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Time Travel – Myth or Realty?

Parallel Universe

Parallel Universe

Time travel has been one of the fascniating subjects that I’ve ever come to know yet. When I think of Time Travel the first thing that comes to my mind is Terminator 1, the very first movie that made me familiar with the concept. The concept of time itself is something that is very hard for me to understand and comprehend.

Time Travel is a concept in which one moves between different moments in time i.e. traveling to ones future or past. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a chance to go back in time and correct all the mistakes we did? Or go into the future to see how our world looks? Yeah yeah, I got inspired by “Heroes”, so what? Time Travel is not a reality yet but it is proven that it is possible at least on paper. Time Dilation is a concept that explains that time travel is indeed possible and it is derived from Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Now, nobody has ever known how did the time originate? Or is there an end to time? What do we understand by Present, Past and Future? What we call our present is not even lasting for a moment. Each letter I am typing in this blog entry is continuously converted into my Past. As I said earlier Time itself is a very hard subject for me to understand.

Heroes Has It All

Heroes Has It All

We know time as something that we measure in seconds, minutes or hour. But there is another face to the concept of ‘Time’. It’s also defined as the fourth dimension of our universe. The other three dimensions are of space, the usual stuff that we learned in our 10th grade, the XYZ axes. Time cannot exist without space and vice versa. This relationship of time and space is defined as ‘Spacetime Continuum’. What it essentially means is that any event in the universe involves both space and time.

Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity states that time slows as an object approaches the speed of light. This leads to the conclusion that traveling faster than the speed of light could open up the possibility of time travel to the past as well as to the future. Now here is the problem. Speed of light is believed to be the highest speed at which something can travel and as an object nears the speed of light, its relativistic mass increases until, at the speed of light, it becomes infinite. Accelerating an infinite mass any faster than that is impossible, or at least it seems to be right now.

That’s not the end of it mates! Time Travel is supposed to happen in a very natural way as Hiro Nakamora does it elegantly in the hit series Heroes. Scientists believe that the existance of Black Holes is the key to Time Travel. When stars more than four times the mass of our sun reach the end of their life, they would have burned up all of their fuel and they would collapse under the pressure of their own weight. This implosion creates “Black Holes,” which have gravitational fields so strong that even light cannot escape it’s gravity. Anything that comes in contact with a black hole’s event horizon will be sucked in.

Enter White Holes

Enter White Holes

If ‘Black Holes’ exists it might be possible to pass through them and come out of a ‘White Hole’. A ‘White Hole’ would have the reverse action of a black hole i.e. instead of pulling everything into its gravitational force, it’ll push everything out and away from it. These white holes would be the way to enter other times or other worlds. This is just one theory. There are two more, the Wormholes and the Cosmic Strings. I know you probably didn’t understand anything, neither did I. Just scribbling fellas !

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India … Souled Out?

“Hardcore, well-trained and highly motivated”. This was the description given by an army officer who was amazed by the tactics of the terror squad that hit the heart of Mumbai in November. There had been 19 or more terrorist attacks on India since the 1993 Mumbai Serial Blasts. It was interesting to note that this time they used the sea as their transport medium. It is the first time any terrorist group have used an Indian coastline as an infiltration point, and it ‘s shocking that our Coastguard was not potent enough to nab them or at least prevent them from doing what they did.

Now India, which is supposed to be a Nuclear-Superpower every time acts as if it had been attacked for the first time. First it condemns the attack, then mourns, and then blames Pakistan for everything rather taking stringent actions to avoid a recurrence of this sort. The same episode is repeated over and over again every time India is torn apart. But a lot of us felt that this incident was getting much attention and publicity. Ha, it was not just a feeling, it indeed was the truth, the unfortunate deaths of foreign citizens being the reason behind it. Usually when an Indian dies in India nobody bothers, but this time Government had a tough time answering questions.

India as a country has too many internal problems to tackle, which never gets any attention or publicity. For example, India is the breeding grounds of the so called the Hindu Fundamentalists, the Jehadi equivalent of India. 28th August 2008 was more than a date to remember for Eastern Orissa as mobs ransacked a church and clashed with Christian villagers and the authorities struggled to control spiralling religious violence in the region. Even though Police deployed more than 3,000 personnel in the streets, they could not stop the ransacking of at least one church. Where was all the media and the much needed Government security? About 2.5 per cent of Indians are Christians. But around the Kandhamal area, which is home to around 650,000 people, more than 20% of the mainly tribal inhabitants are Christian converts and the Hindu’s and constantly fighting over these conversions. And the sad part is nobody knows who all died or were set on fire in these incidents.

Lets take another major menace that India had faced in 2008, Malnutrition. The World Bank said that malnutrition affects huge numbers of people in India, especially women and children. It’s really shocking to know that half of all children under four are malnourished and 60% of our women are anaemic. Sadly, more children in India die from pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition than in any other country in the world. And it’s equally shocking to know that these deseases are entirely preventable. Why didn’t this incident get the much needed publicity? And did we take any measures to curb this menace, and if yes why are the results zeroed out?

And recently what had caught international attention is  obviously the Satyam Scam. The International Community now looks at India as a ‘Fraud Nation’ and the most affected by this scam was as usual,  the Indian Middle-Class, who invested their hard-earned money and trust into the company. My dad, who currently has 2000 plus shares of Satyam has invested an amount of almost 3 lacs just to see the price falling like a piece of dead meat. Its a matter of life and death for him obviously. And the fun part is still the CEO says, “Satyam is India’s pride”. Now ladies and gentleman, this is India. Now I don’t know how the stock market works but from what I’ve read all these days, it’s been found out that some of the IT Majors are following malpractices in the stock market.

“Malpractices”

1. Borrowing money from the BSE (IPO).

2. Distributing the money to sister companies or subsidiaries at a 0% interest rates.

3. These companies again going back to the BSE and purchasing the stocks of the parent company and hence causing the rise and fall in share value.

India is suckered in once more pals!!!

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