Friday, October 24, 2014

Hoping against Hope ?

The basis of this blog post is the link above. 

Ched Evans was convicted of ravishment of a 19 year old girl and after having served half of his 5 year term at jail, he has come back imploring the football juggernauts to allow him to play again. The riveting question is, "Should he be allowed or not?"

In his defense, he boldly says, "The supposed crime was consensual (there is every reason to doubt his claim)" and also "I didn’t know that there was a law that said once you come out of prison you still can’t do anything". 

Football community policymakers, have staunchly expressed their displeasure at his supplication, citing that when one plays or represents a country or a team, that player becomes a role model and to get Evans back to playing would mean defying the sanctity and initiating a sacrilegious act. Its cursory to even speculate at this time. Anything can happen in this world, because as you know, world is a funny place.

If you have gone through the link, you would observe how hard he is trying to make amends, how badly he wants to get back to business and how he is vying for some support, whatsoever, so that he can just get back to what he used to. This phase of his life, this disconcerting phase holds lessons for us alike. When he mentions , "It is a rare and extraordinary privilege to play professional football", it clearly indicates that he cherishes it. Did he feel this way earlier? We do not know. Did he ever had any idea that such an incubus will ever happen in his life? Certainly not. But today, that he sees an uncertainty looming large on his coming back, he has an albatross around his career.  Lesson one: We do not know if he cherished it or not, but from now on, we must cherish whatever place we are in. If its providing us ways to meet our needs, we must be grateful and thankful. His pain is discernible, must be like a person who just lost his limbs in an accident. It can only take a miracle to wipe out a bad name to get wiped from one's life.

He also puts forth that, "I would like a second chance, but I know that not everyone will agree." By making this statement, he seems to have fathomed that getting what he wants will not be a cakewalk at all, far to say possible. This suggests, that he still has a sense of realism alive in him. In the first part of his statement, he again proffers an intense desire to have a second chance. Will he be granted? Who knows? In the same position as Oscar Pistorius, he must be musing what life could have been if that night he had tempered. Lesson Two: The burden of loosing one's self-respect in public is tremendous. We can learn from his situation in despair. When the moral iniquity of a person becomes public, he looses much accord. Let Jesus, give us wisdom that we may never indulge into moral iniquities.

In the last paragraph he expresses his desire to "contribute towards society" and "to help people who maybe can’t get a job." Did he express any such philanthropic ideas before going to jail? We do not know. Did he want to help people earlier to get a job? We again, do not have any knowledge of it. Yet, his continual assurances, depict that he will do anything to get his football jersey back. Lesson three: Let's not wait for a shipwreck to make us realize what we have. Let "contributing to society" and "helping jobless to get jobs" come more as a natural instinct than as a way to expiate. He will keep seeking , seems plausible. But will he be granted ? Remains to be seen. 

Let our strength guide our ways and overcome all frailties, capitulation to which often make us fall in ditches of infamy and slander.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

As understood from the biography of Sir. C.V.Raman

This blogpost is basically a short description of Sir C.V.Raman's biography that I recently finished reading. Writing a blogpost describing this genius's life is a challenging job and chances are that it will fall short in some way or the other. Yet, in this post I want to tell my readers about Sir C.V.Raman, and  I am sure after reading this, they will also feel proud that a Nobel laureate of his stature was born on our Indian land.

He was born into a traditional South Indian family, and family had interludes of debts. Raman, since childhood had a predilection for nature around him, he was curious by nature and had an innate desire to see, observe and inquire. His such disposition made him search for answers, and by the time he was 17-18 he was already presenting papers in one of the famous  journals, Nature. One of the many things, he always emphasized was a spirit of enquiry that should be present in everyone. He exhorted people to reason, ratiocinate, ruminate, cogitate and muse about the daily natural happenings, which often regarded as banal and picayune by people; seemed to befuddle Raman.  For instance, he observed musical instruments, and reasoned that there must be a mathematical principle behind the working of a particular instrument. He studied that and came up with a theory which was duly published. Every single paper that he has published is based on natural things he observed, but different in the fact that he set out to find a solid reason, factual logic behind them and left the world nonplussed. 

He was not a formal PhD, and he always mentioned that one does not need a degree to pursue research or to certify oneself as a "researcher". In his talk, "Why Sky is Blue" he mentions "Science is not about finding quick and fast answers, The spirit of science is to delve deeper. Don't be satisfied by short and quick answers. You must never be content with that; you must look around and think and ask all sort of questions....In the course of time you will find some of the truth, but you never reach the end....The greatest thing in life is not achievement but the desire to achieve. Its the effort we put in, that ultimately is the greatest satisfaction"

One of the most striking and motivating incidence of Raman's life has been, the way he never let his penchant for Science disappear or even get dimmed when he was working as a public officer. He used to wake up early, go to his laboratory, come back, get ready for office, work in office from 9:30 to 5 and after 5 went straight to his lab and worked there till late night. He never felt lax and lassitude was not his cup of tea. This incidence is emblematic to the fact, that he was an intensely sedulous person, extremely focused and diligent without bounds. At times, I felt a thing for his wife, but she was totally supportive of him. She knew him and also the fact that Science was important for Raman, in the words of his father. He was an able mentor, who himself shortlisted students and then went on to train them and make them one of the finest scholars of Indian scientific community.

He was of the notion that Science is not an esoteric or recondite notion of few things, Science is everyday happening that we must inquire. He did not just aver to the facts, until he himself proved them, this was how the Raman Effect was conceived. In addition to his scientific prowess, he was an extremely cogent and powerful speaker, the way he explained scientific phenomena in layman's language made even a person, not very well-versed with scientific know-how understand what the idea was. He was not to mention, courageous and determined. The first thing that he looked out for when got transferred was a suitable place near to office, and hatched up labs in his place, which guaranteed maximum time on his desk. This sort of worship can only be attributed to someone who dies and wakes up for only pursuing what they deeply cherish. 

In his life, obviously he had conflicts and cold war seasons with his contemporaries, but he never let it affect his love for science or scotch his progress towards revelations. He was like one of those people, who need nothing except what they love, his lab and science. We often kvetch about not having enough time to do what we want, but Sir C.V.Raman is a living example of how such thoughts can be remonstrated by. He did both his job and his work, diligently, and for a considerably long period of time. During his directorship at IISc (earlier known as the Tata Institute), he introduced the provision for admission of female students, and personally mentored a few of them. His students left for abroad for higher education, he was disappointed but then let them go, much against his wishes. He felt that students should study in India and improve the condition of research in their own country. This is a point of moot discussion, in today's time.

Sir C.V.Raman not only made India proud, but people who have read about his life, find a change in the way they begin to perceive at things. If he could do it, why can't we. After reading I was thinking , we have "A Beautiful Mind" based on the life of Prof. Nash, this legendary scientist deserves "A Beautiful Mind" too. Sir C.V.Raman was undoubtedly one of the best scientists India has ever produced, we must feel proud of him.

"I study science not because anything is going to happen to me but because I feel it is a kind of worship of this great Goddess Nature of which we are a part"

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