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2008-07-02 Religius code

When a few Maharashtrian intellectuals get together, after going through a few topics, the train invariably arrives at the topic of religion. And there are both atheists and theists and the occasional agnostics (interestingly many atheists and theists often suddenly become philosophical and feign agnosticism mumbling various things so that the other person does not get hurt emotionally).

If the crowd is mixed, religion can be more of a taboo though. People do not wish to hit the hammer on any nail. They are even more considerate than the above scenario. U cant touch this is the general attitude.

Recently I have discovered (or come more firmly to the conclusion) that just like personal gods there are personal programming languages and styles of coding that can not be touched. Or attacked. There is a clear parralel of conversion when two or more people belonging to different clans simultaneously try to convert each other. Each feels that their own language, its structures, constructs, libraries, syntactic sugar and all that are superior. Many have not even sampled the other - just like in a religion.

It is easier to learn and inculcate more programing languages than it is to do with religions. If you start learning about different religions, you quickly notice how the intersection really forms the core set adhering to which is great and that is what is typically called humanity and generally also prsent in atheists.

learning more langiages can, ot the other hand, make you selfish - letting you use horses for courses. Not using any language once you have gotten into programming, constructing, building, is almost unthinkable. So is there an equivalent to atheism in this discipline at all?

May be the anarchists come closest. For instance those who write write-only perl code. Or mix not just awk and sed with perl, but also cl and idl and what not. May be those who refuse discipline are the atheists. Or being molded. I do not know if it is good or bad. I guess it just depends on your circumstances. So hopefully you understand your circumstances.

2008-07-01 aata Bay Areat Sammelan kara

The next (82nd) Akhil Bhaaratiya Marathi Sammelan is going to be held outside India. Hundreds (or may be tens) of people in the US will take advantage of this great opportunity and attend it. At the expense of thousands of marathi lovers back home.

Other organizations already baying for ABMS will do so with renewed gusto. It is indeed a sorry day for the language and culture of Maharashtra. The fact that goats were once sacrificed at such a function will pale in front of the lambs eaten by the free-loading visitors.

May be something good will come of this. May be people who miss going can actually mull on the older literature. Not all new literature is great. Besides you can always read it anyway. More, local groups will be started providing healthy competition. May be one could "stretch" the language a bit, but that quilt is not going to contain the floodwaters from the broken levies ...

Hopefully the hot air about the event will generate enough new literature. May be plays will get written, skits will be performed. May be, may be.


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