December 14, 2008

How I plan to change the world

I always believed running was the most boring activity to do as an exercise. I have been running almost daily for 2 weeks now and trust me it is not the most boring thing. You wondering what’s more boring? Playing tennis without a partner is more boring. You hit the ball against the wall, it bounces back, then you hit it again and again until you hit it wrong and it flies over the wall. Then you breathe profanities under your breath, go fetch the ball, repeat the process. I tried it one day and I felt like a dog trying to train itself. Imagine a dog that has a ball and a pack of biscuits. Instead of eating the biscuits and sleeping under a shade, the dog kicks the ball somewhere, fetches it back and then eats one biscuit and repeats the process. Only Vodafone pups are that stupid! So I decided I am better off running.

One good thing about running is that you get to listen to music while you do that but the downside is that you can’t sing along. Here’s an interesting thing I observed while I was running the other evening. I was listening to this iron maiden number and I could totally get the lyrics! I’ve listened to the song a lot of times before but I couldn’t make sense of the lyrics but when I was gasping and panting for breath, I could make sense of every syllable. The whole song seemed to be in slow motion; at a much slower tempo than it was when I am not running.

This prompted me to do some research on the way the human mind perceives time. My kind of research is rather unconventional. I think of a really simple theory that answers all the questions. Then I search the internet to find any results or literature that contradicts my theory. If they do, then I adopt that theory, else I am in for yet another Nobel.

OK back to my theory, I think the rate at which we perceive time is indirectly proportional to our metabolism rate. That is why I found the song easier to decipher. The whole human body functions at a greater pace and as a result the reaction times are lesser. Just imagine the implications of this; if we can somehow make a drug (with no serious side effects) that increases our metabolism, we can have as much as 40 hours a day. The social implications of this theory could be huge. Just imagine a world where people cannot use the “I-don’t-have-the-time-for-it” excuse anymore!

However, there is a little loophole in the whole process i.e. all the series of experiments being done are based on the assumption that I do not have any super natural powers and we cannot rule that out. Unfortunately I cannot find any test subjects (read friends at IIT willing to collaborate with me in my research), so the world will have to wait a little while before I permanently alter the course of history (Or maybe I am just watching too much big bang theory!)

A rapid sketch of "The Godfather". Took just around 10 minutes. Looks much better on paper.


  1. Nice sketch!!

    Active people do tend to have active minds...

    Yay!! about the running part.

  2. A super fast sketch huhn?? Did u draw it while running too?? :P :D

  3. era parigedutu geesava bomma :P....aina kukkaki kuda nee laaga doolentra ?.....ippudu rojuki 24 hours vuntene bore kotti chastunnam..anavasaram ga 40 hours emi chestam ra babu.....nyway gud discovery :P

  4. Another God Sketch in general by you! Plus About Running i would say it's not as good as you describe!!
    I've been der done that believe me - Sometimes it does pain a lot! despite of the music and all!

  5. Like I told, it is the best option I have right now... plus I don't think playing tennis with a wall would ever fetch me a Nobel!

  6. Hi..I could easily be your first test subject..couple of observations:
    1. 30 min on the treadmill is much longer than the 30 min tea break from work...
    2. The 8 hours I sleep is far shorter than the 8 hours at office...
    will keep u posted with more... :P

  7. astrozip & g2,
    so are u saying that running, like smoking, will reduce your lifespan?


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