Saturday, April 22, 2017

Philosophical feeling looking at how tiny and worthless Earth looks from Saturn [COMPACTIDEA]

It's a strange, choking feeling seeing how our Earth looks from Saturn. You almost feel like crying. An unremarkable dot of light, like so many others. Yet we on our planet know what all - so so much - is going on here. There's life and not just any life but intelligent life. So much development. So much chaos and warfare. From there's it's just a simple, quiet blip of light. Events here don't reach there. It's dark, quiet and cold out there. So vast is this Universe. So very vast that our brains can't really comprehend its vastness. The entirety of what all comprises the Earth is reduced to how we see a grain of sand here. Seems like we're in someone else's video game!

Update [8-Jan-19]: Pale Blue Dot. Truly breathtaking.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I have little respect for people who cut phone calls [COMPACTIDEA]

All of us cut [or have to cut] incoming phone calls sometimes. But some people cut calls too frequently. And it feels very rude. Are you guys so busy? All the time? Not really. No one is. Then what are you trying to show [if anything] by giving the busy tone so often? I myself, as far as possible, pick all/most incoming calls and tell the caller that I'll give a call back as soon as possible. Picking call - even if only to say that I'll call back - is a much more warm and respectful action from the perspective of the person who calls us.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

That a-hole who uses Mail.Ru app but can't spell an email address correctly [COMPACTIDEA]

Such wannabe losers bore and irritate me. This is about an accountant in someone else's firm who I told to email me some documents. Despite telling him properly that the email ID is luxmisteel@..., he emailed the documents to lakshmistee@.... A typical a-hole since he assumed that it must be "lakshmi" and can't be "luxmi". A bigger a-hole if he knows the firm name and yet writes "stee" in the address. And the biggest a-hole when he insisted that he mailed the documents to the correct address and that he hadn't got any "delivery failure" message. Later I made him forward that previously sent email to my personal address, and noticed that he uses Mail.Ru email app. What a wannabe loser. Using an exotic Russian email program and failed with a simple email address? Indeed a shit-hole.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

On the ongoing destruction of Hindi language in India by English, and by despicable Indians

Examples showing how English is replacing Hindi manywhere, and is also getting mixed with Hindi, thus adulterating/polluting Hindi.
  • This blog and my other blogs. All in English. Why? Hindi language computer keyboard isn't widespread. Reason is basically habit.
  • The Ghazi Attack movie. More here.
  • The song "Haseeno Ka Deewana" in the movie Kaabil is in Hindi, but why are Hrithik, Urvashi, and others speaking exclusively in English when describing the making of this song? Who are they trying to impress? Does it lower their status if they speak in English? Further, in the lyrical version of this song, why are all the lyrics written in English? This is a Hindi song and can't Indians who understand spoken Hindi also understand written Hindi?
Update [23-Apr-17]: Whoever bastard has created/written this ad has carelessly mixed English words with Hindi text. Examples include "refreshing", "hectic", "lifestyle", "fresh", "taste", "body", "hydrate", etc. Further, this is an ad in a Hindi newspaper. Why is there English text here ["100% Tender", "No Added Sugar", etc.]? Lastly, why is the product packaging in English alone? Are we still a colony of Britain?

Update [23-Apr-17]: Hindi movie posters have almost completely omitted the use of Hindi and Urdu languages. Everything these days is written as if everyone understands English, and as if we're now an English nation. So it was good to see the use of at least some Hindi in this recent wallpaper of a new movie.

Update [18-May-17]: Why do medicines have text written in only English? Can everyone read English? What about those crores of who are poor and couldn't get to learn the language of the British?

Update [12-Jun-17]: More examples of careless usage of English words in Hindi newspapers.

Update [18-Jun-17]: Two examples for the replacement of several Hindi versions of otherwise English words by English words. For 'America', earlier Hindi newspapers used to write "अमरीका" [Amreeka], but now newspapers lazily write "अमेरिका" [America]. Similarly with "मचीनों" getting replaced by "मशीन्स".

Update [1-Jul-17, 5-Jul-17]: More.

Update [13-Sep-17]: Looking at the image below, it seems that there are some black sheep at various newspapers. It's these dirty sheep which uses English words in Hindi newspapers. Others seem to be doing fine.


Update [7-Sep-18]: The 2018 Bollywood movie Stree has tried to prioritize Hindi over English, which is a good thing. Text, dialogs, etc., are more Hindi than other contemporary movies, although not completely in Hindi, probably for "practical" reasons. Nonetheless, a good step.

Update [Oct'18]: More and more direct English being used in Hindi newspapers - what a shame!

Update [30-Nov-18]: Indian government regularly sends unsolicited spam emails with no option to unsubscribe. But that isn't the point. The Hindi used in their emails isn't chaste. Which a shame. It says 'train' instead of 'railgaadi'. And so on.

Update [14-Oct-19]: Even if this rumored 1,000 rupee note [received on WhatsApp] is fake, it's troubling and insulting to India that the currency note has English above Hindi, and also that some text is only in English.