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Let’s Wordle!

Let’s us start talking about love in today’s scenario of fight and terror. It is said that love can move the mountains. We have seen the example of ‘The TajMahal’ in India and there are various stories where people promise plucking moon and stars for the sake of love.

Coming straight to the point, I wanted to cite Josh Wardle as the latest example. He has developed something called ‘Wordle’, a web-based word game. And now the world is hooked on to it. It is said that around ninety players attempted this interesting ‘guess logically’ word game on November 1, 2021, the early days when it appeared in The New York Times (NYT). This number skyrocketed to over 300,000 on January 2, 2022 and to over 2 million a week later.

I too joined the league and found it really interesting. Though at times, it appears tempting, I have restricted the daily dose to the one that appears daily in the NYT that has a single solution which everyone attempts to uncover. Let me share my diary notes with you.

For some reason, Josh Wardle wanted the world to guess a five letter word in six tries. So, we have a grid of boxes having five columns and six rows. There also appears an alphabetical keyboard, similar to that on our mobiles for enabling us type the text.

When we start with the first guess, the alphabets in the keyboard turn green, yellow or gray based on the presence of the letters in the guessed word. If the letter is present and appears in the correct position, it is turned green. If the letter is present in the answer word but not at the correct position, it turns yellow. If none of the alphabet of the guessed word is present in the answer word, all of them turn gray.

For example, the answer word for the below Wordle is SHAKE

First guess:

I always try a different word for the first guess daily which has at least two vowels. Though it is wise to use words with three vowels such as ADIEU, MEDIA, ORATE, RADIO etc. The word ORATE is more scientifically backed to try for the first guess. But to make it more adventurous I tried RINSE. The letters ‘E’ and ‘S’ were common between RINSE and SHAKE. The letter ‘E’ was at correct place, so it turned green but the position of letter ‘S’ was not correct so it turned yellow.

Second guess:

Many players attempt the second guess with the common letters, I too do that but to explore more letters and also the possibility of another vowel, and I tried again a two vowel word BLOAT. Unfortunately only ‘A’ was common between BLOAT and SHAKE with ‘A’ being at the wrong place.  So it turned yellow. However, the gray letters gave the hint that at least these shall not appear in the answer word.

Third guess:

With ‘E’ at the fifth place (word ending with E) and ‘S’ and ‘A’ somewhere in the word, it was the time for the third guess. I assumed, if the word would start with ‘S’ there is more possibility of ‘A’ being at the third place. With this assumption, I tried SPADE. Fortunately the letters ‘S’, ‘A’ and ‘E’ found their correct places with these turning green. ‘P’ and ‘D’ made it to the gray list.

Fourth guess:

For the fourth guess, the selection of second letter was vital. ‘W’, ‘U’ and ‘H’ qualified for it based on the possible reach of my vocabulary.  Putting ‘H’ at the second place, SHAME became the obvious choice and possible correct answer. But, what the creators had in mind is the correct solution though our word may qualify. So, SHAME added green color to ‘H’ but was not the correct answer.

Final guess:

The final guess was an obvious SHAKE with fourth letter chosen amongst the available options. And that’s it! I could arrive to the answer sitting in this part of the world, what the creators had in their minds.

That’s how the logic works and by choosing a different first guess every day, we can make the guess work more challenging.  One can try for guessing the word of the day in three, two or even one go. But guessing the word in one and two attempts appears to be more magical or supernatural. The Wordle for some reason pats your back by exclaiming ‘Genius’, if you uncover the word in one try. It is impossible.

There are scenarios, where you keep your efforts in reading the creator’s mind by guessing logical words but it may end up exhausting your tries. For example the one mentioned below:

With all the vowels drained out in the first two tries except ‘I’, in the third try, it was easy to guess a word starting with ‘S’ having ‘I’ and ‘L’ in it. STILL fitted well but that was not the answer. Same was the case with SPILL in the fourth try and SKILL in the fifth one. But the creators had SWILL in their minds which finally was uncovered in the last guess.

Now there is one more catch. The letters can appear even twice in the solution. In the last example we had all the guesses STILL, SKILL, SPILL and SWILL with two ‘L’. This was comparatively better but if we see the example below, we may well appreciate the complexity.

There are cases where the guesses are logically obvious and easy to crack the answer. In the below mentioned example, though the first guess didn’t reveal any of the letters, it actually rules out five letters. With the second guess confirming the presence of three letters, ‘D’, ‘G’ and ‘E’ and fixing the position of ‘E’, it was easier to guess the word DODGE in the third try itself with the fact in mind that a letter can appear twice. It is to be noted that in the second guess, though ‘D’ was highlighted in yellow confirming the mismatch in its position, there was no clue or I can say no way to convey about ‘D’ being present twice in the answer.

The following failed one also is worth a look:

The following also got me caught between WOULD or COULD and wasted one extra guess though POUND did the damage control that FEAST created. I could enjoy feast with pound.

And this one was a googly for a person who at times started the first guess with POINT.  But for change this time my first guess was GOURD. But the second two vowel guess finally hinted that the answer could be POINT. I just refused to be called genius.

So guys, lets daily Wordle!!!

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Corona and the infants!

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Everyone in this world will agree with the fact that the corona virus has literally brought the life to a standstill. It is an ocean and there are waves continuously coming; the first wave, the second wave, the third wave etc. People try to sneak out during the pseudo lull period but with a heavy price, the lucky ones survive. People are locked inside their houses. There is fear all around. The hospitals are full, the crematoriums are full, and everything has gone haywire. It is too much of torture to the people who have nothing to do with the ambitions or research or the targets of people who want to rule the world.

In this pandemic, kids are affected the most. Grown up kids though enjoy online stuff but they terribly miss the schools, parks, malls, picnics, reunions, sports etc. However, think of those kids who were at the age of getting admitted to schools. Those who would have gone to play school to have the feel of what a school looks like? Who is a teacher, how is a classroom? What all we do in the school? What is teaching?

My little daughter is also passing through that stage. All schools are closed from past an year for physical teaching. She was admitted to nursery last year and had the online syllabus to digest. The online classes were like video calls to relatives. Unaware of the protocols and the status of the teaching staff, she use to tease them during class, press the red button on screen to disconnect, answer the questions wrong and all such kids stuff. The teachers were helpless and so the parents. Despite our local and teachers’ distance guidance, she never held the pencil in a proper way. So the alphabets thus emerged were monsters. One or two alphabets or numbers per page and a notebook used to get completed in one class.

Daughter

Teaching apart, there was no scope of outing too. All the animals, birds, flowers and other objects were inside the book only or in the videos. Occasionally the lizards, cockroaches, spiders, pigeons, dogs, cats, butterflies etc. made guest appearance to prove her that they exist.

However the best and the most emotional part of all this traumatic situation was the hope she had that the corona will go and one day we shall roam out freely.  There were many party dresses lying unused that we had purchased or were sent by the relatives. She used to ask daily, ‘when will I wear these?’ with the lock-in period keep stretching and for the fact that these dresses shall not fit her in near future, we decided that she shall try them out at home. Daily my little angel chooses a dress, gets dressed up all with party shoes, hair-band etc and goes to the door, open it and say, ‘Papa! Corona virus is still there. We can’t go out,’ and closes the door. After that she spends the remaining day inside wearing the party dress and the shoes.

This happens almost daily and we feel pinched from inside as to what situation this pandemic has brought the society. The wishes, the aims, the ambitions etc. All have just gone into the drain. What we got is the childhood sobbing, the adulthood crying and the old age howling. No idea, who got benefitted from all this, but one thing is for sure that humanity lost!

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Protests! Protests! Protests!

compilation from various open sources

The world is seeing what I term it as ‘volcanic release of captive desires post lockdown’. People are on streets all around the world for some or other reasons. Some have local issues, some have national issues, some even holding the flag of international injustice, some are protesting against racism, some against government and so on. Everyone has a reason to step out and breathe open. Why not? The deadly corona virus had held people captive for many months.

Just I was reading in news that ,”Several hundred people turned out to protests in downtown L.A. in response to a Louisville grand jury’s decision not to hold any police officers criminally liable for the killing of Breonna Taylor’’. The other news read as, “Few days back as tens of thousands of people have gathered for a series of pro-democracy protests in Thailand in recent weeks, their ranks have been dominated by an emerging political force: young women. While the demonstrations are aimed at urging Thailand’s old guard to embrace new ideas, they have also addressed concerns that often don’t make it to the national stage. Many of them are specific to women, including abortion, taxes on menstrual products and school rules that force girls to conform to an outdated version of femininity”.

Appears fine but then is it not teasing the omnipresent corona virus? The world is not yet free from the claws of this deadly virus. Every day the death toll is increasing. As of now there are more than 32.6 million cases registered worldwide with around one million deaths! And it is well established fact that this virus spreads due to contacts and nearness. Then what is so hurry in staging the protests for various issues? People are dying anyway?

In India also one news read as, “Hundreds of farmers, labourers and members of Dalit organisations Monday took part in a demonstration at Bengaluru’s Anand Rao Circle against the new farm Bills passed by the Centre and land legislations proposed by the Karnataka government”. Another international news inform that, “Egyptians took to the streets across the country after weekly Friday prayers, demanding the departure of President Adel-Fattah al-Sisi. Several Egyptian social media activists shared footage of demonstrations in Cairo, Al-Jiza and Luxor responding to calls by self-exiled Egyptian businessman Mohamed Ali to protest al-Sisi’s rule’. One bigger news talked about a bigger magnitude stating,‘Tens of thousands attended rallies in Minsk and other cities across Belarus on September 20 as calls for an end to the rule of dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka continued”.

Yes, these are all big issues to be raised but are we ourselves not in the state of panic right now? The grip of corona virus is loosened but not lost. It can anytime swallow thousands of people more without even taking a gasp. The funny part comes in the news where it is told that, “Police have made 32 arrests during a demonstration in central London against corona virus restrictions and mass vaccinations. More than a thousand people are estimated to have joined the rally in Trafalgar Square, among them 5G conspiracy theorists, corona virus sceptics and “anti-vaxxers”’.’Funny! Isn’t it? People want government to let them free doing everything that the virus likes to survive and mutate on.

The environmentalists are not behind. The weather, the environment had a nice recuperating time during the corona restrictions in place. In India people were surprised to see monuments and places far enough through their naked eyes because of the clarity the air that came due to the lockdown. But now news read as, “More than 2,000 people have held a climate demonstration in the Swiss capital Bern, just days after police broke up a climate protest by activists in front the Swiss parliament building”, joined by the news, “Thousands of young student activists from across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, South Korea and India, on Friday held protests to demand action to stop the climate crisis as part of a worldwide Global Action Day”.

Are we so eager to take on to the streets? Were we too much bored amid lockdown protocols? Is there someone behind the scene triggering those panic buttons to agitate peace keeping minds to increase the entropy for corona to survive and spread its wings? Then from where the need for such mass protests arrive? If we feel ourselves as the decision makers for these protests then are we done or there are still issues other than corona virus left in this world to raise and stage protests on?

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The lifeless life

I often wonder why the entire humankind is running behind the money, power, achievements and all stuff which is not going to stay with them.

Most of the people run behind money like mad, not because they don’t have it but for the silly reason that they want more and more and more. Knowing the very fact that, this extra accumulation of wealth is neither going to increase their appetite nor their life span. Continue reading

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New year Resolutions

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As New Year arrives people tend to adopt many resolutions and try to follow them. The number of resolutions may vary. Some feel they are too perfect to make any resolutions, some do not believe in waiting for a new year to make resolutions. Some make a single resolution and see that they follow it throughout the year and also thereafter. Some have a list of resolutions which they try to attempt and succeed in few or all of them.  Some make a resolution not to make any resolutions. Continue reading

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why do I come here?

why do I come here?

to quench the ever-growing longing of literary orgasm

to extinguish my burning desires

to satiate my greed of scholarly wisdom

to let the greats interact with

to let the knowledge show its power

to remain acquiescent

to drink the nectar seeping out of conversant souls

to submerge

to drown

to let the ocean of intelligence release the tsunami

out of the volcanic eruption of the convoluted brains

why do I come here?

to realize the supremacy of the inner self

to convey, to communicate, to connect

to discover and get discovered

to learn how to avoid being offensive

to take away things what human want

to stay human!

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…Should we help others?

contd….from earlier part

Sitting on a railway platform and watching the arrival and departure of the trains is the best pastime one can have. At least for this, one need not have the smart phone or the internet. Since you don’t have to catch a train, you can sit relaxing, perhaps sipping a cup of tea and watch passengers rushing for their seats. The hawkers, the porters, the movement of trains, all make it a carnival like atmosphere around. I enjoy this dynamic atmosphere a lot. Continue reading

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Should we help others?

This straightforward question started troubling my mind when I encountered a situation which is quite common for all.

Recently I had to go to the railway station to pick up my wife as my happy days as forced bachelor were coming to an end with the arrival of my wife from her mother’s place. She always insisted on me picking her up from the station. Possibly she wanted to read my expressions on encountering her after a lull. But I am doubly sure even if the expectations on the expressions were not up to the mark she is not going to catch a return train back home in any case? Continue reading

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O my doppelgänger!

O my doppelgänger, I can see your anger

you wan’t me smart, but I remain candor

that has cost me heavily in all my endeavors

my contemporaries excelled, I remained in fears

you told me to be diplomatic but I didn’t change

my straightforwardness was regarded as strange

you asked me to be ambitious I remained same

neither cared for fame nor worried for name

you told me to be opportunists, biased and selfish

but I thanklessly didn’t even fulfill your wish

so, O my doppelgänger, I respect your anger

I will remain as I am, don’t try to tamper