Monday, January 17, 2005

Do I know you?

The other day I bought History of India - Phalaksha from Blossoms. Blossoms is a old book store. So people basically sell their old books there and people interested in old (read cheap) books, like me, hog the place searching for books of their likings. I must say, the collection is excellent there. Many might suggest that prices are bit on the higher side for such old books, others will say you'll get cheaper books from road side vendors, but I go there mainly for the collection! Much to my roommate's, Jha, irritation I go there quite often just to browse through.

The book, History of India, was not quite helpful (it has many contradictory statements like: Harappa had big public baths located near temples....No temples were found in the ruins!). But it looked like it was used as textbook by some college for BA 1st year. I saw the names written on the book, presumably of its earlier(or first) owner. It read Rajini B. S. It reminded me of Faraaz's famous sher:
Ab ke bicchade to fir shayad hum khwabon mein milein,
Jaise sukhe huye phool kitaabon mein milein.

It also reminded me of Amelie. French entry for 2001 Oscar for best foreign film. The "adventures" of Amelie start when she finds out that behind her apartment's bathroom tiles, some one (some kid perhaps) has stored his toys! With the help of newspaper cutting with the toys she finds the date and ultimately with the apartment register she finds out who it could be. Very ingeniously, she returned the toys to the original owner, now a wrinkled old man. This incident inspires her to bring happiness to others' lives. The story is in fact very feel-good!

Talking of movies, I have to watch Six degrees of separation. The title refers to the fact that we all know everyone by six people or degrees (on average). This is quite astonishing phenomenon known as Small World Effect. A 1967 small world experiment by psychologist Stanley Milgram which found that two random US citizens were connected by an average of six acquaintances. However, after more than thirty years its status as a description of heterogeneous social networks (such as the aforementioned "everyone in the world") still remains an open question. More on this here.

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