Is it possible to do underwater math?
1. So, here I am, swimming today and i decide I’m going to pace myself. I think to myself, I don’t have a watch and i can’t see the clock far-away without glasses, so, let me just count the lanes and the no. of breaths i take on my right side (i alternate every 3 strokes) and get some idea how I’m doing. And then i realize. Damn. I can’t count while swimming. For all the 40 mins i swam, i couldn’t count the frigging no. of lanes. I would reach 5 or something and then would be lost again. This is so silly. I wonder if its me or the water.
2. I got two nice books today. One is Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force by Daniel Coyle and the other one is Beneath the Surface by Michael Phelps. Yay! I’m soo excited. And what wonderful timing too, coz i just..
3. .. finished reading Wings of Fire: An autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India. I think its an awesome book. Much lighter read. Quite inspiring. What fascinates me is that this man is so humble. I mean, you become the President of India, surely the politics would’ve corrupted you a bit. But no, not this man. He somehow reminds me of Lele sir when he talks so passionately about technology and science and how that is important for the development of India. I think Kalam’s view can be summed up in these few sentences from his book..
Looking back on my days as a young scientist, I am aware that one of the most constant and powerful urges I experienced was my desire to be more than what I was at that moment. I desired to feel more, learn more, express more. I desired to grow, improve, purify, expand. I never used any outside influence to advance my career. All I had was the inner urge to seek more within myself. The key to my motivation has always been to look at how far I had still to go rather than how far I had come. After all, what is life but a mixture of unsolved problems, ambiguous victories, and amorphous defeats?
To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal. Individuals like myself are often called ‘workaholics’. I question this term because that implies a pathological condition or an illness. If I do what I desire more than anything else in the world and which makes me happy, such work can never be an aberration.
To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.
You have to dream before your dreams can come true.