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“Why the World Can’t Save The Earth”, by Raj Chengappa, is an influential cover story about discussions and exchanges at the twenty first Paris Climate Change Summit and a gist of new and upcoming energy efficient techniques, published in December 2015 in India Today. The author asserts the fundamental shortcomings of the summit, expressing his deep sense of resentment at the summit’s outcome, and systematically discusses the insouciance of the nations’ leaders involved in it that led to a zero-sum conclusion at the insufferable issue. According to the author, the summit, which was supposed…


As much as I love both reading and writing poetry, I cannot help but admit just how difficult it is to single out a few hours every week to do either. For the first time ever, I chanced upon this project called National Poetry Writing Month, or NaPoWriMo, where participants submit their poems every single day for an entire month, against a set of daily prompts. I did have some patchy “poetry days” here and there February through March, but a dedicated April sounded both tempting and daunting.

I signed up for Ayaskala Literary Magazine’s NaPoWriMo challenge, alongside about 200…


Epistemology, or the theory of knowledge, is a branch of philosophy that investigates the nature of knowledge, the relation between knowledge and truth, and the origin of beliefs. It is derived from the Greek word ‘epistēmē’ meaning ‘knowledge’.

The introductory lessons in my epistemology course brought about the primary difference between words like truth, belief and knowledge. It shaped the primary concepts and prerequisites necessary for understanding the views of famous philosophers and what they had to say on the subject. …


Getting a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for a student is a much-coveted dream, and I was lucky to be a scholar for the year 2018. I am going to proceed with this blog post from a student’s perspective, and discuss some unconventional pointers from my experience.

An annual conference to bring the research as well as the industrial interests of women technologists to the vanguard, the event can be both inspiriting, for students looking for the right motivation to continue their studies in computer science, as well as path-changing for students looking forward to transition into…


The famous Austrian-British twentieth-century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is undisputedly one of my favorites as lectures on his philosophy involved numerous riveting discussions on the genius’ evolution from a rationalist, sharing grounds with famous mathematicians, to a logical mind facing critical judgment from Bertrand Russell, to a complete anti-philosopher professing ordinary language philosophy. The beauty of the man’s arguments, juxtaposed with careful examination of his personal life and inner conflicts speaks volumes about how his philosophy morphed over time.

Born to an affluent, artistic family of musicians, Wittgenstein had a lineage of depression in his roots. So did it contain a…


In March 2018, I had an opportunity to travel to France for the 2018 Women Techmakers Summit. To do justice to the 10-hour flight, I decided to reserve four days to travel around the city, making the most of our time while there. …


“Advaita Vedanta” is Sanskrit, with a- meaning “no” and dvaita meaning “two”. Hence, advaita literally translates to “not two”. Also known as puruṣavāda, it is a school of Hindu thought and philosophy which suggests that all is one, and all is the Brahman. Advaita is one of the six Hindu darśanas but differs from them in asserting the unity of the atman and the Brahman. One of the chief philosophers in Avaita Vedanta was Adi Shankaran, whose philosophy makes an interesting read.

In most religious practices, the idea of convergence between the soul and the Highest Form is resonant, and…


Perhaps one of the most interesting and seemingly counter-intuitive viewpoints in ancient Hinduism is Charvaka, also known as Lokayata, Sanskrit for “worldly ones”, a school of thought which grounds its philosophy in materialism and empiricism dating back to 600 BC. Therefore, it rejects notions of an afterworld, a soul, and any authority outside of the material world (the Vedic scriptures, Hindu Gods and so on). It further dismisses the idea of karma, i.e. good or bad actions manifesting as consequences in an individual’s life, and moksha, the idea of liberation from the vicious karmic cycle.

Instead of relying on these…


Modern philosophy, as we know it today, could be traced back to the glorious triunity of three ancient Greek philosophers namely Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, in the order of their respective succession. Most of modern philosophy finds its roots in the pool of thought formed by the three. In this journal, I aim to address Socrates in careful detail, and impressions of his legacy in today’s world.

Socrates, Athen’s street-corner philosopher, is known to be born in 470 BC and remains occluded from the primary literature. His mother, Phaenarete, was a midwife- through her, Socrates gives birth to the truth…


This blog post addresses a seemingly simple question,

“How indeed is knowledge generated?”

The discussion is heavily inspired by the philosophy of Michel Foucault, a French philosopher, social theorist and literary critic, who combined elements of modern philosophy and sociology, arguing that knowledge emerges from power relations. He moved beyond the previous classical philosophical questions, which sound rather nebulous and unimportant, and jumped to the real thing.

Michel Foucault’s singular most significant inspiration had been the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who often wrote on the overlap of genealogy of philosophical ideas. Foucault wrote various books including Madness and Civilization, Discipline…

Anannya Uberoi

Literature | Philosophy | {Computer Science}

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