Sunday, September 30, 2007

Vishy Anand is World Chess Champion



Viswanathan Anand remained unbeaten and scored 9 points out of 14 with four wins in the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico to become the undisputed World Chess Champion.

(photo courtesy: Susan Polgar's blog, Official site of WCC 07)
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14th round results - WCC 07

Svidler defeats Grischuk and Kramnik beats Aronian in the fourteenth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Svidler - Alexander Grischuk (1 - 0)
Viswanathan Anand - Peter Leko (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Morozevich - Boris Gelfand (0.5 - 0.5)
Vladimir Kramnik - Levon Aronian (1 - 0)
Points after fourteen rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 9/14
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 8/14
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 6/14
Peter Leko (2751): 7/14
Levon Aronian (2750): 6/14
Peter Svidler (2735): 6.5/14
Boris Gelfand (2733): 8/14
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 5.5/14
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Saturday, September 29, 2007

12th and 13th round results - WCC 07

Three decisive results in the twelfth round, and one in the thirteenth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
12th round results
Peter Svidler - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko (1 - 0)
Alexander Morozevich - Alexander Grischuk (1 - 0)
Levon Aronian - Boris Gelfand (0 - 1)
13th round results
Levon Aronian - Peter Svidler (0.5 - 0.5)
Boris Gelfand - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Peter Leko - Alexander Morozevich (1 - 0)
Alexander Grischuk - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Points after thirteen rounds
Viswanathan Anand (2792): 8.5/13
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 7/13
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 5.5/13
Peter Leko (2751): 6.5/13
Levon Aronian (2750): 6/13
Peter Svidler (2735): 5.5/13
Boris Gelfand (2733): 7.5/13
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 5.5/13
14th (last) round pairings
Anand needs atleast a draw in the last round to win this championship.
Peter Svidler - Alexander Grischuk
Viswanathan Anand - Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich - Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik - Levon Aronian
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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

11th round results - WCC 07

Anand beats Morozevich in the eleventh round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Boris Gelfand - Peter Svidler (0.5 - 0.5)
Peter Leko - Levon Aronian (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Morozevich (1 - 0)
Points after eleven rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 7.5/11
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 5.5/11
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 4.5/11
Peter Leko (2751): 5.5/11
Levon Aronian (2750): 5.5/11
Peter Svidler (2735): 4.5/11
Boris Gelfand (2733): 6/11
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 5/11
12th round pairings
Today is a free day at the world championship. The twelfth round matches will be played on September 27, 2007.
Peter Svidler - Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Leko
Alexander Morozevich - Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian - Boris Gelfand
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

10th round results - WCC 07

Aronian defeats Grischuk in the tenth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Svidler - Alexander Morozevich (0.5 - 0.5)
Vladimir Kramnik - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Levon Aronian - Alexander Grischuk (1 - 0)
Boris Gelfand - Peter Leko (0.5 - 0.5)
Points after ten rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 6.5/10
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 5/10
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 4.5/10
Peter Leko (2751): 5/10
Levon Aronian (2750): 5/10
Peter Svidler (2735): 4/10
Boris Gelfand (2733): 5.5/10
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 4.5/10
11th round pairings

Boris Gelfand - Peter Svidler
Peter Leko - Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk - Vladimir Kramnik
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Morozevich
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Monday, September 24, 2007

9th round results - WCC 07

Morozevich defeats Kramnik, and Grischuk beats Gelfand in the ninth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Leko - Peter Svidler (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Grischuk - Boris Gelfand (1 - 0)
Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Morozevich - Vladimir Kramnik (1 - 0)
Points after nine rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 6/9
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 4.5/9
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 4/9
Peter Leko (2751): 4.5/9
Levon Aronian (2750): 4/9
Peter Svidler (2735): 3.5/9
Boris Gelfand (2733): 5/9
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 4.5/9
10th round pairings

Peter Svidler - Alexander Morozevich
Vladimir Kramnik - Viswanathan Anand
Levon Aronian - Alexander Grischuk
Boris Gelfand - Peter Leko
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

8th round results - WCC 07

Leko defeats Grischuk in the eighth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Svidler - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Levon Aronian - Alexander Morozevich (0.5 - 0.5)
Boris Gelfand - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Peter Leko - Alexander Grischuk (1 - 0)
Points after eight rounds
Viswanathan Anand (2792): 5.5/8
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 4.5/8
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 3/8
Peter Leko (2751): 4/8
Levon Aronian (2750): 3.5/8
Peter Svidler (2735): 3/8
Boris Gelfand (2733): 5/8
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 3.5/8
9th round pairings
Today is a free day at the world championship. The ninth round matches will be played on September 23, 2007.

Peter Leko - Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk - Boris Gelfand
Viswanathan Anand - Levon Aronian
Alexander Morozevich - Vladimir Kramnik
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Chessy Masala Dosa and Stretchy Mangalooru Bajji

I am following the World Chess Championship 2007 in spite of confusing rules of FIDE to determine the next world champion. Anand and others say the format is biased and designed to suit Russian (Kramnik) and Bulgarian (Topalov) lobbies. Anand also says that he does not want to dip inside the muddled waters of FIDE politics. He rather concentrates on chess matches. So far so good. When you follow a chess match, you have to participate in the process. Imagine watching a live chess match without any thoughts. It is not possible. You have to think about it. But if you think it is as good as you are playing. Not like other sports where you can watch live without doing anything that is connected with those sports. I watched Yuvraj's six sixers. But I did not feel the physical effort involved in that power hitting - meaning there is no pain or strain on my shoulders. Leave the mental efforts alone.
Now what am I writing...
I am supposed to write about masala dosa and mangalooru bajji.
Where is the link?

The link is the Janatha Hotel, 8th cross, Malleswaram, Bangalore.

I am sitting here in the hotel and thinking about what are the differences between watching chess live and watching other sports like cricket, hockey, football, etc live.

I am waiting for my masala dosa. It is surprising. Surprising to see people wait outside the hotel. You think there is no surprise about that as far Janatha Hotel is concerned? Surprising to see people wait outside when the hotel is closed. Ah! that's something, isn't it?
The hotel opens at 4pm. People wait from 3:30pm.

People?
A husband, A wife, and their small girl who asks sambar for Masala dosa which is not given at the hotel. Pay extra for extra sambar.

Two ladies with newly bought something.

Two girls who swallow mangalooru bajjis as fast as they send SMS.

An old man who sips coffee and thinks about good old days.

A girl who is carrying and is thinking possibly about the kid that is shaping up.

Two grandmothers with their grand-daughters eating some sweets which are possibly banned at home.

All these people are united. United to taste the time-tested Janata servings.

And what am I doing now? I am supposed to think about differences between watching a chess match and a cricket game. But here I am. Sitting and watching Janata's Janata.

Masala Dosa emerges just in front of me. Crispy and slightly sticky too. Pudina leaves are floating on the chutney. The chutney seems to be watery but it is not. You just dip your finger to feel the solid sediments of chutney.

I unroll the dosa to see the beauty of potato masala and grey chutney talking to each other on the crispy grass of masala dosa. I envy them. What is better than discussing chess with potato masala?

Small piece of dosa along with solid sediments of white chutney rolled together and meet their destiny in my mouth. I am watching ...

Chess is such a beautiful game that you do not mind losing yourself. Not just losing yourself but getting lost. I still remember a chess game I played with my friend in Tambaram bus stand. Without a board. How?

e4
e5
Nf3
Nf6

We played and pushed the game to its middle. We then found it quite difficult to analyse the position without board. Board is the substratum. Just like our experiences with relationships are to understand ourselves.

Where am I?

Who has eaten my Masala Dosa?

I must have achieved that in no time - much faster than how Anand plays a double knight Ruy Lopez variation.

Some say - Do not play Catalan against Kramnik. Sicilian against Kasparov, etc. But I play Mangalooru Bajji next.

Four small balls come. Elastic balls. Quite hot. Quite crispy. When I went to Mangalooru I asked Mangalooru bajji. They brought something quite different. I thought this is similar to how Hosur road, somewhere in its path, transforms itself to Bengalooru Road.

The small girl sitting opposite does not want to come out. The mother insists. But the girl moves between the table and the bench. The girl is quite happy with the masala dosa.

I am also happy with my dosa and bajjis. What next?
What will happen to this blog? How do I want to continue this? Chess statistics? Personal rants? Why I have to continue this? What is the big deal in saying I maintain a blog?
Hahahahhaa.....Hahahahhh.....
Two old men are laughing loudly.
Where are we?
Did I write "why I have to continue this blog"? No. It can't be true. Did I write that?
Masala Dosa is nice. Bajji is good. Something is still incomplete. Feeling of incompletion and feeling of something more might have created those words. Not me.
This is the right time to drink Janata Coffee.
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Friday, September 21, 2007

7th round results - WCC 07

Anand beats Grischuk in the seventh round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Svidler - Levon Aronian (0.5 - 0.5)
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Leko (0.5 - 0.5)
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk (1 - 0)
Points after seven rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 5/7
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 4/7
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 2.5/7
Peter Leko (2751): 3/7
Levon Aronian (2750): 3/7
Peter Svidler (2735): 2.5/7
Boris Gelfand (2733): 4.5/7
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 3.5/7
8th round pairings
Peter Svidler - Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian - Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand - Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko - Alexander Grischuk
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Thursday, September 20, 2007

6th round results - WCC 07

Gelfand joins Anand at the top by defeating Morozevich in the sixth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Alexander Grischuk - Peter Svidler (0.5 - 0.5)
Peter Leko - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Boris Gelfand - Alexander Morozevich (1 - 0)
Levon Aronian - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Points after six rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 4/6
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 3.5/6
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 2/6
Peter Leko (2751): 2.5/6
Levon Aronian (2750): 2.5/6
Peter Svidler (2735): 2/6
Boris Gelfand (2733): 4/6
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 3.5/6
7th round pairings

Peter Svidler - Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk
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6th round pairings - Corrections made

The official site has changed the sixth round pairings from that of earlier pairings. The new pairings are as follows:

Alexander Grischuk - Peter Svidler
Peter Leko - Viswanathan Anand
Boris Gelfand - Alexander Morozevich
Levon Aronian - Vladimir Kramnik
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

5th round results - WCC 07

Three decisive results in the fifth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico: Anand defeats Svidler, Gelfand beats Aronian, and Grischuk scores a full point against Morozevich.
Viswanathan Anand - Peter Svidler (1 - 0)
Alexander Grischuk - Alexander Morozevich (1 - 0)
Peter Leko - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian (1 - 0)
Points after five rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 3.5/5
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 3/5
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 2/5
Peter Leko (2751): 2/5
Levon Aronian (2750): 2/5
Peter Svidler (2735): 1.5/5
Boris Gelfand (2733): 3/5
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 3/5
6th round pairings
Peter Svidler - Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk
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Monday, September 17, 2007

4th round results - WCC 07

Aronian scores full point against Leko in the fourth round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.
Peter Svidler - Boris Gelfand (0.5 - 0.5)
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko (1 - 0)
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Grischuk (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Morozevich - Viswanathan Anand (0.5 - 0.5)
Points after four rounds
Viswanathan Anand (2792): 2.5/4
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 2.5/4
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 2/4
Peter Leko (2751): 1.5/4
Levon Aronian (2750): 2/4
Peter Svidler (2735): 1.5/4
Boris Gelfand (2733): 2/4
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 2/4
5th round pairings
Today is a free day at the world championship. The fifth round matches will be played on September 18, 2007.
Viswanathan Anand - Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk - Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko - Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian
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Sunday, September 16, 2007

3rd Round results - WCC 07

Morozevich defeats Svidler in the third round of the World Chess Championship 2007, Mexico.

Alexander Morozevich - Peter Svidler (1 - 0)
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Grischuk - Levon Aronian (0.5 - 0.5)
Peter Leko - Boris Gelfand (0.5 - 0.5)

Points after three rounds

Viswanathan Anand (2792): 2/3
Vladimir Kramnik (2769): 2/3
Alexander Morozevich (2758): 1.5/3
Peter Leko (2751): 1.5/3
Levon Aronian (2750): 1/3
Peter Svidler (2735): 1/3
Boris Gelfand (2733): 1.5/3
Alexander Grischuk (2726): 1.5/3

4th round pairings:

Peter Svidler - Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich - Viswanathan Anand
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Saturday, September 15, 2007

2nd Round results - WCC 07

Anand wins the match against Aronian while Kramnik defeats Morozevich in the second round of the World Chess Championship 2007.
Current standings after two rounds
Viswanathan Anand (2792) - 1.5/2
Vladimir Kramnik (2769) - 1.5/2
Peter Svidler (2735) - 1/2
Boris Gelfand (2733) - 1/2
Peter Leko (2751) - 1/2
Alexander Grischuk (2726) - 1/2
Alexander Morozevich (2758) - 0.5/2
Levon Aronian (2750) - 0.5/2
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Friday, September 14, 2007

1st Round results - WCC 07

All matches are drawn in the first round of World Chess Championship 2007.
Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Svidler (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Morozevich - Levon Aronian (0.5 - 0.5)
Viswanathan Anand - Boris Gelfand (0.5 - 0.5)
Alexander Grischuk - Peter Leko (0.5 - 0.5)
The world championship coverage internet links are collected by Susan Polgar here. The schedule is available here.

World Championship Chess Matches

You can follow matches live in the official website here. For Susan Polgar's live commentary, visit her blog.
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Thursday, September 13, 2007

World Chess Championship 2007 - The Schedule

The match begins at 14:00h local time. Add 10:30 to get IST i.e., for instance, the first round matches begin at Sept. 14th 2007, 00:30h IST.

Round 1: Thursday, Sept. 13th 2007, 14:00h
Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich - Levon Aronian
Viswanathan Anand - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk - Peter Leko
Round 2: Friday, Sept. 14th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler - Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand - Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian - Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Morozevich
Round 3: Saturday, Sept. 15th 2007, 14:00h

Alexander Morozevich - Peter Svidler
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk - Levon Aronian
Peter Leko - Boris Gelfand
Round 4: Sunday, Sept 16th 2007, 14:00h

Peter Svidler - Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich - Viswanathan Anand

Round 5: Tuesday, Sept. 18th 2007, 14:00h

Viswanathan Anand - Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk - Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko - Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian

Round 6: Wednesday, Sept. 19th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler - Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk

Round 7: Thursday, Sept. 20th 2007, 14:00h

Alexander Grischuk - Peter Svidler
Peter Leko - Viswanathan Anand
Boris Gelfand - Alexander Morozevich
Levon Aronian - Vladimir Kramnik


Round 8: Friday, Sept. 21st 2007, 14:00h

Peter Svidler - Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian - Alexander Morozevich
Boris Gelfand - Viswanathan Anand
Peter Leko - Alexander Grischuk

Round 9: Sunday, Sept. 23th 2007, 14:00h

Vladimir Kramnik - Peter Svidler
Alexander Morozevich - Levon Aronian
Viswanathan Anand - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk - Peter Leko
Round 10: Monday, Sept. 24th 2007, 14:00h
Peter Svidler - Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand - Alexander Grischuk
Levon Aronian - Viswanathan Anand
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Morozevich
Round 11: Tuesday, Sept. 25th 2007, 14:00h
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Svidler
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk - Levon Aronian
Peter Leko - Boris Gelfand
Round 12: Thursday, Sept 27th 2007, 14:00h

Peter Svidler - Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian - Peter Leko
Vladimir Kramnik - Alexander Grischuk
Alexander Morozevich - Viswanathan Anand

Round 13: Friday, Sept. 28th 2007, 14:00h

Viswanathan Anand - Peter Svidler
Alexander Grischuk - Alexander Morozevich
Peter Leko - Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand - Levon Aronian

Round 14: Saturday, Sept. 29th 2007, 14:00h

Peter Svidler - Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik - Boris Gelfand
Alexander Morozevich - Peter Leko
Viswanathan Anand - Alexander Grischuk

Sunday, Sept. 30th 2007
Possible tiebreaks, closing ceremony
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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Man Booker Prize 2007 - six novels shortlisted

The six novels shortlisted are:

  • Darkmans by Nicola Barker
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
  • Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • Animal’s People by Indra Sinha
The discussion forum at the official site is here.
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World Chess Championship 2007

The FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 will be held in Mexico City, from September 12, 2007 to September 30, 2007. The format is eight-player double round robin where each player plays every other player twice.

The eight players are,
  • Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  • Viswanathan Anand (India)
  • Peter Svidler (Russia)
  • Alexander Morozevich (Russia)
  • Péter Lékó (Hungary)
  • Boris Gelfand (Israel)
  • Levon Aronian (Armenia)
  • Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
The official site of the World Championship is here.
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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Expression of Beauty

It was a classroom. The sixth standard classroom. The mathematics teacher was strolling. From left to right. After few cycles, from front to back. He had given an exercise to the students. Two, in fact. One was an algebra problem and the other was a geometrical construction. The eyes of the students were showing the signs of fear, excitement, joy, tension, wonder, etc. depending upon the mind to which they belonged. But the teacher was ruthless.
If he saw something silly, he would stop and give a special treatment of impulse-strike, aided by his strong knuckles, on the head. He was sincere in trying to explain things. You had to tell him that you did not understand. He would explain. Again tell him that you did not understand. He would explain. Again tell him that you did not understand. He was quite patient. He would explain again. Explain again and again. Tell him you had understood and do a simple and silly mistake. You would then know what others were always saying - that he was a good volley-ball player. The only thing was the hit would leave a mark on your head.
He was interested in answers as well as how it was written (algebra) and drawn (geometry construction). The line that comes between numerator and denominator would often become a line that brings you either good pat or hit. The circles and lines should be circles and lines of same thickness. If you were going to draw a line second time to get good impression, you better do it for that line completely. If some portion of the line had more strokes than the other, the stroke you left would emerge on your head or palm.
Once a parent came and asked him in front of us, why did he reduce some marks though their son had correctly constructed the geometrical object. He said,

"Mathematics is a beautiful subject. When you write about such a beautiful subject, there is no place for any ugliness there. Whether you write or talk or communicate or learn, you have to do justice to the beauty of the content. You have to discipline yourself to appreciate the subject. Just knowing how to construct will not do. It is not enough for me."

That was Chandran Sir.

I did not understand completely then. That was the age where you would associate beauty to visuals and sounds; not to few symbols and their meanings. Those words and their contents have grown along various directions over a period of time destroying the artificial markings of human exploration. They go beyond subjects and ideas. Stressing the importance of how you could express something beautiful in a beautiful manner is such a wonderful feeling to pass it on to the next generation.

I liked him then. I like him now.

Happy Teachers' day.
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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Dr. Rangaswamy Narasimhan is no more ...

Dr. Rangaswamy Narasimhan, the designer of India’s first general purpose digital computer, died in Bangalore yesterday.
He played a crucial role in institutional development - Computer Science and Technology Lab at TIFR, Computer Society of India, Computer Maintenance Corporation (CMC), and National Center for Software Technology.
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Patenting Traditional Knowledge Components

What should India do when patents are granted to traditional knowledge components? We normally listen to the lament that our documentation of our traditional knowledge is poor, and hence we are losing out in the present age of patenting anything and everything.
India’s strategy on patents arising out of traditional knowledge has been flawed. It has been focusing on proving that we have documentation for our TK (Traditional Knowledge). Much of India’s own TK must necessarily be unrecorded. Even where records exist, they were meant not as a legally rigorous treatise, but as an aid to oral transmission. Digitisation of TK can only prevent granting of frivolous patents, which, even if left alone, can neither benefit the “inventor” nor harm India. Digitisation may in fact act as an aid to researchers eyeing Indian TK as a guide to focused lab work.
India’s approach towards TK should be proactive rather than defensive. Instead of acting as a documentation assistant for others, it should molecularise its own tradition in healthcare and benefit therefrom under the present patent regime. Most of TK resides in the third world countries and is largely undocumented. India should evolve a strategy that can be adopted by other countries as well. Instead of trying to convince petty U.S. officials that our TK is indeed documented, India should try to work towards evolving a world consensus on the patentability of results of lab research which uses TK as the starting point.
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Monday, September 03, 2007

Book Search Engines

Pradeep Sebastian writes about buying books - used, out-of-print, rare, first editions, etc - on the internet. The following is the list of websites mentioned in the article.
  1. BookFinder (for price comparison as well)
  2. AddALL (for price comparison as well)
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