Monday, August 23, 2010


Mr Rao once said, "Son, it's not about winning; it's about not losing." Actually, it's not about not losing; it's about winning.

Intuitive explanation to my conclusion, as opposed to Mr Rao's:
Mr Rao is my neighbor. I hate him. He hates me. I do opposite of all he says. So, it's about winning.

Logical explanation to my conclusion, as opposed to Mr Rao's:
Few years back, Rhonda Byrne, an Australian writer, came out with a film named 'The Secret', wherein she said that this existence is like a computer that doesn't read the word 'NOT'. So, if you say: I do NOT want to eat Rasgullas. You will actually end up eating Rasgullas. So when Mr. Rao asks me to believe - it's not about losing; the universal/natural/rhonda-byrnal computer understands: it's about losing. And as per her theory, it'll propagate a chain reaction that'll end up with my losing. So, it's about winning.
The logic behind this logic is an assumption.

Now, this brings me to the second question of the day: How does human brain function?
Answer is: it's not important. What's relevant here is Christopher Nolan's character Arthur (portrayed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the movie Inception). Arthur explained in the movie, when you try not to think about an object X, you actually end up thinking about it.

So, when I try thinking not to think about not losing, I actually end up thinking about not losing. But since NOT is not heard. So I end up losing.
But I am also thinking about winning. So like the dear positron-electron clash that resulted in all of this confusion that you live in, the big computer up there, in deep confusion, pukes out a confused result: neither do I win, nor do I lose; I come second.

Brief explanation of the above data:
The Extra-Curriculars Committee had organized Jazz: A Cultural Extravaganza (Song/Dance/Fashion Show Competition). The competition was fierce, but in the end we did have some winners, including me: 2nd in western solo (thank you).
Also, we had a 5-a-side football tournament where the SIBM-B seniors defeated SIBM-B juniors (which included me - thanks) by a narrow margin in a closely competed final.

But before this blog turns into a marketing mix to sell myself, I must list out the other winners:

Indian Category (Singing)
1. Gargi Koyande
2. Rajeev Ranjan
Western Category (Singing)
1. Rohini Bagchi
2. Jitesh Sharma
Dance (Winners): SIBM-B's Bhangra Group
Fashion (Winners): SIMC-B

5-a-side football (Winners): SIBM-B seniors

*Most of it shouldn't make sense.
By Jitesh Sharma