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Nampalli and the Sardar

 

Nampalli  and  the  Sardar

“From this  year  every new  entrant  in  the  hostel  will  be  first  interviewed  my  me  personally” . Shouted Fr Nampalli from a  distance,   to  the  student President of  the Hostel  while  the freshers  listened  at  a  distance. We  were  about  15  of  us  trying  our  best  to  get hostel  accommodation  in  one  of  the elite  college of  Darjeeling.  We  all  knew  that  if  hostel  is  not  given  then  we  will  have  to  spend at  least  four  times  the  money  to  hire  a  PG room  in the  town. And  that  will be  four  kilometres  from college.

“Stand  in  one  line ,  you freshers!  and  take  out  your  admission  cards” reverberated  the  voice of Nim Tsering  who  was  the  Hostel Student President. We  were  in  for  trouble  as  we  looked  at each  other so  as  to  be  asking  what will  the  life  inside  this  deadly  hostel. We  seemed  to  be  quiet unwelcome  guests.  But  the  mystery  was  going  to  be  unfolded  in  the  next  one  month  when we  would  join.

I was  fifth in the  row. When  my  turn came  I  was  called  in  . I  climbed the  five  stairs  to  the  hostel entrance  and  straight  in the   front  room found  a stern looking  Father  sitting on a  table. I  wished  him and  sat in the  chair  meant for me.. After confirming  my  name  he shot  a  direct  question.

“ Do  you drink  Alcohol?” Continue reading

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Every Person is a Package Deal

Every  Person  is  a  Package Deal

Today everything  what  we  get  in  the market  are package  deals.

In life  we  meet  hundreds   of  people, with some we  become friends  with others we don’t .  With some we  remain aloof and neutral. Some we hate and  some  we like instantly. Its  a natural Phenomenon and gets  triggered automatically and impulsively.

Its  not so that the person  we adore   is  full of virtues and  the person  we  detest is  full of flaws. Its only  that we focus on  the good qualities  on the  person  we adore and  ignore his  bad  ones. In the person we  detest  we keep focussing  on  his  bad traits  and  ignore  his good  ones. Its  all  based  on  our perception . You  change the perception towards  a person  and you will keep seeing the  better  side. So inadvertally we are  using  what is  called ‘principle of gestalt’ in  our day to day  life.

Verily, every person we  meet in our day  to day life is  a  package  deal. When  we  meet  anyone  or  come  in   contact with  anyone  we  send  some  vibes at  each  other. It  is  these  vibes  which  make any two  persons develop  a  relation  with  each  other. The  relations  between  two  persons  can  be classified  into  Its amalgamation of  good  traits ,  bad  traits  and  neutral  traits.

No  one  is  perfect. If  you analyse  even  your  closet of  friends  they   too  have  some negativities. But  we  tend  to  ignore them  and  focus  on  the  good  traits  of  a  friend.

For a bad  person  ,  bad  traits  are good traits and  he wishes  to  be  friends  with people  of  his  ilk. Together  they  vibe and  help each  other. They  will not  improve  and  they  are  happy  with  themselves.

Good  company  breeds  good  company  bad  breeds  bad.

But we  must have friends. And  lots of  them to  be  able  to  enjoy  life.

Help ,  share  and  guide  a  friend in the  right  direction.

If we start seeing a  person  as  a package  deal then  we will  find everyone  is conducive and  friendly and  world  will be  a better place to live.

New Paradigms of Friendships.

New Paradigms of Friendships.

Today all of us have seen a steep rise in the number of friends in the last one decade, thanks to social media. On one hand it has connected us to our old friends , with whom we had lost touch and on the other hand it has brought us closer to so many new ones, causing the number of friends to swell beyond expectations and much beyond imagination. The number has grown so much that we are not able to even remember their names leave alone the telephone numbers. We need lybrinthine call logs and contact lists to store their numbers. And when the number of friends crosses many hundreds, then the next problems is that we have many with the same name. For instance I have five friends named Ajay, so I store them as Ajay Delhi, Ajay Mumbai, Ajay Bangalore etc. In earlier times we had only ten or twenty friends and you knew everything about all of them. Now with three or four hundred friends , a person will be worthy of a reward even if he knows something about someone in his friend list. Having too many friends makes us some kind of aliens to each other.

The friends of today interestingly can be divided into the following easily discernable categories:-

a) ‘Like’ Friends- These are the Largest group of friends on social media. Their friendship is limited to just Liking the posts and new dp of friends (Incidentally this too is on a reciprocatory basis only) other then that they hardly interact.
b) RIP friends…The second equally large group is the group of friends in social media who don’t even have time to ‘like’ your posts or dp. But if you post a msg of someone’s death in the near circle they very sympathetic and immediately show their solidarity and post an RIP msg. They feel with this they have benigninly shown their gesture of friendship gesture. Then they remain silent till there is a requirement of another RIP msg.
c) ‘Fwd’ friends. some friends are busy forwarding a ‘fwd’ to you. And everyday you find 40-50 msgs in your Inbox whether it has any relevance to you or not it is immaterial. If you ask them abt a fwd whether it is true, they reply with a ‘search me’ emoji. Most of the times these Fwd Friends don’t even have time to read your msg as their handset is busy forwarding msgs.I tested one such friend of mine by replying to him. But as expected he never read it and it soon got buried deep. His job is to just forward the ‘fwds’.
d) Net- Gyani Friends. These are friends who distribute msgs of only gyan. You read them and forget about it. But next day you have new gyan and a new issue on life and how to live it. It’s their Dharma to spread the light whether anyone gets immersed in it or not.. So religiously everyday the new gyan replaces the old one given on the previous day. The new layer replaces the old one and nothing changes.

e) The silent watchers. These are your irritating well wishers who do not feel it important to reply to your specially chosen, custom picked ‘fwds’. They feel it below their dignity to even acknowledge the receipt of a specially chosen fwd. They feel that Social media has already oncorporated the subtle acknowledgement symbol which shows the ‘receipt’ and the ‘read’ symbol.

f) Never-met friends. Then there are some friends whom you have never even met. Somehow knowing them through some group and suddenly you get a friend request and you accept it. I really don’t know why they are there in people’s social networks.

In the end are left a miniscule number of your real old true friends. who may not Like your posts or DPs, may not press a thumbs up emoji , may not write a RIP and may not be even sending you fwds. But when you need work to be done you know a call to them will be replied in the afffirmative. This is the true , time tested treasure of real friendship.

– Mohinder pal Singh

Hum-com (Human Body as a Super Computer )

Hum-Com
(Human Body as a Super Computer)

by
– Mohinder Pal Singh
– Satvinder Bawa

The dexterity of a human body with round-the-clock working process could put the best super-computer to shame. Let’s examine the human computer (Hum-com). To understand the human body as Hum-com, it is necessary to break it into its components like an IT professional.
Any computer is composed of two components; hardware and software. Hardware is composed of computing parts as well as input and output devices and off course the peripherals. The Hum-com also has all these components albeit in a different state of matter. The hardware is made up of bones, muscles and flesh along with its galaxy of internal organs. The software includes the process of languages, knowledge and thoughts. Eyes, ears, skin, nose , tongue are the input devices and of course the brain is the CPU. Tongue is an output device. Some organs alternate as input or output devices. For example, the face is sometimes used for a frown or a smile as output ,and to feel the hot or cold air temperature as input device.
Manufacture & Delivery – Hum-com is assembled in a mother’s body and delivered to the client in a sealed packing. Even the mother cannot temper with the hardware being assembled in her body. She is just a carrier of the product. Although the manufacturing process though has been studied in great detail it cannot be fiddled with by a human being. The manufacturing process for moves in a time frame of about nine months. The Delivery date is predictable though not fixed. Over a million years, the manufacturing period of the Hum-com has not changed. Nor has the mode of delivary. The assembly line for the assembling of the components of Hum-com has only been given to the female species. The male species, even if it wants cannot as it lacks the assembly line. When a new Hum-cum comes into the world it comes fitted with all the internal organs in a functioning state. Typically, the initial booting has to be done by the Doctor/ Nurse taking the delivery. It is the same as when we are buying a new wrist watch . The moment you buy a new watch the shopkeeper pulls out the thin film which insulates the battery form the watch, it begins to tick. On coming out of the womb the doctor or the nurse the Hum-com a tap and the new Hum-com commences its breathing cycle through the lungs.
Warranty. The Hum-com comes with no warranty. Sometimes it may even have manufacturing defects. There is absolute no return policy for the Hum-com.
Components. The Hum-com comes fitted with both RAM and ROM in which subsequently software gets uploaded. The Hum-com comes loaded with very basic booting software or an operating system – called CLS(crying,laughing and sleeping)! The other functions like eating, excreting, and other sensory activities are the hardware functions which work on an auto-mode. Also out of the three functions of the CLS software , Hum-com is unique in two features , laughing and crying. No animals are known to laugh or cry. Their software is bereft of this feature. Try to tickle a dog , it cannot laugh, it will only bark. You scold , it cannot sob , it will only bark. This means that the Creater has gifted Hum-com with a higher version of the booting system software. So with this very basic software and fully furnished hardware in which all the cables are so well insulated , protected, all the signals are perfectly passed across the organs the Hum-com is ready to be loaded with new software.
Software Installation. The first software installation starts at home and it is a long drawn process. A new Hum-com quickly starts to imitate his parents and picks up words of the language spoken around him. The hearing input device, the ear begins to pick up sounds and brain the CPU immediately tries to recognize and deliver signals to the output device ,the tongue to imitate the sound. Thus, the installation of language software begins. Like any other installation process this software too takes a long time to get installed. All hardware devices are very interdependent at this initial stage. If an input device like ear malfunctions, the CPU does not get the requisite signals and correspondingly the tongue no orders. Hence its a known fact that Hum-com born with hearing defects develops speech defects too.
The Hum-Com software programs are generally divided into two categories; Basic software and the Knowledge software. Read, write and speech software programs are typically considered to be part of Basic software, or B Program. Knowledge software or K software needs B software as a pre-requisite.
Uploading of software is another unique feature of Hum-com when we compare it to the Ani-Com (animals computers). Thousands of attempts to teach a Ani-Com a human language have failed miserably. In-spite of being fitted with similar input devices as a Hum-Com they are unable to speak. The only plausible reason seems to be lesser developed CPU, lesser RAM or the output device of tongue not compatible.
B-Software installation starts at home. The parents start teaching a child how to speak their language, their culture, their traditions etc . Then the child is slightly grown up he goes to school where he is loaded with a heavy K-software.
Alongside the B and K-software is a third category of software called the Values or V Software. V Software covers morals and ethics. As the child grows up he develops a circle of friends who intentionally or unintentionally add to the B, V and K software of the child, also known as software sharing. Now some such shared software is good, but some of it is malware. When the Hum-Com is growing up software and data loading continues, and results in increased complexity for the CPU.
After the childhood phase, the Hum-Com enters adulthood. In this stage, the software and data contribution of the parents takes a back seat to that of friends and teachers. Then comes the stage when a Hum-Com takes up a job. Now each job has its own software which each employer wants an employee to imbibe. So that too gets loaded in the system. Change of job results in other job specific software additions. Every new assignment causes enhancements to the software system of the Hum-Com, and this process continues.
Now a stage comes (may be in the middle age of Hum-Com) when there are too many active pieces of software vying to get processed in the Hum-Com CPU. Also there is too much collected data in the volatile and non-volatile parts of the Hum-Com memory, and access of this data becomes increasingly more complex. This increased complexity of software and data causes the CPU to slow down. So we generally find middle aged Hum-Com averse to new procedures or software in the work place or even home. They become averse to using new gadgets because their CPU simply has no space to write a new algorithm. And when a Hum-Com becomes old his CPU has reached its limits. There is no more space for software or data. And something very typical about the natural software is that there is no delete button. Once loaded it cannot be removed . Once a Hum-com reaches his middle age, a frequent complaint about an inability to learn new things easily is observed. Such a Hum-com can be said to be experiencing system overload.
Another interesting issue about the Hum-Com is the issue of viruses. The Hum-Com is born virus free. However, such malicious software gets picked up along the way through friends or other interactions. Malicious software, unlike usable software, finds a way to make room for itself in the Hum-Com, without much effort on the part of the Hum-Com. You see porn with a friend, all sorts of malware becomes resident in your system. Repetitive exposure to university syllabus does not cause easy loading of the software in the Hum-Com. Hum-Com does not have a remove procedure for any kind of loaded software. Malicious or otherwise, once installed, the software stays in the system. The malicious software has a great ability to stay at the forefront of the CPU. To illustrate what I am saying do an experiment on yourself by observing some negative behavior. For example, you see a person taking a bribe or doing a mischievous act, it immediately gets loaded in your memory. Once I was travelling in a train I saw some people offering bribe for a berth. Next time I needed a berth I too tried the same. Even if you want to keep it keep the malware at bay, such software keeps cropping up time and again. Most of the crimes which are committed by Hum-Com are a result of something they saw and imbibed.

The Hum-Com environment too adds some good or bad software in a subtle manner. An old adage is – ‘a man is known by the company he keeps’. A congenital defect in Hum-Com is that it picks up malicious software very fast and benign software very slowly.
Deadly Effects of Virus
Malicious software is usually accompanied with a swarm of viruses. At some stage these viruses start affecting the Hum-com. Once they become virulent , these deadly viruses are known to bring the system to a complete shutdown. The Hum-com becomes listless and diseased. Once a Hum-com asked , “I never loaded myself with a malicious software so how come I got infected?” The answer is that these malicious software get installed using different methods. For example, you go to a dear friend… He is a real good man.. But one day he is watching some objectionable material and you end up watching or reading such a material. And Snap, the virus is loaded in your system too. This software will cling to your Hard disc. Not easy to get rid of it now. It is something like if you walk through a thick tropical forest , you are bound to get stung by leeches

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Software Problem cured by Hardware Experts
Mankind, over the ages has come up with the remedies for hardware problems of Hum-com. We have a number of doctors who can examine the Hum-com hardware and detect any glitch. They have potions to cure plain hardware malfunctions. But if the problem has been caused due to a software failure then the malaise would re-occur. In such cases the hardware doctors tend to give continuous medication. One classic example is the problem of Hypertension. Hypertension occurs due to anxiety which is a software related problem but is treated by hardware experts. So obviously the medicine has to be taken continuously because the Doctor is addressing the symptom and not the cause.
What could be the other software related problems of the Hum-com?
“ Doctor, I am not able to sleep” ,
“Doctor. I keep thinking” .
Doctor, I have a very irritable bowel”
What does a hardware specialist do for you? Lately a lot of pains, lot of allergies , lot of mental sickness have been related to anxiety; a software issue.
Though fewer in numbers, software therapists have been around for ages and some have mushroomed recently. The traditional ones are called spiritual Gurus and the recent ones are called ‘counselors’ .People throng in huge numbers to them too.. What do they do? A real good Hum-com software therapist has to do the treatment in generally three stages- One, identify the root cause and two apply the remedy to block cropping up of the malicious program . And three attempt to isolate and remove the offending software.

Most of the software therapists use one common characterstic of Hum-Com software- “ If a piece of software is kept from running for a period of time, it’s likelihood of running goes down over time”. For example something which you studied in secondary school say twenty years back and if you never had to use it, you tend to start forgetting it. It doesn’t come back so easily. Some things are totally forgotten but once reminded, come back. Others never come back.

The software therapist put the Hum-com patient under a rigorous daily routine, engages him with positive and motivational stories from the scriptures or lives of successful people. . He then teaches them techniques to control thoughts erupting in the mind. He may even make them do some physical postures which are expected to use the CPU in a predictable manner, and prevent the CPU from wandering and falling prey to the malicious and glossy crop ups from the CPU itself . Like a hardware therapist gives his patients a habit forming pill, the software therapist gives him a habit forming exercises, or a habit forming daily routine or a habit forming diet. As per some of the therapists type of food intake also affects the malicious software. In the second stage of software –healing process these things happen. In US one commonly hears about such spiritual healing camps of a week or two weeks durations. Hum-com who are having serious software problems due to complexities of software loading in their life generally benefit a lot form such an exercise.
Finally, the Hum-com may think that he is the Uncle-know-all, he is the master of the universe, but the truth is that he is just immaculately programmed. He can play only within his ambit , within his orbit which have been set. He just cannot break loose. He simply does not have the code to break or modify the programme. It is at that level where science cannot convincingly define a large number of phenomenon, it converges towards the super power, the super energy or what we all refer to Almighty.

Mohinder Pal Singh is the author of recently released book, 31 December 2078.
SS Bawa is a Canada based IT professional.