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Old January 28th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes) -- Arthur Conan Doyle

"You see," he explained, "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."
dang it! I was about to post this one.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 12:00 PM
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This story has always stayed with me... wish we had this in our history books...

“Ecological attitudes survive in many traditional communities. Of these communities, the most remarkable are the Bishnois of northwest India. This community is estimated to be nearly 6 million strong and spread over Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The Bishnois (the popular etymology being bis + nau = 29) trace their traditions to one Jambaji of fifteenth-century Rajasthan, who enunciated 29 rules to live by in their desert land.

These rules include: never cut a green tree, but wait for a tree to age and die and then use it as timber; bury the dead simply without caskets as that would save wood; practice cleanliness and a high level of hygiene; protect the forest and its wildlife; conserve water by building tanks; practice vegetarianism and have no addictions; do not expect or seek grants or subsidy from king or government; believe in self-help; let women, who are founts of life, wear bright clothes of red or orange and the men white, as a symbol of undiluted devotion to the tradition; if there must be violence it should be in defense of a tree, an animal and tradition and, for this, embrace death with cheer.

On many occasions in their history, the Bishnois have shown readiness to die for their beliefs. The most celebrated episode took place in 1730 in the arid village of Kejarli, near Jodhpur. The Kejarli land allows only four months of farming. The only large tree hardy enough to grow on this barren land is the kejri (prosopis cineraria). It yields shade, fodder and ultimately timber, and it is important in their economy. In this ecological system gazelles and blackbuck roam freely. This is what the Bishnois believe happened in 1730: The local ruler Raja Abhaya Singh sent his soldiers to fell trees for a new fort; he also needed fuel for his limestone kiln. A woman, Amrita Devi, stood in the way. She explained to the soldiers why these trees were sacred to the villagers. She hugged a tree and challenged them to cut her before they felled it. When the soldiers cut her down, the horrified villagers attached themselves to other trees. The Bishnois believe that in all 363 villagers were cut down before the arrival of the king who ordered the soldiers to stop. Today, in Kejarli there is an orchard, with a small temple in it, to commemorate the day 363 Bishnois laid down their lives.” – Subhash Kak, in one of his articles

oh wow...good one.

Is there any particular why this story is dear to you? Because of sheer integrity displayed is it?
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Old January 29th, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Re: What is your favorite Passage?

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Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes) -- Arthur Conan Doyle

It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones."
I remember this. I wonder though, at what time do we decide if the information is useless?
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From one of the best books I've read - Shantaram.
"You are not a man until you give your love, truly and freely, to a child. And you are not a good man until you earn love, truly and freely, of a child in return"

"Prisons are the temples where devils learn to pray"

"Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy things"

This book is full of unforgettable quotes and passages.
I think its one of the good books about life in prison and yes, the book has some really good quotes. makes me wonder if the prison walls had made the author philosophic.

My favorite from that book is (might not exactly be the same words but the gist is here): You can forgive a child who is afraid of darkness. The irony is when an adult is afraid of life.

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Old January 29th, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I remember this. I wonder though, at what time do we decide if the information is useless?


I think its one of the good books about life in prison and yes, the book has some really good quotes. makes me wonder if the prison walls had made the author philosophic.

My favorite from that book is (might not exactly be the same words but the gist is here): You can forgive a child who is afraid of darkness. The irony is when an adult is afraid of life.

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If the information is such that it can be deduced from some another information
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oh wow...good one.

Is there any particular why this story is dear to you? Because of sheer integrity displayed is it?
Yes. Simple people, simple rules, profound integrity.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 07:24 AM
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I wrote the below, like it?

I can easily die without you, but live, how can I?
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I wrote the below, like it?

I can easily die without you, but live, how can I?
Good morning Master Yoda.
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I wrote the below, like it?

I can easily die without you, but live, how can I?
yeah , its so romantic.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 07:27 AM
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Good morning Master Yoda.
huh? really?

I thought this was my original
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huh? really?

I thought this was my original
The words may be original .. but speak like Master Yoda you do.

(still dont get it??)
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The words may be original .. but speak like Master Yoda you do.

(still dont get it??)
oh...now I got it .

EDIT: What do you mean "may" be? They are original!
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who is Master Yoda?
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oh...now I got it .

EDIT: What do you mean "may" be? They are original!


Oh lord ... sweetheart, there is a difference beween "maybe" and "may be". In this context, "may be" does not imply a probability of the subject, but sets up the second part of the sentence which is a "but".

You may be rich, but you sure are ugly.

This does not imply that you arent rich. Just the fact that you are ugly even though you are rich. The word maybe here would be grammatically incorrect anyway as it does not set up the "but".
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who is Master Yoda?
Strange question it is that you ask. The son of Mister Yoda he is.
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Oh lord ... sweetheart, there is a difference beween "maybe" and "may be". In this context, "may be" does not imply a probability of the subject, but sets up the second part of the sentence which is a "but".

You may be rich, but you sure are ugly.

This does not imply that you arent rich. Just the fact that you are ugly even though you are rich. The word maybe here would be grammatically incorrect anyway as it does not set up the "but".
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The words may be original hoga " The words BUT original" ...does not make sense
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