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Jaipur Literature Festival – This Year

By Sunil Kumar

The cerebral orgy has ended. According to the organizers and sources, there were nearly 200,000 footfalls this year, compared to the 120,000 last year. As I sum up my impressions of this year, I would like to state that despite all the controversies, the fest is a trailblazer of sorts as it has spawned a slew of similar events across the country.

The music in the JLF this year was tacky; compared to the lively beat we had last year. Also, a delectable tall blonde(or a brunette, I don’t remember) who was at the Tata Steel Front Lawns last year had mysteriously disappeared. The lady vanishes, perhaps! Now, for the pros and cons of the event, compared to the overhyped visit of Oprah last year, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was distinctly mild, rational, humble and gave simple, ethical practical advice. I am about to post a video of his talk on my YouTube channel, in case any of you who read this want to see it.

Flashback: in case my memory of this year fades away in a few seconds. “The Roots of Yoga” session with David White, Jim Mallinson, Mark Singleton and Birad Rajaram Yajnik attempted to project Hindu mystical ways as a universal belief system. David White gave a detailed historical perspective on the roots of one of India‘s most famous cultural exports. For anybody familiar with the idea as defined in our shastras; Patanjali‘s “Yoga Sutras” are considered by many to be the “Bible”. The long discussion attempted to project Yoga as a way of life; that could be enriched by more global contact.

Ruchir Sharma, Edward Luce and Gurcharan Das waxed eloquently on India’s trajectory in the “Inspite of the Gods Revisited” Session. While Gurcharan Das pointed out the lacunae in the country’s growth story, Luce gave a slightly different perspective. Both of them seemed to agree that India’s soft power and intellectual process lay in its freedom of expression and ability to deliberate. Although this can sound a bit farcical with all the bans around, the session was enlightening due to the passion of the speakers and the participating audience.

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Dhawan Century Assists Delhi in Defeating England

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By Sunil Kumar

Shikhar Dhawan stroked a brilliant century as Delhi defeated England by six wickets. This was the second consecutive loss for England in their warm-up matches and this gives them a lot of headaches ahead of the first ODI which begins on January 11th.

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Kevin Pietersen was rested for this match and England opted to bat after winning the toss. They got off to a good start with Ian Bell scoring at a confident rate. Alastair Cook chipped in with a confident 44 before he was sent back by Sumit Narwal. The feature of the England innings was a 113 run partnership for the fourth wicket between Bell and Eoin Morgan. Morgan was at his attacking best as he smashed 52 off 55 balls. Bell, who scored a fine 91 in England’s first warm-up game against India A at Palam, scored a wonderful century to continue his good form. Craig Kieswetter finished things off in style by blazing an aggressive 41 off 27 balls as England notched up 294/5.

The Delhi attack featured Parwinder Awana and Ashish Nehra but their bowling looked ordinary. The pick of the Delhi bowlers Varun Sood who picked up 3/45 in his 10 overs.

Delhi were faced with a huge task ahead but Unmukt Chand and Shikhar Dhawan got the team off to a great start. The opening pair notched up 70 runs before Chand was dismissed for 37 by James Tredwell. The Delhi team lost some quick wickets before Milind Kumar joined Dhawan and steadied the ship.

Dhawan was at his authoritative best and took the attack to the England pace bowlers. He drove the pace quartet of Steven Finn, Dernbach, Meaker and Chris Woakes through the covers. The moment the pacers dug it in short he was quickly into position to play the pull shot.

Milind Kumar, at the other end, showed a lot of maturity and paced his innings to perfection. Whether it was playing the slash over deep third man or driving on the up, Milind had an answer to everything that was thrown at him. Dhawan got to his ton with a big six off Tredwell before he was snapped up by Joe Root for 110. The knock came off just 109 balls and included 14 fours and three sixes.

Rajat Bhatia joined Milind Kumar and they ensured that there were no further jolts. Bhatia slammed an unbeaten 45 and finished off the run-chase with a flourish as they put together a 103 run stand off just 72 balls.

All the England bowlers struggled to check the flow of runs and their attack looked pedestrian. This second consecutive loss gives England further problems ahead of the five match ODI series.

 

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The 2013 CES

By Sunil Kumar

One of the biggest fairs in the consumer electronics industry; the CES kicks off on Tuesday in Las Vegas. This is the forum where big guns such as Samsung, Sony, Intel, and more show off their latest and greatest technologies. In the past, electronics such as the CD player, camcorder, and VCR made their stateside debuts at CES. More recently, HDTV, tablets, and the Microsoft Xbox have been unveiled at the conference.

A few announcements this year: ultra-high definition televisions with large screens, evolution in smartphone glass technology, a new version of the Optimus and the Galaxy S4. Intel is going to introduce a new processor; the Bay Trail-T to take on Nvidia‘s Tegra and Qualcomm‘s S4. With CEA estimates that factory-installed automotive technology will generate $8.7 billion dollars in 2013, so it’s no wonder seven major car companies will be on the show floor.

The launch of a corresponding ecosystem means that companies from over 150 countries will be on display.

 

 

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The Social Network

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By Sunil Kumar

Today, we live in a coded universe. The social network is an extension of the actual universe; the nuts and bolts of real existence. Life is merely an attempt at unravelling a greater mystery; the universe. There are more than 200 countries on the globe, people trying to make sense of their reason for being on the planet; grappling for food, water, money, education, ideas.

Some cynic once coined the term, “Fifteen minutes of fame.” In the social network, everybody is an instant storyteller, conveying their thoughts over the ether to multiple people; courtesy the power of the internet. Sometimes, I’m happy at this miraculous interconnectedness; also distraught at times.

Nearly twenty years back, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web. Books could often be solitary friends; and the printed page a refuge from the incredible cynicism of the world; something that has increased today. Never mind the cussed blasphemy of global egotism; the ode to the self, something practically everybody including me indulges in.

Wealth is something everybody wants, needs and aspires for. I had the pleasure of listening to an august gathering of intellectuals lately. They all struck me as being partially farcical, but thank the world for the ability to voice my opinions; even if it is in the confines of this window.

I do not want this post to be linear; it’s as fuzzy logic as I can make it. In the power of the collective, the individual does matter; and in the Aglaia Universe ideas matter.

 

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Northeast Celebrates Guru Nanak’s Birthday

By Sunil Kumar

The 544th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev was celebrated across the northeast on Wednesday focussing on his teachings and tenets of universal brotherhood.

This year, the celebration of the Guru’s birthday was aimed at fostering the spirit of brotherhood and spreading communal harmony among people, especially when some parts in the state are afflicted with ethnic strife. It was in Assam that Guru Nanak met Sankaradeva and spoke on the importance of universal brotherhood.

Guru Nanak is not only as known as the guru of the Sikhs but for the entire world as well and hence his title Jagat Guru. The special day began with kirtan and we had singers from Punjab. It was followed by geet mala. Assam has a special reverence for the Guru because it was here that he met Sankaradeva and emphasized on the importance of universal brotherhood. This year, the state had witnessed ethnic strife and we need to look into his teachings to learn more about the spirit of universal brotherhood,” said a member of Fancy Bazaar Sikh Temple in Guwahati.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki wished people on Guru Nanak Jayanti, extensively celebrated as Gurpurab across India and the world.

“Guru Nanak Jayanti is about reliving the teachings that are quoted in the sacred Sikh scripture Guru Grant Sahib, the holy book in which hymns of Sikh Gurus are quoted. I believe the celebration would not only be an inspiration for the followers of Sikhism but also to others as teachings of Guru Nanak are universal,” Tuki said in a statement.

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the several auspicious religious festivals in Sikhism celebrated to commemorate and remember the birth and philosophy of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru and founder of Sikhism (1469 AD – 1539 AD). Tuki expressed hope that the occasion would strengthen the bond between all religious communities and foster peace and tranquility.

Arunachal Pradesh governor General (Retd) JJ Singh on Wednesday called upon the Sikhs to imbibe righteous values of Sikhism and stay rooted to their cultural heritage and tradition. Attending the 544th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak at Gurudwara Saheb, Naharlagun near here, Singh exhorted them to maintain the spirit of sacrifice and community service and help people.

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“Joined by a large number of people from the Sikh community and other communities, the governor participated in the Shabad Kirtan and Anand Saheb Path organized on the occasion,” a Raj Bhawan comminique said.

 

 

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Daydreaming Key To Solving Complex Problems

By Sunil Kumar

Daydreaming really is the key to solving complex problems, a new study has found.

Some of the most important scientific breakthroughs ever made – by everyone from Einstein to Newton – came about as the geniuses behind them allowed their minds to wander.

Now research by modern day scientists has shown that mere mortals can also improve their problem-solving ability in the same way.

The study showed that people who returned to a difficult task after taking a break and doing an easy task boosted their performance by around 40 per cent.

But there was little or no improvement for people who did another demanding task during the break, used it to rest or did not have a break at all.

 

Scientists who carried out the study said the results indicate that doing simple tasks that allow us to daydream is key to solving trickier questions playing on our minds.

“Many influential scientific thinkers claim to have had their moments of inspiration while engaged in thoughts or activities not directly aimed at solving the problem they were trying to solve,” said lead author Benjamin Baird, of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

“This study demonstrated that taking a break involving an undemanding task improved performance on a classic creativity task far more than taking a break involving a demanding task, resting or taking no break.

“The findings arguably provide the most direct evidence to date that conditions that favour mind wandering also enhance creativity.”

The research, published in the journal Psychological Science, is likely to please school pupils and bored office workers who enjoy gazing out of the window but may not go down less well with teachers and bosses.

Einstein is believed to have begun his theory of relativity while he daydreamed about riding or running beside a sunbeam to the edge of the universe – after he was expelled from school for rebelling against rote learning.

Newton developed his theory of gravity after he happened to see an apple fall from a tree in his mother’s garden in Lincolnshire.

Further back the Greek philosopher Archimedes shouted ‘Eureka’ when he stepped into a bath and realised the relation between the rising water level and the volume of his body that was submerged.

The study involved 145 people aged between 19 and 32 who were given two minutes to list as many unusual uses as possible for everyday objects. They were then split into four groups with one of the groups not allowed any break from the task. The other three groups were each given a 12-minute break during which some carried out a demanding memory task, some enjoyed complete rest and some did an undemanding task.

Those who did the undemanding task were found to be daydreaming a lot about personal issues or past or future events as a result of its ease.

All participants were then asked to return to the task of listing unusual uses for ordinary obobjects. When considering new items all groups did the same. But when considering the same objects as earlier, daydreamers improved their performance by 40 per cent while the other groups performed the same as before.

The researchers said the improved performance was associated with “a higher level of mind wandering but not with a greater level of explicitly directed thoughts about the task.” They added that the “seemingly dysfunctional mental state” of daydreaming may “serve as a foundation for creative inspiration”.

The authors suggested that we may unconsciously process thoughts while concentrating on another task but said more research is needed to explain more fully how this happens.

 

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Ratan Tata Ups Stake In Tata Motors

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By Sunil Kumar

Tata Motors, on Friday, said Ratan Tata had hiked his stake in the company to 0.05 per cent through an open market transaction, leading to a surge of 6 per cent in the company’s shares on the Bombay Stock Exchange.

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In a filing, Tata Motors said its Chairman Tata had purchased 4.25 lakh ordinary shares on Thursday having a face value of Rs.2 each on the National Stock Exchange for a total consideration of Rs.9.94 crore through the open market route.

Meanwhile, Tata Motors reported that its global sales grew 12 per cent in May to 96,089 units over the same period last year. Sales of luxury brands from Jaguar Land Rover were at 30,094 units during the month, up 35 per cent from the same month last year.

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Cause of Hypersonic Crash Revealed

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By Sunil Kumar

Going faster than sound can be detrimental for aircraft health.It turns out that tearing through the atmosphere at 20 times the speed of sound is bad for the skin, even if you’re a super high-tech aircraft developed by the United States government’s best engineers at its far-out research agency.

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, has made public its best guess about what might have caused its unmanned arrowhead-shaped Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) to lose contact and crash in the Pacific just a few minutes after slicing through the sky at Mach 20 last August: it was going so fast its skin peeled off.

Another interesting snippet. Two months after DARPA’s test, the American Army tested its own hypersonic aircraft – this one a long-range weapon system called the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) designed to strike any target in the world in just a couple hours.

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Smartphones With Superman Vision

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By Sunil Kumar

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have managed to come up with an idea that may enable future smartphone owners to share the same trait as the comic book character Superman – namely, the super power to be able to see through walls.

The applications of this technology are in different industries, from medicine to detecting counterfeit money. In order to prevent intrusive people breaching the privacy of others, the technology will not work if used more than 4 inches (10 cm) away from its target.

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