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I have two daughers, Anu and Ashu, and a wonderful wife, Krithika.
I enjoy experiments in the kitchen that challenge culinary conventions, field plant taxonomy, poetry, pluralisic histories, comparative philosophy (Japanese soto zen, Indian "negative dialectics", modern European epistemology, Lakota oral ecology), and tongue twisters.
Selections from my Neo-upanishads at the seven mile creek: read original English word-matrices or a French translation of them by a human friend or a german translation of one of them by another human friend.
Human-Human-Machine-Machine Translations of Recurring Word-Matrices
In order to appreciate the pathetic state of machine translation, carefully compare the original English word-matrices and its human-translation into French when machine-translated back to English and re-machine-translated back to French around earth hour 2010. New translations were suggested to the machine operator.
Bharatanatyam in Christchurch
Co-organizer of Bharatanatyam Group of Christchurch. Bharatanatyam is an ancient, classical dance form that originated in the state of Tamil Nadu in India and is recognized as the national dance of India. The word Bharata is a combination of three Sanskrit words: Bhava (emotion), Raga (musical melody) and Thala (rhythm) while the word Natyam means drama. Bharatanatyam is often called the embodiment of music in visual form and is traditionally set to a type of South Indian classical music called Carnatic music. The stories enacted through this dance form come from Hindu mythology, which like Greek mythology is polytheistic with many Gods and Goddesses representing different virtues and values.
"When treasure is left just as treasure, treasure becomes giving....
Making a living and producing things can be nothing other than giving.
To leave flowers to the wind, to leave birds to the seasons, are also
acts of giving... Not only should you make an effort to give, but also
be mindful of every opportunity to give... Mind is beyond measure.
Things given are beyond measure. Moreover, in giving, mind transforms
the gift and the gift transforms the mind."
Written on the fifth day, fifth month, fourth year of Ninji [1243 A.D.] by Eihei Dogen (translated by L. Richmond and K. Tanahashi)
Last modified on Saturday, 03-Sep-2016 17:49:37 MST and served on Thursday, 30-Mar-2023 16:01:40 MST.