Flight of the Bumblebee: http://youtu.be/6QV1RGMLUKE
Intellectual Property Rights
The intense cold made me rummage and seek out an old kitchen heater. The photograph on the box and the name of the heater company turned my mind to the famous Murphy baby. He was there on all Murphy radio advertisements. The baby became synonymous with the British Radio Brand.
It is still used as an attraction on locally manufactured products—the heater box is an example.
It also brings to mind the flagrant disregard of other people’s intellectual property rights. Indians and other South East Asians are very good at innovation, copying and plagiarism using already famous brands.
I bought a pair of wool socks. The manufacturer had cleverly named it as Wolvo. It is a combination of Wool and Volvo. Volvo is a big brand in India because of the luxury air-conditioned buses that ply between important cities.
As you can see from the caption on the bag, English as she is spoken in India is ‘More Original.’ Here the Murphy baby has been morphed into what seems like a Sikh child. It gives a hint about the manufacturer’s religion. The Urdu on the box also gives us a clue that this brand of heater is popular in Uttar Pradesh where it is still written and spoken.
Do not be surprised to see a barber’s shop names as Nokia or a tailoring establishment claiming to be Wimbledon.
‘Murphy Baby’ in Murphy Radio advertisement
Addendum: To curious souls the Murphy baby is now grown up and lives in New Delhi to an equally famous wife—Mandakini who was the hot star of Ram Teri Ganga Maili a Raj Kapoor super hit.
It’s Almost Here
Truly immortality is not far away. A glimpse into the future was given to me by Fareed Zakaria in his TV program Moonshots for the 21st Century.
The gist of the program was that mapping of billions of neurons and trillions of brain connections will surely lead to a golden era when man will truly gain physical and mental Nirvana. “Know Thyself” will be never more truer than when we have made a readable atlas of the brain. This indeed is the Final Frontier now.
The BRAIN Initiative has got a big supporter in President Obama-
The possibility of staying alive not physically but mentally in a computer has been made possible by modern super computers. Computers can read human minds through electronic pods stuck to the skull. Thus paraplegics can now walk with the help of robots through mental commands passed to robotic prosthetics.
The idea of perceived immortality occurred to me thinking of our current family conditions. Most people live far away from their parents working in distant lands and cities. We no longer have the need to physically meet Mother because we are always connected to her through the phone. She knows all is well and you know she’s fine living alone and still alive. Perhaps in some circumstances we do not get to meet our loved ones in person for years. The proof of our existence lies in phone calls, emails, SMS and Whatsapp. We might as well be dead physically but alive as far as the brain or mind is concerned. If a computer were fed with all our eccentricities, voice inflexions and quirks and made able to respond verbally to phone calls we would be still alive for anyone ringing up. Years or at least months could pass without people realizing that we are sadly dead. Why not continue talking with mother on the phone once you have given her the Immortality Computer-Model Infinity? Why lift the veil of mortality?
‘Hi Mom how are you?” and the computer will reply ‘For all you care I might as well be dead.’ In the case of video phones it is easy to splice together photos and videos of Mother to give adequate and believable responses for the camera.
If both Mother and Daughter have the Immortality Computer-Model Infinity then perhaps an endless phone call will be initiated by long dead people.
I know my mother would have had just the right answer for me and the Brain Initiative if she had had the Immortality Computer—Model Infinity. It was her favorite quote—
“Tis a lesson
You should heed
Try try again.”
I’m sure the BRAIN people will ‘try try again’ till they succeed.
The Aloe Vera plant has magical healing powers for skin ailments. A stem can be broken and a white transparent cream emerges. Women rub this on their face and hands with indeed magical results. The bloom of the Aloe Vera is rather rare and grows only in the right circumstances which seemed to be there in my balcony.