That precious time, again, when debating, disagreeing, discussing, collaborating, co-teaching/researching/writing/editing/publishing were not driven by 'siapa lebih pandai' or racing for numbers (KPI, MyRA, Scopus, MAPIM, ROI, etc).
With Niranjan, my neural pathways would be 100 times active, my brain alert, and my feelings guarded, yet never intimidated. In fact, I always feel a sense of intellectual liberation whenever I worked with him. Plus, I always feel secure enough to share my prejudices, biases, sentiment and feeling openly with him.
With him, one has to be well-versed with ample case examples, ready with theories and mostly, plain common senses that do not insult human intelligence (and dignity too). For some people, he can be very intimidating with his intellectual probing, eyes for details and hyper-perfection. He talks a lot too. Well, nobody is perfect.
We talked about so many things, some of which are reverberating strongly today in our mainstream socio-political & economics scenes.
As one grows older, what was previously seem so big and important begins to be pushed into the background noise, while what was previously and conveniently sidelined begins to loom bigger. One begins to 'see the light' instead of the 'projected images'.
One example is certainly a life-long friendship, as attested by the meeting and re-conciliation of my friendship with Niranjan. True friendship or 'connectivity', unlike what we are normally experiencing through the social media, is not up for bargain, or even 'intellectual discourse'. We are living and moving into the age of post-information, of hyper-connectivity.
As information travels with the speed of light, or in the form of light itsel, we are moving into the 'age of light' beyond the noises of forms. When our local mind is hyper-connected with each other in a cosmic field, hopefully we will enter the age of higher consciousness (higher light).
We r a part of an infinite field of wisdom, connected by love & compassion.
Nobody is perfect, but everyone of us is a completion of 'the others'.
More at https://hasnulsaidon.blogspot.com/2013/07/meeting-long-lost-friend.html?m=1