Category Archives: Musings

Of Notes, Notebooks, and Beautiful Friendships

I’ve always had a notebook into which I would scribble occasional thoughts and musings, copy out favourite passages from books, and even outline arguments for longer pieces of writing. Such a motley bunch of scribblings between the covers of a … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: Chance, Fundamental Laws, and Narratives

Despite being a talk by no less an intellectual personage than Murray Gell-Mann himself, Beauty, truth and … physics? is a warm, charming, clear, no-nonsense, and non-technical exposition of the aesthetic framework underlying the laws of fundamental physics. Yet, that’s not … Continue reading

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Musings: Art, Insight, Perspective

Brief thoughts about art and its social function that took shape on reading Banksy and the Problem With Sarcastic Art, an article in The New York Times Magazine by Dan Brooks. Questions of what constitutes good or bad art, whether art … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature: On John Crowley’s ‘Little, Big’

This set of thoughts was prompted by Professor (of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin) Jordan Ellenberg’s post (over at his wonderful blog, the whimsically named QUOMODOCUMQUE) on John Crowley, Little, Big, and Engine Summer. He has this to say: … Continue reading

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Musings: Cold and Placid (or Wringing Out Ringing Words)

I’ve denied this a lot; but the truth is that I’m a contemplative—shy even—introvert masquerading as an extrovert to the best of my abilities. (In my professional life I build systems, I manage a team, I make presentations, I participate … Continue reading

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Musings: The Reader’s Face

… he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face. – Jorge Louis Borges The details that linger, the details that we choose to remember or, more tellingly, that we have no choice but … Continue reading

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Musings and Reminiscences: I Remember

This post is inspired by Joe Brainard’s “enchanting” (in Michael Dirda’s words) memoir “I Remember.” Shamelessly derivative as this exercise seemed, I could nevertheless not resist the temptation to try it out. I might do it again. I remember my … Continue reading

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Notes and Musings on Literature and Movies: A Cosmic Shift

At one point of time, in awe of majestic cosmic questions, I scoffed at the mundane everyday world of easy familiarity, routines, and relationships. How, I wondered, could the trivial details of human existence and its everyday mechanics be even … Continue reading

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Notes on Reading: Reading Lives

I feel the fundamental question underlying biography reading is: Why? Why the life of this person? Why only this person? Why Murray Gell-Mann but not John Archibald Wheeler? Why Isaac Asimov but not Robert Anson Heinlein? Why Richard Feynman but not Edward … Continue reading

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Notes on Literature, Writing, and Blogging: The Principle of Choices

I have been finding it increasingly hard to put words on paper owing to the recurrent, frustrating realisation that they convey nothing more than the rambling thoughts of a distracted mind with absolutely no unifying principle whatsoever. Consequently, a significant amount of my time and effort has … Continue reading

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