The recent World Cup victory by the French team brought a lot of promises. Promises of Mbappe-ning (read: happening), beautiful football. Promises of a game that seems to have moved on from the tiki-taka era. And most importantly, promises of unity, solidarity and brotherhood. However, unlike in 1998, when the government almost believed that the then-World-Cup-winning “black, blanc, […]Read more "The Softer Dialect of Neo-Racism"
The world of football has seen a lot of ups and downs over the past few weeks, in the FIFA World Cup. Spain, Argentina and Germany were knocked out fairly early in the tournament, while Netherlands and Italy did not even qualify! But staying in the United Kingdom, the ouster of the English team was […]Read more "The Cambridge Rules, Parker’s Pieces and `Footeball’"
I recently started reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince‘ in between my PhD thesis-writing. Il Principe as it was originally called, this book is more of a diary correspondence than just a description of statecraft by Machiavelli that he sent to Prince Lorenzo de Medici. If there was a figure whose nature closely resembles the (half-blood) […]Read more "The Diary of/for a Prince"
Recently, a mathematical concept has caught my attention due to being associated with a research interest: Tetrations. These are fascinating (mathematical) beasts that function as hyper-exponents, if you will. This post is slightly mathematical (disclaimer for those who are averse to mathematical adventures, even in the slightest) but an interesting read with some colourful (fractal) […]Read more "Tetrations"
(This article arose from a meditation on the concept of Dharma, which goes beyond descriptions of righteousness, to incorporate elements of philosophy that are not often seen in such discourses. This includes the idea of having a place of the reflexive tendencies of existence and also the connection of Dharmic development to contemporary sustainable development […]Read more "Dharma, Revisited"
“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.” ― Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France Looking backwards is often as revealing as it is exhilarating. To see where we come from and how we have fared as individuals, communities and society. Recently, out of curiosity, I undertook a test […]Read more "पूर्वज-परम्परा"
In the picture below, the tree behind me is called ‘Milton’s Mulberry Tree’ and is located in the Fellows’ Garden of Christ’s College,my alma mater. It was planted in 1608, the year John Milton was born and later named in his honour. It is said that he sat under this tree (or rather its parent-tree, […]Read more "Milton’s Mulberry Tree"