"Life can be magnificent and overwhelming.
That is it's whole tragedy.
Without beauty love or danger it would be almost easy to live"
- Albert Camus
I am Rethnakran. P. You could call me 'ratna'. There is no fancy story behind this though. My parents and relatives used to call me that way since my childhood . That's it !. I was born 26 years ago in the shade of a tiny place called Nileshwar of Kasargod District in the state of Kerala located in the southern India . I did my entire schooling in Kerala and received my Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at the Regional Engineering College, Calicut (now The National Institute of Technology Calicut, centre for excellence). Currently I am working with Synopsys in the area of Wireless Communications and Signal Processing. On 14 May 2000, I got married to my good old class mate-friend Maya Pai who is a Software Engineer.
My main interests fall in the areas related to Digital Communications and Coding Theory. More specifically, the topics that interest me a lot are digital communication theory, information theory, error correcting codes , signal processing , combinatorics, complexity theory etc. But above all these, I have a deep love for mathematics. For culture sake, I also maintain an interest in certain topics not directly related to my work (though the busy life has made this a bit more difficult these days): Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry are some examples; Off late I have also (Re) developed an interest in Physics (especially GR &Cosmology). Recently (after listening to David Forney's talk on "Codes and systems on Graphs" at the IEEE Information theory workshop 2002) I am quite interested in Graph theory as well. At profession I am a Communication systems and Signal Processing Engineer doing design and research on Receivers design, Channel Coding Issues, Channel Models, Equalizer etc. Apart from regular work I also spend a lot of time understanding the theoretical issues of Information transmission, Coding techniques (especially the capacity achieving codes), Advanced Signal processing Algorithms etc. The fact that I have not yet pursued for a PhD some time haunt me. If ever I get to go for a PhD, then I would like to do it in any of these fields. But I am still searching clarity on some ideas where I want to run after. More details on my work and research interest etc. can be seen here
"Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives. Very
few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of time"
"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly
strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge,
and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions,like great
winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great
ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. I have sought
love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would
often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy.
I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness--that terrible loneliness
in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into
the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss.I have sought it finally, because
in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring
vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what
I sought,and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what--at
last--I have found. With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have
wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars
shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number
holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.
Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the
heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain
reverberate in my heart. Children in famine,victims tortured by oppressors,
helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness,
poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to
alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer. This has
been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live
it again if the chance were offered me."
I may have thought the road to a world of free
and happy human beings shorter than it is proving to be, but I was not
wrong in thinking that such a world is possible , and that it is worth
while to live with a view to bring it nearer. I have lived (and am living)
in the pursuit of a vision , both personal and social. Personal : To care
for what is noble, for what is beautiful, for what is genltle: to allow
moments of insight to give wisdom at more mundane times. Social: to see
in imagination the society that is to be created, where individuals grow,
freely, and where hate and greed and envy die because there is nothing
to nourish them. These things I believe and the world for all its horrors,
has left me unshaken.
"...Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;..."
-Polonius' advice to Laertes, Hamlet.
In the above snippet, Polonius gives some very sound advice indeed to Laertes , as he departs for higher studies to France. I do not subscribe to the idea of a 'best friend'; rather I prefer to have a number of close friends, with whom I share my opinions, feelings and values. Some of them are very special to me for them I have very high regards of closeness. In no particular order, my friends include ( to be added)
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