Once again you are wrong, sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light…You cannot measure darkness. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present.

I’m sure most of you have come across the email forward that goes about how a young boy gives it nicely to his atheist professor. Sometimes the boy is Einstein, sometimes APJ Abdul Kalam. In either case, the fact remains that neither actually participated in this dialogue – in fact, no one really knows if such a dialogue ever took place at all, other than in the author’s head.

(In case you haven’t read the story, here‘s your link to the ever-reliable Snopes’ analysis, and eventual shredding to bits, of the urban legend. The quote above is only a part of the whole – I’ve used only the bits relevant to this post.)

However, the great thing about that the story above – I’m assuming that you’ve read the whole of it – isn’t that it proves the existence of God in a logical manner. What it does, is…

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I’ve been gone a long time now. Indeed, when I check here, it has been almost a year and a half since I last updated this space. A lot has, as is expected, changed in this time – some for the better, and some, obviously, for worse.

There were things that were lost – cherished dreams, wild hope. There are things that have been gained – redoubtable decisions, and small serenity. But above and below the tides of Time, there is something that I have learnt. Something that I’d read in Swami Vivekananda’s words back in school, admired for the sheer ferocity of the message, but not quite completely grasped.

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