I fear.

I fear the fear.

Fear - a spanning feeling of this year.

I fear to remember this year.

Fear of power.

I fear my power

For the fear of losing it.

I fear the powerless

For the fear of them gaining it.

From powerlessness I powered to power.

I used this. I used that.

I stamped over this. I tampered with that.

I fear all those whom and which I used, stamped over and tampered with.

I fear the existence of all those.

I am in a spree to stop all those gaps.

The gaps I used to rise to the power.

The gaps I used to wrest the power.

Gaps are gaps.

Gaps are void.

They are black.

I am on a mission to fill the gaps,

Hoping to turn the black to the white.

I need to stop the gaps to drive my fear away.

But, is the opposite of black, white?

Is the opposite of white, black?

Woe to me!

The trap of the binary, I fell into.

The power of fear will grapple me.

The fear of power will topple me.

O man, count the moments

As the lies and lines will fade away.

"Put up thy sword into its place,

For all they that use the fear shall perish with the fear."

Thus spake, the lord of fearlessness.

## Friday, December 30, 2016

### The Certain Uncertainties of Life

Is life binary?

Between the known and unknown,

Do we restrict ourselves?

Is the known fully known?

Are all the unknowns completely unknowns?

Is life struggling between Yes and No?

The passage from the unknown to the known,

Is a passage from the known to the unknown.

The more we know, the more we know not.

Yes is a No and No is an Yes.

Is life n-ary?

I doubt, doubt and doubt the doubt.

Life is a sequence of the knowns and the unknowns,

And the unknowns and the knowns,

And the knowns and the knowns,

Partial and partially partial,

Separated by commas, exclamations, question marks and hyphens.

Of course, within the unavoidable ruthless margins, it blossoms.

Am I missing something?

Am I avoiding something?

Yes, I must accept the stops,

The FULL-STOPs.

They give meaning to the commas.

Right, the margins and full-stops,

The frames and periods,

Protect us from the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.

It is life.

Life is continuous, yet discrete.

It is discretely continuous.

It is continuously discrete.

Hang on…

No place for any conundrums.

Bang on, it is sagaciously!

Between the known and unknown,

Do we restrict ourselves?

Is the known fully known?

Are all the unknowns completely unknowns?

Is life struggling between Yes and No?

The passage from the unknown to the known,

Is a passage from the known to the unknown.

The more we know, the more we know not.

Yes is a No and No is an Yes.

Is life n-ary?

I doubt, doubt and doubt the doubt.

Life is a sequence of the knowns and the unknowns,

And the unknowns and the knowns,

And the knowns and the knowns,

Partial and partially partial,

Separated by commas, exclamations, question marks and hyphens.

Of course, within the unavoidable ruthless margins, it blossoms.

Am I missing something?

Am I avoiding something?

Yes, I must accept the stops,

The FULL-STOPs.

They give meaning to the commas.

Right, the margins and full-stops,

The frames and periods,

Protect us from the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns.

It is life.

Life is continuous, yet discrete.

It is discretely continuous.

It is continuously discrete.

Hang on…

No place for any conundrums.

Bang on, it is sagaciously!

## Thursday, December 29, 2016

### Love of Light

I love light.

To be in the light

Not in the limelight

Is my might.

I love fight

To be in the light.

For that I hate

To be in the limelight.

Light is bright,

Transparent and fast.

That's why I hate

What is not light.

To be in the light

Not in the limelight

Is my might.

I love fight

To be in the light.

For that I hate

To be in the limelight.

Light is bright,

Transparent and fast.

That's why I hate

What is not light.

## Wednesday, December 28, 2016

### Feast of Denha

Denha is the second
great Feast after Easter that was being celebrated from early centuries in the
Universal Church.

In the Nazrani Church, this feast is celebrated in two distinct forms viz.,

*Denha*which means*Sunrise*or*Dawn*is celebrated to commemorate the Baptism of Our Lord and through that His public manifestation to the world by God the Father as His Beloved Son (Mt.3:17: Mk. 1:11; Lk. 3:22). The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove (Mt.3:16: Mk.1:10: Lk.3:22; Jn. 1:32). Thus the three Persons of the Holy Trinity also were manifested on that occasion. Therefore in the early Church the Holy Trinity also was commemorated on this day.In the Nazrani Church, this feast is celebrated in two distinct forms viz.,

*Rakkuli Perunnal*and*Pindi Perunnal*. To commemorate the Baptism of Our Lord in the River Jordan, the Faithful at Palai and Pulinkunnu used to take a holy dip by night (*Rakkuli*) in the streams flowing near the churches in these localities after the solemn celebration of*Ramsha,*the Evening Liturgy. Faithful in and around Thrisur light small oil lamps and pin them around plantain trunks (*Pindi*) erected in churchyards or in front of the houses and go around them chanting in Syriac*El payya.*These Syriac words mean*God is radiant.*The thought underlying the lighting of lamps and the chanting is that God sheds His light over the human race through Mishiha (Lk.1:76-79). We may also allude here to the tradition in the Syriac Church which says that when Jesus was baptized in River Jordan, a great light shone in that River. This also might be linked with the introduction of lamps into this festive ceremony. In recent years this*Pindi Perunnal*ceremony is celebrated in the southern regions also.## Friday, December 16, 2016

### Peace to the World

You train gun,

We drain fun.

You train fun,

We drain gun.

You drain gun,

We train fun.

You drain fun,

We rain fun.

Gun's no fun

Have gun of fun

Let's go to the man-ger

Peace be with us

We drain fun.

You train fun,

We drain gun.

You drain gun,

We train fun.

You drain fun,

We rain fun.

Gun's no fun

Have gun of fun

Let's go to the man-ger

Peace be with us

## Tuesday, December 06, 2016

### The Prodigy that was Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi was the best known face of popular Mathematics in India. She was renowned for her mindboggling calculations. Indian Mathematics was synonymous with two names late Srinivasa Ramanujan and the other being Shakuntala Devi herself. While Ramanujan is associated with the pre-independence period, Shakuntala Devi flowered in the post-independence India.

Ramanujan was famous for his longstanding contribution to the modern Theory of Numbers, including the methodology to estimate the accurate value of Pi. On the other hand, Shakuntala Devi, who lacked formal education, attempted to eradicate ‘Arithmophobhia’ or the fear of numbers among the masses. Her public performances sought to convey the message that Mathematics is fun and not necessarily esoteric.

When Shakuntala Devi established herself through the 1960s and 1970s the television era did not exist in the country. The only medium available to her was public performances at schools, colleges or clubs. Shakuntala Devi was inherently gifted with the power of calculation that started as a child through association with her father who performed card tricks. She gradually mastered the art of Mind Dynamics to astonish audiences worldwide with her almost instantaneous calculations of complex Mathematical operations. The lady was not a qualified classical Mathematician in the true sense of the term, considering she did not focus on development of Mathematical theories like CR Rao or SR Varadhan. Instead she concentrated solely on her amazing ability to calculate with super speed.

On 18 June 1980 at the Imperial College of London, Shakuntala Devi outdid the then fastest computer to multiply two thirteen digit numbers with each other. This earned her a coveted place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It would be relevant to mention that the techniques that Shakuntala Devi used to wow the world with her superhuman skills were gleaned from the Atharva Veda. These included: ‘modular ‘arithmetic to figure out the day of any given date to find the nth root of any integer power; besides, movements of celestial bodies aimed to generate astrological predictions. Shakuntala Devi through her public performances was able to restore some of the glory of Vedic Mathematics.

The fact that Shakuntala Devi did not go to school never deterred her ability to grasp the nuances of numbers along with their permutations and combinations. Her father who was born in to a family of traditional priests had the courage of his conviction to pursue his passion as a vocation and became a circus artiste. This resulted in financial instability which hampered Shakuntala Devi’s formal schooling. Despite this disadvantage, she authored a dozen odd books on Arithmetic skills and Mathematical puzzles which are well received across all age groups and even beyond Indian shores.

Clearly her life suggests that learning is as important as teaching. Otherwise the lady applied her mathematical capabilities to Astrology in an era when there were no computers. This helped her become a celebrity astrologer and earn some wealth.

Clearly Shakuntala Devi possessed a God- given gift that coupled with her circumstances nurtured her capabilities to calculate to flourish over time. To that extent, she was born with mathematical abilities and lends credence to the thinking that Mathematicians are born and not made. Interestingly Shakuntala Devi’s birth and death, from a mathematical viewpoint have mystical significance. She was born in November 1929 and died in April 2013 aged 83 years. To a Mathematician these numbers 19, 29, 2, 13 and 83 are all prime numbers --- the building blocks of Counting Numbers.

Shakuntala Devi was a unique individual and India’s gift to the world of Mathematics. Her life serves as an inspiration to one and all. It sends the message of the importance to identify one’s hidden talents and thereafter nurture them irrespective of one’s circumstances or grooming.

Ramanujan was famous for his longstanding contribution to the modern Theory of Numbers, including the methodology to estimate the accurate value of Pi. On the other hand, Shakuntala Devi, who lacked formal education, attempted to eradicate ‘Arithmophobhia’ or the fear of numbers among the masses. Her public performances sought to convey the message that Mathematics is fun and not necessarily esoteric.

When Shakuntala Devi established herself through the 1960s and 1970s the television era did not exist in the country. The only medium available to her was public performances at schools, colleges or clubs. Shakuntala Devi was inherently gifted with the power of calculation that started as a child through association with her father who performed card tricks. She gradually mastered the art of Mind Dynamics to astonish audiences worldwide with her almost instantaneous calculations of complex Mathematical operations. The lady was not a qualified classical Mathematician in the true sense of the term, considering she did not focus on development of Mathematical theories like CR Rao or SR Varadhan. Instead she concentrated solely on her amazing ability to calculate with super speed.

On 18 June 1980 at the Imperial College of London, Shakuntala Devi outdid the then fastest computer to multiply two thirteen digit numbers with each other. This earned her a coveted place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It would be relevant to mention that the techniques that Shakuntala Devi used to wow the world with her superhuman skills were gleaned from the Atharva Veda. These included: ‘modular ‘arithmetic to figure out the day of any given date to find the nth root of any integer power; besides, movements of celestial bodies aimed to generate astrological predictions. Shakuntala Devi through her public performances was able to restore some of the glory of Vedic Mathematics.

The fact that Shakuntala Devi did not go to school never deterred her ability to grasp the nuances of numbers along with their permutations and combinations. Her father who was born in to a family of traditional priests had the courage of his conviction to pursue his passion as a vocation and became a circus artiste. This resulted in financial instability which hampered Shakuntala Devi’s formal schooling. Despite this disadvantage, she authored a dozen odd books on Arithmetic skills and Mathematical puzzles which are well received across all age groups and even beyond Indian shores.

Clearly her life suggests that learning is as important as teaching. Otherwise the lady applied her mathematical capabilities to Astrology in an era when there were no computers. This helped her become a celebrity astrologer and earn some wealth.

Clearly Shakuntala Devi possessed a God- given gift that coupled with her circumstances nurtured her capabilities to calculate to flourish over time. To that extent, she was born with mathematical abilities and lends credence to the thinking that Mathematicians are born and not made. Interestingly Shakuntala Devi’s birth and death, from a mathematical viewpoint have mystical significance. She was born in November 1929 and died in April 2013 aged 83 years. To a Mathematician these numbers 19, 29, 2, 13 and 83 are all prime numbers --- the building blocks of Counting Numbers.

Shakuntala Devi was a unique individual and India’s gift to the world of Mathematics. Her life serves as an inspiration to one and all. It sends the message of the importance to identify one’s hidden talents and thereafter nurture them irrespective of one’s circumstances or grooming.

## Sunday, November 20, 2016

### The Pain of Trekking

Rock on the rock on the rock is a hill

Uphill is to climb on the rock on the hill

On the top of the hill, at our feet are all

Hilarious, jubilant, exulting, we're above all

Tip of the top of the hill is not all

Lonely, the mind isn't willing to be that tall

Descend, descend and descend, we're with all

Hilarious, jubilant, exulting, all at our fall

On the plains, back from the hill, we're in pain

First on the feet, up on the knee, up is the pain

On the hip, on the rib, in the chest, we're in pain

All joints, all nerves, all cells, it's all pain

No problem, it's temporary, we'll be alright

What's the problem? Is climbing not right?

It's not a habit. That's the problem.

Hardwork as a habit, is never a problem.

Be true trekkers, mountaineers in real life.

Uphill is to climb on the rock on the hill

On the top of the hill, at our feet are all

Hilarious, jubilant, exulting, we're above all

Tip of the top of the hill is not all

Lonely, the mind isn't willing to be that tall

Descend, descend and descend, we're with all

Hilarious, jubilant, exulting, all at our fall

On the plains, back from the hill, we're in pain

First on the feet, up on the knee, up is the pain

On the hip, on the rib, in the chest, we're in pain

All joints, all nerves, all cells, it's all pain

No problem, it's temporary, we'll be alright

What's the problem? Is climbing not right?

It's not a habit. That's the problem.

Hardwork as a habit, is never a problem.

Be true trekkers, mountaineers in real life.

## Monday, November 14, 2016

### Mathematics of the Blind

How does a blind know the other
person is blind or not? One of the toughest explorations of humankind is the
exploration for the truth. Human search for food ended with finding food. In
some way, it is parallel to what other living beings also do. Hunger for food
brings human beings, animal and plants on the same platform. They work towards
getting good, sometimes good food. As a rational animal, human beings went
further ahead. They searched for the truth behind it. They found that there is
much more in the truth.

Among the three types of living
beings, human beings and animals are superior to plants because of their
capacity to change their positions. They find better positions, in the face of
threats and sometimes for comfort. Hence we may say that plants live in the
first dimension. Human beings are
superior to animals because of their capacity to change their positions in
thinking. Though animals think, their thinking is a very static thinking. Hence,
we may say that animals live in the second dimension. They live according their
instinct. Human beings live in the third dimension. They have life. They can
move. They can remember the past and dream about the future. They can imagine.

Among the many capacities human
beings have, the most important one is the capacity to reason. Reason is the
reason for human beings to search for truth. Human beings, in general, are in
an incessant search for truth. Some search for the truth of life. Some others
search for the truth of the nature. There are some others who search for the
truth of the truth itself. This search for truth is the basis of recording and
documentation. Documentation is the backbone of all the developments in the
world. As human beings change their styles and modes of living, a continuous
progress is visible in the world. It is by encountering and polishing the
truths of the nature, the truths of the truths, human beings progress towards
better life. In this pursuit of
progress, the most important and precise recording is in the form of Mathematics.

Many say, “Mathematics is the
study of anything that has reason.” Mathematics is about recognizing patterns
in the world and contributing suggestions for its repetition and improving. In establishing the claims of what is right
and what is good, mathematicians use a technique called “Proof.” In fact,
everyone with rationality does proving, in many different ways. Hence, in
general everyone is a mathematician. However, academic mathematicians do more
documented proving. There are various methods of Proof.

One without the capacity to see
things using one’s own eyes is termed as a blind. Of course, blindness is not a
hindrance to reasoning. Hence, a blind person also does proving. But, can a
blind person use a visual proof? To be precise, we come back to the initial question,
“how does a blind know the other person is blind or not?” One can always bluff
the blind by pretending to be blind or not. Here comes a beautiful mathematical
proof method, named as “Zero Knowledge Proof.” It is illustrated in the case a
blind person (B) who tests the blindness of another (A).

B has two identical marbles of
different colours.

B knows that the marbles are of different colours. However,
B cannot distinguish them by their colours. B holds the marbles in either of
the palms. B asks A to identify the colours of the marbles. There is a
possibility that A might come with the two colours correctly. But, B is still
not sure if A is truthful. Hence, B keeps swapping the marbles quickly for some
time between the palms with the perfect knowledge of the movement of the
marbles. If A is blind, A has no clue whether the marble is exchanged or not. B
then asks A to identify the location of the different colours. This procedure
is repeated a couple of times more. If A is not blind, then A can never deviate
from the initial identification of colours of the marbles.
In modern cryptography, Zero
Knowledge Proof is efficiently utilized. It was initially conceived and
published by the trio Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali and Charles Rackoff.* The
power of Zero Knowledge Proof is that the prover never passes the proof but a
verifier can always test the prover of the knowledge of the proof and be
satisfied.

*et al.*“The knowledge complexity of interactive proof systems,”

*SIAM J. Comput*. vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 186-208, Feb. 1989.

## Thursday, November 10, 2016

### A priceless surprise

O my beloved ones!

You pinned me

To a night-less day

To a sleepless night

With such a thoughtful gift

Which is the second best gift

In the last eighteen months.

No wonder, the first,

O my beloved ones,

Who else?

What else?

Other than you,

ALL OF YOU.

On the day after,

When paper money became just paper

When a dump triumphed over the wise

You pinned me

To priceless papers of wisdom

Which no one can ever demonetise

To countless numbers on papers

Which no dump can ever triumph over...

With the fullest sense of its humblest

Exhibit ever possible,

Permit me to use the word, THANKS.

Love you all...

You pinned me

To a night-less day

To a sleepless night

With such a thoughtful gift

Which is the second best gift

In the last eighteen months.

No wonder, the first,

O my beloved ones,

Who else?

What else?

Other than you,

ALL OF YOU.

On the day after,

When paper money became just paper

When a dump triumphed over the wise

You pinned me

To priceless papers of wisdom

Which no one can ever demonetise

To countless numbers on papers

Which no dump can ever triumph over...

With the fullest sense of its humblest

Exhibit ever possible,

Permit me to use the word, THANKS.

Love you all...

## Wednesday, November 09, 2016

### Thrown Thorny Throne

A forty thorny fence

An effort of defence

By the thorny thorns

Of the thrown thrones

On my deadly head

By the dread wicked

Bid them good bye

Brought me good sigh

An effort of defence

By the thorny thorns

Of the thrown thrones

On my deadly head

By the dread wicked

Bid them good bye

Brought me good sigh

Labels:
persecution,
thorn,
trouble

## Friday, October 21, 2016

### Writing or Cooking?

May ye cook verse

Hey, ye look emerse

Verses cook ye to skies

Pulses hook ye to pulses

Hey, ye look emerse

Verses cook ye to skies

Pulses hook ye to pulses

### 'Fort'y too

How do I thank thee...

Always I bank on thee...

Even when I'm prank n absentee

Ye rank me Lo, foree

## Sunday, September 11, 2016

### Mathematics for Everyone

Mathematics is everywhere. Hence, it is for everyone. Mathematical concepts, simple to complex, are explained by great mathematicians and writers of the recent centuries in popular formats. Many of these monographs are enjoyable by even those who do not have any previous knowledge in Mathematics or science. They are addictive! You start reading, you stop reading! This collection is dedicated to all my students who helped me improve my interest in Mathematics. Read and Enjoy!

- A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar
- A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design by Frank Wilczek
- A Certain Ambiguity - A Mathematical Novel by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal
- A Curious History of Mathematics by Joel Levy
- A History of π by Petr Beckmann
- A Mathematician Plays the Market by John Allen Paulos
- A Mathematician's Apology by C. P. Snow and G. H. Hardy
- A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science by Barbara Oakley
- A New Kind of Science by Stephen Wolfram
- A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians by Amir D. Aczel
- Adventures of a Mathematician by Stanislaw M. Ulam
- Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges
- Alex Through the Looking-Glass: How Life Reflects Numbers and Numbers Reflect Life by Alex Bellos
- Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian
- An Imaginary Tale: The Story of the Square Root of Minus One by Paul J. Nahin
- Another Fine Math You've Got Me into by Ian Stewart
- Birth of Theorem by Cedric Villaini
- Book of Proof by Richard Heath Hammack
- Borges and Mathematics by Guillermo Martinez
- Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding...by Mario Livio
- Descartes' Secret Notebook: A True Tale of Mathematics, Mysticism, and the Quest to Understand the Universe by Amir D. Aczel
- Dr Euler's Fabulous Formula: Cures Many Mathematical Ills by Paul J. Nahin
- Duel at Dawn: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Rise of Modern Mathematics by Amir R. Alexander
- e: the Story of a Number by Eli Maor
- Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel by John Stillwell
- Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace by Leonard Mlodinow
- Euler: The Master of Us All by William Dunham
- Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem by Simon Singh
- Fermat's last theorem by Amir D. Aczel
- Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
- Finding Moonshine: A Mathematician's Journey Through Symmetry by Marcus Du Sautoy
- Finding Zero: A Mathematician's Odyssey to Uncover the Origins of Numbers by Amir D. Aczel
- Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
- Flatterland: Like Flatland Only More So by Ian Stewart
- Fractals, Googols and Other Mathematical Tales by Theoni Pappas
- From One to Zero by Georges Ifrah
- From 0 to Infinity in 26 Centuries: The Extraordinary Story of Maths by Chris Waring
- Further Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
- Gamma: Exploring Euler's Constant by Julian Havil
- Genius at Play: The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway by Siobhan Roberts
- God Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs That Changed History by Stephen Hawking
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas R. Hofstadter
- God's Equation by Amir D. Aczel
- Gösta Mittag-Leffler: A Man of Conviction by Arild Stubhaug
- Harmonograph: A Visual Guide to the Mathematics of Music by Anthony Ashton
- Henri Poincaré: A Scientific Biography by Jeremy Gray
- Here's Looking at Euclid by Alex Bellos
- Hidden In Plain Sight 6: Why Three Dimensions? by Andrew Thomas
- How Mathematicians Think: Using Ambiguity, Contradiction, and Paradox to Create Mathematics by William Byers
- How Not to be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg
- How to Bake Pi Eugenia Cheng
- How to Prove It: A Structured Approach by Daniel J. Velleman
- How to Solve it: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by George Polya
- How to Think Like a Mathematician: A Companion to Undergraduate Mathematics by Kevin Houston
- I Want to Be a Mathematician: An Automathography by Paul R. Halmos
- Idea Makers: Personal Perspectives on the Lives & Ideas of Some Notable People by Stephen Wolfram
- Imagining Numbers by Barry Mazur
- In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World by Ian Stewart
- Infinity: Beyond the Beyond the Beyond by Hugh Gray Lieber, Lillian R. Lieber and Barry Mazur
- Introduction to Mathematical Thinking by Keith Devlin
- Is God a Mathematician? and other musings by Narendra Murty
- Is God a Mathematician? by Benjamin Franklin
- Is God a Mathematician? by Mario Livio
- Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham
- Kerala Mathematics history and its possible transmission to Europe by George Gheverghese Joseph
- Language of Mathematics by Keith Devlin
- Life's Other Secret: The New Mathematics of the Living World by Ian Stewart
- Locks, Mahabharata and Mathematics: An Exploration of Unexpected Parallels by V Raghunathan
- Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden Reality by Edward Frenkel
- Loving and Hating Mathematics: Challenging the Myths of Mathematical Life by Reuben Hersh and Vera John-Steiner
- Make Your Own Neural Network by Tariq Rashid
- Making Number Talks Matter: Developing Mathematical Practices and Deepening Understanding by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker
- Math Concepts Everyone Should Know (And Can Learn) by Metin Bektas
- Math Stuff by Theoni Pappas
- Math Talk: Selected Essays by Theoni Pappas
- Math, Better Explained: Learn to Unlock Your Math Intuition by Kalid Azad
- Math-A-Day by Theoni Pappas
- Mathematical Circles by Fomin Et Al
- Mathematical Footprints: Discovering Mathematics Everywhere by Theoni Pappas
- Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students′ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler
- Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers by Calvin C. Clawson
- Mathematical Snippets: Exploring Mathematical Ideas in Small Bites by Theoni Pappas
- Mathematical Sorcery by Calvin C. Clawson
- Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 1: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta Reimer
- Mathematicians are People Too: Vol 2: Stories from the Lives of Great Mathematicians by Luetta Reimer
- Mathematics and its history by John Stillwell
- Mathematics and the Imagination by Edward Kasner, James Roy Newman
- Mathematics for the Nonmathematician by Morris Kline
- Mathematics, Magic and Mystery by Martin Gardner
- Mathematics, Poetry and Beauty by Ron Aharoni
- Mathematics: An Illustrated History of Numbers by Tom Jackson
- Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers by Jan Gullberg
- Mathematics: Its Content, Methods and Meaning by A. D. Aleksandrov, A. N. Kolmogorov and M. A. Lavrent'ev
- Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston
- Men of Mathematics by E T Bell
- My Brain Is Open: The Mathematical Journeys of Paul Erdos by Bruce Schechter
- My Search for Ramanujan: How I Learned to Count by Ken Ono and Amir D. Aczel
- Nagel & Newman: Godel's Proof Special by Ernest Nagel and James R. Newman
- Niels Henrik Abel and his Times: Called Too Soon by Flames Afar by Arild Stubhaug
- Nine Algorithms That Changed the Future: The Ingenious Ideas That Drive Today's Computers by John MacCormick
- Number Mysteries by Marcus Du Sautoy
- Number and Numbers by Alain Badz
- Numbers: The Universal Language by Denis Guedj and Lory Frankel
- Of Men & Numbers: The Story of the Great Mathematicians by Jane Muir
- On Numbers and Games by John H. Conway
- Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
- Prime Numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis by Barry Mazur and William Stein
- Prime Obsession: Berhhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics by John Derryshire
- Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities by Ian Stewart
- Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers by Ian Stewart
- Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled by the Numbers by Charles Seife
- Proofs from the Book by Martin Aligner and Gunter M Ziegler
- Puzzles from Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
- Pythagoras' Revenge: A Mathematical Mystery by Arturo Sangalli
- Q.E.D.: Beauty in Mathematical Proof by Burkard Polster
- Quite Right: The Story of Mathematics, Measurement, and Money by Norman Biggs
- Remarkable Mathematicians: From Euler to Von Neumann by I. M. James, Ioan James and James Ioan
- Roads to Infinity: The Mathematics of Truth and Proof by John Stillwell
- Short Stories About Numbers by Rajnish Kumar
- Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel by Jason Padgett and Maureen Ann Seaberg
- Summing It Up: From One Plus One to Modern Number Theory by Avner Ash and Robert Gross
- Symmetry and the Monster: One of the Greatest Quests of Mathematics by Mark Ronan
- Symmetry by Hermann Weyl
- Symmetry: A Very Short Introduction by Ian Stewart
- Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order by Steven Strogatz
- Taming the Infinite: The Story of Mathematics by Ian Stewart
- The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat by Theoni Pappas
- The Art of Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis by Béla Bollobás
- The Artist and the Mathematician: The Story of Nicolas Bourbaki, the Genius Mathematician Who Never Existed by Amir D. Aczel
- The Book of Numbers by John H. Conway, Richard K. Guy
- The Book of Numbers by Richard K Guy and John Horton Conway
- The Calculus of Friendship - What a Teacher and a Student Learned about Life while Corresponding about Math by Steven Strogatz
- The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking by Simon Singh
- The Colossal Book of Mathematics - Classic Puzzles, Paradoxes & Problems by Martin Gardner
- The Connolly Book of Numbers, Vol 1: The Fundamentals by Eileen Connolly
- The Connolly Book of Numbers, Vol II: The Conslutant's Manual by Eileen Connolly
- The Constants Of Nature by John D. Barrow
- The Crest of the Peacock by George Gheverghese Joseph
- The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow
- The Education of T.C. Mits: What Modern Mathematics Means to You by Barry Mazur, Hugh Gray Lieber and Lillian R. Lieber
- The Equation That Couldn't Be Solved: How Mathematical Genius Discovered the Language of Symmetry by Mario Livio
- The Fascinating World of Graph Theory by Arthur Benjamin
- The Genius of Euler: Reflections on his Life and Work by William Dunham
- The Geometry of Art and Life by Matila Ghyka
- The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World's Most Astonishing Number by Mario Livio
- The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret by Scott Olsen
- The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow
- The Great Mathematical Problems by Ian Stewart
- The History of Counting by Denise Schmandt-Besserat and Michael Hays
- The History of Zero: Exploring Our Place-Value Number System by Tika Downey
- The Honors Class by Ben H Yandell
- The Irrationals by Julian Havil
- The Joy of Pi by David Blatner
- The Joy of
*x*: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity by Steven Strogatz - The Little Green Math Book: 30 Powerful Principles for Building Math and Numeracy Skills by Brandon Royal
- The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why by Arthur Benjamin
- The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith J. Devlin
- The Man Who Counted - A Collection of Mathematical Adventures by Malba Tahan, Leslie Clark, Alastair Reid and Patricia Reid Baquero
- The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel
- The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
- The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdős and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman
- The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics by Clifford A. Pickover
- The Mathematical Brain by Brian Butterworth
- The Mathematical Experience by Elena Anne Marchisotto, Reuben Hersh and Philip J Davis
- The Mathematician Sophus Lie by Arild Stubhaug
- The Mathematics Devotional by Clifford A. Pickover
- The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam by Victor J Katz
- The Mind of the Mathematician by Michael Fitzgerald and Ioan James
- The Music of Reason: Experience the Beauty of Mathematics Through Quotations by Theoni Pappas
- The Music of the Primes by Marcus Du Sautoy
- The Mystery of the Aleph by Amir D. Aczel
- The Nothing that is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert Kaplan
- The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero by Robert M. Kaplan
- The Outer Limits of Reason - What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell Us by Noson S. Yanofsky
- The Pea and the Sun: A Mathematical Paradox by Leonard M. Wapner
- The Pleasures of Counting by T.W. Körner
- The Poincaré Conjecture: In Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea
- The Prince of Mathematics: Carl Friedrich Gauss by M. B. W. Tent
- The Proof and the Pudding by Jim Henle
- The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention That Changed the World by Amir D. Aczel
- The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh
- The Symmetries of Things by John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel and Chaim Goodman-Strauss
- The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel by W. L. Bloch
- The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer by Georges Ifrah
- The Universal History of Numbers: The Computer and the Information Revolution by Georges Ifrah
- The Universal History of Numbers: The World's First Number-Systems by Georges Ifrah
- Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More by Matt Parker
- To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite by Eli Maor
- Trolling Euclid: An Irreverent Guide to Nine of Mathematics' Most Important Problems by Tom Wright
- Unknown Quantity X: A Real and Imaginary History of Algebra by John Derbyshire
- Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O'Neil
- What Is Mathematics, Really? by Reuben Hersh
- What Is Mathematics? by Richard Courant and Herbert Robbins
- What We Cannot Know by Marcus Du Sautoy
- What's Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success by Jo Boaler
- Yearning for the impossible by John Stillwell
- Zero History by William Gibson
- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife
- 50 Greatest Mathematicians of the World by Rajesh Thakur
- 50 Maths Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly

## Friday, September 09, 2016

### Fall over Donuts...

At the Arrivals

Anxiously on my lanky legs...

Doors at the gate open in several folds

When no shadows fall, they're shut like lazy lids.

Thrust open my wide eyes seeing

Grilled Hams

'Harmless' Steaks

French Fries and Fried Eggs

Hardly make eleven quids

Hauled my lusty eyes and there I saw this seductive Ad

"Jane Parker Donuts"

"Over 3000000 enjoyed daily"

In no time, they had to change the Ad

"Over 3000001 enjoyed daily"

Anxiously on my lanky legs...

Doors at the gate open in several folds

When no shadows fall, they're shut like lazy lids.

Thrust open my wide eyes seeing

Grilled Hams

'Harmless' Steaks

French Fries and Fried Eggs

Hardly make eleven quids

Hauled my lusty eyes and there I saw this seductive Ad

"Jane Parker Donuts"

"Over 3000000 enjoyed daily"

In no time, they had to change the Ad

"Over 3000001 enjoyed daily"

## Wednesday, September 07, 2016

### The Kite Runner

Cutting across the envious winds

Flying high above the clouds

Surging through the sunny rays

Winning is a habit for the kite always.

"O dude, you break records.

Not one among us birds

Can beat you in the heights."

Uttered the bird its thoughts.

"O bro, you’ve golden words

Among your fellow birds.

Need to reach new heights,

If ever the kite runner permits."

"That’s cruel, be free like birds.

My beak’s sharper than swords

Shall I cut the line?"

“At once bro, cut the line.”

In no time, the kite line is cut.

But no line to support,

Into a marshy pit, the kite

Fell quickly, ending the flight.

A teacher is a kite runner.

Once cut away from this trainer,

O student, can you fly high?

No. Hence be patient to fly high.
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## Sunday, September 04, 2016

### What type of a teacher am I?

Am I gentle enough to treat my students gently?

Am I guiding my students through the adventurous path of learning,

Because learning is a war between ignorance and wisdom,

Because learning is a tragedy for the ego,

Because true learning is the sorrowful departure of the ignorant self?

Am I helping my students to acquire faith, love and courage

Because life is to be lived successfully like that of conquering continents?

Am I training them to face the flip side of the harsh realities of the world?

Does my training help my students to be optimistic

To see that there are also friends, heroes and dedicated leaders in the world?

Am I helping my students to earn from their sweat?

Am I transferring the wisdom to accept

That failures are honorable,

That losses are graceful and

That tears are glittering

Instead of cheats and undeserving wins?

When they are really sad,

did I make my students laugh?

To scoff at cynics

did I train my students?

Did I ever introduce my students

The wondrous world of books?

To enjoy the mastery of birds and mystery of buds

did I train my students?

When did I last promote the genuine ideas of my students?

To keep away from crowds and listen to themselves

did I instruct my students?

Would I tell my students

to choose right friends?

Heart and soul, two of our invaluable assets,

Are my students cherishing?

How many of my students have

The courage to be impatient

And the bravery to be patient?

Do they have faith in themselves

That leads them to faith in mankind and in God?

Yes, I am ready for this challenge.

Dear Lincoln, send your child to me.

Am I guiding my students through the adventurous path of learning,

Because learning is a war between ignorance and wisdom,

Because learning is a tragedy for the ego,

Because true learning is the sorrowful departure of the ignorant self?

Am I helping my students to acquire faith, love and courage

Because life is to be lived successfully like that of conquering continents?

Am I training them to face the flip side of the harsh realities of the world?

Does my training help my students to be optimistic

To see that there are also friends, heroes and dedicated leaders in the world?

Am I helping my students to earn from their sweat?

Am I transferring the wisdom to accept

That failures are honorable,

That losses are graceful and

That tears are glittering

Instead of cheats and undeserving wins?

When they are really sad,

did I make my students laugh?

To scoff at cynics

did I train my students?

Did I ever introduce my students

The wondrous world of books?

To enjoy the mastery of birds and mystery of buds

did I train my students?

When did I last promote the genuine ideas of my students?

To keep away from crowds and listen to themselves

did I instruct my students?

Would I tell my students

to choose right friends?

Heart and soul, two of our invaluable assets,

Are my students cherishing?

How many of my students have

The courage to be impatient

And the bravery to be patient?

Do they have faith in themselves

That leads them to faith in mankind and in God?

Yes, I am ready for this challenge.

Dear Lincoln, send your child to me.

*Based on Lincoln's letter to his son's teacher*

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## Friday, August 12, 2016

### Identity Crisis

Forgetfulness is not uncommon when
you deal with more than just what you can deal with. But it is not an excuse for
forgetting. There are people who forget almost everything. From debit card to
pan card, from ATM pin to email password, from current date to spouse’s date of
birth, from own name to own child, forgetfulness is without boundaries.
Remember the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy of 2004, “50 First
Dates” where Lucy played by Barrymore has short-term memory loss. We had
Kollywood block-buster Gajini by Surya which also dealt with memory loss.

All of us have short or long memory
loss in some way. Memory has three stages: encoding, storing and retrieval.
Retrieval is the most difficult stage. Retrieving the right information in the
right time characterises how brilliant a person is.

For me every travel is a nightmare. First of all, it is a forceful push to go against the momentum as proposed by Isaac Newton. Then comes the problem of adjustment such as seat, food, sleep, strangers etc. The best of travel I enjoy is the anonymity. But the worst of a travel also comes with the opposite of anonymity, proving one’s own identity. We encounter people who ask us who we are. How can one explain to others who one is? Are our names matter or our profession or our family or address? For a casual enquiry, anything is fine. But when it comes to the real issue of proving our identity with the help of an identity card, it is rather simple and at the same time complicated. Simple, if we have one. Complicated, else.

For me every travel is a nightmare. First of all, it is a forceful push to go against the momentum as proposed by Isaac Newton. Then comes the problem of adjustment such as seat, food, sleep, strangers etc. The best of travel I enjoy is the anonymity. But the worst of a travel also comes with the opposite of anonymity, proving one’s own identity. We encounter people who ask us who we are. How can one explain to others who one is? Are our names matter or our profession or our family or address? For a casual enquiry, anything is fine. But when it comes to the real issue of proving our identity with the help of an identity card, it is rather simple and at the same time complicated. Simple, if we have one. Complicated, else.

Years ago, I was travelling by train
with my sister from our work place to another town for a function. It was an
overnight journey and it was a

*tatkal*ticket. About an hour after the journey began, the Ticket Examiner in glittering black blazers and necktie with violet and white stripes appeared with a writing pad with the list of the reserved passengers. I was cool as I had my ticket with me. When my turn came, I produced my ticket. After having ticked our names in the list, he asked for my identity card. After giving him a quizzical stare, I searched for my identity card in my wallet in vain. I continued my fruitless search in my carry bag. Observing my difficulty, the Ticket Examiner asked me to check with my sister whether she had her identity card. As I was the sole authority of the travel arrangements, her negative reply was an expected one.
The Ticket Examiner now turned a
preacher. He, in a relatively louder voice, preached about seriousness in life,
possessing identity card while travelling, obeying rules, respecting the Indian Railways,
failure of the present generation and a host of other things. Humiliated, I asked him
what he wanted for winding up the preaching. He then became irritated and
declared that we were illegal passengers. But, I claimed that we had a valid
ticket. He replied by reading the rule of the Railways printed on the e-ticket.
That clearly mentioned that we were illegal passengers. Helpless, I surrendered
to him and asked what I should do for becoming a legal passenger. He replied to
me that he would settle the matter after all the checkings were over. To this, I
told him that I could pay the penalty. He became very gentle and told me that
he would settle the issue after some time. But I did not agree to this. I told
him to impose fine on me and to make us legal passengers. He was still in the
procrastinating mood. Then my sister joined me asking the Ticket Examiner to
impose fine or face complaint to the higher authorities. We ended up paying
full ticket charge and the penalty of Rs. 500 each with a valid receipt. The
story did not end here. After the function was over, we had to travel back in
the next evening. As we did not have the identity cards, we went straight to the
Ticket Examiner, paid and obtained the receipt for the full tickets and the penalty
without giving a chance to him to find fault with us.

Years passed. I travelled several
times in the trains. I love trains for many reasons. The parallel rails, the
connected buses, the ever adjusting meanderings of the chain of the buses etc.
always amused me. Long or short, I always preferred trains. As I used to arrive only at the last minute, there are countless incidents that are associated with my travels.
But this one which I experienced the other day was something very unique.

It was yet another overnight
journey. I had to deliver an invited talk. The tickets were booked by the
organisers and the details were messaged. As usual, I left my room about forty
minutes before the actual departure of the train. Fortunately, I could catch the third
autorikshaw after stepping onto the road. The driver was very cordial. The meter
was not for a short distance race. I felt relaxed. After sending a couple of
important messages and making some calls, my attention turned towards the road. The road
was relatively quiet. Visibly, there was no huge rush even though the office
hours were still not over. I expected to get some fifteen minutes at the
railway station. Once when I passed the Hudson circle, which was about three
kilometres away from the station, I got a shooting pain up my spine reaching my
heart. I started searching my bag. No, it was not there. I could not find my
identity card in it. This was a small bag which I rarely used for travel. I chose this because the travel was just for
a day. As a precaution, I had kept the original-look-like copies of my identity
card in my other bags. As I never used this one, I did not care to insert one
in it. In the hurry of getting out of my room, the thought of identity card never
flashed too.

The pain slowly spread to the other
parts of the body. I was fatigued. I only had Rs. 550 in my pocket which I
borrowed from my friend just before the coming out my room. I had to deliver the lecture
the next day as the organisers chose that day after checking my convenience. I
had no money to pay fine. A bus ticket to the
destination, if at all it was available, would cost more than the amount I had. I
had a moment of prayer. Instantly, I was back to normalcy. Within no time, the
autorikshaw dropped me in front of the railway station. The meter just showed
Rs. 98 which was much lower than the average rate in my city. (A couple of
months early, I had travelled in an autorikshaw which displayed the Rs. 320 for
the same distance). As I felt the driver was just, I paid him double and walked
towards towards the train. There were
some 18 minutes left for the scheduled departure of the train.

All of a sudden, as if guided, I
turned towards the ticket counter. The ticket counters were almost empty. I got
a second class ticket for Rs. 150 quickly. I headed slowly towards the train. As I was
about to reach the general compartment, I saw the man in glittering black
blazers and necktie with violet and white stripes with a writing pad with the
list of reserved passengers. Just suddenly, without much preparation, I greeted
him. He reciprocated. I then told him that I did not carry an identity card but
had a confirmed ticket. He replied to me that one must carry a valid identity
card to travel with an online ticket. Though this was not a new information to
me, I just passively listened to him. He then asked what I was. I replied.
Having learnt that I was a teacher, he told me to take his seat in the
three-tier compartment. I was in utter shock. I could not believe my ears. I told him that I did not have enough money
to pay for that. He replied me that it was not needed. He then took me to the three-tier compartment and made me seated there in
his seat. Without much wait, when it was time, the train began its routine
race. I sat there not fully recovering from the shock and total disbelief.
After an hour, the Ticket Examiner came to me and allotted me a vacant seat.

My surprises were not over. He
started conversing with me. After having learnt that I neither carried supper
nor ordered for it, he ordered some parcelled supper with someone who was at a
station enroute. When we reached that station, the supper was brought in plus a
banana and bottle of water. After the
supper, he asked how I planned to return. As I had to return the very next day in
the same train when it would return, he sensed my difficulty. He then gave me his phone
number and asked me to ring him when I would reach the station. Thanking him
and thanking God, I went to sleep. The next day, I reached the station some
half an hour before the departure. After finding him sitting in one
of the concrete benches in the platform, I greeted him. Recognising me he told
that it was a rush day and there were some RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) ticket holders. I then told him
that I could go to the general compartment. However, he turned me away from
that attempt and guided me to his seat. After forcing
me seated there, he went for his checking round. Half an hour after the departure of
the train he came back to the seat and shared with me the dinner I got packed
by one of my students. When dinner was over, he went again for his duty. A
couple of minutes later, he emerged again and took me to a vacant two-tier
seat. Surprise after surprise. I slept comfortably well. In the next
morning, I went to him and thanked him profusely. We then walked out together
towards the exit. Before parting ways, I thanked that extremely gentle human being.

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## Sunday, July 31, 2016

### God of Imperfections

Reflections on John 9:3: Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

Quite often, one is shell-shocked at facing adversities. Terrorist attacks, calamities, accidents etc. are mostly unanswerable. Why did God send all these?

Can God be a better one?

Human beings are not perfect.

Our helplessness in many situations are clear indications that all of us are also not perfect.

Blindness is one type of imperfection.

Physical illness, disabilities, abilities, poverty, richness, appetite, hunger, you say anything, we can find imperfections in abundance.

Our communication using this medium itself is another display of our imperfection.

If the world or human beings are full of imperfections, what is perfection?

If you believe in God, you know that God is perfection.

Sometimes people are gifted with faith in God.

Sometimes people crave for perfection and reach God.

Sometimes people pretend to be faithful. But at an opportunity, one may switch side. It's once again, another testimony of imperfection.

God is not in need of us. That is why God is perfect.

However, if you need to attain perfection you need to go in the path of God.

One of the methods is prayer.

Through prayers, one can attain spiritual and physical perfection.

Asking God for cure was a prayer. The case of the blind mentioned in John 9.

Why then God created imperfections?

Once if you are aware of yourself, you will come to know that we are not endowed with the mind of God. Then, how do we know that why God created me like me?

How God created the other like the other?

The only answer is that it is to live in this world and meet me, my friend, my foe etc.. and live with them.

Let's live. Let's ask for blessings, if we want. If we have extra, give to others who are in need of that...

For those who are not believing in God; God is still perfect. But those people also believe in their ideologies, their partners, their children, their

security guards, their vehicles etc.

These are minor forms of faith. Gradually they will reach God, once when they realize the invitation of God to be perfect.

Have the humility. Then, one can gradually realize how better God can be experienced.

Those miracles may not be recorded in any scriptures. But, it will be recorded in oneself.

Many of of us are imperfect. So am I. But I know that my God is perfect. I work towards achieving that perfection. That is the moment, I loose my blindness completely.

Then, it's no more Joseph. It's God only.

Jesus showed this through His life.

That Jesus of the Bible is the best example for undue and innocent suffering; answer to all imperfections in the world.

Do not worry, leave the matter to itself if we do not understand something.

In the right time we will understand everything perfectly. Keep asking, we will be answered.

Quite often, one is shell-shocked at facing adversities. Terrorist attacks, calamities, accidents etc. are mostly unanswerable. Why did God send all these?

Can God be a better one?

Human beings are not perfect.

Our helplessness in many situations are clear indications that all of us are also not perfect.

Blindness is one type of imperfection.

Physical illness, disabilities, abilities, poverty, richness, appetite, hunger, you say anything, we can find imperfections in abundance.

Our communication using this medium itself is another display of our imperfection.

If the world or human beings are full of imperfections, what is perfection?

If you believe in God, you know that God is perfection.

Sometimes people are gifted with faith in God.

Sometimes people crave for perfection and reach God.

Sometimes people pretend to be faithful. But at an opportunity, one may switch side. It's once again, another testimony of imperfection.

God is not in need of us. That is why God is perfect.

However, if you need to attain perfection you need to go in the path of God.

One of the methods is prayer.

Through prayers, one can attain spiritual and physical perfection.

Asking God for cure was a prayer. The case of the blind mentioned in John 9.

Why then God created imperfections?

Once if you are aware of yourself, you will come to know that we are not endowed with the mind of God. Then, how do we know that why God created me like me?

How God created the other like the other?

The only answer is that it is to live in this world and meet me, my friend, my foe etc.. and live with them.

Let's live. Let's ask for blessings, if we want. If we have extra, give to others who are in need of that...

For those who are not believing in God; God is still perfect. But those people also believe in their ideologies, their partners, their children, their

security guards, their vehicles etc.

These are minor forms of faith. Gradually they will reach God, once when they realize the invitation of God to be perfect.

Have the humility. Then, one can gradually realize how better God can be experienced.

Those miracles may not be recorded in any scriptures. But, it will be recorded in oneself.

Many of of us are imperfect. So am I. But I know that my God is perfect. I work towards achieving that perfection. That is the moment, I loose my blindness completely.

Then, it's no more Joseph. It's God only.

Jesus showed this through His life.

That Jesus of the Bible is the best example for undue and innocent suffering; answer to all imperfections in the world.

Do not worry, leave the matter to itself if we do not understand something.

In the right time we will understand everything perfectly. Keep asking, we will be answered.

## Wednesday, July 27, 2016

### Prayer of a Teacher

God give me students who are challenging, demanding and engaging...

Challenging all that can challenge them...

Demanding always freedom from the bondage of learning...

Engaging in stuffs that can disengage them from reaching heights...

Let my students have functions of blaming all that can fame them...

Let them oscillate between unwanted things or at least diverge but never converge...

Let them continue to be discontinuous essentially....

Let them derive the joy of being constant...

Challenging all that can challenge them...

Demanding always freedom from the bondage of learning...

Engaging in stuffs that can disengage them from reaching heights...

Let my students have functions of blaming all that can fame them...

Let them oscillate between unwanted things or at least diverge but never converge...

Let them continue to be discontinuous essentially....

Let them derive the joy of being constant...

## Monday, July 18, 2016

### Coconut can carry Keralam to heights...

In the budget of the government of Keralam, there was a proposal to have five per cent levy on coconut oil. It is estimated to fetch Rs. 150 crore for the exchequer. Although, this proposal is sharply criticized by many, it is a clever move to encash the growing demand for coconut oil in Keralam. It also boosts the price of the coconut indirectly, thereby helping the coconut farmers. Keralam has great potency in converting its rare natural gift, the coconut tree, to which it owes its name (Keralam – Land of Kera (coconut) Tree). It is very strange to note that on the streets of Chennai, one has to pay Rs. 40 for a non-tasty tender coconut. A concerted effort from the various government agencies can create huge coconut money in Keralam. Here are some suggestions to have new directions in the coconut-promotion.

- Promotion of coconut as the cause of the name of the state of Keralam.
- Expand the activities of the Coconut Development Corporation to every ward of every local body.
- Identify and honour the oldest coconut in each ward.
- Insurance cover for each coconut.
- Promotion of Coconut Tree Adoption.
- Soaps including tax cut for Coconut Farmers.
- Freely distribute coconut saplings to the students.
- Studies of Coconut should be inserted in the curricula.
- Manual Coconut Plucking should be declared as a highly skilled and risky job.
- Tax-cuts for hotels and restaurants that use coconut oil.
- Introduction of Coconut-Week Celebrations.
- Promotion of Coconut preservation programmes.
- Introduce tax for other imported oils.
- For lamps used in government functions, coconut oil only should be used.
- Preference for coir products in the government offices.
- Attractive and early pension schemes for the Coconut Plucking labourers.
- Regular broadcasting of advertisements, songs etc. promoting Coconut.
- Regular promotional activities on the medicinal effect of coconut oil.
- Endowment for Coconut Research.
- Establishment of Coconut Research institutes in every Assembly constituency.
- Promoting handicrafts from coconut shell.
- Thin coir string is to used for all office needs.
- Research Centers and Chairs in all Universities in Keralam.
- Avoid all drinks except water, tender coconut, the processed non-alcoholic drinks from coconut in all government offices and functions.
- Promotion of Coconut “apple.”
- Copra-based sweets, biscuits, fast-food, Tiffin etc. may be promoted with tax cuts.
- Awards for coconut farmers.
- Short-films and pamphlets in the promotion of coconut.
- Special welfare schemes for workers in all types coconut mills.
- Promotion of start-ups in the area of Coconut-related industry.
- Climbing on coconut tree should be included as a competitive sports event.
- Promote developing more dwarf-coconut varieties.
- Promote machines for coconut plucking and processing.

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## Wednesday, June 01, 2016

### The world needs you

One who
achieves a grade is a graduate. Today is your graduation day. You’re formally
entrusted with the grades you have achieved during the course of your training
programme here at Christ University. You are now graduates. This is a
tremendous achievement from many perspectives.

It is an
achievement by you. We believe that you have acquired the required experience,
sufficient knowledge, and the capacity to make good judgement. This was what we
aimed at while giving training to you here.

It is an achievement
by your parents. They have brought you to the best educational institution.
They applied their muscles and toiled for you while you were muscling with the
books. They prayed for you while you were buried with your assignments and
tests. They spent their precious time worrying about you while you
systematically invested your time and energy to reach this glory.

It is an
achievement for your nation. You are from different parts of the world. You become
another fortunate son or daughter of your nation by adding yourself to the
skilled force of your nation.

As
graduates when you step out of your alma mater, we entrust you with a prophetic
mission that was well presented in our core values. You were trained to be
human beings whose ultimate goal is the fullness in God, knowing the truth and
leading a virtuous life. We do want you to be real guiding lights. It should be
not like, as the most famous European humanist of the 16

^{th}century Erasmus puts it,*in regione caecorum rex est luscus*. Become true beacons of light. We want you to work as positive catalysts in the world.
For some of you, study was cakewalk. Some
of you never worked any way near to your potential. For some it was real
struggle. It was fight against all odds. The sweetness of your achievement
depends on the way in which you reached this day.

Let me take your attention to two persons
and a sports team which became viral in the social media recently.

**Srinivasa Ramanujan**

An immensely talented Mathematician of
our Land was Srinivasa Ramanujan. The recent movie, The Man Who Know Infinity,
is based on his life. He independently
compiled nearly 3,900 mathematical results. Humble to the core, he
attributed all his works to the divine assistance. He died at a young age of 32.
He was not a graduate in Indian terms. But he was one of the youngest Fellows of
Royal Society. Although he was highly gifted, a good trainer like GH Hardy was
needed to make him an effective contributor. If you are ready to be trained,
your effectiveness is unimaginable.

**Anant Ambani**

An immensely rich young man is Anant
Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. As
a teenager he was often presented as the side effect of wealth as he was hugely
obese. Reaching 21, his inspirational mother transformed him to a good looking
handsome young man. He walked 21 km a day, practiced yoga, followed a strict
low-carb, zero-sugar diet, i.e., avoided any kind of processed foods, such as,
breads, pastas, cereals, sweets, soft drinks etc., concentrating instead on
proteins and healthy fats. Finally, he shed 108 kgs in 18 months. It’s like a
fairytale. But it’s not a myth. It happened just recently. Some of you have
worked like this to achieve your graduation. Hardwork counts.

**Leicester City**

Until the second half of 2015, very few
in the world had heard about Leicester City football team. It was placed last
in the English Premier League. But on 7 May, 2016 they became the Champions
with three games left in the league. In one of the toughest leagues in the
world with 38 games, at the time of winning the title they lost only 3 games.
The story of Leicester City as a team is a case study material. There are many
players in English Premier League who has salary more than the total salary of
all members of the Leicester City Team. The Team is owned by an Asian. The
Coach never won a major title. Then, how this has happened? Educationalist John Dunford, lists five reasons for the great success of the
team as follows:

1. Hardwork, 2.Teamwork, 3. Right Decisions, 4. Support of the Leadership and 5. Evidence-based policies.

*If you have achieved the real goal you set years ago, do not be complacent. The world needs you.*

*If you have not achieved the real goal, do not lose hope. Still you have not lost time. The world needs you.*

*If you have underperformed while achieving your goal, do not regret unncesserily. Start today. Perform well. The world needs you.*

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## Sunday, May 08, 2016

### Mother is God incarnated.....

Just in case, if you couldn’t meet God anywhere

Why don’t you go to your kitchen

Search for that woman who has dirt everywhere

Shy to come out and always forgotten

Unselfish to love and selfish to be loved

Shed you her body and blood

Fed you for your good

Fled from her home not by her choice

Led by philosophies that are not wise

She needs not your mercy but your prayer

Believe then that God is everywhere

Confirm that God is not a piece of a stone

Affirm that God is flesh that can be seen
## Friday, February 12, 2016

### Love and Hatred

I love you when you integrate me

But for your partitioning of me finer and finer.

I hate you for differentiating me

Though you wait for my limits.

But for your partitioning of me finer and finer.

I hate you for differentiating me

Though you wait for my limits.

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### Sum of the Squares of the Degrees

One of the most fundamental results in graphs is that the sum of the degrees of all the vertices of a graph is twice the number of edges in it.

This is is the famous Handshaking Theorem.

It is called Handshaking Theorem due to the analogy of the involvement of two hands in every handshake with that of the two vertices in every relation (edge).

Hence, the total number of relations of the persons (degrees of the vertices) in a graph is double the number of relations (edges) in it.

It is found out that the sum of the squares of all vertices in a graph is the the sum of the degrees of the adjacent vertices of all the vertices the graph it self.

This is is the famous Handshaking Theorem.

It is called Handshaking Theorem due to the analogy of the involvement of two hands in every handshake with that of the two vertices in every relation (edge).

Hence, the total number of relations of the persons (degrees of the vertices) in a graph is double the number of relations (edges) in it.

**What happens if we add the squares of the degrees of all the vertices in a simple graph?**

It is found out that the sum of the squares of all vertices in a graph is the the sum of the degrees of the adjacent vertices of all the vertices the graph it self.

Why is it so? It is because, the square of the degree of a vertex is same as adding the degree of a vertex, the degree number of times.

But one can easily verify that every vertex has exactly its degree number of adjacent vertices. Hence, when we sum the degrees of the adjacent vertices of all the vertices of a graph, every degree is added that degree number of times. This proves the result.

**n**^{2}=n+n+n+...+n (n times)But one can easily verify that every vertex has exactly its degree number of adjacent vertices. Hence, when we sum the degrees of the adjacent vertices of all the vertices of a graph, every degree is added that degree number of times. This proves the result.

We can also observe that if we add all the degrees and degree squares of all the vertices of a graph, then it is same as summing up all the degrees of all vertices in the closed neighbourhood of all the vertices of that graph.

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## Monday, February 08, 2016

### The First Twenty Five Primes

Every prime number is a positive integer that is divisible by 1 and itself only. There are infinitely many prime numbers. Prime numbers are peculiar numbers which do not have a common predictable property other than that of the indivisibility. Because they are indivisible, the fundamental theorem of arithmetic is that they are the building blocks of numbers. That is to say that any positive integer greater than 1 can be written uniquely as the product of prime numbers.

There are 25 primes below 100. This is a method to remember all the first 25 primes.

We begin with 25 itself.

All primes with at least two digits would end only in 1, 3, 7 or 9.

Now, we need to list all the primes that end in 3.

What left are the primes that end in 7 or 9. But, this is very easy.

There are 25 primes below 100. This is a method to remember all the first 25 primes.

We begin with 25 itself.

The first and third primes are 2 and 5 respectively. They are prime numbers but no other prime number would have 2 and 5 as its end digits

Now, 5+2 and 5-2 give the other two single digits primes. i.e., 7 and 3.

Hence, we have all the single digit primes as 2, 3, 5 and 7.

All primes with at least two digits would end only in 1, 3, 7 or 9.

We list all the two digit primes that end in 1.

Wen use 2 and 5 once again for that.

Splitting 2, we get the first two digit prime, 11.

Then, 1+2=3, 1+3=4, 1+5=6 and 1+6=7 are the first digits of the remaining primes.

Hence, the two digit primes are 11, 31, 41, 61 and 71. Thus we get all primes that end in 1.

A total of 9 primes, we have found out so far.

Now, we need to list all the primes that end in 3.

Adding the digits of the primes that end in 1, we get 1+1=2, 3+1=4, 4+1=5, 6+1=7 and 7+1=8.

Appending 3 to the right of the above numbers, we get the two digit primes that end in 3.

They are 23, 43, 53, 73 and 83. Hence, excluding 3, we got 13 primes. Of course, 13 is also a prime number.

What left are the primes that end in 7 or 9. But, this is very easy.

List all the digits in numbers from 1 to 10.Hence all the prime numbers below 100 are:

They are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1 and 3.

Appending 7 or 9 as the case may be(by avoiding the trivial composite numbers we get,

17, 29, 37, 47, 59, 67, 79, 89, 97, 19 and 07.

These are the 11 prime numbers that end in 7 or 9.

- 2 and 5
- 11, 31, 41, 61 and 71
- 3, 13, 23, 43, 53, 73 and 83.
- 7, 17, 37, 47, 67 and 97
- 19, 29, 59, 79 and 89.

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