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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Before it’s too late, I guess I should answer the tag passed to me by Hina.

Here are the rules:

  1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the next three sentences.
  5. Tag five people.

I personally think that the original author of this tag has a pretty intimate relationship with the numbers 3 and 5 (and probably 6 as well, since 1 + 2 + 3 = 6), but if I were him (or her), I would have spread the tag as going to page no. 123, finding the 4th sentence, and then posting the next 5 sentences, because this seems more harmonious with regular counting.

Anyway, after my useless commentary, let’s move on to the tag.

The nearest book that I can pick is a dictionary, which is out. Second nearest are two books: one is about digital image processing, and the second is Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi’s Zarguzasht (زرگزشت). The choice is simple!

And here are the three sentences:

حُجرے کے سامنے اسی کھدبداتی دَلدَل میں دس بارہ لڑکے اور مینڈک مثالِ صورتِ خورشید “اِدھر ڈوبے اُدھر نکلے، اُدھر ڈوبے اِدھر نکلے”۔ لڑکوں کے بے تحاشا بڑھے ہوئے پیٹ نیلے کانچ کی طرح چمک رہے تھے۔ ایک لڑکا پاجامہ پہنے ہوئے تھا، لیکن قمیص ندارد، باقی ماندہ لڑکوں کی نِیم برہنگی کی ترتیب اس کے بر عکس تھی۔

Update: Since A asked me to go ahead with Digital Image Processing as well, here are three sentences from the famous Gonzalez & Woods:

Sampling this function into 256 equally spaced discrete values produced the desired specified histogram. The transformation function G(z) obtained from this histogram using Eq. (3.3-14) is labeled transformation (1) in Fig. 3.22(b). Similarly, the inverse transformation G-1(s) from Eq.(3.3-16) [obtained using the iterative technique discussed in connection with Eq. (3.3-17)] is labeled transformation (2) in Fig. 3.22(b).

And now for the hardest part. I tag:

  1. A
  2. Beautiful Stranger
  3. Bhaijan
  4. Saad
  5. Take this spot if you wish



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Feb 21, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I liked your commentary on the numbers. You are doing a wonderful job thinking about things so much! Keep it up! :P

The author of the tag probably had something really nice on page # 123′s 5th line. Otherwise, I’m sure the harmony would’ve been maintained!

And that’s a fine book to have! Looks like you have good collection on Urdu Literature. I don’t. The only book I’ve is Ibn-e-Insha’s ‘Chaltay ho to cheen ko chaleay’.


Feb 23, 2008 at 12:15 am

Juice man! :) very interesting!


Feb 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Hina: No, no, no. You see, if the original author had something interesting on the next three sentences after the 5th sentence, s/he would have been able to write them even after choosing to write the next five sentences after the 4th sentence! (See, I am keeping the thinking up! :P ) And yes, I am enjoying Zarguzasht very much these days. I don’t have a good collection on Urdu literature, though. Just a little few.

Bro: Thanks, man! Glad you liked it! :)


Feb 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm

This post reminded me of the movie “The Number 23″. Just a average psychological thriller. No offense Saadat :-)

Beautiful Stranger

Feb 24, 2008 at 12:21 am

Arrrggghhhhhh … don’t you know there is a rule against tagging expecting mothers (to put it delicately for all the li’l girls that visit here) (now don’t anyone get offended. It’s just my hormones working up and making me crack stupid jokes) … :D


Feb 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Ok, tag accepted and reply/response posted. Nothing outta the world. I am in a ner veggie state of being…physically and mentally. Imagine a huge phool gobhi…that would be me. These days. :) )


Feb 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm

In any case, post the sentences from Digital Image Processing as well. Let’s see what it’s all about?


Feb 26, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Mabrouk! So you’re a chacha now? That’s such lovely news. :) )


Feb 26, 2008 at 6:08 pm

Ehtisham: No offense taken. :) (Can’t say about Yusufi and Gonzalez & Woods though!)

Beautiful Stranger: Oh, come on! You would have cracked a stupid joke anyway! :P

A: LOL, a huge phool gobhi?! I have added the excerpt from DIP too; hope you enjoy reading it (though it doesn’t really give the real essence of the book). And yes, I’m a chacha now. And a mamun as well. :)

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