Saturday, March 18, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Pallav Gogoi No comments
I am writing this after lots of introspection. This is an over thought piece of my mind that not only answers dilemmas of the urban residents but also gives them another chance to not think too much about their future. There’s nothing like the right time for anything happening in your life. If you are losing in every attempt to woo a girl of your dream, if you are not getting right kind of friend circle, if you are still sleeping alone, if you are still clueless about your life, this piece of mine will answer your queries. You might be wondering about the right age for everything in life. There’s nothing called the right age for anything. Right age is for the ordinary. It exudes mediocrity and I know if you are reading this you are no run of the mill person who wants to live a life approved by the so-called society at large. You are born to dream and you have those unseen wings beneath your arms. You want to rise from the ashes of destruction; you want to turn your weaknesses into your strength. You are a Spartan who can defeat any army with your skills. I know you have insecurities but insecurities are good. I know you have faced many hardships in life still, you are moving ahead. I know you have dreams to see the most beautiful corners of the earth, I know you want to drive a Merc one day, I know you want to date somebody who will not only understand your passion but also give you enough space to flaunt your madness, I know you want to experiment, I know you want to taste everything, I know you have a very open mind and you don’t judge people. You actually represent the elite class who can achieve anything in life.
People always think about the right age for everything. What’s the right age to get married, what’s the right age to have kids, what’s the right age for the first kiss, what’s the right time to break the barrier of loneliness, what’s the right age to retire, what’s the right age buy an iPhone, what’s the right age to buy a car, what’s the right age for sex, what’s the right age to make a world changing decision, what’s the right time to get published, what’s the right time to propose, what’s the right age to give a Roadies audition, what’s the right time to tell your parents about your sexual preferences, what’s the right time to get high, what’s the right age to tell your parents about your affairs, what’s the right time to travel the world, what’s the right time to post a Facebook update, what’s the right time to start a Blog, what’s the right time to tell yourself that you have to break your silence about your depression, what’s the right age to do things. There’s actually no right age for anything in this world. It’s all about your inclination and passion for doing something. Late bloomer is a myth. You can achieve anything anytime and you will be appreciated anytime. You don’t have to be the first mover.
If you want to achieve your dream, you have to fail thousand times before you get the approval. There’s nothing like tasting success after a series of failures. The urban population is moving at light speed. There’s so much competition going on. You can’t ignore the rat race, you have to face them, you have to take the baggage of insecurities and imperfectness along with you. You have to face the worst possible situation in your life to rise again. You can’t escape the ruthlessness of time; you can’t blame anyone for your failures. You won’t get your first Tinder date so easily, you can’t be the funniest stand-up comedian overnight, you can’t earn millions of dollars through your YouTube videos during the night, you have to dream, you have to stay awake at night, you have to do things that are beyond your comfort zone. I know it’s not easy but that’s the hymn for all the happiness in the world. You have to master the art of staying happy amid isolation and failure, you have to let go things those aren’t meant for you, you have to stop trying hard, you have to look ahead, and you have to see the silver lining that comes with the darkness. After all, Karma is a bitch and you get what you deserve sooner or later.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Monday, February 06, 2017 Pallav Gogoi No comments
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Imagine creating a huge database of images and videos of your daily life, your regular interactions with people, colleagues, friends, and spouse without using a camera. A well-documented life where you can revisit every situation, every moment and every memory whenever you want. A constant recorder of your life's ebb and flow. Imagine seeing every glimpse of your achievement and joy recorded by your eyes except the moments spent during sleep when your eyes are closed. Sounds like a plot from a science fiction book where the superhero attains this power after a genetic mutation or a laboratory experiment.
Attaining superhuman powers is no more a thing of science fiction books and movies. The concept of Smart Contact Lens - Sony's new patent enables you to record and playback stuff you see in your real life. You not only live your life but also record it for the future. You will be able to preserve the moments of your life without carrying a camera. Smart Contact Lens bestows you with the ability to store the images captured by your eyes in an external device. The contact lenses act like tiny cameras that start recording whenever you want. The ability of the tiny cameras to recognize between deliberate blinking and natural blinking is what makes it a nerdy device.
The main source of power for these contact lenses to function comes from electromagnetic induction. The continuous process of enhancing human abilities not only creates many apprehensions but also lure us to decipher the unknown horizon. Imagine attending a lecture wearing these contact lenses, which will eventually increase your chances to do well in your exams. You are suddenly transformed into a whizz kid. Imagine the ability to show other what you see in real-time will make the whole experience so surreal. The ability to swap moments could surely make this device more interesting.
Contact lens with the ability to record is just a concept for now however in future these lenses will become a reality which will not only help people to analyze their mistakes and fix it but also help them to showcase their real-world experience to their friends and family however with such technology, privacy can always be an issue.
Wearing them in a movie theatre may be hazardous for the filmmaking industry as there will be chances of leakage and piracy. Using these lenses can also be an intrusive task as you are trying to do something regularly that may obstruct the natural process of seeing. The continuous recording may also make you more conscious if you are documenting them for others. Wearable technology is utterly immersive hence it’s always advisable to know the pros and cons before using them.
Wearing those contact lenses where cameras are prohibited may cause a security issue. What if these lenses are hacked? Technology helps humanity to prosper but what if these inventions are misused. The future looks extremely snazzy at the moment where everything we just imagined becoming a reality. From augmented reality apps to digital immortality, from self-driving cars to levitating hover boards, from artificial meteor showers to invisible trains, from humanoids to mountain air supplying companies, we are witnessing almost every theory from science fiction books coming to life. Enhanced vision is still in the production stage yet such ideas will open up many debates and discussions for the futurists.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
Sunday, February 05, 2017 Pallav Gogoi 10 comments
The idea of living a life free from things that don't really matter in our everyday lives, discarding the junk from the spaces, practicing a life of passion is becoming the newest lifestyle trend. The increase of consumerism is leading to monotony hence people trying to break away from constant chaos to create a minimalistic world.
Less becoming More and the concept of living in empty spaces free from clutter is what a modern man wants. With the advent of technology, the concept of empty office spaces will soon become a reality. Maybe there will be no real people in a board meaning rather there will be virtual people created by hologram technology. There will be no desktops or telephones and disappearance of unused things from spaces will soon become a reality.
Minimalism will become the next big home decor trend. The idea of incorporating storage spaces and other essential features in the design is what modern homes will be doing. The thought of living in an empty space with minimal clutter is not only refreshing but also very propelling for your creativity to flourish. Unlike yesteryears, we now try to hide everything inside the walls to bring more clarity to our homes. An empty room with important things or a minimalistic home located on a hill top is what the exhausted modern men crave for.
Simplicity is the new dictum and in order to attain an aesthetically sound life, many people around the globe are considering minimalist design. Although it looks easier for your eyes, a minimalistic theme is hardest to design. From a dream penthouse to a mobile home, from a mansion to a studio apartment, from a bungalow to a chalet, minimalism has the ability to exude elegance and sophistication in any genre.
Living in a simple house with aesthetically designed interiors is a refreshing experience. It's a liberating practice to work in empty spaces with very less distraction. Your surroundings influence the state of your mind and living in the simplest setting takes you away from the worldly disruptions. It's your most desired escape from the busy urban life. The future offices will have very fewer accessories and more spaces and trends like hiding the wires, bringing the outdoors in and disappearing cubicles are already incorporated by many. In future, almost everything will disappear and only those important things will stay that will consequently provide a more breathing and thinking space. Embracing minimalism is like going back to your past with very less manmade ornaments and more natural offerings.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Pallav Gogoi 1 comment
Maya was a place where people experienced many hardships in the past. From earthquakes to floods, this place rose against all odds hence the people of this place are born modest. There was a time when Italy’s grandfather used to rule the town, he was the most well-read person in the whole settlement. Italy was his favorite. His grandfather wanted Italy to learn medicine so that he could heal the people of Maya from contagious diseases.
The initial years of Italy were fun. It’s mostly farming, playing and eating out with friends. He was the most pampered child but he never demanded anything from his parents. He always followed his elders and loved the younger ones. Italy grew up in the town, studied in the neighborhood school and topped every exam. Mathematics was his much-loved subject. After few years he touched 18 and he has to move to a different town called Harod for his higher studies. This was the first time he first moved out of his cocoon. He shifted to a hostel where he was cooking his own meals and studying simultaneously. His hostel was located near the institution. Time passed and Italy graduated from the best college but he couldn’t forget that night from his Harod days in the hostel when he and the others saw something that stayed with them forever in the form of a story.
2016: Location: Somewhere away from Maya
It was a rainy night on a cold and windy evening, everyone in the family gathered together to have an extensive meal. Everyone knew that Italy has a story in his mind but he was unable to tell anyone because he always thought that the modern cohort would never believe this. After lots of persuasions, Italy finally started his tale about that night in the hostel in the town of Harod.
“Everyone was happy that day in the hostel. We won the football match against our rivals so we decided to arrange a feast.” - Italy said with excitement and the joy reflected prominently in his face.
“Those days were fun days; we were young and ready to explore anything. That night we wanted to celebrate our victory against the strongest team. Everything was ready and we started cooking. It was around 10:30 pm, when we hear a very loud sound; it was just like the sound of a blast. We were paranoid and moved inside the hostel for shelter. Everybody rushed to take a safe refuge. Suddenly, we saw fireballs coming from the sky with great speed, falling all over the place. It was a serial attack when hundreds of fireballs fell upon our hostel. For a moment we thought, this is going to be our last day.” Italy said with a smirk on his face.
“But nothing happened although there were fireballs all around. After few hours, there were no fire, no ashes, nothing actually got destroyed. Everything was in the perfect order as if nothing really happened. Only a tree was scalded and was lying dead. We were astonished to see such a wonder happening. As there were no media those days, we couldn’t spread the news. We couldn’t sleep the whole night and were thinking about those mysterious fireballs. With the first ray of light, we decided to tell this story to no one for preserving the sanctity and secrecy of the event. Only few us witnessed this mysterious event and we made a deal not to tell this story to anyone. But as time passed, we started experiencing things much more magical than that event.” – Italy checks his mobile, smiles and ends his story after a brief pause.
Italy’s story deeply fascinates me. I wonder what if those fireballs really existed and they only fell on places and people that deserved them. Why the fireballs actually made that loud noise before arriving? Are those real fireballs or some hallucinating vision of Italy and his friends? Remember they were completely ecstatic after that victory and were planning for a feast. What if the fireballs were some kind of signals to establish a connection with the humans? What if the story that Italy narrated was completely fake as there were no written records, what if he created a fictional tale to entertain us that night? What if that’s a form of a natural disaster, which is very rare in modern times? There are many unanswered questions, many undeciphered codes, many unknown dimensions for mankind but stories like these will always intrigue us.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
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Imagine a world where you are daily competing with robots, and they are much more advanced and efficient than you. Imagine a world, full of ruthless deadline seekers. Imagine a world when you have to re-invent yourself daily to survive. The invasion of technology looks tricky. Amid peer pressure and continuous push for progression, human beings will soon become working instruments. There's no end to this because we have to embrace the coming modernization to survive and stand. We can't run away from the shadows which are created out of our existence. In the quest for advancement, human beings will be pushed into a world of beautiful illusions. There will be no reality, there will be only shadows chasing you day and night. There will be fear created to tame you at every phase of your life. You will be extracted till the last drop of blood. Consumerism is increasing and you can't ignore its onslaught hence you have to run hard. The modern society will reduce into a performing jungle.
The skyscrapers will always make you feel small. You will be reduced to the size of an ant but the growth of those structures won't stop. The future world may look much more advanced but there will be less soul. The connection between people will only happen virtually. Your busy lives will never let you do things that you love because you can't afford to, you don't have the luxury to - not work. The great society where we are living now has best of both the worlds. We have a half-baked technology and we have a half-baked existence. When we join them, it becomes a perfect world but things will change in future. We won't have a half-baked existence too. We will have no friends; we will be loners in our own homes. We have to find a silver lining and take the legacy of our past to the future without compromising on the happiness factor. The urban world is competitive hence you are always stressed out. You have no time to talk over the phone. You are reduced to a typing machine where you can exchange words day and night but could not exchange hugs in actuality.
The curse of modern times looms over everyone. The increasing population of introverts, workaholics and daydreamers testify the very fact that we are slowly moving into that much-feared zone. How can you get rid of uselessness? There will be no answer if you don't think now. Just like a health club, a hub for loners, workaholics and daydreamers should be created so that these people also get a chance to live life to their fullest. Due to work pressure and other commitments, people generally become socially detached and they can't make a valid interaction. They are often termed as insane but in reality, these people suffer from extreme loneliness. The scream room concept is for them.
Lately, an Egyptian book shop introduces this concept where visitors can de-stress by screaming. They are allowed to scream for 10 minutes in a dark room. They have also placed a drum kit for venting frustration and it's free of charge. This idea will surely be appropriate for the future generation. Not only a scream room but there will be a complete place dedicated to lone wolves and socially challenged people. While most normal people have no fears of facing public, the loners are extremely scared of making a conversation. They always mess up a whole situation by saying something inappropriate hence they need a place of their own where they can do anything without facing any type of judgments from others. From screaming to mad dancing, from head banging rooms to monologue rooms, there should be space for every activity however the center should not be treated like a mental asylum. It should get all the respect. The world is going insane in some form or another hence we need a space where we can confront the insanity bestowed upon us by the so-called modern society.
Also Published Here | The Assam Tribune | 18 November 2016
Monday, January 02, 2017
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The sun goes down, the evening brightens up the dusky sky, the lights become visible everywhere. The apartments shine, Joey enters his society. As usual, it was a rough day for him as he is endlessly struggling to find the perfect plot for his book. The constant thought of rejection always makes him tired, he is exhausted of writing tales that nobody cared about, he is tired of stories that gave him no goosebumps, he is tired of everything. He is bored of his unpublished tag; he sees no hope in his writing career. Everything around him looked so hackneyed that he couldn’t find any inspiration.
Joey presses the lift button but the disgusting elevator never came down. Maybe someone is standing between the lift doors above so he tried the other lift that had no fan. The other elevator is always empty as nobody used it because of some technical glitches.
Joey presses 18, and the lift moves up. He starts gazing at his phone looking for an acceptance email for his latest short story submission. He kept refreshing the inbox, but nothing came. He kept waiting and staring at his phone. For a moment he forgot about everything but suddenly he realized, the lift is still moving up without stopping at the destination. Joey surprisingly sees floor number 66 flashing in the position indicator, he presses the alarm button but the elevator kept moving up. 66, 80, 100, 200, 400, 1000 the numbers in the indicator kept increasing. Joey couldn’t believe that he is travelling to some other space.
Am I hallucinating, am I dreaming? – Joey becomes so paranoid that he becomes numb. Will this elevator ever stop? Joey thinks while staring at his phone but couldn’t make any call. Finally, it stops, the door opens and Joey sees something that completely changes his life. As he steps outside the elevator, he was surrounded by reporters. He saw a red carpet and fans shouting at the top of their voice. He couldn’t believe that he is a published author and his book just received a Hugo. The ambiance around him changes and he involuntarily starts moving backwards. He enters the lift again, it starts descending, 100, 567, 88, 76, 20, 18 and the door opens.
“It could be a great story about time travel” – Joey appreciates the tale narrated by the old lift man and mutely steps outside with hell lot of inspiration.