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The birth of ideas

December 11, 2016 Leave a comment

A very interesting TED talk on “Where good ideas come from” by Steven Johnson.  Ideas according to him are not just individual “Eureka” moments.  His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.

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Fish

November 14, 2016 Leave a comment

Write a new post in response to today’s one word prompt : ‘Fish’

cichlid

 

I have tried rearing fish at home several times until I finally gave up the hobby.  I would have to say that watching fish swim in the tank is a very relaxing feeling. I have reared goldfish, angelfish, neon tetra and African cichlids.

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Who do you think will win the US election?

November 8, 2016 Leave a comment
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Sunday scribbles

Ganesa

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Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

June 2, 2016 1 comment

I disagree with the premise of this topic.  It assumes that being a genius can only bring worry and sorrow and that all simpletons are happy and joyful.

I would choose to be a joyful  genius.  I think there is no greater joy than that experienced by a genius in his/her moment of serendipity.  The ecstatic moments of Archimedes and Kekule show that they experienced great joy on their discovery of ‘the principle of buoyancy’ and ‘the Benzene ring’ respectively.  They did spend years working out their problems and when they took a step back and relaxed, they had their moments of intuition, their ‘Eureka’ moment.  Such men like Einstein, Edison, Archimedes and  Kekule have discovered the workings of principles that have benefited mankind as a whole.  Is there a greater joy than this?

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Back to Life

July 30, 2014 1 comment

After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?

 

I have realized that sleep and a good rest are vital for recuperation/recharging after an intense period of work, exam or stress.  Sleep is a natural cure for many of our ailments and a good rest without any anxieties can do wonders to your body and mind and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenge!

Here is a poem about sleep that I had blogged earlier:

Sleep

Lying in the mothers lap
After a fun day
Sleep like a lullaby
Soothes the little infant

Fatigued, tanned bodies
Lie on the pavement
Sleep gives solace to them
Magical,  sweet sleep

Sleep tender sleep
You ease the pain
Calm the nerves
And appease tired souls

Like a loving mother
Who dotes all her kids
You bring tranquil peace
To thief, saint, beggar and  king

Sleep take me on a dream
To a world without walls
Where there is only joy and peace
And one does not belittle another

 

©copyright skm, March 5th, 2011

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
2) http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-post-back-to-life/
3) http://onemanversustheworld.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/relax-and-unwind/
4) http://moreactionresearch.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/called-back-into-being/
5) http://mauldinfamily1.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
6) http://kaapitimes.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life-after-work/
7) http://bobbeck1600.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/daily-prompt-back-to-life/
8) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/29/back-to-life/
9 ) http://themasculinepen.wordpress.com/2014/07/29/the-daily-post-back-to-life-read-or-go-flying/
10) http://blainecindy.com/2014/07/29/music-is-the-key/

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Adult Visions

As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

 

We always think the grass is greener on the other side. So while I was young, I wanted to grow up fast and be a big man. I used to wonder what it would be like to be tall and strong.

I used to see the man with the ice-cream cart and wanted to sell ice-creams like him when I grew up.

I used to believe that grown ups earn money, enjoy luxuries and life would be happy-go-lucky.

But now when I look at a child I can see their innocence and their sense of wonder. I watch them immerse themselves in their games and toys and enjoying every moment. A little toy, a game, an icecream or a candy can make their day.

They have loads of energy and enthusiasm and even at the end the daythey seem to want more fun.

Little did I know then that -As we grow up we harbour ill-conceived notions of people, their colour, race and religion. We build walls around us and we seek to see differences rather than finding the common essence that unites all of us.

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/grown-up/
2) http://underthemonkeytree.com/2014/07/23/all-grown-up/
3) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/all-growed-up/
4) http://lindaswritingblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/grown-up/
5) http://msbstories.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/am-i-a-grown-up-oh-well/
6) http://fibercompulsion.com/2014/07/23/whod-want-to-grow-up/
7) http://aminaahmedsblog.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/adult-and-me-lol/
8) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/07/23/daily-prompt-adult-visions-i-had-none/
9) http://flippyzipflop.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/i-had-it-all-wrong/
10) http://thinkingoutlouddotme1.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/daily-post-adult-visions/

 

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Middle seat

 It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

 

I do not like to occupy the middle seat especially on flights. It is like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.  Sitting at the window you can get to  see the clouds or get a birds eye view during take-off and landing.  If it is the aisle seat, you can get up and stretch your legs or take a walk.

Now coming to the topic of sitting next to a loquacious person.  I like to get to know people and opening a conversation is a great way to do that.  It can become very boring if we are aloof.  Sometimes starting a conversation, we can meet interesting people and make good friends.

But there is a difference between interesting talk, getting to know one another and talking non-stop.

The other day I met one such person.   My colleagues and I were on the train on our way home after work.  This boy started firing a volley of personal questions at us.  He would just not stop.  He even went to the extent of advising my friend to get married.  After that meeting, the next day my colleagues would look out for him on the platform so that we could escape.

 

Other interesting posts on this prompt:
1) http://pintsof.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
2) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/the-seat-switcher/
3) http://tombalistreri.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/small-talk/
4) http://zainabjavid.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/chatterbox/
5) http://agirllikemee.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/my-talkative-bus-companions/
6) http://thinkingoutlouddotme1.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/
7) http://risingrave28.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/on-a-train/
8) http://tnkerr.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-prompt-middle-seat/
9) http://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/the-middle-seat/
10) http://lettheballoonssailmeaway.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/daily-post-middle-seat/

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Fictional Intruder

July 16, 2014 2 comments

Go down the rabbit hole with Alice; play quid-ditch with Harry Potter; float down the river with Huck Finn… If you could choose three fictional events or adventures to experience yourself, what would they be?

 

charlie_chocolate factory

 

 

I admire such adventures and fairy tales because they allow us to let our minds dream and wander into strange lands.  When reading such books we let our imagination go wild – like Alice and her adventures in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory etc.

It’s difficult to choose a single one here.  I will talk about playing Charlie in the Chocolate factory.  I would love to find that golden ticket for a trip to the Chocolate factory and immerse myself in those adventures.  I would also love to meet that lovely family who supported Charlie for whom that visit meant ‘the world’.  This story shows that there is so much happiness in simple pleasures and adventures.

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://inmyruinsthereistreasure.com/2014/07/15/fictional-intruder-writing-prompt/
2) http://jaynesdailypost.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fictional-intruder/
3) http://whitefeatherfloating.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fictional-characters/
4) http://angloswiss-chronicles.com/2014/07/15/daily-prompt-fictional-intruder-i-did-it-my-way/
5) http://lavirosa.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/fictional-intruder-the-story/

 

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City Planners

If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be?

I would not want to see the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Taj Mahal in any other city. These are not just buildings or monuments they have a history and heritage which are unique to the cities to which they belong.

A cities hustle and bustle, the culture, the food and festivals are unique features. The are the essence, the life of the city and cannot be cloned.

There is a new trend of cloning that is prevalent today. People want to clone products, replicate model cities, clone animals, convert people to their beliefs and so on. What they forget is that variety is the spice of life.

Would life be interesting if there is nothing new, and everywhere you look you see your clone?

 

Other interesting posts in this category:
1) http://tuckedintoacorner.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/refusal-to-clone/
2) http://suestrifles.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/city-planners/
3) http://meaningunfolding.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/city-planners-notre-dame/
4) http://mintylemony.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/what-would-i-bring-home/
5) http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/i-would-clone/
6) http://justkate914.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/daily-prompts-city-planners/
7) http://borderlinepersonalitybliss.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/bringing-the-beauty-home/
8) http://rainswritingrealm.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/city-planners/
9) http://allthingscuteandbeautiful.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/daily-prompt-being-cultural/
10) http://monicleblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/missing-ethnic-food/

 

 

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