Friday, February 5, 2016
Silent cries of a bird
From a faraway land
Craving for freedom
And justice to be done
Her fraternity mocks
Neither does help come
Nor does anyone
So far and so forth
Adversity is what she faces
Captive for so long
She has even forgotten her song
One day few pious birds
Come to her and sing a song
A song about freedom
A song about what is right
And what is wrong
Enslaved bird gets inspired
Unshackles her Chain
And Starts her sojourn
To achieve her rights
To fly sky high
Takes months of struggle
And a lot of perspiration
Her sweat of hard work
Doesn’t go in vain
Although the pain was immense
Yet the road ahead was sheer bliss
She tasted her freedom at last
Flew away to define
Whenever anyone decides
To change her fate
All the forces of the universe
Come Along to pave the way.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Language is such a complex and diverse system of communication that no one actually knows when and how it started. The mother of all languages is a highly debatable issue. It is a significant development that happened in the human history of evolution, yet one can’t conclusively trace the history of it or be sure to say where the language originated from. Spoken language requires speech from vocal tracts of the human body. So how humans started producing sound for speech?
Researchers claim that our first signs were primitive gestures and sounds developed much later. Around 50,000 years ago humans were supposed to have developed the behavioral modernity. That modernity laid the foundation stone for the evolution of language. Currently, it is estimated that around 6000 to 7000 languages are spoken in the world. The first thing that anyone discovers while learning a foreign language is of diversity as the primary characteristics of human language. A language can never evolve if the contact between people to person is more than enough to communicate. There can’t be a unifying base language for humans as some sentence structures have no basis at all in some culture, so automatically the concept of universal grammar dies.
Recently, a linguist researcher named Daniel Everett contradicted what Noam Chomsky, the most important linguist of our times proposed. Back in 1957 Chomsky proposed the idea of universal grammar. He believed that power of language is biologically given and all sentences spoken at any moment all over the world follow the same rules of processing done by our organ of speech. However, Everett researched on a Brazilian tribe named Piraha who formulate sentences without using any subordinate or dependent clauses. A dependent clause begins with subordinate conjunctions like ‘after’, ‘as’, ‘once’ etc. or a relative pronoun like ‘that’, ‘who’, ‘whom’ etc. and will contain a subject and a verb. This combination of words will not form a complete sentence. It will instead make a reader want additional information to finish the thought. According to the grammatical rules of almost all the languages in the world we need to use dependent clauses to complete the thought of a sentence while structuring it but the Piraha tribe doesn't need them at all to formulate the sentence which is indeed quite shocking and contradicting as well to what linguist researcher Chomsky believed in. The language of Piraha has a simple sound system which includes three vowels and seven consonants for women and eight for men. So, this research really contradicts the universal grammar concept moved forward by Chomsky and about the inborn ability of all people to structure their speech using certain grammatical rules.
The paucity of the language that Piraha tribe use is what makes them special. Even the way they count is entirely a different concept. Suppose you put three apples in front of them, then they will bring another three to show the exact numerical figure of apples. But they won’t retain the exact number in their heads for long and that happens because the abstract concept of ‘three’ is nonexistent for them. This again contradicts Noam Chomsky and his followers who believe that counting numerically is an innate quality of human beings. To Everett, it is more of a cultural invention and a kind of storing technology. Dan Everett has been there with the tribe for almost 30 years learning and researching on their language. Paoxaisi is the name by which the Piraha know Dan Everett.
Well, more the research goes on, the more we come out with new, unexplored and never known facts. No one can possibly provide a one thumb rule regarding the diversity of languages here and how it is related to the inborn quality of human beings towards it. Almost all languages run on the basis of grammatical rules, but the language of Piraha doesn't follow grammar at all in structuring their sentences. Ultimately, humans are too complex a phenomenon to have some certain rules regarding languages set to them and followed thereafter. The debate continues to rage on forever from where and how language originated and evolved. The sheer beauty and diversity of various languages makes it a complicated phenomenon to understand.
So, the final conclusive words on its birth, evolution, and development seem never ending and highly debatable. Of course, there can be one language which majority can speak up and understand but it is impossible to have a common language which everyone will understand and speak.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Reasons are there, for me to care
Don’t know why, just ask your eyes
Unexplainable though, but can’t tell you
Aspirations fly with wings of desire
The poet in me, inspired by you
Smell of desire, my love on fire
Burning with passion and love on a ransom
Would you resist, the tempted temptation
The beautiful eyes and the rhythmic steps
Couldn’t resist your hugs and kiss
The will to care, when love was there
Left weak on knees to see you honey
I did try, but couldn’t reply
In shadows of happiness, I still cry
Here I am with strength and wine
Celebrating love and killing the pain
I ditched the pain, sweet poison remains
An unknown road, in memoirs I galore
Can’t let go, my feelings on go
Sanitizing me, for sanctity
Burnt pictures of you, the heart remains.
Inflated spirit, asking for more
Do you know? Now I love you more
Days are there, but nights are gone
We talked on phone till wee hours of dawn
Soft breeze surfaced, as I would breathe
Beats are there, the heart is gone
Smell of your scent and solitude
In a full moon to see you soon
Life ran a mile, I'm left with void
Emptiness surrounds, weighs thousand pounds
Love isn't a crime, it’s always divine
Forged harmless lies, when truth had defied
Still sweet and sane, no one left to blame
With attire of words in a robe of love
Etched every stone, carved out your name
Just to explore, how deep it goes
Acceptance of loss, wins battle of love
Etched every stone, carved out your name
Just to explore, how deep it goes
Acceptance of loss, wins battle of love
Still dream of rain, in her arms again
To conquer the world ,with strength of love...
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
The technology to educate should be so easy that everyone concerned can use it and access it. The kind of technology that offers minimum constraints in rural India is actually going to help transform the education over there. There are constraints like internet connection, availability of computers, knowledge of how to download sources to help and many other thousands of things.
So, the question is can we teach the whole of rural India these complexities and even if we somehow appear successful in doing so then what are chances that it is really going to transform education. The measurement of the effectiveness of teaching is a big issue as well as the quality of education. How do we disseminate quality education among the underprivileged sections of rural India? How can we judge the effectiveness of what is taught? There are many questions like this that remains unanswered to this day. The biggest challenge remains the quality of education. It is much more relevant today than it was before. We have to ensure one thing that is that the best teacher is available to the last student of the classroom. One example of it is Khan Academy wherein one single source is available to millions of people across the globe. Such models definitely have a place in India.
In India, distant learning starts from the fourth row of the classroom itself and there is no guarantee that everyone in the classroom has understood what was taught. Measurement of the effectiveness of teaching is the biggest issue in today’s environment. If we play a serial for 30 minutes in a rural area of India, the people there would be probably answering more questions than the live traditional classroom where the same thing is done for 40 minutes. The reason to be understood for this is the richness of the medium we are using. If we have a gifted teacher who can teach in a creative class and then you expose the same kind of learning environment to a rural classroom, I think the learning is going to be far better. So, in a country like India we should consider enabling e-learning in a big way and create a set of people who are going to be facilitators of e-learning.
The biggest problem faced by rural India is the student-teacher ratio where a large number of students are taught by a small number of teachers. And this kind of disparity is going to grow in near future. The only way forward is to e-enable learning at all levels in India and measure the outcome through the test to be conducted. And a good test is a well-designed objective type test. One more thing is capturing the essence of a great learning environment that is designed for it, encapsulate it and give it back to required place. Clarifying a doubt in the local language will be fine but the fundamentals and the way of delivery should be in the English language. This is what is going to take India forward. Knowing and speaking in English shouldn’t be looked as Elitist but it should be looked at as a requirement to improve the quality of life.
Television will be a better medium instead of a computer. Everybody would know how to use a television. To study, a DTH could help. A DTH could be that simple device to use that could leverage the learning environment that we want in rural India. The amount of time to teach them how to switch on and select the things that they want to study will take less than 5 minutes. Suppose a class wants to learn the first chapter of physics of class 11th then all that they need to know is how to operate a DTH remote. That can be taught quickly and easily enough to get what they need. In a way, an affordable and easy medium to operate and understand is what is needed to transform the educational system in a rural background of India.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
When you search for sure like never before? When you always wonder how? There were only few who stood behind an idea of truth, conviction, passion, resistance, innovation and freedom. Wherever you are, whenever you want and whatever it takes. You have the power to face the future.
Any idea or breakthrough that illuminated the entire world was defied at first place with resistance and outcry. Anything that is or was not regular was always looked down upon with suspicion. The suspicion arose from the doubt of self. When you overcome the suspicion of self, you rise and create. And you own what you create. The seed of creation originates from the soul. From that very spirit that every human being on earth is endowed with but few understand and apply.
When Columbus set his voyage towards India, he ended up being in North America. Had he ever given a thought of earth being flat, he would have ended falling off the cliff. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person to have conceived the idea of how a working model of airplane can look like about centuries ago. Every idea generates in the art form first, science and technology comes later. The Wright Brothers churned that idea into reality. The impossible becomes possible. Buddha was a preacher of simple things like peace, non-violence and integrity. Born centuries ago, but the relevance of his teaching won’t ever die. It continued to inspire many great people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and other unknown achievers. If world famous scientist, Thomas Alva Edison would have lost faith in himself then I wouldn't have been able to write an article with my bare eyes at night. Henry Ford, the inventor of the first commercial car once said “"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses." Steve Jobs, who died recently due to pancreatic cancer, was one such person in the present world who achieved what he believed in. The aesthetics of the design and technology sparked the vision to carry forward the legacy of what we know as ‘Apple Inc’.
Every one of them voyaged towards their own freedom. So, when I talk of freedom, I mean to say that you breathe when you heart beats and with every beat goes a second or more. And every second you give yourself a death, when your thoughts acquire someone else's. It’s quite an easy alternative to find when you can’t have your own thoughts. Whenever in life, you feel like you are lost and confused. Just start concentrating in the belief system that defines you. Start revolving around your own life. You are the star of your own life and others will always be like your planet. Caring too much about any relation destroys your own relationship with life. Share your emotions but never share your life. The dreams that you have about your own passion. Any passion like a fire in your heart warms up the entire world.
Monday, December 16, 2013
We all grew up interacting with the physical objects around us and they are in enormous numbers which we use in our everyday life. Unlike our most computing devices they are mostly fun to use. When we talk about objects one thing that comes automatically attached to it, is gesture. How we use gestures to manipulate this object and to interact with them as well as interacting with each other. A gesture like waving hands for saying bye can automatically be understood. We don’t need to have training classes for that or a gesture of Namastey can be easily understood in India as wishing someone with respect. It automatically comes as a part of our everyday learning. So the thing is how can we leverage our knowledge about everyday objects and how can we use them to interact with the digital world? Rather than using a computer or a mouse why can’t we interact with them the same way we interact with the physical world? We humans are never interested in computing but all we are interested is in getting information. Laptops plus smartphones provide effortless access to computing power .But how can we move a step further rather than looking like a machine sitting in front of a machine to gain that information. Why can’t we carry all the information ourselves rather than searching it on our laptops, smartphones or any other machines? How can we assimilate our digital world with the real world?
Perhaps the most interesting areas of creativity and technology now are where the digital and the real worlds meet. Pioneers in gestural interface promise to bring that. Movies like Minority Report or Microsoft’s Project Natal controller-less game system already has given us the exciting peek into the future. But outside of that, perhaps never has the future been so amazingly captured as in Pranav Mistry‘s demonstration of something called “Sixth Sense”. He is one of the inventors. He is a research assistant and a PhD candidate at MIT Media Lab. The Sixth Sense prototype is a wearable device like a pendant that allows users to interact with all modes of data and virtual information with physical gestures. It is comprised of a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera. According to Mistry it’s made up of trouble-free features, but it does some crazy things. In the demo, Mistry is seen holding up his hands in a photo framing gesture, and actually taking a picture, then browsing pictures on a surface nearby and then sending photos by dialing numbers on his hand.
Recently, Sixth Sense has engrossed worldwide attention. Just imagine, the ease with which you can access all the information available as you carry it yourself. By simply drawing '@' sign in air on any blank wall or piece of paper you will be able to check your mail. Imagine a system that can display the reason of your flight delay on the boarding ticket itself which you are holding in your hand.
Currently, the prototype costs less then Rs.15,000. This technology when fully developed will have open source software as Pranav claims and he will provide all demonstrations on how to use it. Well, when fully developed it will be giant leap in technological evolution. We always observe any thing, any place, or come to any decision through our five senses. But arguably the most useful information that can help us make the correct decision is not naturally perceivable with our five senses, specifically the data, information and knowledge that mankind has accumulated about everything and which is ever more all accessible online. Sixth sense bridges this gap allowing us to interact with this information via natural hand gestures. ‘Sixth Sense’ frees information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.