Sound relations.

Humans are creatures with emotions. Be it anger, love, hatred, passion, greed, sympathy, we all have them. Most of the times we are well aware of what triggers these emotions within us too.

Well, lately, I happened to have an interesting observation while talking with my Mom. In between our conversation, suddenly I happened to lose sense of the words that we both spoke. I could only concentrate on the sound. She was using her mouth and I was using mine to produce sounds. Sounds in certain specific patterns so that they were able to trigger emotions within us.

Once my mind converged on this thought, talking became weird because I was not talking any more. I was simply making sounds that had some magical effect because of the tone and pattern in which I made them. The magical effect being that she was able to make sounds in such a way that those were responses to the ones that I was making. The ultimate result being we were able to share what was in our minds by making sounds.

I spent sometime thinking this matter through and it felt surprising to see how the relations that we develop with certain people was based on the sounds we made from our mouths.

Talking is not like seeing or hearing because for a person speaking English and a person speaking Japanese, seeing and hearing are the same for them. But when talking, there are producing sounds The only difference being that they were producing them in their own patterns and tones.

I was wondering how relations among us get so strong based on these sounds that we make. When our friend is in some deep grief, the tone in which we produce sounds make a great difference in his mind and heart. If we were to make sounds in a jolly and rather loud way, he would not understand that we were sharing his sadness nor would he understand that we were being sympathetic and were trying to console him. But if we make those exact sounds in a deep and gentle manner, his mind would be much soothed.

I don’t know why, but there appears to be a spot of fakeness in this. But my thoughts regarding the matter has not gone any further than this.

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Anonymous messages from Facebook.

First of all, I do not have a Facebook account and I have never ever had one. If sometime in the future I happen to create one, I’ll update it over here.

Scary. In the past two to three weeks, I have been getting 3 messages in my phone from Facebook. The message is as follows :

Click to see <name>’s photos on Facebook: http://fb.me/9zni0p6PajHjT7 Reply “stop” to stop getting Facebook texts

The number from which I am receiving messages is : +919232232665

The names of two people I know distantly came in the place of <name>. Two times it was the same message with one person’s name and the third time, it came with the second person’s name. I tried contacting these two people to see whether they had in anyway done something to trigger this sort of an action and to my surprise, one of them didn’t even know my phone number!

Why would I want to reply to something to stop that I did not ask for in the first place? It would have made sense if these people were my service providers or something. The funny thing being that I do not receive any sort of promotional messages because of having activated DND.

Still, I got this message. Really scary, if you know what I mean.

Please do let me know if there is anyone whom I can complaint to about this and make this stop.

UPDATE (24th April 2012): I happened to call my bsnl customer care and told them that this was happening. At first they said that it was something that they could not do anything about. But I kept on drilling them with questions and I even said I would raise a complaint against them. On hearing that, they told me to hang on a minute. After their private inquires, they got back to me and told me that they had deactivated it! I asked them then how the hell it came to be activated without my knowing. They were stammering and finally told me that the culprit might be the shop from where I actually took my sim card and cut the call.

So that means there is some shady deal between the telephone operators and facebook where our personal phone numbers are being shared without our permission! Have to get to the shop where I bought my sim from. Updates later folks!

UPDATE (2nd June 2012): I again received a message today from the same number saying that someone wanted to connect to me on facebook. I dialled them up again and asked them what the heck was going on. And then they tell me to type “UNSUBFB” and send it to 53733!

So I told them I had not subscribed to it in the first place and I wanted to know how this thing started coming in the first place. Obviously, they had no answer. They have told me to call them back after two hours. I’ll update the post with what happens then.

UPDATE(2nd August 2012): After a gap (in which I thought that I was done with these messages), I again received one today. I called them and waiting for 12 minutes, one guy picked up. Telling him about the problem, he forwarded my call to the senior there. I had to wait for f’ing 45 minutesĀ before that idiot received my call!

After telling him the problem, I told him I wanted to know how this started coming. He wanted me to take “phone settings -> network -> manual -> other network” in order to stop this from happening. I told him that I was not interested in getting it stopped and that I wanted to know how it started!

Suddenly, he was like, “Hello, sir, what, i..” and he cut the call! When I tried calling again, choosing the option to talk with the customer care executive, they have this automated reply that makes us go round and round in a loop! “Press 1 for a 2 for b and 3 for c” When you press one, you get “Press 1 for d 2 for e and 3 for f”. Now if you press anything, the menu stays here itself, giving you the only option of cutting the call.

I think these guy have been bribed by someone not to give out that information.

Further updates as I continue my investigation.

Not trying, is failure.

That day when you were trekking through the valleys, there was a landslide and the cave’s mouth in which you sought shelter was blocked by a huge boulder without even letting through the slightest of sun rays… Life was at an end even though you were still breathing. Your hands automatically goes to feel your belt buckle. Instead of just sitting down there to die, you slowly start chipping at the boulder. What at first seemed to show no sign hope, suddenly starts to crumble under the knock of your buckle. It was neither your strength nor your technique. But God saw that you did not give up… He saw that you tried and he rewarded…

When you grow and get to know things from here and there, you start seeing bigger and bigger things ahead. Of course, what I’m about to write in this post won’t have the survival instinct to help you as in the boulder’s case, but still, my idea is to convey the fact that no matter how big a thing that you see in front of you, failure is the decision not to take a shot at it instead of taking a shot at it and not succeeding. Though I would highly recommend against taking a “shot” at a “big guy”. Let’s not misunderstand or misinterpret what I’m saying here.

Personally, what made me to start writing this post was the critiques that I received for writing my blog. As always, keeping the good comments aside, people have told me about certain posts of mine to be boring and to not even try writing like that. However, I was passionately trying to bring out something new. I was neither an expert nor a journeyman when it comes to writing. But that does not mean I can’t be one. And that definitely does not mean I should stop trying to be one. So I decided no matter what, I’m going to keep trying and someday, after long years to come, I’m sure all this will pay off.

In a different context, you have to try to impart whatever you know to others. Whatever little it maybe. If you genuinely feel that the knowledge you have has been helpful to you and will be helpful to others even without them knowing it at the moment, then unless you try to let them have it, you have failed. Of course, all the time when you try to do something of the sort, the comment that you get is “over aakalle!” (which basically means “don’t show off”). That is the part where you have two choices. One, don’t do it. That way your friends won’t make fun of you, no one will blame you and everything is in its normal way. Two, ignore the comment and do it. Help the ones you wish to. Those who comment are just jealous of the fact that they have neither the knowledge nor the passion to help others. However, mind you, sometimes this “helping others” can end up in you making a complete fool of yourself and at that time, those who commented will be at their peaks telling you, “Dude, didn’t I tell you earlier not to do it?” and they will be all wise advices and stuff. T-O-T-A-L C-R-A-P. Even though you will feel bad hearing that, what you should know is that you tried, they didn’t. That makes you a winner and them, a bunch of blabbering losers.

I do agree that exposing yourself in front of others really takes guts and anything and everything around us only makes us feel not to do it. About 95% we will feel to simply be in our comfort zone minding our own business. But trust me, it is the other 5% that counts. Even if you can’t directly help others, give them the chance to be helped by the ones who can help them. I believe in that and no matter what, I’ll hold true to itĀ  no matter how successful or not I am.

So whatever huge things that you see in front of you, be it life’s challenges, subjects to study, open source projects to contribute to, GSoC, gaining knowledge, chip at it slowly with your belt buckle. God will help you.

The magic of writing.

One of my earlier posts tried to convey the meaning and fun of reading. I think its time I put in a few words about writing itself.

First of all, I cannot comment on whether there is an exact difference between writing and typing. Where writing can imply both the creative content that your produce as well as your hand writing, typing only means the creative content that your produce (and maybe your typing speed too!). However, for the sake of reading, I’m just going to use the word ‘writing’ in this post.

When writing something, you realize with much more understanding and easiness the emotions within you. The dreams that you have, the ambitions that you have and all sorts of emotions lying down there deep within your inner conscience comes out. It need not go into your writing but it sure brings out a lot of stuff for you to think about in broad daylight.

However, writing need not mean specifically to keep a blog, nor to write novels, nor to write short stories. In my opinion, the best of writing that one can do is to keep a personal diary. You might think what is there to keeping a diary. Well, let me tell you what.

It is a matter of personal discipline. I know a lot of my friends who buy these golden covered books and all telling me they are going to keep a diary. They write in it one day, maybe two days, maybe a week or maybe even one month and that’s it. The rest of the pages will be eventually used up for writing rough calculations and stuff while studying. It is one of the hardest tasks to be maintaining a personal diary. Specially because of the one reason that no one is going to read nor comment it for you. To do something entirely out of self-discipline and without attention of any others is a real honor to one’s personality. I respect all those who keep a diary.

Another fun in writing is that there is no one stopping you from conjuring up your own world (sorts of gives you God like power which everyone usually craves for). You want a hero with Superman’s dress and Batman’s mind? Write away! Superbatsyman and give him all the powers that you like. Do you want a story where the girl actually understands the guy and they live happily ever after? Write away! You have infinite control over the worlds and people that you create and its definitely fun.

But all in all, it always feels good when people read what you write and lets you know that. Even if you are not an expert, you need to have support while doing it. So whenever you find someone who is trying, do cut him some slack and let him try. Never ever discourage it.

One of the amazing places that I found for having people like you read what you write is critters.org. In there you get helped as much as you help people and its all about reading and writing and helping. Here is a thousand thanks to Andrew Burt for keeping the site up and running!

Sting – Fields of Gold

Sometimes you feel the whole world is against you. The things you did for a good reason turning out to have the worst effect. One or two words out of place and out of context tearing people apart. Realizing the things you have taken for granted should not have been so. Sometimes everything just simply goes wrong without you even asking for it. Whenever that happens, apology helps a bit. But you just have to take your mind off for a while. And what place better to take it to other than the wide and shining fields of gold? Walking there for a while… Be back soon..