Game Theory

Real life is the game that – literally – everyone is playing

Life ,as it appears , is a game played by everyone at every moment. It is like one of those endless run games where one runs in a particular direction avoiding obstacles. The goal , however, i realized by a few people and conquered by fewer.

I’ve gotta run because people tell me to do so.

It seems rather pointless to head for the same direction as everybody else. But nonetheless, we still play the game.

The game starts when we are young. It is when we learn the rules of this game. We are overflowing with our zeal and have plenty of energy. At this moment of time, we get to choose a character while the bigger deals like job,car,house,lover etc are still to be unlocked.

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Our experience is still low and a few skill set  also remains locked. It is for us to unlock them. And as we grow, we evolve these traits continuously. One of them being how to obey. Sometimes you may find your own mind going against you, for example it is always hard to resist the temptation to come online in exams. DON’T PANIC. This isn’t a bug in you source code.

Once you master your mind, try playing with others’. You will feel a sudden urge to find a partner. This task is ,in itself, a mini game.  You will require heavy artillery because this level may be close to world war.You may be rejected by several other players. This ,however, is normal, may diminish your willpower. Try to maintain a minimum threshold of it for other tasks. You may be allowed multiple lives at this level, you might just want to play smart to achieve the best lover. 

Once you complete this level, you will find difficulty increased exponentially. With greater responsibilities and much more expectation you may find it difficult to achieve your ultimate goal. But keep your eye on the ultimate prize as this was just a auxiliary mission that you’ve completed. Meanwhile, this level also unlocks several achievements like Happiness, Love and Headache.

Now, it is the time to earn. This is the most important level with almost unlimited upgrades and achievements.

The most important rule of money is never to borrow it, except for things that earn you more back.

Recurring deposits like education may act as a good investment scheme with substantially larger returns for longer period of time.

As time passes you will find your energy reserve depleted and slower recovery. These may be symptoms of aging. Check for other symptoms like Hearing problem, walking problem, health issues etc. If the reports are positive, it may be time for you to retire and save your energy. All players die after about 29,000 days, or 80 years. If your stats and skills are good, you might last a little longer.

Remember there are no cheat codes to this game. That’s why your strategy is important. Because by the time most of us have figured life out, we’ve used up too much of the best parts.

Now you’d best get playing.

(Contd.) 7 days off from life

Burn Them All

I left Mumbai, before the city was asleep, and I was thinking why couldn’t the roads be at 12 noon in Mumbai as well as in Delhi as they were at 4 AM. Nevertheless, I was off from Mumbai and reached Goa in about 3 hours. 1 hour flight and 2 hours in checking in at airport. Yes it took 2 hours to check in and get through security.

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Meanwhile, I was about to experience the most captivating sunrise of my whole life from 7000 feet. Probably the most enchanting 10 minutes of my life.

Goa was relatively clean, green and a lot less dense.Yes population of Goa is 1.458 million and Mumbai is 20.7 million. (This is not me but wiki speaking). I remember, while landing at Mumbai, I could see a forest of ghetto(slums) and  we flew just a few hundred meters over them. But Goa was poles apart from that.

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(Contd.) 7 days off from life

I left Mumbai, before the city was asleep, and I was thinking why couldn’t the roads be at 12 noon in Mumbai as well as in Delhi as they were at 4 AM. Nevertheless, I was off from Mumbai and reached Goa in about 3 hours. 1 hour flight and 2 hours in checking in at airport. Yes it took 2 hours to check in and get through security.

 

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Meanwhile, I was about to experience the most captivating sunrise of my whole life from 7000 feet. Probably the most enchanting 10 minutes of my life.

Goa was relatively clean, green and a lot less dense.Yes population of Goa is 1.458 million and Mumbai is 20.7 million. (This is not me but wiki speaking). I remember, while landing at Mumbai, I could see a forest of ghetto(slums) and  we flew just a few hundred meters over them. But Goa was poles apart from that.

While driving down from Airport to the city, it felt a lot better and HOT .( I mean that in literally 😐 ). It felt like 35 degrees outside at 8 in the morning. We were driving down the hills (yes, i was surprised too that there were hills in Goa) and I was sweating. It was quite the opposite weather I expected. We reached our hotel and I crashed in my room for a power nap.

We left for some sight seeing at 1 PM and It was this moment that I realized we need to keep in at this time of the day when it was blazing like a furnace. Yes, in Goa.

We first stopped at Dona Paula. The sun was still flaming  and hence we kept our visit here very brief, enough to capture the relevance of this place and the story behind it. It is  remembrance to two lovers(Dona Paula, Portuguese Viceroy’s daughter  and a Goa Fisher)  who chose to die rather being separated.

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Effigy of Dona Paula and her lover.

Though i was getting roasted , to what i generally call TANDORI CHICKEN , the place was so aesthetic that I managed to survive a few more minutes.

Next, we stopped by one of the beaches en route – Miramar Beach. It was a nice place, but as “The lord of light” was getting more clement upon us I suggested we spend the next hour sitting under a coconut tree , where it felt like a sudden 10 degree temperature drop, and then maybe cross the ocean of live coal because there was no way I was getting my feet sand baked. Hence, we spent the next hour with the wind in our hair and sand at our feet.

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I accept that is very weird. 😀

Sitting idle is a very tiring. It wasn’t long when were famished.  So I , again being a life saver, suggested we utilize this reserve time. It was my second meal of the day ,after breakfast at hotel, and this probably was the best meal in the past 4 days. After the encounter with curries at Mumbai, this was a  scrumptious meal.

 

Kingfish Curry.
Kingfish curry

After this tremendously fulfilling bite, sun finally came down and it was time for some fun in water.

Next day was similar, with a visit to another local beach – Calangute beach. Learning from the past day, we decided to hit the roads at 4 in the afternoon this time so that we reach when it’s sunset. It was a lot pleasant and easy to survive the day this time.

Since the day we arrived at Goa, we were constantly reminded of visiting this amazing beach – Palolem beach with water so blue that one would be mesmerized. So we reserved the coming day  for this exotic visit, because it was 60 Km away from where we lodged ourselves and it would consume a whole day. Moreover, we did not had much to do here so this seemed like a good investment.

When we arrived at the said beach, my first reaction was ❓ where is the blue water? People said, it is high tide and to get into water that clear you either need to wait or go 2 KM inside ocean. 😐 World is full of deception.

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Nonetheless, the place was way better than I explained. Well the sunset made it so. After having a snack and some water play, we left exhausted and drowsy. Once again, I crashed on the bed as we reached back, though my mind was not thnking about rest at the moment. It was occupied with the truth that it would be my last night in Goa and tomorrow I was to leave for home. It was the first time in 7 days that I did not want to go back to my more than abnormal life.

Monty Hall Problem defined.

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You must consider the variable change.

Those who saw the movie 21 Blackjack , I am sure a lot of you must have, must have imagined what that concept was that professor Micky presented to his class. I found , after a few minutes of digging down into google, it was the very famous Monty Hall Problem. It is a logical puzzle loosely based on the american game show Let’s make a deal“. 

The premise of the game is as follows:

You’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a car; behind the others, goats. You pick a door, say No. 1 ( a very apt choice as all the three doors have the same probability of being chosen), and the host, who knows what’s behind the doors, opens another door, say No. 3, which has a goat. He then says to you, “Do you want to pick door No. 2?” Is it to your advantage to switch your choice?

Well some people would say “I would stick to what i chose. B) ” Those people would be not fools 😛 but simply unaware of the fact “Variable change”. Let me explain what this variable change is.

Let there be three doors 1,2,3 respectively. one of these doors has a CAR behind it while other has a goat.

Say I choose door 2. Probability of the bar being behind that door is 1/3 or 33.33%.

Now, let the game host be you. You obviously know which door has the prize and which ones are boobie trapped. You open the door 3 and show us all that it had a goat behind it.

Suddenly, I realize that the probability of the car being behind your door has risen from 33.33% to 50%. :mrgreen: So when you are going to ask me if i want  to stick to my choice I will be prepared to say yes. Because I did not consider the probability of car being behind the other door.

 

Three configurations of the doors is possible here.

Door 1    Door 2     Door3

1.   Car         Goat        Goat

2.   Goat       Car          Goat

3.    Goat      Goat         Car

Some of you might have gotten the hint by now. But for those who haven’t here’s the explanation.

The probability of my choice being correct at the first place is 1/3. While that of being wrong is 2/3.

In case the configuration of the car and goat is as shown in case 1 and three, and if i choose gate 2 Then the host , i.e. you, will be forced to open door 3 and 1 (for case 1 and 3 respectively). This is because in both the cases, my choice was wrong, and you being the host cannot open the correct door and the door i choose. Hence, when i change my choice i will definitely win the car. That’s two cases where I will win the car if i change.

In case of case 2 of the config shown above, when i choose door 2 and you open door 1/3 if i change my choice i will lose with a probability of 100%. Hence this is one case when i will lose if i change my choice. 

Now from a total of three cases possible I lose in 1 case and win in 2 cases if i change my choice after the host opens a door.

Hence the probability that i win after i change my choice is 2/3 or 66.66% which is more than 50%.

I hope you like this post  and feel free to kick a conversation on this post to discuss it with me or others.

Credits Raunaq Singh Punn

If…

Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

 

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
—– Rudyard Kipling

7 days off from life. Part 1

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Life has been very busy the past year. Almost no time to retire from the hectic schedule that my life was offering me every day. But last week of March was my time out from all this mess. Delhi -> Bombay -> Goa. That was my plan for the week.

So off i went from Delhi early in the morning via Air, and landed at Mumbai in about 2 hours and was in my room at the end of the next . So Mumbai it was where i was to spend next 3 nights.

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Mumbai airport was better than expected. Having departed from Indra Gandhi T-3 Terminal at  Delhi which looks no less than a 5 star hotel, Chatrapati shivaji Airport at Mumbai looked equally good to me, infact better.

My dad had already made arrangements for accommodation so all we had to do was to hire a cab to the destination and we were there. Mumbai was not so pleasant as expected. Especially the roads. Immediately after we hit the roads i wanted to come back to Delhi for it was nowhere near close to what i expected Mumbai to be.

But as we neared our destination, the place got better and less crowded. I was  told malabar hill was south extension of Delhi, so i hoped it would be a better place and it was indeed.

To tired after the 6 hours journey from home to check-in to security check to flight to mumbai to hotel, i just wanted to crash on my bed in the room, which happened to be on 11th floor. I remembered i saw a giant park and a sea shore near my staying place, so i was a little more excited to be in mumbai than i was in the past hour.

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It turned out better than I expected it to be.

Every following day that I spent at Mumbai, it was at this place I visited every evening from 6 to 8. Day were hot here, hotter than they were in Delhi, but the weather was not sweaty. Wind was cool near the sea and it felt very calm to sit under a coconut tree.  The coming day we decided to head out the hotel and visit a few places like the ever famous Mahalaxmi temple, and a few relatives who were settled in mumbai. The day after that called for a visit to the nearby local markets and Sidhivinayak Mandir.

Local eateries in mumbai were pathetic. :/ Everything had a pinch of sweet taste in it. Even the chutney and pickle were sweet. Even the famous Vada Pao , that everyone know is a very famous dish of mumbai, was a small bun  filled with a very big, almost tasteless Indian potato fritter. It was dry, with no cream or mayo sauce or cheese inside it. However, when i saw local people savoring the dish, I thought it may be my taste buds that were acting up to the taste of these coastal delights. Nonetheless, the next day was going to be the most exciting day of the whole trip. It was ESSEL WORLD  that I was going to , India’s largest amusement park as they claim. The day ended with a lot of memories and a longing for getting on those rides one more time, but it was time to prepare to depart from Mumbai and head for the next city – Goa… (to be continued)