An Open Letter to Freedom

My Dear Freedom,

I know what it feels like to speak but not be heard. I can understand what you are going through. You’ve spent centuries trying to get your message through. And now you feel like walls would’ve been more receptive than humans. What you feel is completely justified.

There are many people on this earth that understand what you mean. But they’re hugely outnumbered by those that feel you shouldn’t exist at all. I disagree with those people. They’re idiots. They’re minds are artefacts of a bygone era. They believe that those who are inferior are meant to serve the superior. And mind you, these people exist in every nook and corner of the Earth. Bossy parents, bullies, thugs and criminals, terrorists,dictators and last but not the least, arrogant politicians. So even if the United Nations is doing it’s best to protect and preserve human rights, it’s best isn’t proving to be enough.

Freedom, you are a petty thief. I say this because everywhere you try your trade, you’re beaten up, wounded and sometimes even brutally murdered. So if you are being treated like a terrorist, you must really be a terrorist.

A year ago, I tried to fight for you. Hell, I wasn’t even fighting a supervillian, a dictator or a criminal. I was fighting my own people for you. That is when I realised. When I didn’t fight for you, I was happy. But when I did, the world made me miserable. Then I got around to thinking that if the whole world thinks you’re wrong then you must be. So this is the conclusion I’ve come to. It is criminal to aspire to freedom. But it is okay to hurt, bruise and kill freedom. Because then people are happy.

So this final sentence is the reason I’m writing you this letter.

I will be your murderer, freedom. And you will die a slow, painfully horrible death like you deserve.

Your Newfound Nemesis,                                                                                                                                  Human/ Slave

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Making a Game is like solving a Math problem.

Games and Math – they don’t go very well together. Maths signifies boredom and Games signify the destruction thereof.  But if you carefully look at the most viral games of the smartphone industry, you’ll see a tacitly strong link between the game’s success and it’s mathematical structure. Don’t worry, I’ll explain what I mean in a moment.

When you play a game, you are rewarded for completing certain tasks. This reward comes in many different form – coins and gems being the most popular ones. Lets take the example of the viral strategy game called ‘Clash of Clans’.

There are 3 currencies in the game – coins, elixir and gems. And each of these currencies have specific functions :

Coins – buying and upgrading buildings

Elixir – Training armies

Gems – Speeding up progress of the game

(the functions have been simplified)

The mathematical relations between these 3 currencies determine how fast the game progresses. Also you get rewarded for winning battles – the rewards come in the form of coins, elixir and trophies. How much the player is rewarded is an important factor in determining how fun it is to play the game. If the rewards are too low, it would take forever to win a sizable amount of rewards, making the gameplay boring. In the case that the rewards are set too high, the game progresses rapidly and the fun ends much too soon.

Another facet of the game is that you get gems for achieving certain milestones in the gameplay – eg. 20 gems for winning 500 battles (just an example). If the reward for these achievements were set too high or low, or the achievements themselves were too difficult or too easy to accomplish, then the game would not be as succesful as it is now.

The success of a game, or any sport , depends on its numbers. So if anyone told you, being great at maths is not important for making games, they lied.

 

 

Want to be a writer? First, get bored.

Where do stories come from? Some from real life, some we create entirely in our minds. But whatever kind of story you want to write, there’s always a component of imagination to it. And therein lies the key to become a great writer.

A writer needs to weave a story that is believable and more so, fresh. If your story is a rehashing of a former story, it isn’t that fun to read. So a story needs to be new in order to grab the reader’s gaze. So the question remains, how to best create an entirely new story.
It’s simple. Just get bored. The mind hates being bored. So when you’re just sitting still and doing nothing, the mind starts weaving stories for its own amusement.  In other words, your creative faculties go into autopilot mode – creating stories becomes automatic.. or more appropriately, effortless.

If you want more proof, just take a look at the process of dreaming. Our mind is sensorily detached from the world. There is no scope for entertainment. And in that amusement deprived state, our mind creates visual stories that seem almost real.. that is until you wake up, of course.


 

Thank you for having patience. I’ve been very busy this week, working on a story for a feature film. But come next week, I’ll be freed from that appointment and will be blogging regularly from then on.

Until then, keep reading and keep mindfeeding!

 

Of who I am

There is a clarity here, 

That isn’t found in the city, 

I am all spent, yet, 

Feel complete in this village. 

A shore that stretches,  

Without bounds of any kind, 

A sky that feels washed, 

From waters of purity, 

This is where i am, 

This time is when i am, 

I am most aware, 

Of what I am, 

Of who I am. 

Savior of the beach

What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘beach’? Most probably you would think of clean white sand, clear blue water and a spotless sky. But the moment you see even a single piece of litter, the whole image just goes to trash.

When we frolick around the beach, playing in the sand and splashing around in the water, we barely ever notice a job well done by the savior of the beach – the bin.

Every year, millions of people flock to the beaches in summertime. And the race to being the coolest person begins. And that entails parties, picnics and celebrations. And like all parties litter is expected. But just when you’ve finished that drink and can no longer keep an empty cup in your hand, a bin arrives to your rescue. It opens its jaws and happily accepts whatever you throw into it. The bin makes a personal sacrifice for the greater good. That is what makes the bin the savior of the beach.

Reading this article has done two things for you –

  1. If you are abnormal, you might have developed a fetish for trash cans
  2. Congratulations! You are normal. Because after reading this article, you have gained an immense respect for litter bins and the next time you see one,  you will bow down to it and chant the songs of mother earth.

Yes, Yes … I know what you’re thinking. Here comes another environmentalist. I’m not at all an environmentalist. But yes, when I’m on  a beach, I like to walk on sand and not worry about getting party leftovers stuck to my feet.

Why Youtube is addictive?

Early humans fed themselves by hunting animals. This required them to be alert and pay attention to any kind of motion. As time went by, this attention to motion became more fine tuned. The human eye had become the world’s quickest motion sensing camera.

Although modern humans don’t need to hunt for food, the natural instinct for detecting motion is still ingrained in our brain. It diverts more amount of resources for processing motion compared to still objects. This means that we are hardwired to focus most of our attention towards any kind of movement. This is the reason why movies are more entertaining than paintings, why a tiger is more interesting than a redwood tree. t

This is also the reason why Youtube is so addictive. It is the most popular platform for posting videos. And since videos are just captured motion, we tend to pay more attention to Youtube videos than any other format.

So next time you’re binging on Youtube videos, remember there are ancestral instincts at play in your addiction.

A War Of Interpretations: Science V/s Art

Einstein is Science. Picasso is Art. These classifications are necessary. They keep you from concentrating on the typography of a research paper. They prevent you from scientifically evaluating an abstract painting. And yes, the fundamental difference between Science and Art is as great as between the land and the sky. But they inhabit the same purpose : finding and making sense of the truth.

The quest for truth is the sole identifying trait of the human species. All learning we have aggregated over the lifetime of civilization, is in fact, a result of the yearning for understanding the world around us.

Science: An observational interpretation

Science helps us understand the observable phenomena. And observable phenomena isn’t just limited to phenomena that we can sense, but other phenomena that can be logically derived using information gathered by our senses. So in a way, Science is the observational and logical interpretation of the world around us.

Art: A philosophical interpretation

Art is an individual-specific interpretation of the world around us. An artistic creation is the interpretation of an artist’s unique perspective about a thing. A painting, a play, a dance, a song might not be factual but it is expressive – it expresses the creator’s personal perspective. To put it in simple words, Art is a philosophical interpretation of the world around us.

The War of Interpretations

To paraphrase the earlier paragraphs, Science is a study of the external (to the mind) and Art is the study of the internal. But none is more accurate than the other. More so, none exists without the other. Actually, if you notice carefully, there are numerous overlaps between the two. The most major overlap between Science and Art is Geometry. It combines the logic of science and the shapes and figures of art. Geometry also happens to be the reason behind Da Vinci’s artistic grace and Newton’s intellectual prowess.

So the War between Science and Art is an unnecessary one. Whether you’re an Artist or a Scientist, in the end, all you are is curious.