We stand on the shores of Mumbai,
The evening wind plays with your blonde curls.
No, I have never seen a prettier face.
The lonely streetlights of Marine Drive
Witness your magic
As they melt on your ivory skin.
You are not a woman.
A Goddess, an Elvin queen maybe.
An immortal. But not human.
I shiver inside when you speak
With your timorous gaze;
And I can see an eternity through your eyelashes.
The bridge of your nose brings back
Memories of an unlived past —
When you were Amestris and I was Xerxes.
We walk the boulevard by the bay
In silence, in pretense.
Your cold rejections pierce my heart.
And as we cross the road
With hand in hand,
The ocean aches for our destiny.
For the ocean knows the truth:
We were meant to be the last of a lost tribe
With fire in our souls and centuries to rule.
But for you there is no we.
And for me,
It’s just you, me and a pool of sadness.
Since today we are witnessing the total solar eclipse (which I am watching as live feed right now) I thought I would share some thoughts of Dr. Brian Greene about the role of science in our contemporary culture.
“I think the rightful place for science is right alongside the other aspects of culture that we consider indispensable. We consider literature, music, theatre, films, dance, performances — all of these aspects of life as indispensable parts of our cultural makeup. If you were to go to people and say we have decided to eliminate films, we have decided to eliminate literature, it would be unthinkable. And I think that’s the way we need to think about science. It is a vital part of culture, it is a vital part of what makes life worth living. The problem is that most people think of science as a subject that they took in school, got through the exams and when they crossed the threshold of the science lab they left it behind. That’s not what science is. Science is a perspective, an outlook, its the way you rationally evaluate the world around you to come to some sense of what is true. Its hard to imagine anything more important than that. Now there are many ways of approaching truth. You can approach truth through literature, through art, through music and that’s wonderful. But all these different approaches are illuminating aspects of some fundamental reality that science has a wonderful capacity to reveal in its most stark, in its most breathtaking form. And that’s how we need to think about science.”
– Dr. Brian Greene, one of the leading theoretical physicist of our time. His area of research is String Theory, a field of study which attempts to explain Quantum Gravity, a still unsolved problem in Physics.
Kolkata work is over. Back to Mumbai after 3 months. Wish it was a sunny welcome instead of this gloomy weather. When will the monsoon end?
Zulejka snuggles up in your warmth
He has found a nice spot for the night
His paws make scratchy sounds on the bed sheet
In the vaporous light of your laptop
You turn into a folklore —
A distant memory draped in blonde curls and cat fur
Tigers roam your mind
Turtles and bears speak your tongue
A cool breeze of a clean earth lives inside your heart
You lay wide-eyed
With the half-smile of a hopeless romantic
While Time stands still to get lost in you
On the shores of Vltava
I will join you to watch the swans in the sunset
But tonight, in this briefly magical moment
I’m the robin knocking at your windowsill
To whistle you a birthday song
PS: Tonight is the birthday of my muse and I thought of writing her a birthday poem.
“Physicists do not like the word ‘reality’. We may talk about it all the time but when it comes down to it, we really don’t want to say this is reality and that’s not reality. There are mathematical connections between things and that’s got to be it, because we don’t have enough insight to tell what is reality.
Our neural wiring that we inherited was not built for quantum mechanics or higher dimensions, it was not built for thinking about curved space time. It was built for classical physics, for rocks and stones and all the ordinary objects and three dimensional space. That’s not quite good enough for us to be able to visualise and internalise the ideas of quantum mechanics and general relativity and so forth. So instead, we Physicists use mathematics. Eventually, in time, we develop intuitions out of abstract mathematics, we get better at it. We begin to think that way. But it can be extremely frustrating when trying to explain that to the outside world.The outside world by and large has not had that experience of going through the rewiring process of converting their minds into something that can deal with five dimensions, ten dimensions, uncertainty principal or whatever happens to be. So the best we can do is to use analogies or metaphors. And the holographic principle is a metaphor.
I think there is only one thing that’s certain, that there will be surprises. Some of them will come from experiments, some of them will come from giant telescopes, and some of them will come from mathematical and theoretical thinking about how things fit together. One can be pretty sure that anybody who says that they have the final answer now, is smoking something bad.”
– Leonard Susskind, one of the first proponents of the Holographic Principle and the first to present a precise String-theory interpretation of the same, in his interview Is The Universe A Hologram?
My body is mine but it is not me
Your body is your best weapon
We stand at the bedside
As our bodies dismantle and reassemble in the middle
Spiraling like two colliding galaxies
Hurling matter at each other
We float mid-air in the ripples of life
Two writhing bodies; fused, fermented —
In those brief moments of weightlessness
I wish I could drown into you
Never to rise again
Never to be apart
I love you
I truly do
But I would die for your body
About the featured artwork
Audrey With Toes And Wrist Bend, 2011 by Nadav Kander
At first glance the image of Audrey With Toes And Wrist Bent (2011) (see image above) by London based artist Nadav Kander looks like a painting, thanks to the rich and luxuriant surface of the work. In fact this work is a photograph and the effect was created by covering the sitter’s body with white marble dust, suggestive of the figures in marble friezes across classical buildings. The pale body and twisted limbs reference the work of 19th century painter Sir Frederic Leighton.
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The ladybird disappears under a pile of leaves
Silence magnifies its footsteps
I trail the beetle’s escape
Down to the handmade jetty at the pond
Where the water-weed swirl like soba noodles
Memories of your red shoes
Burn like a dying star
I hit the blunt
And speed into the intergalactic overdrive
To count the seeds of your sadness
In this balmy summer evening
Between heliosis and anhedonia
Life appears to be too human
Where lovers are fossils of a defunct movement
Still hoping for an unlikely reprise
Featured artwork: Nordic Summer Evening, c. 1889 by Richard Bergh