What is up on your mind?

Abstract Jan 04, 2020

I was travelling my way back home from college by the usual train with the same colloquial thoughts on my mind. Glancing through the numerous hands clinging to the holding hangers on the train; this thought always crosses my mind.

What would be on everyone's mind? College going students with numerous dreams, the working parents with tons of jobs on the to do list, the beautifully dressed people attending a ceremony maybe, the item sellers and the the sitting passengers with ear pods plugged in and music in their head and endless spiral of thoughts on their mind.

Success? Yes. Who doesn't want to be successful? Success can be subjective. It is not always about earning money. It is being happy in who you are. It can be measured in terms of self satisfaction. The old man is living a successful life even though he is in a 9-5 job. He finds himself successful when he is welcomed with warm smiles in the family. Happiness can be found in anything and everything, it all depends on how you look at yourself. Everyone has their story to tell and everyone has something to learn. Even a dead oak tree had a time when it was full of life with shiny leaves. But can it stop his life right there just because it ain't shiny anymore? Nope. It waits for spring to blossom in its glory. Just like that, humans needs to understand its just a phase and it will pass.

  1. BILL GATES taught us to not accept the trend and go with it. Explore your abilities, you are full of imagination. How?

Young Gates was learning computing since an early age. He and his mates came across a pancaking flip problem. The premise was how fast the numbers 3-4-2-1-5 could be sorted by flipping prefixes. It was 2N flips. Bill came up with an algorithm to do it in 1.67N flips which was a record for decades. He went on to write codes for microprocessors later to earn money at a time when his mates thought he was such a brilliant mind and wasted abilities.

2. MITHUN CHAKRABORTY imbibed upon us the 'never give up' attitude. Do not give up trying if you are passionate about it.

Rejected as an actor on the grounds of racism, he came to Bombay with dreams on his mind and a firm will to emerge out as an actor. Despite facing rejections multiple times, he never gave up on his dream. He changed his route and not the destination. Now we all know him as the famous disco dancer of the decade.

3.  NEIL BOHR has taught us to always think out of the box.

The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the
University of Copenhagen:
"Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer."
One student replied:

"You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed immediately. The student appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case.

The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer that showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.

"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad luck on the barometer."

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper."

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building."
The student was Niels Bohr, the only Dane to win the Nobel Prize for physics.

So I guess,

Success is all about being passionate in what you do,
Accepting the way you are, embracing the flaws you have.
If you think you can bring the change, be the change.
Do not make decisions on mere opinions of people.

So the next time you come up with a different solution in math class or come up with a very absurd idea for the project; do not shut yourself up. You never know you might give the world a wonderful invention to remember.

Bhoomika Valani

DJLIT Editorial Co-committee member. A keen reader, extrovert who loves writing poems a lot.

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