Kunal Mukhopadhyay

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BBC News – Ash delays more European flights

In Blogging, Thoughts on May 10, 2010 at 6:09 am

It’s obvious one cannot just “cap” a Volcano so I wonder if air transport authorities haven’t already started planning and charting alternate routes as a contingency plan.

A colossal task but perhaps the only way to go rather than pretending that turning a blind eye will cause the problem to go away?

On the other hand, maybe this will bring the best out of human creativity and engineering again – returning to seaways after having dominated the skies for so long?

BBC News – Ash delays more European flights.

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“…the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”

In Blogging, Thoughts on April 17, 2010 at 11:06 am

It is of course well known that careless talk costs lives, but the full scale of the problem is not always appreciated. For instance, at the very moment that Arthur Dent said “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere without my wonderful towel”, a freak wormhole opened up in the fabric of the space-time continuum and carried his words far far back in time across almost infinite reaches of space to a distant galaxy where strange and warlike beings were poised on the brink of frightful interstellar battle. The two opposing leaders, resplendent in their black-jewelled battle shorts, were meeting for the last time when a dreadful silence fell, and at that very moment the words “I wouldn’t want to go anywhere without my wonderful towel” drifted across the conference table. Unfortunately, in their native tongue this was the most appalling insult imaginable, so the two opposing battle fleets decided to settle their few remaining differences in order to launch a joint attack on our galaxy – now positively identified as the source of the offending remark. For thousands of years the mighty starships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the planet Earth – where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog. Those who study the complex interplay of cause and effect in the history of the Universe say that this sort of thing is going on all the time.
– Hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy.

Women in art

In Art, Norm, Social trend, Thoughts, Women in society on February 6, 2007 at 12:56 pm

By large, in the world as we know it today, all famous personalities are males. Not a ground breaking observation, as any sociologist would remark, for traditionally since the dawn of civilization, majority of all societies have been male dominated – thus all known professions (other than, ironically and regrettably what is classed as the “oldest profession” – no comment on that) to “mankind”.
Yesterday my curiosity was piqued when a discussion was initiated by being asked to name a few famous artists (or more correctly, art personalities). When asked, everyone except one woman gave the usual list of celebrities, Picasso being the most common, and other male figures. As was noted, almost everyone named male figures. The question was thus posed – why is it that men are more known in the art world than women? Some answers would have made feminists turn every shade of red on the spectrum. Others were good attempts to find a cover-up answer to what was appearing more to be a shockingly embarrassing revelation in a group consisting of both men and women. It was almost as if the men folk were searching for a justifiable excuse for the outcome of history in the art world. Perhaps some were not trying to justify the same and were “ratifying” the “facts” as they were – there are more male art personalities than female.
Other than the sociological background, there was an interesting thought that the arbitrator proposed. In her opinion, artists (maybe even authors and philosophers could be included) are a little eccentric, often with Bohemian inclinations. Thus the typical Picasso or van Gogh were detached, had their heads in the midst of clouds and weren’t very adroit in practical matters of life such as managing money or finding a regular job or even thinking of a family. Women on the other hand tend to be more practical and more adept in the matters of daily functioning. While not going to the extent of former Harvard University president Lawrence H. Summers, a deeper study into the differences in gender would highlight that women are in many ways different in their methods, and in certain tasks, much better than men. For example, they are not as impulsive as men and are better in planning and assessing risk factors. They tend to be more steadfast than men. Of course, these are generalizations and by virtue of the universe’s constitution, there are exceptions to everything.
I myself am quite thankful that in our household I have a wife who is better than me in staying the course, being steadfast and at assessing risk factors. It balances my oft impulsive side and ensures a safer sailing for both of us and our children. No wonder, then, our wives are often called the “better halves”.

Educating our education.

In Pedagogy, Philosophy, Thoughts on February 1, 2007 at 8:02 pm

The definition of education :
to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction
Middle English, to rear, from Latin educatus, past participle of educare to rear, educate, from educere to lead forth. (source: http://www.m-w.com)

I don’t believe it ever ends…till the last breath. And does it afford a man more worthiness if one is more educated than the other? Rather not….for if each one of is indeed unique, then by definition of uniqueness, so is our education.

The day one stops learning, one stops living.