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Hitler, will you be my valentine?

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Its a day of the year where there is a lot of love around. While this is a sight, that makes you feel warm and fuzzy.…. or nauseated watching all the slobbering that could put dogs to shame. Oh no! I don’t mean the kinds where couples all over the world would be nestling into a couch watching romantic comedies to worlds-on-end loading up on chocolates … or singles digging into buckets of ice-cream convincing how couples are fooling themselves going about it. I am not referring to chocolate boxes or balloons ,shaped in the form of a heart either…but instead I am referring to one particular heart …. All 500 ft of it, drawn by the trails of two screaming jets tearing across the skies. This is the kind of love that makes you go week in the knees and make hair on the back of your neck stand up and notice. Its Aero India 2011 in bangalore where quite literally …. Love is in the air!

The crowd in bangalore this year witnessed the Surya Kirans, the LCA, F16s, the Red Bull team and the Eurofighter to name just a few. Dramatic maneuvers, super low fly by’s , intricate aerobatics… an absolute spectacle! Only that … I was not there. But ahhhh … nonetheless , thanks to a dear friend who gave me a run down of the entire event while she was there …over the phone! I could quite literally hear the jets screaming past the cheering crowd , and that made me feel like I was 3 again! Aircrafts in general are amazing. And probably mankind’s proudest invention since ….. lets be honest, the wheel! Military aircrafts particularly are breathtaking. They make you bite the back of you hand and wet your pants in excitement all at the same time. The ability to pull negative G’s sitting in a chair which quite frankly makes an electrocution chair look more comfortable , while not filling up the cockpit with whatever you very well had for dinner the previous night , or this morning … is brilliant! The scarcely believable, witnessing multiple sunrises and sunsets under 24 hours aboard the SR-71 blows you away! Or the ability to not really see a target but yet orchestrate its end hundreds of miles away without even being seen … is like playing God! We as humans should be very proud! Reminiscing how it all began, or importantly how is has sustained through a century leaves me amazed. But then, I am also troubled by a thought that we haven’t really advanced significantly in the last 60 years. Yes, all the jets we have are all better, faster, meaner than the ones back then but then whom are we kidding? The principal working of a jet engine hasn’t seen a dramatic shift. We still use fossil fuels to power them and not water. Flying half way around the world on a commercial plane (even a Jumbo Jet) still takes awfully long… 24 hrs even!! Yes, we had the concord, we flew supersonic in commercial airspace … but then the key words being…. we “had” …. we “flew”… no longer do today! What happened then ? Is it because we can’t ? Absolutely not! Is it because we no longer see the need for it? No! It is because we, the human race are a bunch of laggards who wouldn’t care less unless we were at war with half the world, or ruled by a dictator. Hitler springs to mind here.

Anyone who payed attention in their history class would need little introduction to this man. Sporting a mustache like Charlie Chaplin, the resemblance ends right there. As funny as it may seem, but he was the only human being in all of time ever to look sharp in a four door convertible. Shrewd and a very smart man…. he must have been because he almost convinced the entire world, that he was German! and also survived several assassination attempts. There were forty two known attempts of assassination made against him. And seventeen of which were all at a large scale involving atleast one bomb. One by a german citizen and some by the officers in his own army. Amongst them, three by the same man! Infact there are very few in all of history who come close to lapping up so much hatred , let alone surviving these many attempts. I would be damned sad had any one of those attempts been successful. Let me explain. Before we all are comforted by the thought that people hated him ( his own men even ) as he rightly deserved …. and we are no different in feeling so, I would like you to stop and think for a moment. Though labelled a messiah of cruelty, death and the peril of bringing the world down to its knees for most part of the last century, what he actually was … was a sycophant proponent of technology. Yes, he was as crazy and mad as a dog with rabies or as foolish as a maladjusted serial killer… but! … one would be amazed at all that he has influenced over the last century.

The jet engines for instance, were not developed so that it could take a fat investment banker from London to New York in a few hours, but because Germany wanted faster fighters. Radars were invented not to pull you off the freeway by cops for speeding, or land safely in the airports but to detect incoming airborne attack or the submarines in the depths of the sea. And it wasn’t just military technology, but medicine and other sciences were pushed as well. When his grand plans of ruling the world began to crumble, his increasing desperation led him to push his scientists to create a super weapon that would win the war. This resulted in the development of an aircraft that was described to have a “bell shape” … which was like a flying saucer. In some cases, his ideas were so outrageously ambitious that they never got past the drawing board or conceptual design. Looking back at his nemeses, there are various things he had done wrong, but the one thing he did get right, was to kick start the race for developing and improving technology. Now most of us look back into the books of history to despise him for giving us the second world war, but I think we should thank him. No, really!! Not so much for the second world war, but certainly for the cold war that followed after.

The cold war was a golden age for technology. Its all too good for words, despite nations and people living with the notion that even the slightest provocation would bring a response in the form of a mushroom cloud! This was the age, during which the scientists put the human race ahead of its time atleast by a century. It was the age that brought us cell phones, wireless networking, microwave, velcro, automatic weapons…. Well how much time you got to read ?? And oh.. my personal favorite … the Minox DSC … heck this was the age that put a satellite in orbit, a monkey into space and a man on the moon!! All this under 5 decades. People during these years, have seen such advances in technology, its easy to see why they lived the most enriched lives. If one had access to either channels of information , its said that a man would go to bed and wake up next morning to learn that something new was either built or being tested. In contrast, the reality today is somewhat worrying. Today , instead of getting up at 3 am to watch a fuzzy man in a chubby suit bouncing around a spacecraft on the moon … we delinquently lurk around Facebook profiles… or google’s provincial abyss! And thats sad. Its a revolting thought I know, but somehow to me the chubby man’s images are more captivating than anything i can find on the internet today. Cos those are the kinda of images that let you fancy a date in space, dinner on the moon and a vacation on mars.

But sadly though, man today is more civilized, more “learned” , more intelligent. More intelligent to realize that war is actually good. No, I dont mean the ones involving human casualties, I mean the cold war. Or more aptly called the “Ego War“. The ones in which the casualties are limited to loss of money, technology and equipment because the benefits of such a stand off is profound for mankind. The thought of a man who stamps the Swastika the wrong way all over the world map, and goes nein ..nein ..nein everytime there is a tolerance or slack in the end product, will put us back on track. It will ensure we push ourselves to further technology and explore outer space . This would be like going back to the days that gave us memory foam, a valve small enough to go inside a human heart, satellite navigation, flat screen TV or the ability to spot an asteroid hurling itself toward earth millions of miles away. I want the good old days back. I want all the lunacy back. I want Hitler back!

Well you might still argue that he was responsible for millions of deaths, reduced thousands of lives to many years of digging tunnels. He made even the most stone hearted men cry, left a lot of people bewildered by his ruthless means. Call him a tyrant all you want, but … in certain ways, he did advanced the human race … and according to a movie I watched last night(The King’s speech) he made King George VI, who was plagued with speech impediment…. get over his inhibitions and speak flawlessly! And that right there my friend is a beautiful thing!

Happy Valentines day everyone!

Mood : Gooey!!
Music : Rocketeer – Far East Movement
Movie : Serendipity  😛

  1. Resh
    February 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    This happened in my head when i read the title:
    A cartoon meme with a heart shaped ballon read the title of this post and the heart balloon popped!

    I remember we had this conversation once 🙂 And I still have the same question –
    Why is war always the triggering factor to advancements? Why can’t people just do it anyways? Funding always flows in like rivers during wars and not during peace. I think right there is the conceptual flaw to the whole technological advancement – That we are not doing it for greater good but for greater destruction. Yes, after the dust has settled, some good comes out of it – like a dart accidentally hitting bullseye by a blind man. But that was never the point.. was it?

    Maybe its ok to get to the other side of the globe in 24 hours. Maybe its ok if Google tells me what my life’s goal is 😛 Maybe its ok that I dont get to have a house on mars or vacation on the moon. And maybe its ok for you to have a crush on Wonder Woman instead of Hitler. 😉

    I’m pretty sure my rambling here has not burst the heart shaped balloon ur holding for Hitler!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!! 😀

    • hk
      February 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      A cartoon meme with a heart shaped ballon read the title of this post and the heart balloon popped! lol!! 🙂

      Sure you do!! Cos you went all wide eyed when i was pro Hitler the last time we spoke! 😛

      Here is a my line of thought, everytime i fly, i look out of the window and am overwhelmed by the sight. I am amazed by fact that we can fly and I cant help but Imagine how people must have felt when the first Wright flyer flew over their heads. It looked so different than anything during its time, but the thinking behind it was so fresh that it changed the world. This is what i feel is missing now. What was the most radical thing you have witnessed lately ?.. i seem to ask myself.

      Every generation gets a shot to steer the course of mankind. And our previous generations have done a phenomenal job at it. Our previous generations did it for us, in the same way that we should do it for the generations to come. Its like handing over the baton to see the next generation raise the bar higher. Two or three generations down the line, when you see a man bouncing arnd on mars or flying arnd the world under 8 hrs, and going .. ohh we could have done that had we really tried …. is simply … sad!

      Well the point being, developments in this kinda scale and pace is possible only when there is the right kind of impetus to it. And if a change agent or a catalyst comes in the form of a stand off, or in the form of a 4 foot tyrant…. does it really matter?

  2. Resh
    February 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    P.S: “Mood : Gooey!!” – I am so not surprised!

    • hk
      February 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

      Its the aircrafts woman!! 😛

  3. Swe
    February 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    If you want Hilter back, I want the 70s and 80s back for the music. But all in all at a whole different level we are coming from the same place when I sit and argue upon why do we need a online social networking profile to define who you are or the internet to give you all the answers. In tune with the trend of the day to fit in.
    Be true to who you are, work towards being who you want to be… let it be a tyrant who will give a rocket boost to going faster than light, or a musician who could see colours in the tunes in created, but not get lost in the ‘Generation Now’ of how cool is my update to how trendy are my clothes and gadgets :D. Maybe its some clever masterminds out there somewhere who are doing a mind experiment of humans of the present age on how go be busy in the present mundane 😉

    Hmm… maybe I strolled off your subject!
    But…. Happy Valentine’s Day Hemanth!

    • hk
      February 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      Swe, i hear you!! and cudnt agree more! I think so much concern around “gen now” is worrying. At times i feel It somehow seems to have cheapened our lives even, when the only thing to worry you is the thought of whats going on in the virtual world.

      And i so hope you are right about the social experiment!! 😛 And off the subject you may be, it still strikes a chord! 🙂

      Happy Valentines day !! 🙂

  4. Swe
    February 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Also… thought you would enjoy Paddi’s shots at aero India this time 🙂

    Its always the Su 30’s engine roar that gives me a high!

    • hk
      February 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      I already got them 😛 .. and they are brilliant!

      Su 30!! i dont even know where to start! =) …

  5. sat
    February 17, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I have always wanted Hitler to be around :). I get a stack trace up my spine every time I start thinking about progress :?. I agree with you on War..space travel..planes..technology.. progress.., but I also think lame tweets/pokes/posting cowdung on virtual walls gets our collective intellect onto a server, which is like making a brain of brains where all the data you want is. Right from your location to your thoughts (thru blogs/tweets/comments…). Would we consider this as progress? Its like we stopped after cold war and gathered everyone together and told ourselves. Say cheese :D… lets backup our thoughts and brains, me be we are going to be no more later. (:D 😀 😀 oh I can be a tech swami back in India, when I go back) Seriously if you give it a thought all we are doing is to collect and gather minds from across the world into one place. For what? I don’t know my stack trace ends here.

    Dude I can imagine what you were upto this valentines day 🙂

  6. hk
    February 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Progress is a very relative term, and i see what you mean. And by no means i deny the fact that the internet / social media / related technologies has not influenced our lives at all.

    Sure, writing to someone does not involve a pigeon or a man on a horse today. You can be on your couch in your underwear and yet run a business meeting half way around the world. You can see the video of a drunk man falling of a chair on youtube, and i dont know how this is important but there you have it … you can! Or like the dialogue from the movie …. “There are no roads in Bosnia but they have Facebook.” This is all great, but then to what end?

    Ah… i presume you would say Egypt, It certainly helped the people in Egypt get together to overthrow Mubarak. But then is the use of all the intelligence online, merely for us to collaborate and communicate better? Well … you may say, it depends whom you ask. A sociologist would probably say, that the times now might be better than ever before for us humans to build societies, to come together to elevate everyone collectively through social media…. and really make this world a small and a better place to live. But then is that just enough? What also worries me more is that in the name of aggregation of intelligence, there is this non stop communication amongst ourselves and the pre-occupation of “now” .. like Swetha mentioned earlier, where is it headed? And i really hope its all a bad social experiment!!

    All i am saying is, i dont need a gun that can fire a million rounds a second, a missile that creates three mushroom clouds at once…. but instead when i want to pick a simple gift .. say for ur bday, next to a laptop, cell phone or any other fancy internet device i would like see a jetpack or a watch that can teleport !!

    Dude I can imagine what you were upto this valentines day 🙂 … i am curious now!!

    • Swe
      February 18, 2011 at 11:53 am

      I think Satish thinks we are builing Deep thought! 🙂 (Don’t google for it if you don’t what it is, read Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, you will love it!). But the problem is, maybe we were built to derive the answer for Deep Thought 😀

  7. hk
    February 20, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Havent read Hitchhiker’s…. Will have to now! 🙂

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