Reminiscing a dreadful day in my life. Today 16th April, a decade ago, 2007.
It was early morning. Snow flakes were making the surrounding really beautiful. Especially because I was sitting inside of a cozy air conditioned student center, looking out of the glass wall. The hazelnut flavored milk-less coffee used to be one of my favorite, especially when I would be sitting alone. I was reading a paper on “phenomenology of quantum mechanical phases related to my thesis research”. These were the days I had started writing or at-least musing about writing blogs. So I was even perhaps in the mood of writing a poem or something.
The beautiful silence was broken by a strange noise of a crowd. I looked around. A man with a long gun, as long perhaps as himself, of-course a bit smaller, wielding it to the ground was hailing at the folks around “stay indoor”.
Some “debate” on Kalinga as a State. April 29 – May 1, 2002
Reproduced ditto, except, space-bar and underline.
I’ve been staying in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA since the last 8/9 months and I am pursuing my PhD. in Physics after doing my M.Sc. in Utkal University. Very soon (in 15 days) I am going to go to Japan for one year (for the time being) to do some experimental work in an international particle physics lab there.
I have the same patriotic feeling as you do about our country in general and our state in particular.
I have so much thing I wish I’d tell you about how my thoughts have changed after I came here that I can not tell you right now because of the time constraint. But I’ll write you back very soon about what I feel what the problem is with India , my changed perceptions about why a country with such large potential is lagging behind.
Probably for the time-being you’d bear with me for begging some more time.
My personal opinion is the name of our state should change to “kalinga”. But you know what we have ground problems.
These 3 books I actually purchased from Japan and gifted my brother back in 2004 perhaps, I returned to India in 2008, about 2-3 years ago in 2010 or 2011 he found them and returned me as I was trying to learn some Japanese again. So I started learning again. Which is when I started writing my own haikus.
When I am asked for my references for which books one should follow to begin learning Japanese, here is what I suggest.
1. For Hiragana, Katakana (the phonetic alphabet)
This book comes with many exercises and really quick to teach you most important things as a beginner. Its an excellent and slim size book.
にほんご かんたん (reads Nihongo Kantan, in Hiragana, means: Easy Japanese)
Book Title: SPEAK JAPANESE, A textbook for young students.
Authors, Kiyo Saka and Hisako Yoshiki
2. Learning practical and wide deal of applications into living life in Japan, this “Lonely Planet Phrasebooks for Japanese” with 2000 words 2-way pocket size dictionary.
3. Learning Kanji, the pictograph Chinese icons,, images that are used in Japanese (hence they entail their own rule and phonetic translation)
Only 400 (out of about 3000 that makes you almost complete Japanese for communication) are described with explanations that can be easily grasped.
Book: Kanji Connections. By Tae Moriyama.
English translation by Bob and Reiko Gavey
(guys get married to Japanese women and write texts to teach Japanese)
From Publishers; Tsufunotomo Co. Ltd.
We need to discuss all these in the platform of utkalsantans so that first of all the group members are made aware of the problem so that an attitude to tackle these problems would come up in due time. We have so many concrete problems to deal with (like upliftment of the status of women in the state, basic education for all, eradication of corruption by acting from a position of strength and by spreading awareness and by augmenting the army that would fight for such a cause) but its not possible to deal with them without having the right kind of mindset soaked with a feeling of patriotism. Hope we’ll discuss these issues in detail later (once I finish this semester in a few days )