Chatting with ST and more averaging experiments
We were hemmed in by the terrible fury of vAta and rudra which gave us an excuse to squander time as we used to do in our days of youth with ST who was similarly holed up in our regions for two days. ST had been much enamored by our earlier averaging experiments to generate the average Hindu strI amongst our contemporaries using SQIRLZ-MORPH. She had built a larger parallel set for the purpose that included herself and few of our common acquaintances, in addition to a large body of her acquaintances (totally n=30). There were about 8 people overlapping with the earlier set. All the 4 varNas of the Hindu society are represented here, though there appears to be a degree of bias in numbers towards the first varNa in the set. We did not resort to an average per varNa because the true kShatriya-s were particularly under-represented. But one point we noted was that the urban shUdra-s in our data were on average closer to the 3 dvija-s varNa-s than a composite of purely avarNa and tribal representatives we had earlier made (data not shown). This seems to fit the genetic observations that the major division in Indian population separates tribal groups from the caste groups. Both ST and I agreed that a large number of Indian women of the older generation compared to ours suffered from facial dysmorphia. This was so, even amongst brahmin women, especially from the Dravida country. We also seemed to agree that the persistence of dysmorphia in our generation amongst brahmin women occurred at higher frequency in those from the Dravida country. We speculated that this might have to do with the protein poor-diets of people from this region. But this alone I feel is not enough to account for the dysmorphia in all Dravida brahmin women. On this point ST and I seem to disagree. My own feeling is that beauty in Hindu women is distributed normally but with a much greater standard deviation than in the case of the mleChcha strI-s. Thus, in the beauty tail (as opposed to the ugly tail) of the curve the best-looking strI-s are amongst the Hindus, but in the mean area they might not fare as well. ST agreed but she and me differed in our theories to explain it. In course of our long chat spanning from lunch to dinner and beyond [similar to the one we had on our walk in the pleasant town of my old residence in the peaceful days of 2003] we covered many topics. To both our memories almost convergently came the day when we climbed to the kauNDinya caves and rested at ancient pillared temple on the way– for a while we were transported to that condition, which only exists in the consciousness and breaks up if it comes out in words! But then like a dropped stone breaking the surface of a pellucid pond ripples burst through the the pond of the chit breaking up all images. Then I took advantage of ST’s knowledge of the Dravida language to clarify certain points, the interest in which had been piqued by R’s earlier questioning. Then we parted as the bleak exteriors threatened to eat us up. ST quoted some sentence from Conan Doyle– I too recalled reading it but some how failed to register it.
To my mind came the following: “daNDin of yore had made a 10 kumAra-s for his charita. Even so the 3 kumArI-s had arisen. They stood on the three sides of the prism, and he stood in the middle. All the senses were inundated but none ever satisfied.”