THE JOURNEY OF SURVIVORS

70,000-year history of Indian sub-continent

REDISCOVERING INDIA

Unraveling the mystery of our roots to understand the present and predict the future.

WOMEN, SEX AND PREJUDICE

Do we have it in us to give the fairer sex the place they deserve?.

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Change of world order. Religious Terrorism. Where are we heading?.

INCREDIBLE INDIA

Wanderlust Hodophiles.

Welcome to KHOJ: The search to know our roots and understand the meaning of our existence.

Prejudice is the biggest problem in the society. It can be it in terms of religion, cast, sex, skin-colour, status etc. Prejudice can also be in form of the feeling that human beings are the greatest creation, or even patriotism about artificially created borders. The motto of KHOJ is to gain knowledge and break that prejudice. But there is a word of caution for the readers. To break the prejudice KHOJ might throw upon you the concepts it believes in. If the reader believes on KHOJ’s perception without question, then KHOJ itself might incept a prejudice in the readers mind thus failing in it own motto. KHOJ is trying to break its own world of prejudice, but at times that prejudice might get reflected in its writing. Please do challenge them.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Whore and the Hypocrite


Animals are sexual beings and human beings are animals. Even a male fetus in the womb has erection (unfortunately there is no way to know about the females). Human beings have realized that and respected the fact for centuries until some stupid came up with the idea of chastity. A word that suddenly made ‘sex’ sound bad also meant that incest, fornication and prostitution became sin. Unfortunately the worst victims of chastity are women. Just because they take the pain of giving birth, society rewarded them with the blame of the original sin.
Women as Sex Object #Wikipedia

Saturday, December 3, 2011

In Pursuit of Pain


I believe nothing in this world is bad, I believe in no devils. That is probably one reason why I find no need for god. Good and bad are biased perception of human intelligence, like god and devil. It exists only in human mind. That is also the place where pain resides. Pain is something unpleasant, yet, it is through endurance of pain that greatness is achieved. Ever heard of the Okipa ceremony of the Mandan Indians? If you haven’t check this out>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandan#Religion! It is a ceremony about creation of earth where warriors prove their courage by going through pain. The warriors are starved, skin slit, hanged and then rewarded by cutting off their left pinkie finger. Finally they run their last run. Those who get out alive get respect and fame. It sounds horrible and painful, but many of these warriors have done it twice (I don’t know which finger they cut off the second time)! Pain is not something that cannot be controlled if the reward is great. Sometimes getting rid of pain is in itself a great reward.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Strange!


This world is a strange world. While from Obama to Pope all wants selfish publicity at any cost, they are also people who hates when someone else publicize at their cost. We are strange people. We love to put all our personal information on facebook to get attention, at the same time hate facebook for keeping a track of our personal data for 90 days. India is a strange country. Here we wait anxiously to see a porn star in a TV show, but protest for slightest sexual content on children movies. We make someone god for scoring 99 centuries, and then make the same person a devil for not being able to score just one more. We protest when onion price touches 50 rupees, of which only 5 rupees goes to the farmer; but are happy to pay 60 rupees for buying water mixed with gas and sugar that costs just 5 rupees to make. Here we make a cop hero when he catches the people who make us mad, and then claim that the same person is mad because he is calling us corrupt.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In pursuit of happiness


Human beings pursuit for happiness has been eternal. Search the internet and you will find thousand advices that are suppose to make you happy, from buying a cat to donating an organ. Obviously it is something that is damn important to us. But, like the Holy Grail, the search has eluded us. Why is it so important to us? What make us happy?


Saturday, November 5, 2011

THANKS!


Hi All! It’s sweet November and winter is knocking on the door.  But it was this October that had been sweeter for me. I am finally back writing for KHOJ after almost a month…and what a month it was. My last post was the anniversary post where I poured in the ideas that covered a year of KHOJ [Click here]. The very next day our little angel Hridhima came and changed our lives forever. I took three weeks off to be with her. In between, while she slept, I came up with Evolving Daddy. But all the while I ignored KHOJ. It was YOU readers who kept it alive. For that I owe you all a BIG gratitude! I would also like to thank a few special bloggers here.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

It’s a good life [Anand]


"Here is ANAND and his Musings...because life is like that...Check out his blog for a better and happier life....:)" - SUB
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When SUB asked me to write a guest post for KHOJ, I didn’t have any second thought and said yes. Of course, who will say no to SUB and his lovely, thoughtful blog? I thank him for choosing me to write a post here. It’s indeed an honour! When I pondered on the topic for him, this was what came to my mind. It’s a good life out there and why can’t we enjoy it to the fullest?
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Suicide [by Prateek]

The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>



"Hi Again! I guess you all know this unwise blogger who goes by the name Prateek. About him? Eh?! Ah! Oh! ... You know his witty side if you have read his blog." - SUB

~<o>~

Subhrashis asked me to put a witty bio before I continue with my post. I tried hard but it is really difficult for me to come up with some witty stuff until I am not getting paid to write. Anyhow, this is Prateek from The Unwise Prevails over the Wise. Weird name, I know. Either Subhrashis was under weed or was in an ecstasy of his fatherhood when he said, “Yes, jabber on my blog Prateek but be naaice.” My post turned out to be different this time, different from my niche.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

INCEST [by Janhvi]

"I love Janhvi's blog because you feel the truth and honesty in her words...You will find her HERE....over to her" - SUB
P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>


I am just another girl among oh so many. I just love to spend hours altogether listening to songs on my system and viewing pictures of my family members, especially my young cousins. I love talking and people around me stay amazed by my quality of constant talking. Am an introvert to the world, but my true friends know that am actually anything but an introvert. Am extremely fond of reading ( mainly fiction) and of writing. As the name of my blog suggests (Thoughtful Thoughts), I write about any thought that stays long enough for me to pen (type) down as a post. Thoughts are in millions, but thoughtful thoughts are a few.

Monday, October 24, 2011

A Journey [by Saru]

“I guess there is no need to introduce the girl who has mesmerized the blogosphere with her magical words. You can find her HERE! In this guest post she takes you through a journey that you can’t miss.” - SUB >>>



P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>



 ~>o<~


First, I would thank Subhrashis for giving me this opportunity of guest blogging. It's an honor to be a part of his blog. I'm a Practising Company Secretary who is not at all like everyone else in this profession. My mantra in life is to chill. The best quality in me is that I don't judge people which helps in having strong bonds with everyone I know. As many of you know that I am a poet. I love travelling, cooking and sleeping. I'm a big big fan of action movies and love to read thrillers. However, trading in share market tops my list of what I can't live without. Lastly, for this poem credit goes to Subhrashis as I stole words from his timeline and composed it. Do read the timeline on this blog

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Your Eyes and My Wish! [by Neeraj]


"This is Neeraj with his wish. A blogger who puts in a lot of thought to his posts. You can find him HERE!" - SUB

P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>
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At present, I am working in the marketing department of a steel company, the office is in Kolkata.  Amid pushing and shoving of the metro trains, I try to keep on thinking. I like writing abstract stuff, which I find tough, but sometimes I get some success with some topics on abstract front. I like to write on subjects that surround me, with a different angle, though every time I don’t succeed.
Anyways, I am a big fan of the writings of SUB and here I am contributing for the first time as a guest blogger.
~>0<~

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happiness [by Anu]


"Anu has been Khoj's first 5 followers, and the only one amongst them who still comes back to read my post. It is for readers like her that Khoj exists. Thanks Anu. You can find her HERE!" -  SUB

P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>

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I am thankful to Mr. Subhrashis Adhikari who gave this opportunity. When I mailed him this post, he asked me to write something about my blog and brief intro. Before saying anything about my blog I m mesmerizing few verses by the enlightener of Gazal  Jagjit Singh:

“ye shohrat bhi lelo ye doulat bhi lelo magar mujhko louta do meri jindgaani vo kagaj ki kasti vo barish ka paai”

Well no one can fulfill his place in the field of gazals.  Memories always leave their footprints in our hearts. The thing which we can do is that we can memorize those instants. These are merely some joyous and painful moments of our life, but when somewhere you sit alone only these instants spread your lips wide, your eyes starts twinkling. My blog is the mixture of memories; memories may be one day old or 1 min old. These are memories and your appreciations which make my mind to write. 

My name is Anuradha Sharma. I am a b.tech 4th year student. I started writing blogs last year in September. I am not a regular blogger. I write just for my own improvement. More than writing I love reading blogs. I can spend my whole day sitting and thinking alone beneath a tree. Being a moody person I love doing things in my own way.  Having a kiddish nature many times I do some foolish things. My best friend always calls me idiot and mad. But the same I am a bit matured too.

I wrote this post last year. Here I am talking about “happiness”.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Life can't get worse - The story of an almost IITian [Vijay]

This is a guest post by Vijay. You can find him here >>> Here I Am


P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>


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A student of technology with a passion for writing and  a person who has an opinion on anything and everything! The blog is all about what I feel, what I perceive and is full of things happening around. Contains a lot of opinions and humor, something which unfortunately only I find as being funny. 


This is the first time I'm writing a Guest Post and I'm glad that it's for Khoj, for Khoj was one of the first blogs I followed when I entered the blogosphere. Khoj has always been one of my favorite blogs and I'm truely honored that SUB did accept this post.So a big thanks to SUB and to all the other readers here. I hope to see all you guys at my place- ....Here I Am!. Thank you all once again.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Poetry and Magic [by Aakriti]


"I am overwhelmed by the response for the guest posts...thanks to all of you...this one is from another Sagittarian like me, Aakriti...a psychology student who likes to read, write, travel, sing, dance, cook...and ...i can go on writing about her, i wish i had the time....over to her." - SUB


P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>


This is the first time when I’m writing a Guest Post, not for my blog, but for a Bloggyfriend of mine~ SubJ whose posts are a joy reading for the mere reason that they are well researched and feed your brain with all that you could get to eat;) Penning Down from my space  Yarn of~ Words.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Now What!! [by Somyanshu]


"Hi guys! thanks for the visit. My life has changed on 5th Oct, the day after Khoj's anniversary. I was reborn as a father. My little Hridhima needs all my attention, so Khoj will see a lot of guest posts here. This is the second guest post in Khoj. Survival of Khoj now depends a lot on you guys. Forgive me for not being able to answer your comments." - SUB


P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>



~>o<~



Hi, my name is Somyanshu Arora. First of all I would like to thank Mr. Subhrashis Adhikari for this opportunity. I am a native of New Delhi but currently I reside in Ropar as I am pursuing B.Tech from IIT Ropar. Blogging to me is something more than a hobby. I have been blogging for nearly a year now. I like to write about different things in a different way. For example, I once compared how our feelings can be compared to lewis acids and bases. Another example would be my series TRUE STORIES (to be frank they are not actually true, I just kept the name because the characters are based on people I see around)..in which I have described how a boy changes. You can find all my posts at my blog  www.somyanshu.com. Do come there and help me improve through your precious comments.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

M.U.K.T.I.


Monday, 4th October, 2010 … Just born … excited – nervous – alone…staring at the vast unknown. Where to start? Where to head? She crawled slowly … looking around for attention. Along came an angle - Jhonny Walker…few tips and she started to walk…as she walked more angles came by…and then more followed….excited – nervous, but alone no more…a year long journey, her name – KHOJ.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Soul Searching


In a recent post I questioned, ‘who am I?’. The question was left unanswered. Most scientists say we are what we think we are. The feeling of ‘I’ is a 20-watt fountain of energy operating in the brain. But, many philosophers claim that we are not the body, but the soul. They claim that our soul is struck in the cycle of life and death, and it is thorough praying to god, or through good deeds, we obtain freedom and become one with the almighty.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Known - The Unknown.....Fight continues


Our world consists of the ‘known’ and the ‘unknowns’. The limit of ‘know’ is our territory within which we feel comfortable. Beyond that is the empire of the ‘unknown’, the realm of mystery. We relentlessly try to concur them and bring them under the rule of the ‘known’. Somewhere between the ‘known’ and the ‘unknown’ hides in silence the ‘unknowable’. Like the lost pages of history, like the randomness of nature, the ‘unknowable’ is the lost Atlantis. It is the hidden secret territory that we can never concur.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mind Nudity! [by Chintan]

This is the first guest post in KHOJ from a crazy kudi Punjab di with one big misconception. She is crazy because she is different…rarest of personality who does not dare to speak her heart out. She is adorable, she is charming, she can shock you with her sharp words, she is a true Sagittarian who wants to rule the world…What misconception? She once gave me an award for my ‘intelligence’. Without wasting any further time, here’s Chintan unleashed

P.S. The opinion below is that of the writer and not necessarily of Khoj....any one willing to write a guest post here can email me at subhrashis.adhikari@gmail.com >>>



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Who am I?...


…It’s a question that has bothered humanity since the time they realized they are human beings. All the advancement of science and technology has failed to give a rational answer. The first question asked could well be the last one to be answered, if at all. Are we the body, governed by our brain? Or is there a conscience that controls the brain?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

STRANGE GOD


Once upon a time there lived a group of Creatures in a village called Parish. It was long ago, when God ruled the earth.  Eat, Pray and Love was the rule of life and God’s authority was never challenged. Every Creature lived by the rules; pain and grief were accepted as gifts from God.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A GLASS OF LIFE


Toddler: A glass of water, what shall I do with it?

Teenager: The glass is not half empty; the glass is full, half with water and half with air.

College Student: The glass is not half empty, the glass the twice the size than required.

Young Professional: The glass is not half empty, the glass is half full.

Middle-aged man: The glass is indeed half empty.

Old Retired Man: Holds the glass, drinks the water...

"I asked the right question as a toddler, but was looking for the wrong solutions all my life. I was thirsty and all I needed was to drink the water."

Moral of the story: Life is simple, enjoy it. Don't make it complicated by thinking too much.

Monday, August 29, 2011

One dream, many questions…


I had a dream last night, or was it a dream? Was I struck somewhere between the conscious and the subconscious, or was I awake? Is the reality in which I am awake also a dream? Being in the state of dream, does it makes it less real? How to tell if your subconscious mind has taken over your conscious one, or is it always like that? Is there a free-will? One dream, many questions…


Monday, August 22, 2011

Bizarre Hazare


Gone are the days when you typed ‘anna’ and google welcomed you with a sexy picture of an aging tennis star. Instead you now find a smiling old man in his white attire. Call him Gandhi or his Frankenstein, love him or hate him, but Anna fever has struck the subcontinent. It’s been long since the world has seen a mass agitation without a drop of blood spilled, without a single stone thrown. Gandhigiri is still alive.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Let's Make Mistakes...


Where we are today is a result of the paths we took, what we are today is a result of the choices we made. Some of the choices we made happily, some not so happily; the result we might choose to love or hate. What makes us make these choices? Is it a simple decision between right and wrong or good and bad, or is it something much more mysterious than that. We always try to make the best possible choice, but then how good are our ‘right’ decisions? Do we waste too much time, effort and emotion trying to be right, when the ‘apparent’ right decision we make is equally wrong? Is it possible to enjoy life not trying to be too right? Is it a mistake to make mistakes?

Monday, August 15, 2011

FUCK India




'United we Stand’, but then why should we stand? Isn’t it the backbenchers who stand? Since we do not like to stand, we don’t like being united. Infact there never was a united India before the British Raj.  India was separate smaller kingdoms living together bounded by the mountains and oceans. [That does not however mean that there was no identity of India. If we look at the writings of ancient writers, both from and outside India, about India we still find the entity of India. India however represented a greater culture that spread from East Afghanistan to Malaysia]   Even during independence many states wanted, not to be part of India, but a separate country. These included Travancore, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Junagadh, Hyderabad and Kashmir. It is not surprising then that there is hardly anything, apart from cricket, that unites India. I find it really surprising how democracy survived in this country for so many years. But then, that is the miracle called India.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Nursery Rhymes


Our childhood memories are filled with nursery rhymes. Kids grow up with their favorite characters like Jack & Jill and Humpty Dumpty. The rhymes have been passed on from generations to generations for over hundreds of years. The sweet melody of the nursery rhymes still rings in our ears as adults. One of my favorite is the ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’. A sweet rhyme that makes the innocent mind of a child wonder. But then, are all rhymes innocent?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Holy Holes...

WARNING: I was bored with too much quantum stuff...wanted to write something stupid!! If you do not like stupid posts please skip this one...




For thousands of years holes have served us faithfully without complaining. Yet they continue to be the most ignored. Even Wikipedia does not have a decent article on it. All it says is that “hole is an opening in a solid”. My heart saddens to know that there are many people who deny there existence after all the sacrifices they have made for us. To them holes are just disturbances within a solid. I ask them, what solid is a black hole in? Holes exist and have made us what we are. This post is a tribute to all the holes on earth.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

GOD UNVEILED

Please read PART 1PART 2 before you start with this one

We miss our dear ones separated by space. We feel the emotions in particular moments in time. We feel hungry because our meals are separated by time; we can eat food because our foods are separated from us by space (until of course we eat them and the fish you ate becomes part of you). Our perceived world depends entirely on the framework of time and space. We wake up every morning at a particular time. Have breakfast and go to office at a particular distance from our home. Come back, spent quality time with our family. Have dinner and go to sleep. In our sleep we dream. In dreams time has no account. Events separated by decades can be brought together into the same moment. The dreamer can be transported to past or future. Even space has no space in dream world. Our home might appear in a far away land. We can become a giant, or a Lilliput. The dream world is fluid; it obeys no laws except its own.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Life 'you know' is an illusion


Continued from here .....

Seeing is believing, or is it? If you consider yourself the size of an empty football stadium, then the actual solid matter that makes you is of the size of a fly. Yes, that is how hollow your atoms are, and so are you. Wouldn’t everything you see be transparent then? Why can’t you pass through the walls? The reality that we know is an interpretation of our brain based on the information we perceive through our senses. So the reality we know is as good as our senses. Let’s see how good our senses are.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

MIND a bumpy ride?


Human beings have always tried to explain the mysteries of life. We have tried for over 20,000 years, and still we are equally confused. Look at the animals; they seem to be in a flow with the nature. I can never know what their philosophy of life is, but I would not be surprised if they know the truth better than us. They realized from the beginning that civilization is a stupid idea, which is why they never tried. And all the while we thought we are intelligent because we have civilization and kept asking the poor animals “Tumhare paas kya hai?” (“What do you have?”). They could not even say “mere paas ma hai” (“I have mother”). It is natural for mothers to leave them when they are old enough. They realized from the beginning that having mother-in-law is a stupid idea. However this post is not about making us realize how stupid we are, I have done it already in the post ‘Cheers to our Stupidity’.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

MAGIC OF LIFE

Prologue
As a kid I believed in magic. Magic to me was supernatural, something that happened in the fairy tales, things that happened in Neverland. As I grew up I realized that magic was just a trick. The magic of ‘magic’ went out of my life, only to comeback much later…

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cheers to our stupidity!

We are the most intelligent species on earth, at least that’s what we think. Religious faiths have considered humanity as the greatest creation of god, while scientists have made it a point that we remain the greatest creation of evolution. The irony is that, though both consider humanity as the greatest form of life, they fight with each other to defend their reason for our greatness. Fighting is a sure proof of our intelligence. Stay with me, i will prove that you are stupid!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

MUMBAI BLASTS - Celebrating the resilient spirit of India!

Another disgraceful assault on the countries financial capital, bloods of innocents shed. But the citizens had some consoling speech from the inspirational ministers. This will make the souls of the victims rest in pieces…uh…I mean peace. Did someone say that there are more people dying from lightening strike than terrorism? Like Mr Chidambaram says, it is a blast in Mumbai after a gap of 31 months. Government has kept the people safe for such a long duration is actually an intelligence success, not failure. That really comforts me; since the most eligible bachelor…err…PM has already said that it is impossible to stop terrorist attacks. Should I say thank you? What is also impossible to stop is giving people like Advani and Arun Jaitely the chance to promote themselves in their otherwise silent era. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Let’s Embrace Death




Wikipedia tries to define death as the termination of the biological functions that sustain a living organism [1]. The definition of death is fuzzy, but defining death is not the purpose of this post. This post aims at killing the fear of death itself, because ‘daar ke age jeet hai’. Let us challenge the authority of Yamraj. Death brings fear, fear brings grief, and grief brings misery. Each and every moment we are struggling not to die, we are forgetting how to live. One day we will grow old and look back at the road traveled and repent all the opportunities missed.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Women, Shut Up!

Dated: 8th July 2011
To all WOMEN,
[SUB: Women, Shut Up!]
Dear Fairer Sex,

Hope you all are in good health. Today being my mother’s birthday, I thought it was the right time to write this letter. This letter is dedicated to all you beauties out there. So first shut up (my apologies for using this word to attract your attention) and listen, with an open mind. When I tell you to shut up, all I mean is to stop blaming the ‘man’-kind for all your troubles. I understand that there are lots of problems that a woman has to face in her daily lives, but I believe that there is a solution to all problems, and complaining is not one of them. One needs to go back and look at the fundamental cause of the problem. We are partly to be blamed for the male dominated society that we have selfishly build. I have mentioned that already in the post 'huntress to seductress'. But this post is about the other side of the coin. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

INCREDIBLE INDIA - Manali...Where it all began...


Manali is wrongly called ‘The Switzerland of India’. Situated at 1,950m altitude in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, near the northern end of Kullu Valley, it has its own unique beauty. The gorgeous Beas rushes along its rocky course; gurgling, burbling and splashing as it moves through the lush green grassy meadows. Surrounding it is the panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains that gently touch the blue sky. The nearby hills are surrounded by deodar and pine trees along with fruit orchids (esp. apple) and in between you will find the tiny fields and the wild flowers. Manali also has a colorful market crowded with Tibetan shops.  Nearby is the breath taking Rotang Pass (closed during winters), Dassaur Lake and Beas Kund. The road to Rohtang Pass is closed off at Manali Bridge, on all Tuesdays between 0900-1800 hrs for carrying out road widening work & repairs. Plan accordingly.

Panoramic view

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

MOG: What's ‘The Time’, Mr Wolf?

MIND OF GOD DECODED
4] WHAT’S ‘THE TIME’, MR WOLF?

The moment Harish Bhimani’s voice used to boom out of the television set, “MAIN SAMAY HOON” [I am time], we used to rush towards the TV room. As the wheel of time revolved, we got glued to the television set. Time is something we are so familiar with. We get angry when it is wasted, we curse ourselves for not having enough of it; there are good times, there are bad times; time is money and it flies. Time is priceless and free. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back. We all have an opinion about time, but, if we pause for a moment and ponder, we realize how little we actually know about it. What is time? Does it have a beginning or an end? Is it a fundamental entity? Why do we only remember the past?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MOG: The Invisible Invincibles


The first post of Mind of God (MOG) series dealt with the illusion of our existence. In the second post we realized that the line of difference between living and non-living is thinner than we think. Conscience is energy and it is inter-convertible with matter (e=mc^2).  This post is meant to challenge the human biasness towards thinking that we are the ultimate species. This post is meant to humble us.


Even though you cannot perceive ‘it’, it is all around you; it is within you, watching your every move, all the time. From the bright sky to the dark depths, ‘it’ is everywhere. You are here because of ‘it’, and it is ‘it’ that will turn you to dust. ‘It’ was there long before you were born, and ‘it’ will be here long after your race perishes. It is more intelligent than you think; it is more advanced than humans. Welcome to the world of the invisible invincibles.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Flights of Fantasy


It was 22nd May 2011, the world just survived the doom’s day, when I was driving from Gurgaon to Delhi. Sheila’s Delhi was hotter than ‘Sheila ki jawani’ a couple of days earlier. The rainfall, though not as deadly as the great flood 7000years ago, was enough to cool down the sizzling capital. It meant that all the Delhites were out of their house after a long time to enjoy the pleasant weather. If this is how doomsday looks, I want it every Saturday!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

MIND OF GOD DECODED - Being Alive


In the last post THE ILLUSION we have seen how lucky you are that you exist. However, from the quantum perspective, all possibilities exist at the same time, and hence it is not a miracle that you are here and reading this post, because in one of those possibilities you had to. So, next time when you are sad, just remember that there is another you somewhere, who is very very happy at that same time. We also saw that we do not know what is real, but we do know that what we think is real is not real! And, like all frequencies adds up to zero, all possible you (including all the you(s) made of antimatter), and all possible universes, adds up to no you and no universe at all. So, nothing exists, and all that exits in just an illusion.

Staying within the realm of illusion we can clearly distinguish between two things, one that we think are non-living, and the others whom we call as living. The distinction is so clear that even a child can recognise it. But, remember, when we call something as non-living, it is an interpretation of the data gathered through our senses. We know that are senses are incomplete and flawed. So, any interpretation of a flawed data is bound to be flawed.
Through the microscope (left) and telescope (right)

Monday, May 16, 2011

MIND OF GOD DECODED - The Illusion


Homo sapiens’s quest to decode the mind of god is as old as Homo sapiens themselves. Since the dawn of time they have tried to unravel the mysteries of nature. Their existence in itself is nothing short of a miracle. What are the odds that billions of tiny, apparently mindless strings, vibrating in their own unique frequencies, totally unaware of you, combine in the perfect formation to form the complex you? Very, very less! Isn’t it a lucky coincidence that you exist and is here right now, reading this blog? Khoj welcomes the lucky you in this journey to the centre of god’s mind through a series of post “Mind of God Decoded”. This is the first in the series where we are going to deal with the illusion of our existence. Are we unique? Do we really exist? Or is it just a cosmic illusion called Maya?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

INCREDIBLE INDIA - Bhopal and the March of Indian Civilization



The first thing that comes to mind when one talks of Bhopal is the disaster that occurred in the winter of ’84. It was one of the worst industrial disasters in history. But Bhopal, situated in the northwestern part of Madhya Pradesh at the heart of India, is about more than just the disaster. It is a charming city that will remind you of the glamorous lifestyle led by the Nawabs and Begums.

-BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY: JUSTICE NOT ONLY DELAYED BUT DENIED-

Saturday, May 7, 2011

THE HYPOCRITE


– Written by an unrepentant oil geologist

He wore his favourite dress, sprayed his favourite perfume, today was a good day. The candle light dinner he had last night with the girl of his dream was still lingering in his mind. But that can wait, today he have to focus on the seminar he was about to give. He knew that it was the golden opportunity he was waiting for. It was time to bring his life back on track.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

First seed of India-Pakistan Partition - The Legend of the Indus


This is not the story of partition but the story of the legend of a river, of the immoral saint who guided Alexander the great in the latter’s quest for immortality. It is the story, probably of the first seed, that ultimately resulted in the partition of India and Pakistan. Being over thousand years, the story has evolved. A hero became legend and legend turned into myth. There are many versions to the story, what I have written here is a compilation from some of those tales.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

SIZE ZERO


“Mirror mirror on the wall, tell me who is the slimmest?” That is what a modern girl asks her mirror. Yes, thin is in, at least for the people with money. The trend fortunately has not caught up with the less fortunate ones. If you ask your maid they will still say, just like your mom, that thin makes you look sick. But that is not how most teenagers think. It is size zero that makes them look sexy, just like their fashion icons. There are many successful models whose body fat is much below the healthy 22-26%. The craze of size zero made models Luisel Ramos and Ana Carolina Reston starve themselves to death (heard of Anorexia nervosa?). The craze also got into actresses like Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Keira Knightly, Mischa Barton, Kareena Kapoor and now Katrina Kaif. But girls, really, is it worth it?

Monday, April 25, 2011

INCREDIBLE INDIA - Easter in Kasauli...


Sunday, 24th April, was a sad day for the devotees of Satya Sai Baba. He was an enigmatic spiritual leader whose life had its share of controversies and fame. His death shocked many, including Sachin who did not celebrate his birthday which fell on the same day. While the day was sad for some, it was celebration time for many followers of another faith, because it was this day when their spiritual leader was resurrected. It was the time of Easter bunny and her eggs. Eggs and bunnies (female rabbit can conceive while already pregnant and gives birth to lots of litters) are symbols of fertility representing harvest time since antiquity.  April is also the harvest time for Indians. Vaisakhi is a harvest festival celebrated throughout India, especially in the North and East. It also represents the first year in Hindu calendar. So it was time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than spending the long weekend in the Himalayas. Our destination was Kasauli – a welcome break from the heat of Delhi.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

KHOJ to know our root – Where it all began!


It all began more than 30million years ago, ~200kms below the surface, at a temperature of 1500°C, somewhere under the Mountain of Moon. That was where a dangerous force was unleashed that changed the world forever. The heat, 200kms below the earth (geologists calls it magma plume), was slowly tearing Africa apart (rifting). The force that was soon going to change the history was first changing the geography of East Africa. The landscape slowly evolved into The Great African Rift Valley. It created deep lakes like Lake Tanganyika that is 1470m deep, to high mountains like the 5109m tall Mt. Rwenzori within next 20 million years. The high mountains blocked the clouds creating a rain shadow in the eastern part of Africa making it more arid. A kilometer reduction of topography would have meant I would not have been here to write this post, the world would have been lot greener, and no one would have been there to worry about global warming.