Ganesh Chaturthi

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, to please my mom, I did something that I don’t normally do — set-up for ‘puja’ and complete our home festivities by 9:30am. For all those who know me, I am a religious waste. And I’ve never been successful in any typical set-up. And those who’ve not had a chance to wiki, Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the God of intellect and wisdom.
My mom and I grabbed this opportune day to translate my tribute in her autobiography which is due to be published before the end of this year. We started with the title and ended up arguing on the choice of words. She being the Telugu expert would care less about my English prowess. But I insisted on certain Telugu words based on my limited yet confident knowledge. Around 11am, I tried something different and translated my entire passage through Google translate and as luck would have it was better than I thought. I shared it with her and we started reviewing from there. There were a lot of misinterpretations but we weren’t arguing anymore.
That was my teach-back moment about artificial intelligence. She was in awe about how much technology had progressed for the better good of humanity. That made me wish everyone would understand like her how we have made leaps in technology, artificial intelligence, automation, communications media and yet are at loggerheads in the name of religion, region and political affiliation. At the end of the day, I hope this day’s equivalent of all faiths or beliefs inculcates some good sense and we make this world a better place to live in. #quotidianblessing

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