Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Time is not constant

Einstein once commented philosophically on relativity - "When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours that's relativity." The essence of the quote is that time is different for different people, its not constant, as we generally think.

I experienced this, in a sad ( for me ) way, while I went to interview students fom Delhi School of Economics for Summer Internship at our company. This was my first at the Campus. As I entered the Campus, a distinct feeling hit me and blew my mind apart into pieces. Young boys and girls, casual atmosphere, casual togs, not bothered about the interview, joking, loud music, who cares attitude..... the whole ecosystem is different. And we were like two overdressed dolts wanting to interview them.

You never feel this way in the office or in the condominium one stays, wherein there is some kinda formal approach to everything you and your peers do. I shared this with my HR colleague, Sheebu David, who I think underwent the same emotional stress and was coming terms to.

Yes, the Time is not constant, it runs and runs fast. Its different to me and different to students I met, its relative. To me it appeared as contant, until I became an external observer, similar to the train example of Einstein wherein time contracts or expands as the case may be to an observer. Hail Einstein.

What else did we learn ? Not to hit any other campuses :-))))

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