Miheer

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  1. Happy Birthday to Miheer

    Thank you very much! Turning 21 feels good
  2. Thank you Phil, Bill and mcvideo for all the information and advice. My acquaintance will most probably go for lulu.com
  3. Hi all! I am an engineering student from Mumbai, India. I had joined this forum during summer of ’08 and since have been following various discussions about happenings in the US and worldwide. It has been a great learning experience for me. One of my acquaintances writes on socio-cultural trends, different political theories etc. He is converting some of his notes into a book, and wants to publish it. The problem is: there are usually not enough readers for this kind of work in India, so no publisher will be interested in the economic risks involved. More importantly, this is a bit of a risky affair — it may land into the hands of politically undesirable persons and bring a vindictive backlash. English-speaking countries are a desirable choice — but there too, new-comers have to search for too long, have a long waiting period even after a publisher accepts, etc. So self-publishing is another alternative. Here again we have no information / prior experience of whom to rely on, etc. Money has to be sent by credit card, and if the publisher turns out to be bogus or even not up to his claims, we will have to accept the loss. I will be thankful if those members, who have any information about this issue, share it with me. We are particularly interested in self-publishing. Because of web-advertisements, we know a few people like Author-house, Lulu.com etc, but no idea whom to choose. We also hear that there is a body of people known as ‘literary agents’ in the US / UK (we have no such thing in India). Information about these would also be welcome. Thanks and regards, Miheer
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    <p><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>I WAS A SLAVE-SCIENTIST IN <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">RUSSIA</st1:country-region></st1:place> EXCLUSIVE! </span></strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span class=GramE><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:black'>An eyewitness report on the fate of German scientists enslaved behind the Iron Curtain.</span></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>By Dr. Otto <span class=SpellE>Maar</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>FOR six months we have been imprisoned in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><span class=SpellE>Bautzen</span></st1:City></st1:place> detention camp—the first six months of a 25-year sentence to which we were condemned by a <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Soviet Military Court</st1:address></st1:Street> for supposed espionage and “anti-Soviet propaganda.” We squat all day on our bunks, because the cell is so <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>small that we cannot move around in it.<o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:black'>One begins to run out of conversation after half a year and the only break comes at meal- times. It is an advantage to have studied physics and mathematics; you find many problems to ponder and in the seclusion of a cell it is easier to think out many of these than when free. But it is tiresome to solve differential equations in your head. A kingdom for a scrap of paper and a pencil!<br> <br> </span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>It is two o’clock in the morning; although the cell is brightly lighted we are fast asleep. Suddenly a <u>heavy key is turned in the lock, a noise that electrifies us. Before the cell door is opened we are wide awake and alert. We have had experience and we know that a visit from the Russian guard, especially at such an unusual hour, bodes no good. If something in our cell displeases him, we may all land in solitary. If he is making his customary search, we may lose valuable bits of our pitiful possessions</u>. A multitude of unpleasant possibilities await us when the key turns in the lock.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>The guard appears in the doorway and calls my name; as I answer he merely says, “Dress! <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Come along!” I roll out my bunk, jump into my uniform and walk out of the cell. My heart is beating in my throat and my whole body trembles.<o:p></o:p></i></b></span></p> <p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>On the way we are met by a guard and another prisoner, obviously on his way back to the cell. </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:red'>As the two come near us, I cough and whisper in front of me, “What is it?” “Scientists,” says the other. This</span></i></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:red'> little talk costs me a kick and a curse in Russian. But I am briefed on the picture. They are taking specialists for some work project. <span class=GramE>If you remain in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region></st1:place>, very<span style='color:black'> nice.</span></span></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'> <span class=GramE>But if you end up in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Russia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. . .</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:Arial;color:black'>In a comfortless basement room sits a Russian in civilian clothes. In a toneless voice and in good German, he asks me to sit down. He takes up a folder, on the cover of which my name appears in Russian, and he turns the pages. After a while he asks me about my profession and my</span></p>
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    <html> <p><strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>I WAS A SLAVE-SCIENTIST IN <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">RUSSIA</st1:country-region></st1:place> EXCLUSIVE! </span></strong><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span class=GramE><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial; color:black'>An eyewitness report on the fate of German scientists enslaved behind the Iron Curtain.</span></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family: Arial;color:black'><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>By Dr. Otto <span class=SpellE>Maar</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>FOR six months we have been imprisoned in the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on"><span class=SpellE>Bautzen</span></st1:City></st1:place> detention camp—the first six months of a 25-year sentence to which we were condemned by a <st1:Street w:st="on"><st1:address w:st="on">Soviet Military Court</st1:address></st1:Street> for supposed espionage and “anti-Soviet propaganda.” We squat all day on our bunks, because the cell is so <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'>small that we cannot move around in it.<o:p></o:p></b></span></p> <p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Arial;color:black'>One begins to run out of conversation after half a year and the only break comes at meal- times. It is an advantage to have studied physics and mathematics; you find many problems to ponder and in the seclusion of a cell it is easier to think out many of these than when free. But it is tiresome to solve differential equations in your head. A kingdom for a scrap of paper and a pencil!<br> <br> </span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>It is two o’clock in the morning; although the cell is brightly lighted we are fast asleep. Suddenly a <u>heavy key is turned in the lock, a noise that electrifies us. Before the cell door is opened we are wide awake and alert. We have had experience and we know that a visit from the Russian guard, especially at such an unusual hour, bodes no good. If something in our cell displeases him, we may all land in solitary. If he is making his customary search, we may lose valuable bits of our pitiful possessions</u>. A multitude of unpleasant possibilities await us when the key turns in the lock.<o:p></o:p></span></p> <p><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>The guard appears in the doorway and calls my name; as I answer he merely says, “Dress! <b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'>Come along!” I roll out my bunk, jump into my uniform and walk out of the cell. My heart is beating in my throat and my whole body trembles.<o:p></o:p></i></b></span></p> <p><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'>On the way we are met by a guard and another prisoner, obviously on his way back to the cell. </span></i></b><b style='mso-bidi-font-weight:normal'><i style='mso-bidi-font-style:normal'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:red'>As the two come near us, I cough and whisper in front of me, “What is it?” “Scientists,” says the other. This</span></i></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:red'> little talk costs me a kick and a curse in Russian. But I am briefed on the picture. They are taking specialists for some work project. <span class=GramE>If you remain in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Germany</st1:country-region></st1:place>, very<span style='color:black'> nice.</span></span></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black'> <span class=GramE>But if you end up in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Russia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. . .</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> <p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-family:Arial;color:black'>In a comfortless basement room sits a Russian in civilian clothes. In a toneless voice and in good German, he asks me to sit down. He takes up a folder, on the cover of which my name appears in Russian, and he turns the pages. After a while he asks me about my profession and my</span></p> </html>
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  11. Hello all, I am Miheer, nineteen years old, a student of Mechanical engineering from Mumbai, India. I came across this forum while searching for Ayn Rand communities on the web. I was introduced to Ayn Rand when I was 17, after Class XII when my father handed me 'We The Living'. Subsequently I have read almost all of Rand's fiction. Her essays in 'The Virtue of Selfishness' & 'Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal' have influenced me most powerfully. Indeed social & economic conditions in India being EXACTLY the same as that described in Atlas Shrugged, I was desperate to find like-minded people with whom I could talk sense. Presently almost no-one around me except my father understands/ accepts Rand's views or rather reason as the most important aspect of life. I am very much looking forward to interacting with people in this forum.
  12. Introduction

    There is no denying the fact that Indian scientists are extremely talented. However, innovations done in India by Indians working for American or other multinational cos. will be patented in the US. I think that the strength of intellectual property laws in a country is a measure of the amount & level of research that is undertaken. In India the concept of IPR is just taking birth. I know this for a fact that in the realm of engineering, original ideas of individuals/ a co., if discovered by another co. , are unscrupulously copied without any compensation.
  13. Jokes

    That's an incredible display of intelligence from a 10 yr old!
  14. Introduction

    We have a compulsory 3 month internship to be completed during vacation after 3rd year. Applications have to be sent to companies/universities by students themselves. However students who do not get accepted anywhere are placed by the institute. By high end research, I mean research at the frontiers of science & technology. I don't think any US co. has 'research' facilities in India. Work & not research is outsourced to India. IIT-B's intern programs are heavily competed for by the other engineering colleges in India. IITians strive for internships & higher stdies in Europe/USA.
  15. Reference Site

    http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm is fantastic! I wish that I had joined this forum while taking the course on Literature in the previous semester! However, the regret is limited since I got the best grade anyway
  16. Introduction

    Thank you all for such enthusiastic reception.
  17. Introduction

    Mumbai is the best city of India in every aspect, including the kind of professionals you would have interacted with. There is semi-rational atmosphere here. I think that the state of Maharashtra & a few cities like Bangalore are like the state of Colorado (mentioned in Atlas Shrugged). Yes, there is great energy & optimism after liberalization of economy forced by World Bank et al in the 1990s. The IT-ITeS-BPO-KPO industries are booming (raising a hue & cry in the U.S. about native jobs lost). I saw a Russell Peters comedy show video wherein he says that Indians are happy to slog for hours just for a sandwich. Life is relatively better off than during the 1980s; my dad says that they were required to apply for a government license even to own a radio set!! Basically India is an emerging economy & industries that become obsolete/ infeasible in developed countries, like IT, paper, textiles, automobile manufacturing etc. start booming in India. However as I said earlier, though our economy has benefited so much from the U.S., though Indian kids long to settle in the U.S, the Americans are still regarded as immoral people with a corrupt culture. The 'germ-eaten hovels by the Ganges'(Atlas Shrugged) are still considered morally superior to the skyscrapers of New York. As far as high-end research etc is concerned we are nowhere.
  18. Introduction

    @ ewv & realitycheck44 Educational system here : 1 yr nursery(optional) 2 yr kindergarten - starts around 4 yrs of age. 10 yr school 2 yr Jr. College 3 or 4 yr Bachelor degree - graduation ~ 2 yr Masters degree - post graduation ~ 4 yr Ph.D For doctors the process is different & lengthy timewise. I think the educational system is the same as that introduced by Thomas Macaulay during British rule. Education in a very few schools with dedicated teachers is exceptionally good, while in villages it is a joke. Currently I have finished 2 years of B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in IIT Bombay in Mechanical engg & 2 years remain. We have specializations in Design, Manufacturing & Thermal/Fluids. Till now we have done courses on Fluid Mech, thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Workshop, Measurement & Strength of Maherials (which is i think well-known & feared as Applied Mechanics) & inro to elec engg, materials science. There are also compulsory courses in humanities & social sciences. Basically, we copy the system in colleges like MIT in IIT. Many states have their own education boards which are generally inferior to the Central board (CBSE) & ICSE. Assessment judges predominantly learning by rote. However competitive exams in Math, General Sciences & Social Sciences held in various subjects by independent boards make up for the inadequacies in education (this is true in my state - Maharashtra). Intelligent & hard-working students who have an aptitude in math/science go to IITs after their Jr. college. This is through a special (touted as one of the most difficult in the world) entrance exam called IIT-JEE. There are also excellent institutes for management - IIMs. The IITs & IIMs are among the very few places in India where 'things work as they ought to'. Though I have watched many American movies (like American Pie for instance), I am still not clear about the educational system in the U.S. & the age at which you people finish high school/ college, the no of years spent in each stage etc. Will be great if someone could clarify.
  19. Introduction

    One should not consider success of a capitalist in mixed economies like India to be a measure of his brilliance alone because the 'aristocracy of pull' calls the shots in many deals & laws (although there are exceptions). Technical education till undergraduate level is good in the IITs (I study in IIT Bombay), & it is said that the level of high school courses is better than that in U.S. So, Indians who emigrate to Western countries in search of a better life(job or higher education) are seen to thrive & succeed in their careers. Corruption is rampant, politics is governed by religious sentiments & the Hindu caste system still has a strong hold implicitly. The Indian society is westernizing; but very ungratefully, Western societies (including Britain which made us a relatively civilized nation & U.S. in particular) are held as greedy capitalists who are evil & without any culture.
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    Nice one! It is great to see that seemingly complex problems can have such simple yet elegant soutions.