certain level of competence in English is required to pursue a career in medicine. The right way to test for that competence is to use test scores in English just to determine eligibility. Disqualifying people who don’t score certain prescribed minimum in English might be OK. But including English scores in ranking tips the scales in favor of  people in the higher end of the socioeconomic spectrum, even though higher scores in English may not necessarily translate to better suitability for the course under consideration.

Currently UPSC is trending on twitter. Here is someone who cleared civil services earlier and joined IRS opining about the current UPSC row:

He is right, working knowledge of English is required for our civil service aspirants. I would repeat my stand here on the matter: aspirants can be tested for knowledge of English. Design the test to disqualify candidates who don’t know enough of the language to do their job. That’s about it; don’t use the English test to decide who the best candidate is. Create a level playing filed. The purpose of the English test should be to make sure students can communicate well in English. Beyond that it should have no business in deciding  who the best candidate for the job is. There is a subtle difference between testing for qualification versus ranking based on the test score. There is no reason to use score in English to rank people for IAS/IPS jobs.Not everyone who clears ‘Civils’ is going to be a spokesperson for the Government.

Coming for you

Posted: July 26, 2014 in abstract, love, poetry, Uncategorized

I am coming for you,
leaving aside everything I hold dear in this life
and the ones to come after
I don’t know if I would ever catch you
I will be here waiting for you
till the end of time
until the last star is put out
and the last atom disintegrates unto itself
until the universe collapses

Toxic substances that fetuses are being exposed to.

Video  —  Posted: June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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