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Issue essay 2

The value of ancient works cannot be determined because the ancient standards cannot be known and the modern standards cannot be used.

Old is gold, goes a famous saying. Anything or anyone old has gained a lot of experience in life and of life. So have the ancient works by great scholars of ancient times. They cannot be subjected to comparison, i e whether they are right or wrong and good or bad and this is basically because the modern standards against which they are compared are not relevant. Also they cannot be compared with the ancient standards as they are not known. 

The ancient works are the ones that were written by great sages and scholars of ancient times. They were written keeping in mind the circumstances and situations relevant to that period of time. They are very useful to us even today because they are very logical and explain the good things in life. They are definitely not to be judged using modern standards because ours is a dynamic life and the world is rapidly adapting to changes. So modern standards are also changing time to time. The ancient works like the grammar by Panini, the great grammarian of ancient India, the Ayurveda and the methods of ancient surgery and surgical tools by the famous Charaka and Sushrutha are invaluable and will always be appreciated by modern doctors and grammarians. The ancient standards are very difficult to obtain or we can say that the ancient standards are not known because the works were written some thousands of years ago. They were considered very sacred and of utmost importance. So we can expect that the standards would have been stringent and tough and if we are able to appreciate them today it is solely because of those ancient standards. Though the standards cannot be known, we can know from the works that they were up to the mark. 

As an example we can say that the ancient work of Ayurveda is considered and even used to this day. It cannot be judged by modern standards because it is an invaluable ancient method of curing  diseases. The Ayurvedic techniques have been successful for a long time and they cannot be judged by modern standards. Even today many allopathic doctors turn  to Ayurveda when they do not find answers.

Other ancient works like the Ramayana by the great sage Valmiki and the epic Mahabharatha by sage Veda Vyasa are to this day one of the classics from which stories have been told and retold. They are ultimate works of Indian sages of ancient times that to this day are revered and they cannot be judged by modern standards. They have been passed down the line of sages and have withstood the tests of time and we still have great people working on these sacred works for their doctorates in philosophy.

The ruins of the Harappa and Mohen-jo-daro along the Indus river have seen some of the greatest architectures of all time. The people of Harappa and Mohen-jo-daro had excellent drainage systems and it is to this day considered one of the best in the world. They didn’t have to undergo scrutiny by modern standards for being what they are. It is not possible to judge the ancient works and they will withstand the test of time for generations to come and will remain eternal forever. They do not require judgement from any source be it ancient or modern since they are epitomes of human civilisations and human values.


Issue essay

An idea, no matter how great, is meaningless unless it is implemented.

My response essay:

The topic says that even if one has a great idea inmind, it would be ineffective and useless unless it is vented out and put into practice. We know that all ideas are figments of man’s imagination and thus they are to be nurtured and nourished and in order for people to know what you think about, you have to implement those fresh ideas. We have seen many inventions in this century. The internet, for example is a great invention and it was conceived by people who had an initial idea of making communication along the globe, fast and cheap. We have several examples to quot to prove that the ideas are effective only when put into practice.

We know that people have used the potter’s wheel for a long time and because of that the Neanderthal man had an idea that the wheel could be used for transport also. Now, if he just pondered over the idea without actually going out and bring a bullock or any other farm animal for using the wheel, we wouldn’t see the modern transport systems across the world today. 

Also, if we really think about the ideas, we can quote this example right now too. In the GRE, in the analytical writing assessment, a topic is given on which the students are required to write an essay. Unless students pen down their ideas, nobody would know what the student was thinking. The ideas would just stay in the mind becoming a burden sometimes, over time. And to state that there would be no essay in front of you to read now would not be an overstatement.  The results can be perceived well only of concrete ideas that have become successful upon implementation.

As another example, we can say that Sir Isaac Newton would have been devastated if he was not able to implement his idea of gravity by making a theory which explained the strong force of gravitational attraction between all heavenly bodies.  He had implemented the idea at that time and so we get to perform so many experiments even today to prove that the value of the gravitational constant is 9.8m/s/s.

Madhavan Nair, the ex-chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation had the idea of sending an indigenously made spacecraft to the moon and after years of arduous efforts we got to see the Chandrayaan lift off last year.

A more recent idea was that conceived by the students of Harvard University who wanted to harness the energy from the world’s most popular sport- soccer. The students had a battery and a generator placed inside the football and whenever the ball experiences a ‘kick’ the battery within gets charged and it can later be used for charging the mobile phones etc. Though it is in the prototype stages now, it had been implemented and its impact can be felt now. We can have batteries charged cheaply once it becomes a commercial product and what is more, even electricity is spared at its expense.

Thus, as we all know the famous proverb “necessity is the mother of all inventions”, inventions happen only if ideas are put in practice. So whenever we get an idea it is best if we work towards its implementation rather than letting it remain latent inside the wonderful brain.  So ideas are the stepping stones for success.

LRDE blues 1

My experiences with LRDE have so far been cordial and welcoming. Doing a project at LRDE will take you to the stars if you are serious about it but if you are chilling out and are not interested towards your work, it is a classic waste of time.

The scientists in the department I am working under are very sincere and extremely intelligent. The demand sincerity in the work we do. My guide is a very strict and serious person. He is very sincere and expects a lot from me and my friends.

Many a time, we feel we are overburdened with the work. But LRDE is a very prestigious organisation and we are putting our maximum efforts to finish the training successfully. Sometimes, we don’t even keep track of time. The scientists at LRDE are also the same. They work incessantly and it looks like nobody wants to go home.

Since I want to become a scientist, I should get used to this way of life, i e of getting immersed in the work. There’s no other word than a ‘workaholic’  to describe the scientists at LRDE.

More about my experience …. will take time…