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Writing

Television

You enter the house. The modern TV just sits there. Most people have it. All those who can afford have it. There are exceptions. Some don’t keep TV, maybe they strongly believe watching TV is waste. Of course, these days big flat TV is mounted on a wall. It is like an ornament adorning a wall. So, has TV become an essential household item?

What draws us to watching TV? Is it boredom which makes us watch TV to provide us with some succor? Those of us who have been watching TV since childhood, we just switch on everyday, like we do brushing, as a daily ritual.

What are alternatives to watching TV?

I feel internet is definitely providing a stiff challenge to TV. I wonder if some study has been done to find what percentage of people have shifted to internet for news, entertainment etc. I was surprised that one could watch Euro Football matches live on web. And, for knowledge seekers, internet is proving to be a great resource. But, the ownership of computers and internet is very low, especially in a country like India. Even broadband availability is poor.

Will TV ever become extinct?

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Learning

Interesting words used in 'The wonder that was India'

I am currently reading The Wonder That was India. The book uses lot of words which I have not come across before –
1) Vassal (Feudatory) – A holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance. More on wikipedia
2) Suzerain – A sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous
3) Primogeniture – is the right, by law or custom, of the firstborn to inherit the entire estate, to the exclusion of younger siblings
4) Desuetude – the state of being no longer used or practiced. In the book, relates to horse-sacrifice.

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Learning

Interesting words used in ‘The wonder that was India’

I am currently reading The Wonder That was India. The book uses lot of words which I have not come across before –

1) Vassal (Feudatory) – A holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance. More on wikipedia

2) Suzerain – A sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous

3) Primogeniture – is the right, by law or custom, of the firstborn to inherit the entire estate, to the exclusion of younger siblings

4) Desuetude – the state of being no longer used or practiced. In the book, relates to horse-sacrifice.

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History Maths

Circles – history and more

I became interested in exploring circles while helping out my niece with some problems involving arcs. So, I am just collecting here some interesting resources found online.

1) Why is a Circle 360 Degrees – Many of us have wrong notion that a circle is just 360 degrees . “A circle has 360 degrees, but it also has 400 gradients and approximately 6.2831853 radians. It all depends on what *units* you measure your angles with.”

2) How Egyptian’s measured circle’s area

3) In this blog, the author says Circles Are the Mother of All Inventions. Really? The author says ” A circle is not a “thing-in-itself.” It is a semantic fabrication that exists only in our imagination”

4) The Beauty of Circles and Spheres