Author Archives: Mahendra

The fallacy of “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”

We love flow­ers. We use flow­ers in our romance, we gift bou­quets to our friends on spe­cial occa­sions. Flow­ers let us share hap­pi­ness and good wish­es with many, thanks to their beau­ty. We love watch­ing beau­ti­ful water­falls. We get excit­ed, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Wheels of Friendship

When I reached high school, my curios­i­ty led me to won­der, how do a train’s wheels, which are on a fixed axle, nego­ti­ate a curve? If a pair of wheels nego­ti­ate a curve, the out­er wheel has to trav­el a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Science of Curiosity

When I was a small kid, I had hun­dreds of ques­tions about every­thing. What they taught us in school was com­plete­ly dis­tanced from my curios­i­ty in observ­ing the world around me. Why are these peo­ple defe­cat­ing in the bush­es? Nobody … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Who is an “Artist”?

In our soci­ety, in com­mon par­lance, an “artist” is one who paints, whose “works” are framed and hung on a wall. Which is such a nar­row out­look that I find it detestable. By def­i­n­i­tion, an artist is one who cre­ates … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Conjoined Twins

One can exist by itself, but the oth­er can’t. But exis­tence of the oth­er helps one. One comes first, the oth­er comes lat­ter. But the oth­er gives birth to one again. One is nec­es­sar­i­ly pri­vate, the oth­er is typ­i­cal­ly pub­lic. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Straight Dope FAQ on Indian Elections 2014

What is UPA? What does it stand for? Under­cov­er Pay­ment Agree­ment. This coali­tion is all about not let­ting any­one know who paid how much to whom for what. Who is the UPA’s PM can­di­date? They thought they had an ace … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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The Importance of my Earnest Vote in A Comedy of Errors

I vot­ed in the 2014 Indi­an Lok Sab­ha elec­tions today, after research­ing for many days about the dif­fer­ent can­di­dates up for elec­tion in Pune. I vot­ed today after dis­cov­er­ing yes­ter­day that I was not vot­ing in the Pune con­stituen­cy at … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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