Dreams of Space

May 28, 2004

In the beginning, were dreams. When dreams began to haunt the spirits of men, they became their desire, passion, junoon, life. Then, came sweat, blood and death. And then, came tears, satisfaction and jubiliation. The dreams grew up in Men’s hearts, and changed for them, the whole world.

It is impossible for some one to have stumbled on this Link and not tell anyone about it. Here, is chronicled, Man’s thirst for the conquest of Space. The page has been divided into different sections: Imagination, Preflight, countdown, liftoff and flight & touchdown. Best part is, each section is explained with the help of illustrations, book-covers, fiction, etc from the corresponding periods. It is interesting to see pictures from 1883, Book covers from 1954, illustrations from 1961 together.

Extremely worthwhile, Thanks sci-fi!

“The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps”
-Carl Sagan,1994.


May 28, 2004

I have been totally busy with work, and so were most of my friends with similar matters. So I am extending the date for Write Me a Story till next monday evening. (I haven’t received any entries yet, that is yet another very good reason to state. 😉 )

It is OK, if you send me after monday, for I am infinitely receptive in this matter :D, I would post them as and when they arrive.

When have we finished something in time, really. 😉

Ok. Back to work… *Sigh…

Write me a story

May 19, 2004


Taking cue from this post at boingboing, I have plans for a story-week, for the coming weekend. I have asked friends of mine to write something and send me. This is organised just for the fun of it, to see what people can come up with. The following is the procedure to participate:

Please write me a very short story {2000 to 4000 words} about anything and send it to me at the following address rincewindATrediffmailDOTcom within next friday evening (28th May). I shall publish it here as a priced possesion, with much pride and sense of accomplishment.

Don’t take that too seriously, if you are worried about copyright issues. 😉 And do comment here if you want to change the rules for something. Keep the entries civilized for godsake.


May 18, 2004

The immortals. Those who will exist till the last human dies.

I remember reading about the immortals in Hindu mythology somewhere and the symbols they represent in the real world. I could only find this article , which sort of addresses the same issue. Better still, I thought of putting my own thoughts about them. Here they are..

Mahabali.Demon King, renowned for his righteousness and charity. Imho, unjustly pushed down to netherworld by Vamana.

Denotes the undying qualities of pity, justice, valour and grace. He kept his word. These qualities will remain in us (some of us 😉 ) until the world ends

Hanuman.The fantastic monkey (God) who helped Rama destroy Ravana. Known for his adventures, strength and devotion.

Denotes loyalty and devotion. Immortal qualities, indeed.

Parashurama.One of the Ten Avatars. Finished off 21 generations of Kings (Kshatriyas) for sake of revenge! (They killed his father)

Denotes revenge and anger which will remain till the last one of us goes bust.

Vibishana.Brother of Ravana, joined forces with his brother’s enemy Rama.
Denotes courage to do the right thing even when you are in evil. Something that those on Kaurava side lacked. {in Mahabharatha}

Kripacharya.Teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas. One of the last men standing on Kaurava side.

Denotes impartiality. Even Dronacharya was known to be partial towards Arjuna {Remember Ekalavya?}

Vyasa.The sage who split the vedas. Caught the free knowledge available and classified them into four vedas.

Denotes the intellectual knife {probably the same as the one in Zen and the Art of… }. The tendency to see fistful of sand as “the fistful of sand and the rest of the world”. Spirit of classification. This totally drives the world, imho.

Ashwathama.Son of Dronacharya. The notorious mass murderer of pandava side. {everyone except the five, he killed in the dark of the night }

Denotes wrath. His power, the gem on his forehead which gives the bearer invulnerability from any weapon, was taken away from him in the end, and cursed to wander alone in the dark corners of the world.

Any addition, criticism and views are welcome. These are the aspects in Ramayana and Mahabharatha which make them more enjoyable and insightful.

Study in Emerald

May 18, 2004

Neil Gaiman's Hugo nominated Short Story. Online.

Does the name sound familiar? Yes, It is set in the brilliant world of Sherlock Holmes. Visit the Baker Street once again.

Smell of Old India.

Stumbled upon this site where they have tried to collect some old Indian advertisements. Check out Parle’s ads for Krack Jack and this Limca poster. Swadeshi movement ad is good too.

I love epic proportions…

A curious glance at the imdb entry for Troy, led me into the colorful world of greek mythology. Most of the stories like illiad and odyssey, i had heard and forgotten. Well, I just found that they never lose their charm.

I started out by looking at the official site of the movie, to know what is in store. It turned out to be a flash site( as expected ), but generally gave me the impression of a maze of links. Wiki has a lot to say about it but.

The last time I heard the story as a kid, I remember having hated the death of Hector, for he was my hero. Actually I got totally rebellious after this happened, and I hated the story as well.

Ramayana crudely resembles this epic, having the same plot. Ramayana has clearly demarcated good and evil, and has become less of a story and more of a religious text. The story almost dies when you have to believe and worship, isn’t it. The point, I tried to mention was that, essentially it is a story of good winning over bad.
Iliad, does not seem to concern anything at all about good and evil, and the point being Wrath of Achilles.
First line of Iliad proves the point:

Sing, goddess, the deadly wrath of Achilles son of Peleus

It is with this insight that I am going to watch the movie. And as per the movie, it is difficult to muster the resources to create this big an epic and then mess up. 🙂 So I hope, it will be good.

Related links:
Read Iliad in pure form (poetry) (well, er..ofcourse translated!) here
and at wiki, you can read a decent summary of it in prose

And another piece of trivia: Hector evolved sadly into an ironic meaning – a bully.

Blogger just relaunched their whole setup, and I couldn’t resist this new look.

How sad, I should have remembered about somehow saving the comments, 😦 Just lost all of them, even before I could realize. Well, the good news is, blogger itself is providing the commenting feature. Thanks alot people! {update: Now u can blog through email as well!}

In other news, I just bought a new bicycle. Six speed glider from Hercules, feels good to be _in_ the scene.
Just remembering the first few pages of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintainence, where the author describes the difference between travelling in a bike and a car. How travelling in a car is like watching TV and how being on a bike just puts _you_ also in the picture. Travelling on a bike is one experience I truly relish, the wind just so hard on your face bringing all the scents in the scene as quickly as they come and go…
I have been busy with work, and hence I donot have any links to offer. Well, someone just asked if he could blog here, :), What do you people think?

Novelette by Jeffrey Ford

Winner of 2003 Nebula Award and this year's Hugo award nominee. Read it at scifi-originals. Nice place, that.