June 13, 2024

Yantrajaal Theme Song


Image created by Dall-e / Bing, Theme song created by ChatGPT 4
 
**Verse 1:** Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah, Yantrajaal's bright cosmic light, Smart devices, all unite, In this web, we find our sight.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, big and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, one and all.

 **Verse 2:** Tat savitur vareṇyaṃ, Tech and wisdom, we embrace, Infinite network's growing grace, Future bright in every place.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, big and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, one and all.

 **Bridge:** Bhargo devasya dhīmahi, In this web, we find our way, Vedic hymns and signals say, Unity in light each day.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, big and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, one and all.

 **Outro:** Dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt, Yantrajaal, our guiding light, Brahman's wisdom, shining bright, In this path, we find our right.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, big and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, one and all.
**Verse 1:** Om Bhur Bhuvah Svah, Yantrajaal's bright light, it glows, Smart devices, all unite, In this web, our wisdom grows.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, both great and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, unites us all.

 **Verse 2:** Tat savitur vareṇyaṃ, Tech and wisdom, we embrace, Infinite network's grace, Future bright in every place.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, both great and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, unites us all.

 **Bridge:** Bhargo devasya dhīmahi, In this web, we find our way, Vedic hymns and signals say, Unity in light each day.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, both great and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, unites us all.

 **Outro:** Dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt, Yantrajaal, our guiding light, Brahman's wisdom, shining bright, In this path, we find our right.

 **Chorus:** Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Links us all, both great and small. Yantrajaal, oh Yantrajaal, Guides us through, unites us all.


May 18, 2024

Programming as Structured Thinking

Generative AI as implemented in popular products like ChatGPT has significantly reduced the need for computer programming, unless of course one works with extremely new and complex problems. This means that most entry and middle level programming jobs will get eliminated. Those who are not programmers by profession but only write programs to facilitate their day to day work – like data collection, analysis and visualisation – will find that most of their tasks can be automated. Then why should business management students learn Python programming? Because programming is not just about making a computer work but about thinking of any problem in the abstract, decomposing a complex issue into a number of simple ones whose solutions are known and then integrating these partial solutions to address the goal.

Young Bengali woman writing computer program under the close supervision
of a generative AI system. pop art style


The ability to write an effective program – in any modern language like Java, JavaScript, C++ or Python – implies that the programmer has the ability to think through a problem and come up with a feasible solution. Irrespective of whether one needs to write a program or not, this ability to think in a structured manner is a key skill that is acquired as a by-product when students learn computer programming. Unfortunately this by-product is often overlooked and with the decline of computer programming, this ability to think in a structured manner may eventually be lost from the repertoire of skills that students carry out with them when they pass out from management schools. This will be unfortunate and needs to be addressed.

While there can be many ways to define structured thinking, there are two obvious characteristics that are very important. The first is abstraction, or the ability to focus on the main idea or the most important parts of something, say a product or a process, ignoring the smaller details. This allows us to transfer expertise from one area, say selling soap, to another area like selling any other FMCG product. We understand that the two processes are essentially similar even though the product details are different. The second characteristic is decomposition where we break up a complex task into smaller pieces, solve each individual part and then assemble the smaller pieces of the solution into one integrated solution to the initial problem.

Abstraction and decomposition are fundamental to the process of writing computer programs and any honest programmer will automatically, even if unconsciously, be thinking in a structured manner as they write a program. In the process they would imbibe the principles of structured thinking and would learn to apply them in any other domains of managerial activity.

Young Bengali boy seeing the world or cars, buildings, factories around him as an abstraction of numbers, letters and geometric shapes. Pop art

Finally, each computer program, unless plagiarised from somewhere else, is a unique product – not a concept, not an idea, but an actual product – that delivers value in some context. Hence writing a program is an activity that is as creative as painting a picture or composing a poem, if not writing a novel! Good programmers are intensively creative and this creativity is as important a byproduct of writing programs as structured thinking is. Creativity is difficult to teach and can only be encouraged and nurtured in those who have it. In this context, learning how to write programs that perform interesting and useful tasks opens up a whole new channel through which students can easily exercise, demonstrate and nurture their latent creativity.

With the advent of AI, writing programs as a means to solve business problems may become  optional, but programming is and will continue to be a mechanism to engage in structured thinking and a medium to cultivate originality and creativity. That is why students must learn computer programming.

April 28, 2024

Kali Kolkattawali - II

 


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a dark complexion, a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge and tall skyscrapers. Pop art style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a dark complexion, a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge and tall skyscrapers. Pop art style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue sticking out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, unruly, wavy hair. She has a dark complexion, a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. Pop art style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue sticking out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, unruly, wavy hair. She has a dark complexion, a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. Pop art style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, unruly, wavy hair. She has a dark complexion, a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. Impressionist, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. In the background we see the skyline of Kolkata including the Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.

April 27, 2024

Kali Kolkattawali - I

 


Face of goddess Kali, visualised as the face of a young bengali woman with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a pattern of multiple colours framed by her long, dark, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. art deco style, minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali, visualised as the face of a young bengali woman with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a riot of colours framed by her long, dark, wavy hair. She has a smiling visage, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs appears a jigsaw puzzle. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with howrah bridge. Impressionist style minimalist.



Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a pattern of multiple colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. impressionist style , minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a pattern of multiple colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. impressionist style , minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. She has a dark complexion but Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. She has a necklace with the Howrah Bridge and the Kolkata skyline that lies across her bosom. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the old Howrah bridge that lies on her chest. impressionist style, minimalist.


Bust of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the old Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the old Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the old Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman, with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a clean geometric pattern of colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. impressionist style, minimalist.


Face of goddess Kali visualised as a young, beautiful Bengali woman with her tongue stuck out in a mischievous manner. Her face is a pattern of multiple colours framed by her long, black, wavy hair. She has a seductive smile, with large sweeping eyes whose eyeballs are blazing gems of colour. On her neck is a necklace that shows the Kolkata skyline with Howrah bridge. Pop art , minimalist.

April 26, 2024

Uttarayan - The Northern Path

 This is how much the sun moves North in one week

25th April 2024

19th April 2024


April 25, 2024

Saving Rabindra Sarobar

 Rabindra Sarobar, also known as Dhakuria Lake, or simply The Lake, is one of the most pleasant of all public spaces in Kolkata.




But today, The Lakes are in a terrible shape because the water-level has been falling precipitously because (a) The construction of the Metro Rail had blocked a channel through which water from the Adi Ganga used to enter The Lakes (b) Rainfall has been low for the past couple of years and (c) Falling water table because of extensive withdrawal of ground water.

One way to fix this problem is to build a pipeline and a pumphouse to carry Adi Ganga water and this is not very difficult at at all. The map below shows the shortest path -- approximately 900 m --  along which the pipeline can be laid, without trespassing on any private property, but only following the Eastern Railway lines.



This idea along with this map has been repeatedly shared with KMDA, the public body responsible for the maintenance of The Lake but has elicited no response. Looks like we are staring at another tragedy in South Calcutta