About Me

I am Keshav Bedi, Economics major from Jamia Millia Islamia University.I happen to be an ardent devotee of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and Sri Hanumana.

This blog is for my personal imaginative musings, confessions and the like.The idea to have a blog didn’t come out from a ‘why-not-me-as-well’ complex.

I remain absorbed these days in matters of worldly philosophy and this blog is supposed to be an outlet of the exuberance of thoughts lying in my skull, yelling for attention.

One can know a great deal about someone by knowing the people whom he/she admires.Among the people I admire, the prominent ones are Ved Vyasa, Patanjali, Adi Shankara, Nagarjuna, Kabir, Tulsidas, Valmiki, Swami Vivekananda, Descartes, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, Nikola Tesla, Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, Srinivasa Ramanujan, Richard Feynman, Friedrich August von Hayek, Milton Friedman, Surya Sen, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla, Bhagat Singh, Udham Singh and Sardar Patel.

I am a seeker, seeking knowledge with humility, knowing fully that I know very little. I like listening to classical Indian music and have an inclination for frugal and modest lifestyle.

This much, I guess, will suffice.☺


Quotable Mises

One has to recognize that science is not metaphysics, and certainly not mysticism; it can never bring us the illumination and the satisfaction experienced by one enraptured in ecstasy. Science is sobriety and clarity of conception, not intoxicated vision.

-Ludwig Von Mises, Epistemological Problems Of Economics

Fritz Machlup

Austria was successful in pushing through policies that are popular all over the world. Austria has the most impressive records in five lines: she increased public expenditures, she increased wages, she increased social benefits, she increased bank credits, she increased consumption. After all these achievements she was on the verge of ruin.

-Fritz Machlup

Quotable Mises

“All that good government can do to improve the material well-being of the masses is to establish and to preserve and institutional setting in which there are no obstacles to the progressive accumulation of new capital and its utilization for the improvement of technical methods of production.”
-Ludwig von Mises, Planning for Freedom

Quotable Mises

What counts is not data, but the mind that deals with them.The data that Galileo, Newton, Ricardo, Menger, and Freud made use of for their great discoveries lay at the disposal of every one of their contemporaries and of untold previous generations.Galileo was certainly not the first to observe the swinging motion of the chandelier in the cathedral at Pisa.
-Ludwig von Mises, Epistemological Problems of Economics

Distinction between society and government.

Some writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices.The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.The first a patron, the last a punisher.”

-Thomas Paine

A poem by Nani A. Palkhiwala

When I die,
Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise.
Give my heart to one who has known the agony of the heart.
Give my blood to a youth pulled from the wreckage of a car.
So that he might live to see his grandchildren play.
Let my kidneys drain the poison from another’s body.
Let my bones be used to make a crippled child walk.
Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the wind to let the flowers grow.
If you must bury something, let it be my faults and my prejudices against my fellowmen.
Give my sins to the Devil.
Give my soul to the God.
If you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you.
If you do all I’ve asked, I’ll live for ever.

Nani A. Palkhivala

What is success?

If there’s anything that can claim immortality in the realm of human experience, it’s the profund thoughts and ideas uttered or penned down by sages.

Emerson’s idea of what it means ‘to have succeeded’ claim such immortality. Here it is for record.

“To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;

This is to have succeeded.”