Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

The Seer

Read, Think, Act

Society

5 min read

Gilbert F. White, popularly known as the ‘father of floodplain management’ once remarked “Floods are ‘acts of God’, but flood losses are largely acts of man.”

In the UN report, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters”, it is said that between 1995-2015, 157,000 people have died as a result of floods and 2.3 billion people have been affected by it.

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करीब १२-१३ बरस का था। नए पड़ोसी आये थे उस दिन।  माँ ने मुझे उनकी मदद करने के लिए भेजा।  एक ट्रक भर कर सामान था। काफी चीज़ें थीं। घर में उनके बस सिन्हा अंकल खुद, उनकी पत्नी और उनकी बेटी थी। आंटी और बेटी तो अंदर बैठ गए, सो मैंने और अंकल ने मिलकर सारा सामान उतारा और अंदर रखा।  थालियाँ, चम्मच, मिक्सर ग्राइंडर – मुझसे तो यही उठ रहे थे।  करीब तीन से चार घंटों में ये काम पूरा हुआ। अंकल ने अंदर आकर बैठने को कहा। यही सोचकर कि कुछ खाने पीने को मिलेगा, मैं अंदर बैठ गया।

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To what end do these moths, which do an appearing act at the end of a shower infused with life by street lights and CFLs, bulbs and tubes, live when they are destined to die within a span of few minutes? What is the purpose of their lives, I asked sniggering at the constrained nature of knowledge. And in the same breath of thought, this comes to me: are they (moths) better than the humans who have to live every day on the margins?

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Headache is perhaps the most dangerous weapon of nature against man. No matter how many nuclear weapons you have made, you still have a headache saving them from hackers. No matter how much wealth you have made selling beer in Aidin, you still have a headache of running around in a court of London. In a way, it is a great leveller. It’s almost like nature knew that she would be screwed up by us human, so she put one of her own in our head – an ache.

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Shock, astonishment and fear formed a kaleidoscope on his face. Before his vocal cords could flex, he heard another squeal – a high pitched one – the one of death accompanied with the thunderous sound of a vehicular motor. The cogs in their wheel hurried as the cogs in his brain collapsed in a heap – useless and clueless.

6 min read

I now know that to trust everyone isn’t an easy thing to do and to trust is not everyone’s thing to do. Although I have no explanation as to why I remembered these seemingly insignificant incidents from my life, I know for sure that these little fragments of thoughts defined the kind of person I wanted to be.

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On the other side is the irony that we have enough technology to get past the gravity and venture into the outer space, but not enough technology to conduct an exam without having to put the students through the discomfort of a mandated dress code. “To develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform”, reads the Indian Constitution when it comes to Fundamental duties. Probably the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) needs a refresher on scientific temper so that they stop depending on dress codes to contain cheating in exams.

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This diktat has been rolled out after new rules were introduced restricting the size of beards and usage of burqas in public places in Xinjiang province. Apparently there is a consistent rift going on between separatists and the Chinese Government in the Xinjyang Uyghur region. This is government’s attempt to quell Islamic radicalization in the area.

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There is another set of writers who are plain-lazy. Their strength lies in making a listicle of almost everything. While there are good listicle writers out there, a majority of the writers do listicles to just churn out unimaginable number of articles every day. That is when writers have to meet their targets of x number of ‘viral’ articles per month.