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That is the title I actually wanted to give this post. However as this was actually requested in a way by my wife I think this new exercise might not be such a bad idea after all. Recently I’ve started trying to give people a walk in my head with the simple solution to things as per my perspective of how problems should be solved. Basically it is the refusal of accepting standard conventions that brings these thoughts out. I it not that I try to come up with these solutions but rather basic frustrations in systems that gets me into thoughts like these. Couple of simple things like Kevlar tires and the smart shoe devices etc were things that I recently discussed about.

The one thing I realized that I have gotten better at was to get someone to walk along with me in my lane of thought that showed my solution was actually a practical one, basically building a convincing argument. It usually borders science fiction but the only reality check is that the physics usually exists.  There are ideas in the world at the level of space odysseys but those are definitely for the more seasoned thinkers. I believe mine are simpler ones and hopefully slightly more practical. I calls these “Futures” on the concept that if any of these actually do happen then it is one of those possible set of parallel universes that have come into existence at that point in time the idea is realized in physical form.

The best way to start is to actually unshackle your brain from current forms of solutions but not from science and reality.


Birthday Collage

It’s been a while after my birthday but wanted to put this up since its was something really nice Aditi did, besides the peach cobbler and the cake she baked for my birthday. 


This is a picture that speaks for itself and also makes me realize that I am blessed in many way and Aditi managed to put it together beautifully. 



Quotes from dad about Ammachi. 
Tomorrow is my mother’s 18th death anniversary Mom passed away 19 years after my father died, at the age of 64 (my father was 54 when he died). Her hospitalization and death has been one of the most stressful times in my life. Her death was an event that had lasting repercussions on the family in many ways.My Ammachi was the only bonding among her children. It pains me to know that my children and grand children don’t have her in their lives. They’re unaware of what they’re missing. I grieve for the future we’ll never have together. Words cannot express how much she means to me. She taught me so much by her witness of unconditional love, and her beautiful example of enduring strength in suffering. Her faith in God was unshakeable, and her sense of hope undiminishing. Today, more than ever, I miss my sister and brothers.”


Halwa – a walk down nostalgia lane


It has been a long time since I had halwa this good. To be honest I couldn’t believe it when Mom said that dad made this but it became clear why I had that moment in Ratatouille that Anton Ego had. The recipe was from my grand mom’s sister and for a couple of minutes the taste just transported me to Fort Cochin. If there is any sense that can take you down nostalgia lane, it’s food like this. What I loved was the fact that it had the elements of the halwa that I know and love as well as being better than the ones I have had. Dad definitely did some improvisation which definitely made it better.