Tuesday, August 28, 2012

F in Exams, Richard Benson - my review

F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers, by Richard Benson
4 stars
If not for the price, I would have been a little disappointed.
(Amazon PaperbackKindlemy review on Amazon)
Don't get me wrong. This a an entertaining book. It's full of answers, intentional and unintentional, that students gave in exams, when they did not know the correct answers. It's just that the book is short. On my Kindle app for Android, I read it in less than an hour, with time to go back and re-read some of the funnier answers. There is perhaps a fine line between funny and repetitive, as the answers may get if you put too many of them, but I would surely have been disappointed had I paid list price, or even half-price, for the book. I paid $0.99 for the book, so I am certainly not complaining about the price. No sir.

The book is divided into seven topics: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Math, Business & Technology, Psychology, and History & Geography.

Here are some of the answers and images from the book.

Give the names of two gases that might contribute to global warming. 

This is the math lesson I missed in school. About dots and lines and how to convert one to the other.
Change 7/8 to a decimal.

When learning division, you just need to get to the root of the problem.
Simplify the following equation


To be or not to be, that is probably the problem.
What is conditional probability

Remembering to forget is, easy.
Describe what is meant by "forgetting"

6. Young at heart, is the river.
Name the smaller rivers that run into the Nile

7. Need I say more?
In Pride and Prejudice, at what moment does Elizabeth Bennet realize her true feelings for Mr Darcy. 

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Ch 295 - Anudyuta Parva


295 chapter (overall). Ch 70 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 295 (overall), chapter 70 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 295: http://www.youtube.com/embed/8vsFrReavb4

The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.

Kunti is heartbroken to see their sons leave, and speaks to them. She is equally distraught at seeing her daughter-in-law, Droupadi, in this state, and this short chapter covers Kunti's farewell to her sons and daughter-in-law.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 294 - Anudyuta Parva


294 chapter (overall). Ch 69 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 294 (overall), chapter 69 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 294: http://www.youtube.com/embed/OCSDAGoOdFQ

The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.

Yudhishtra and the Pandavas go to King Dhritarashtra and the elders to take their leave to go to the forest. While the others stay silent "out of shame", Vidura does give his blessings, and also asks that Kunti stay behind since she is advanced in years.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 293 - Anudyuta Parva


293 chapter (overall). Ch 68 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 293 (overall), chapter 68 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 293: http://www.youtube.com/embed/szThLrnf_uY

The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.

Duhshasana and Duryodhana gloat.
Duhshasana exults:
"The wheel has now begun to turn for the great-souled king, Dhritarashtra's son. ... The Pandavas have descended into hell for a long time, for eternity. ... Their minds were always nourished by the thought that there were no men like them in the world."
Not content with that, he then turns his attentions to Droupadi, again.
"O Yajnanseni!What pleasure will you derive, since those dressed in fine garments are now reduced to deerskins in the forest, without rices and without homes? Choose a husband who will bring you pleasure."
Bhima is not one to keep his feelings to himself. He approaches Duhshasana, and pays him back in the same coin.
"Just as your words pierce our hearts like arrows, I will make you remember all this when I pierce your hearts in battle."
Bhima goes one step further, and promises to "rip apart your breast and drink your blood in battle..."

Duryodhana also joins in the mocking of the Pandavas, "in play and delight, sought to mimic through his own steps Bhimasena's leonine gait."

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 292 - Anudyuta Parva


292 chapter (overall). Ch 67 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 292 (overall), chapter 67 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 292: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rm0a6z1xJwg

The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.

I have won.

The Pandavas had gone "already gone a long distance away", but were recalled. Yudhishtra returned, even though "I know that it will lead to ruin, I cannot disobey the command."

Shakuni is at his sarcastic best when he tells Yudhishtra, "The old one returned all your riches and I worship him for that."

What is puzzling is why Yudhishtra agrees to this single stake of dice. More so because the text says, "But from shame and from his sense of dharma" Dharma one can understand, but the "shame" bit is a bit puzzling.

Anyway, the chapter ends with Shakuni telling Yudhishtra, "I have won."

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 291 - Anudyuta Parva


291 chapter (overall). Ch 66 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 291 (overall), chapter 66 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Anudyuta Parva: 28th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 291: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Hf2ToSfvlNs

This is the first chapter in the Anudyuta Parva. The Anudyuta Parva is the 28th Parva as per the 100-parva classification of the Mahabharata, and is itself a part of Sabha Parva. The Sabha Parva is the second parva as per the 18-parva classification of the Mahabharata.

The Dyuta Parva ended with Dhritarashtra granting the Pandavas their freedom, and requesting them to forget and forgive what had happened. The Pandavas got ready to leave for Indraprastha.

Ch 291, the first in the Anudyuta Parva, shows Duhshasana going to Duryodhana, Shakuni, and Karna, and bitterly complaining.
"That old man has made us lose everything that we had obtained with great difficulty.
Duryodhana goes to the king, Dhritarashtra, and demands that the Pandavas be brought back. He warns that the Pandavas will not forget their insult, and will return to avenge this insult.
"In their rage, they will destroy us like venomous serpents."
Duryodhana then proposes a second round of dice, but with a single stake. We know that the thirteenth year was supposed to be year spent incognito, but what has been lost or at least overlooked is the condition that "The thirteenth year will have to be spent in an inhabited place, in disguise." The stipulation of the "inhabited place" was yet another stroke of genius, albeit evil genius, on the part of Duryodhana.

Dhritarashtra does not heed the advice of his well-wishers and his wife, Gandhari, and gives in to his son, again.
"It is certain that if the destruction of our lineage has come, I will not be able to prevent it. Let it be as they wish. Let the Pandavas return. Let them who are mine gamble again with the Pandavas."
And a king, once again, chose wrongly, and, once again, blamed fate.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ch 289 - Dyuta Parva


289 chapter (overall). Ch 64 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 289 (overall), chapter 64 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 289: http://www.youtube.com/embed/_hVutZlBweQ

Karna can't believe that defeat has been snatched from the jaws victory. And that too by a mere woman. Wrapped in his contempt for the Pandavas is also admiration for Droupadi.
"Among all women in humankind, renowned for their beauty, we have not seen, nor heard, of the accomplishment of such a deed. ... The sons of Pandu were immersed and drowning in an ocean without a boat. Panchali became their boat and brought them safely home."
These words from Karna, that "a woman had become the salvation for the sons of Pandu", Bhima once again flies into a rage, asking his brother,
"Shall I tearm them up by their roots? .... Where is the need to debate this or suffer? Here and now, I am going to kill all of them and you can rule the earth without a rival."

Such was Bhima's anger, that figures of speech became literal descriptions...
"He was so angry that smoke, sparks, and flaming fire issued from his ears and other openings in his body."
And that, I submit, is one loaded statement.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 290 - Dyuta Parva


290 chapter (overall). Ch 65 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 290 (overall), chapter 65 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 290: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Qvz54329HSw

The last chapter in the Dyuta Parva ends with Dhritarashtra entreating Yudhishtra to let bygones be bygones. Basically.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 287 - Dyuta Parva


287 chapter (overall). Ch 62 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 287 (overall), chapter 62 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 287: http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Lv13QCSgvY

This chapter contains Droupadi lament at being insulted so by the Kauravas, and asks the entire assembly of elders and kings,
"Have I been won or have I not been won?"
Bhishma's answer is a study in prevarication. He says, "I am incapable of answering your question certainly. The issue is subtle, deep, complicated and important." And, like everyone else, he too puts the ball firmly in Yudhishtra's court.
"It is my view that Yudhishtra is the supreme authority on the question. He should himself say whether you have been won or have not been won."
Yudhishtra's continued and studied silence is deafening.

Duryodhana goes one step further, and indeed, wants the question to be answered by the Pandava himself. Such is the quandary that Yudhishtra is in, that either way, in Duryodhana's words, "They must establish Dharmaraja as a liar." If Yudhishtra was not the lord of his brothers, he had no business staking them.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 288- Dyuta Parva


288 chapter (overall). Ch 63 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 288 (overall), chapter 63 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 288: http://www.youtube.com/embed/tsA-tUD7T5c

Karna continues, again, Bhima pledges again, Dhritarashtra grants.

Karna continues his spiteful tirade against Droupadi, first saying that a woman can own no property, and then,
"Choose another one for your husband, one who will not make you a slave through gambling. ... Enter as a slave. The ones who have been won over can no longer be your husbands. Valor and virility are of no use to Partha (Yudhishtra) now."
Duryodhana plunges the dagger of logic deeper into the Pandavas, asking Yudhishtra to "Answer the question as to whether you think Krishna has been won." And then, he seals his fate,
"He looked invitingly at Panchali and grasped his garment. Smiling at Radheya and tormenting Bhima, he exposed his left thigh to Droupadi, who was looking at him."
Bhima's pledge was the second he was to undertake.
"If he fails to break that thight with a club in a great battke, let Vrikodara not go to the worlds where his ancestors have gone."
Vidura remains adamant that Droupadi had not been won.
"But if a man puts up a stake when he is not the lord of anything, winning that stake is like obtaining riches in a dream."
Two additional points to note here. Duryodhana does not let go of the pivotal question of Droupadi's status at the time she was staked by Yudhishtra.
"O Yanjanseni! If they say that Yudhishtra wasn't their lord, then you will be freed from slavery."
Truly diabolical. Either Yudhishtra is denounced as a liar, a pretender to the claim of being "dharmaraja", or their wife, Droupadi, is insulted and shamed.

Arjuna is clear that Yudhishtra "was certainly our master when he first played with us at stake." But...
"But whose lord was he, once he had lost himself? O assembled Kurus! All of you should decide that."
 At that point, Dhritarashtra, for reasons not quite clear, and they could have been shame, or fear, we don't know, decides to grant Droupadi three boons. Droupadi asks for Yudhishtra to be freed from slavery, so that their son, Prativindhya, should not be known as the son of a slave. With the second boon, she asks for the other Pandavas' freedom, along "with their chariots and their bows." That is one smart lady.

Droupadi refuses the third boon, saying,
"It is said that the vaishya has one boon, a kshatriya and his wife can have two. O Indra among kings! A king can have three and a brahmana one hundred. O king! My husbands were reduced to an evil state, but have been rescued. They will obtain riches and prosperity through their own sacred deeds."

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 286 - Dyuta Parva


286 chapter (overall). Ch 61 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 286 (overall), chapter 61 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 286: http://www.youtube.com/embed/FE1irLUlT5M

Bhima's anger, vow, Vikarna, Duhshasana, and Karna.

Bhima cannot take this insult of Droupadi, and wants to burn his elder brother, Yudhishtra's, hands. Vikarna, a Kaurava, stands up and states that in his opinion Droupadi had not been won. Even as several in the sabha agreed, Karna erupted in rage.
"It has been ordained by the gods that a woman should only have one husband. However, she submits to many and it is therefore certain that she is a courtesan. It is my view that there is nothing surprising in her being brought into the sabha in a single garment, or even if she is naked."
It is at this point that Karna, and not Duryodhana, who orders Duhshasana to disrobe the Pandavas and Droupadi.

The Critical Edition does not mention how a new garment appeared every time Duhshasana pulled one from Droupadi's body.

Bhima then takes the first of his two terrible vows.
"In battle, I will forcibly tear asunder the breast of this evil and misguided one, wretch among the Bharatas, and drink his blood."
Vidura then again interjects, recounts the story of Prahlada, his son Virochana, and Sudhanva, the son of Angirasa, and asks the persons seated in the sabha to answer Droupadi's question. The chapter ends with Karna asking Duhshasana to take "Krishna away to the quarters meant for the servant girls."

So, it is Karna that gives the foulest of orders to Duhshasana thus far. From abusing Droupadi as a "courtesan" to ordering Duhshasana to disrobe her, his are the actions of a villain.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 285 - Dyuta Parva


285 chapter (overall). Ch 60 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 285 (overall), chapter 60 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 285: http://www.youtube.com/embed/6aPJSV1cCcM

The act that sealed a clan's fate.

Since Vidura refused, and also made the case that Droupadi had not been won, Pratikamin, the attendant, was dispatched by Duryodhana to fetch Droupadi. Droupadi asks Pratikamin to "Go back to the assembly hall and ask that gambler from the Bharata lineage whether he first lost himself or me."

The Critical Edition ties itself into knots here, as explained in the chapter's footnote - "There seems to be a break in the text." Yudhishtra sends his trusted servant to have Droupadi come to the sabha. On the other hand, Duryodhana sends Duhshasana to bring Droupadi. Both cannot be true. Probably the editors got excited by the story and left both versions in.

Anyway, Duhshasana, without any sense of irony, asks Droupadi to "Look upon Duryodhana without any shame." He grabs her hair and drags her into the sabha.
"She had protectors, but was without a protector."
When confronted by Droupadi, Bhishma prevaricates, or perhaps he was genuinely in a quandary, and ignored the normative response that he should have uttered.
"I cannot properly resolve the question you have posed. One without property cannot stake the property of others. But women are always the property of their husbands."

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 284 - Dyuta Parva


284 chapter (overall). Ch 59 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 284 (overall), chapter 59 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Vidura defies Duryodhana's orders to fetch Droupadi so she could made to "sweep and perform our tasks." Vidura maintains that "Krishna has not yet become a slave. The king offered her as stake when he was no longer his master."

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 283 - Dyuta Parva


283 chapter (overall). Ch 58 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 283 (overall), chapter 58 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link for Ch 283: http://www.youtube.com/embed/50egKwSDZVc

The stake that shamed a clan and sparked  debate.

Here, in this chapter, the game of dice resumes. Shakuni taunts Yudhishtra, goading him to play, and lose, more.
"O Kaunteya! Do you have any other riches that you have you have not lost yet?"
Yudhishtra, not in control of his senses by this time, retorts,
"O Shakuni! O Soubala! I know of unlimited riches that I possess."
And Shakuni then proceeds to win Yudhishtra's unlimited riches, his cattle, horses, then his city, the country, the land, and then finally, his brothers.

After winning Nakula and Sahdeva from Yudhishtra, Shakuni plunges the dagger of taunts deeper into Yudhishtra. Shakuni is the careful, deliberate, in-control player who knows precisely what words to use when. Yudhishtra is by now but a pawn in Shakuni's hands.
O king! I have now won Madri's two sons, dear to you. But I think you regard Bhimasena and Dhananjaya as dearer."
Yudhishtra then stakes himself - "I myself am left..."

Yudhistra loses himself. Shakuni is not quite done yet. He says, tempting Yudhishtra.
"But you have your beloved queen, who has still not been won in the game. Use Krishna Panchali as a stake and using her, win back yourself."
While everyone else in the sabha cried out "shame", Dhritarashtra "was delighted and failing to control his emotions, repeatedly kept asking, 'Has he won? Has the stake been won?'"

Shakuni "instantly flung the dice and said, "'I have won.'"

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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Ch 282 - Dyuta Parva


282 chapter (overall). Ch 57 of Sabha Parva
Reading of Chapter 282 (overall), chapter 57 (within the Sabha Parva)
(Dyuta Parva: 27th Parva as per the 100-Parva classification; Sabha Parva: 2nd parva as per the 18-Parva classification)
(read from Mahabharata Volume 2 (The complete, unabridged Mahabharata)translated by Bibek Debroy)


Direct YouTube link to Ch 282: http://www.youtube.com/embed/7xj4mgZ7bfg

Duryodhana responds to Vidura's censure, and accuses him of being partial towards the Pandavas - "We embraced you like a serpent", ticking him off - "Do not concern yourself with the affairs of others",  and finally telling him to buzz off, so to say - "... go where you wish. However well treated, an unchaste wife will always leave."

Vidura responds that he is not there to utter sweet nothings - "If you only wish to hear words that please you in all deeds, regardless of good or bad, ask the women, the dull and the crippled." That is not a very chivalrous statement to make in my opinion, but the import of Vidura's retort is that he is not there to be a sycophant. Vidura would have been a misfit in today's society.

I have read this chapter from Vol.2 of Bibek Debroy's translation of the unabridged Mahabharata. You can find my review of the volume here.
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