My interests(A short-list):



Radio & IR Instrumentation which I hope will help me earn my bread before the turn of this decade(not that I eat a lot of bread though, and strictly speaking, this being my venture at a true profession, it ought not to be looked to for bread-earning(in principle)).

Cosmology & General Relativity. This ought not to be looked to for my bread earning, not because it can't earn me bread, but I don't understand most of it yet(this doesn't mean that I understand the previous field any better, but just means that people are kinder there!).

History of Science. Now, Why? is a question I would not ask myself, but it is maybe some subconscious urge to pull a coup in science not by doing any real great thing, but by studying patterns and to see if I could not get in by the back door. Now, beware how you do this, because, recently a very acclaimed researcher in nanotechnology was found to be doing exactly this; And you can very well imagine his career options now.

Child & School Psychology. Hmmm, I guess this is just a quest to understand myself and see how it is possible for anyone to end up as me.

Archeology. I really don't have anything to say here, except that it is a very nice way of trying to piece together broken pottery, though some think they can piece together history too!

Architecture. This is history that usually does not have to be pieced together. I feel it is about what each society thinks its philosophical underpinnings are. It is in general a kind lens to look through.

Political History. I am not very passionate about this. But the Anglo-French Wars & Diplomacy(the "Entente Cordiale", the world wars ...), the influence of the Vatican in European politics from 12th to 16th Century(especially Italy and France), and the Bismarck era of German History are what I try to learn about, when time permits.

History as represented in the Classics. This is a very colourful way of studing history, and helps us to get an insight into the response of the literary and philosophical circles to the politics and social changes of their times.

Medieval English Literature. Mostly Milton, Johnson, Mme Radcliffe, Dickens, Hardy, Austen and Burney. Occasionally Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge. Never 'The Bronte Sisters' ;-).(I have begun to feel that I am being silly about the Brontes, but I distinctly remember a story aout one of them calling Jane Austen's writing "dull")

Jurisprudence, International & Constitutional Law. This is a relic of one of my childhood dreams of becoming a Judge. I am mostly interested in International Justice and its dynamics with Geopolitics in the post-coldwar era. Also, I fantasize about practicing Constitutional Law in India in the fuzzy future.

Flight Dynamics, Advanced Aerodynamics, (Space) Mission Optimization, Avionics & FADEC.
This is a legacy of my undergraduate studies, in which I majored in Aerospace Engg. Naturally, I get excited about anything with an engine.

Mythology & Folklore. I was initiated into this very early in life(in my pre-school days, or rather, pre-krishna days of my school). I take a liberal dose of this quite often to forget the mundane realities of existence.

East Asian Religious Studies. Mostly related to the spread of Buddhism throughout the Indo-china, a prelude to Hinduism in Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia during the naval and trade expeditions of Raja Raja Chola of South India. I am also interested in the role of Religion in present day resistance to autocratic rule in various countries.(I have been distantly interested in the interactions of the Roman Catholic Church with oppressive regimes and their aftermath.)

The English Language & its Development. This is the result of staying next door to two crazy guys for three years during my undergrad.

Eastern(mostly Indian) & Western Classical Music. I like Hindustani music. I listen(now, this is not like the "listen" which is taught to children(good children listen to their teachers, etc), but only when they play their instruments) to Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma and Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. I like vocals by Manna Dey, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd. Rafi and M.S. Subbalakshmi. I also listen to Beethoveen, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Tartini.


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