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MInd is the national magazine of Mensa India. This is the Oct- Dec 2012 issue.

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  • 1

    We need to talk.

    A general indication of quality for any magazine is the quality of

    its readership. But in case of MInd, given the already available

    eminent audience, the challenge is to fulfill the potential of being a

    magazine of, for and by the Gifted.

    The idea behind MInd is two-fold: to serve as a medium that

    fosters communication and collaboration amongst our members; and

    to become a mouthpiece for the Mensa India community in reaching

    out to organizations, connecting with people and accessing resources

    to serve society better. The onus to achieve this is not just on the MInd

    editorial team but each and every one of us who holds that certificate

    saying higher than 98 percentile of the population. We shall

    pursue these lofty goals that we have set for ourselves in Pandit

    Nehrus wisdom of not wholly or in full measure but substantially.

    With each published issue of MInd, well slowly but surely inch

    towards it.

    But then again, the magazine is only the medium. The

    message has to emanate from the community each local chapter;

    every SIG; each individual Mensan. This means that A) if your local

    chapters not active, revive it; B) When your chapter or SIG does

    something cool, tell us; C) If you feel passionately about an idea,

    event or subject, share it; and D) If you have time and skills, volunteer

    with Mensa.

    Inundate our inbox with your articles, ideas, feedbacks and

    suggestions. Do exciting stuff with your SIGs and write them in to us

    (well publish them and rub it in the faces of everyone else). Lets raise

    the Mensa India community beyond mere subsistence to one of

    creative vigour. In Uncle Sams unbeatable words, We need You!

    With that, and no further ado, welcome to this issue of MInd,

    your Mensa India magazine. May the force be with you.

    ~N V Krishnamoorthy,~N V Krishnamoorthy,~N V Krishnamoorthy,~N V Krishnamoorthy,

    Editor, MIEditor, MIEditor, MIEditor, MIndndndnd

    In this Issue:

    Decide! 2

    Letter boxes 2

    Numb3rs 2

    Horizon 3

    Fermats Last Theorem 3

    The old man and his books4

    The Mensan Robber! 4

    Giftedness 5

    Consultants 5

    If Mensans made films 6

    Solutions 7,8

    Submissions:

    Send in your articles and

    contributions in plain text

    format and pictures in high

    resolution .jpg format to:

    editor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.com

    Disclaimer:

    All contents in this magazine

    are opinions of the individual

    authors and contributors.

    Neither Mensa India, the

    society, its office bearers nor

    the editors are responsible for

    any content or views expresses.

    Feedback:

    Like it, love it or hate it? Tell us

    how to make the MIndMIndMIndMInd

    magazine better. Write in to the

    editor at

    editor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.comeditor.mensaindia@gmail.com

  • There is a stirring in our country

    momentary, passing restlessness in the air or

    into a storm. Which of the two it results in depends upon me and you.

    And you and you.

    Together we can turn it into a whirlwind that will blow away the

    old order with its incestuous, corrupt partnerships across political

    parties; a storm that will restore the power to those who elect, by

    throwing out those who have usurped this power just because they

    were elected. Together we can create a storm that will cleanse us of

    this evil that had infested our body politic and return to us ou

    as the real sovereigns of this potentially great nation. No more moving

    away from the road when these self

    representatives come, flashing their red lights on cars. No more

    shouting in vain for a single policeman while these

    surrounded by their numerous gun

    our loved ones in ill-equipped government hospitals while these

    'rulers' go abroad at our cost for their treatment. No more touching the

    feet of those who should be touching ours for having elected them.

    This is our time. If we sit idly by and not lend our support to

    those who are trying to upset this cozy order, the breeze will die away.

    Then that inbred fraternity which has ruled us these past years will

    become more firmly rooted and that much more difficult to dislodge.

    We will become more inured to remaining slaves in our own land

    playthings in the hands of the corrupt and the self

    handed out toys at election time and exploited with impunity

    thereafter. We will continue to see the food of our school children, the

    water of our farmers, the land of our nation and even the fodder of

    our cattle being appropriated by these people without fear of

    retribution. We will see brazen governance without accountability

    cynical, motivated 'investigations' against chicanery without justice.

    Decide now, which future you wish for yourself. That of the serf,

    which you currently are, or that of the Master, which, your constitution

    entitles you to? Decide now, whether you w

    inertly as others who are fighting your war await your support. Decide.

    For on this decision will depend your fate and a nation's future.

    Just think of what will you tell your children when they grow up

    and ask you, "Mother, why did you make that choice?; Father why

    did you do nothing? And remember: depending upon your answer,

    they will respect your courage or condemn your cowardice.

    ~Kishore Asthana,~Kishore Asthana,~Kishore Asthana,~Kishore Asthana,

    Mensa India (Delhi/NCR)Mensa India (Delhi/NCR)Mensa India (Delhi/NCR)Mensa India (Delhi/NCR)

    2

    There is a stirring in our country a stirring which may be a mere

    momentary, passing restlessness in the air or one that could transform

    into a storm. Which of the two it results in depends upon me and you.

    Together we can turn it into a whirlwind that will blow away the

    old order with its incestuous, corrupt partnerships across political

    storm that will restore the power to those who elect, by

    throwing out those who have usurped this power just because they

    were elected. Together we can create a storm that will cleanse us of

    this evil that had infested our body politic and return to us our dignity

    as the real sovereigns of this potentially great nation. No more moving

    away from the road when these self-styled high and mighty

    flashing their red lights on cars. No more

    shouting in vain for a single policeman while these egoists remain

    surrounded by their numerous gun-toting guards. No more sitting with

    equipped government hospitals while these

    'rulers' go abroad at our cost for their treatment. No more touching the

    ng ours for having elected them.

    This is our time. If we sit idly by and not lend our support to

    those who are trying to upset this cozy order, the breeze will die away.

    Then that inbred fraternity which has ruled us these past years will

    y rooted and that much more difficult to dislodge.

    We will become more inured to remaining slaves in our own land

    playthings in the hands of the corrupt and the self-serving to be

    handed out toys at election time and exploited with impunity

    e will continue to see the food of our school children, the

    water of our farmers, the land of our nation and even the fodder of

    our cattle being appropriated by these people without fear of

    retribution. We will see brazen governance without accountability and

    cynical, motivated 'investigations' against chicanery without justice.

    Decide now, which future you wish for yourself. That of the serf,

    which you currently are, or that of the Master, which, your constitution

    entitles you to? Decide now, whether you wish to act or just watch

    inertly as others who are fighting your war await your support. Decide.

    For on this decision will depend your fate and a nation's future.

    Just think of what will you tell your children when they grow up

    d you make that choice?; Father why

    did you do nothing? And remember: depending upon your answer,

    they will respect your courage or condemn your cowardice. Decide!

    Do we wait till it gets to this?

    Image courtesy: Nocturnalesflickr.com/photos/spaceflattener/

    Letter boxes

    Can you find the logical pattern

    for the fourth square?

    Solutions on page 6.

    Numb3rs

    What replaces the x?

    a)

    c) d)

    The number reveals itself on page 6.

    42

    1

    42

    1

    42

    1

    42

    1

    Decide!

    Do we wait till it gets to this?

    courtesy: Nocturnales flickr.com/photos/spaceflattener/

    Letter boxes

    Can you find the logical pattern

    for the fourth square?

    Solutions on page 6.

    Numb3rs

    What replaces the x?

    a) b)

    c) d)

    The number reveals itself on

    42

    1

    42

    1

    42

    1

    42

    1

  • 3

    The known is a drop; the unknown' is an ocean. More often

    than not, ones life is shaped and determined by an ocean which takes

    various forms: the Invisible, the Unknown, the Future, etc. This

    happens every day in macro as wel