Nov 16, 2021

AR Rahman


Mann chandre nu raas na aave, Na aave darwaas!
Crazy heart neither gets satisfaction nor can afford!

Jigar da sauda kyon kar baitha, mukkadi jandi aas!
Why I fell in love, now even the hopes are dying!

Je lutt janda te lutt janda dil, hauke kha k chhup janda!
Once heart is gone, its gone! It hides after crying inside!

Beparwah da ki kehna, Na aave darwaas!
What to say about careless people, there is no relief!

Jigar da sauda kyon kar baitha, mukkadi jandi aas!
Why I fell in love, now even the hopes are dying!

Dard sataunda bedardan nu, bedardan da ki janda!
Pain hurts the heartless, they won't feel the pain!

Nov 3, 2021


  • Ramesses II
  • Joker
  • Ravan

  •  Mumm-Ra
  • Caligula

  • Dracula

  • Hannibal Lecter

  • Red Dragon

  • T-1000

  •  Agent Smith

  • HAL 9000
  • Kevin Spacey

    The Usual Suspects/Seven
  • Al Pacino

    Godfather/Scarface/Devil's Advocate
  • Vito Corleone

  • Al Capone

  • Pablo Escober

  • Megatron

  • Sauron

  • Predator

  •  Dipjol
     Personal favorite :)

This list excludes numerous supervillains from DC or Marvel comics with an exception of Joker who surpassed the boundary of the comic world in my opinion.

Free will

 If the future is set then why should we bother?

  • There is a difference between known the future (as commonly is thought be the case) - and there is only possibility of you reaching to that predetermined future. Determinism is saying our future is deterministically will reach to a predestined future.
  • Determinism vs Fatalism: Determinism is not Fatalism. Fatalism says whatever happens will happen. Fatalism is passively waiting for the outcome in the future.
    • Determinism means your action matters to determine your future.
    • Your decision making process is computation based on decades of inputs. Your action and volition -- power of using your own will -- is a result of all those inputs plus the input you are currently receiving. It is extraordinarily complicated algorithm which works on these complicated input for you. You are receiving this unique input. None has these inputs.
  • Partial Knowledge of Future: Ted Chiang argues that although we don't the exact future but we know part of it for sure. For example, we know we will die, we will suffer some losses, we will have some joys, etc. Animals or AIs don't have this future knowledge.

Oct 21, 2021

Unstranslatable words

  • Desbundar (Portuguese) – to shed one’s inhibitions in having fun
  • Tarab (Arabic) – a musically induced state of ecstasy or enchantment
  • Shinrin-yoku (Japanese) – the relaxation gained from bathing in the forest, figuratively or literally
  • Gigil (Tagalog) – the irresistible urge to pinch or squeeze someone because they are loved or cherished
  • Yuan bei (Chinese) – a sense of complete and perfect accomplishment
  • Iktsuarpok (Inuit) – the anticipation one feels when waiting for someone, whereby one keeps going outside to check if they have arrived
  • Natsukashii (Japanese) – a nostalgic longing for the past, with happiness for the fond memory, yet sadness that it is no longer
  • Wabi-sabi (Japanese) – a “dark, desolate sublimity” centered on transience and imperfection in beauty
  • Saudade (Portuguese) – a melancholic longing or nostalgia for a person, place or thing that is far away either spatially or in time – a vague, dreaming wistfulness for phenomena that may not even exist
  • Sehnsucht (German) – “life-longings”, an intense desire for alternative states and realizations of life, even if they are unattainable
  • Dadirri (Australian aboriginal) – a deep, spiritual act of reflective and respectful listening
  • Pihentagyu (Hungarian) – literally meaning “with a relaxed brain”, it describes quick-witted people who can come up with sophisticated jokes or solutions
  • Desenrascanço (Portuguese) – to artfully disentangle oneself from a troublesome situation
  • Sukha (Sanskrit) – genuine lasting happiness independent of circumstances
  • Orenda (Huron) – the power of the human will to change the world in the face of powerful forces such as fate

Sep 17, 2021

Pride and vanity

Ambition and the desire to be superior are symptoms of both -- pride and vanity.
  • Pride: Alexander learned everything of the intellectual life, at the side of one of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known -- Aristotle. He came to the ways of a truly rational human being, and he thrived in them. He saw how much better it made him than other people. And so pride grew. Pride places your own opinions, especially your opinions about yourself, above those of anyone else. Pride is the inordinate desire of one’s own excellence. Many of Plutarch’s anecdotes show that Alexander measured himself, not by the opinions of others, but by what he believed a virtuous man would do. Since he wished to see himself as virtuous, he did nothing that he would consider base: 
    • "But Alexander, esteeming it more kingly to govern himself than to conquer his enemies, sought no intimacy with any one of them [captive women], nor indeed with any other women before marriage, except Barsine." --- Plutarch’s Life of Alexander
  • Vanity: The vain person places his self-worth in what others think of him. That is how the vice of vanity is related to the adjective “vain” meaning “useless”. It is useless to care excessively about what others think of us. In the end, we can’t control what they think, and vanity locks us into a cycle of trying to please everyone, which, we all profess, we can’t do. So we end up dissatisfied with ourselves, and we blame the world.
    • "His conduct displayed many great inconsistencies and variations, not unnaturally, in accordance with the many and wonderful vicissitudes of his fortunes; but among the many strong passions of his real character, the one most prevailing of all was his ambition and desire of superiority." -- Plutarch’s Life of Alcibiades



AR Rahman

  Mann chandre nu raas na aave, Na aave darwaas! Crazy heart neither gets satisfaction nor can afford! Jigar da sauda kyon kar baitha, mu...