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12/25/2017

Helen's pearls - Reincarnation

Helen, my son’s nanny, displayed her hunting skills the other day: she killed a huge fly, two or three times the size of a bumblebee, probably harmless but, when in doubt... PAF!

  • My mother-in-law got a little upset: “But Helen, why did you kill this poor thing, it may have been a human being in a previous life.”
  • Helen almost did another strike: “But what BULLSHIT (she is not scared of words this one)! What all do I have to hear? Humans reincarnated into flies? And what about ants then? You don’t crush them when they invade your kitchen? Besides, it is not possible that those billions of ants get all reincarnated into humans, otherwise we would be many more. In my religion (Catholic), we don’t get reincarnated, but if we were – who knows – we would reincarnate only into a human not in beetle... »
  • My mother-in-law yet didn’t give up: “But there are more people who die that people who are born, so where do their souls go?”
  • Helen ended the conversation with her legendary tact: “Nowhere.”

india,reincarnation,helenI had to check the argument of my mother-in-law’s argument, as it sounded weird to me. And indeed: 55 million deaths per year for 131 million births worldwide. If all the humans get reincarnated (the number of saints remaining still really really small), and into humans (let's leave aside the theory of karma which increases the probability of return on Earth as a frog if you behave badly), it leaves 76 million babies of unknown origin. So when you kill a mosquito, you have less chances of taking the life of a reincarnated human than of a future reincarnation as a human. And there again, the chances are very small - no one seems to have counted the mosquitoes (I tried anyway, in case where) but there are thousands of billions it's course. Their chances to get reincarnated beings humans are so infinitesimal. On the other hand, they do at least 750 000 victims a year.

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12/18/2017

When the Eiffel Tower travels...

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Images of the world from the Indian imagination, outside the toilets of a restaurant in Chennai

12/11/2017

The fundamental difference between Indians and French is...

... their approach towards the rain.

Indians see rains as a magic romantic thing, a cup of smoking hot chai in the hands watching downpours. And for the French, rain is bad news – we even refer to it as ‘bad’ weather.

Paris has 1 700 hours of sunshine with an average yearly temperature of 12°C and 111 rainy days spread throughout the year with about 650 mm of precipitation.

Delhi has 2 700 hours of sunshine with an average yearly temperature of 25°C and 52 rainy days spread over 3 months with about 800 mm of precipitation. (source: Wikipedia)

In short, we have twice less rainy days in Delhi and a temperature twice higher. We have reasons to look forward for the rain