The story is here.
Her response which is below, its sentences like a prayer reading to me.
She writes like she is one of those who has known the Almighty. In that little personal writing she covers vast tracts of what she sees and in turn has allowed us into a little glimpse.
Hey, guys. This is Balpreet Kaur, the girl from the picture. I actually didn’t know about this until one of my friends told on facebook. If the OP wanted a picture, they could have just asked and I could have smiled However, I’m not embarrased or even humiliated by the attention [negative and positve] that this picture is getting because, it’s who I am. Yes, I’m a baptized Sikh woman with facial hair. Yes, I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women. However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being [which is genderless, actually] and, must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will. Just as a child doesn’t reject the gift of his/her parents, Sikhs do not reject the body that has been given to us. By crying ‘mine, mine’ and changing this body-tool, we are essentially living in ego and creating a seperateness between ourselves and the divinity within us. By transcending societal views of beauty, I believe that I can focus more on my actions. My attitude and thoughts and actions have more value in them than my body because I recognize that this body is just going to become ash in the end, so why fuss about it? When I die, no one is going to remember what I looked like, heck, my kids will forget my voice, and slowly, all physical memory will fade away. However, my impact and legacy will remain: and, by not focusing on the physical beauty, I have time to cultivate those inner virtues and hopefully, focus my life on creating change and progress for this world in any way I can. So, to me, my face isn’t important but the smile and the happiness that lie behind the face are. So, if anyone sees me at OSU, please come up and say hello. I appreciate all of the comments here, both positive and less positive because I’ve gotten a better understanding of myself and others from this. Also, the yoga pants are quite comfortable and the Better Together tshirt is actually from Interfaith Youth Core, an organization that focuses on storytelling and engagement between different faiths. I hope this explains everything a bit more, and I apologize for causing such confusion and uttering anything that hurt anyone.
Today I came to know about an inventor – Jerome H Lemelson.
Here are some of his quotes.
- Company managers know that the odds of an inventor being able to afford the costly litigation are less than one in ten; and even if the suit is brought, four times out of five the courts will hold the patent invalid. When the royalties are expected to exceed the legal expense, it makes good business sense to attack the patent… we don’t recognize that the consequence of the legal destruction of patents is a decline in innovation…
- -Lemelson, 1975, in a Senate hearing investigating the innovation crisis.
- The American dream is that if the average American invents something novel and worthy of patenting, he’ll find someone to license it. However, for most contemporary inventors , it hasn’t worked out that way. The independent inventor today still has an extremely difficult time convincing corporations that he has a product which deserves to be on the market. Most companies have a tremendous resistance to ideas and technology developed on the outside.
- You cannot develop a reputation for somebody who gives up. You have to be known as a fighter for your rights. Otherwise, you’ll never license anything…Even Thomas Edison had a tough time supporting and protecting his patents. He spent about $1.4 million [to defend his inventions], and this was around the turn of the century, when beer was a nickel.
Today I got a call from Shaildhar Telecom Service enquiring about whether the Panini Keypad technology could be built for Bhutanese languages.
We checked, Bhutan has one major language and a few minor languages, all of them use the Tibetan Script which is Unicode supported.
So there is good news and Bhutanese language could be easily supported as long as one can ensure that all the phones in Bhutan have the Tibetan fonts on them which is easy to achieve considering that Bhutan is a monarchy and the telecom operator is a govt company.
On 6th of July, there was the VAS ASIA 2012 Conference at Le Meridien, New Delhi. I had written to the organisers asking them if they would allow us to speak. Of course, we could not sponsor anything. They did.
We made a very effective presentation and many people came to tell us that our presentation was the best. During the conference many speakers were already telling how important was Indian languages.
There was a gentleman from Mongolia who met me later asking if we could make it for the Mongol language which uses the Cyrillic script. Of course, we could do that and I have asked him to create for us that opportunity.
We were shown in the India Business Report of the BBC World yesterday. (Sunday, 08 July), but it was shown globally.
It was a nice coverage, one of our team members had managed to get a video of it on his phone camera and we will put a link to it sometime.
I am happy they covered one of the important points we were making regarding the applicability of this technology to ATM, IPTV etc. I am sure that day will come soon and then it will be easier to prove it to the world that we have always said so. (No new inventive step)
The text of the coverage is here.
My look with the French cut beard is new.
Some people complement me that I look younger with it, but I find it scruffy, itchy. Been clean shaven for many many years.
This is the blog of Abhijit Bhattacharjee, Founder and CEO of Luna Ergonomics Pvt Ltd, the developers of Panini Keypad and other similar technologies to type in languages of India and the world on the mobile phone and other digital devices.
I intend to write something here, beginning with the launch of our new look website on which we are working quite hard write now. Target date: End of July. I will be in Kolkata then, hopefully on a break!!