A Tale on Time

Time is an elusive concept that has baffled humans since time immemorial. The farmers of the fertile crescent tamed wild grass across seasons, cultivating it as wheat; the Native Americans hunted bison by understanding their migratory habits; the Polynesian sailors traced distant islands across the largest ocean in the world, relying solely on the night sky; the Mayan mathematicians predicted cosmological events and foresaw their own people's demise; the Egyptian rice farmers harvested the tides of the Nile. Time and tide waited for them while they built an enormous civilization.

Prophets and seers prophesied events, and they were proved wrong time and again. Some religions preach that our future is predestined because they believe time is cyclic. Archaic and new-age mystics perpetuate time as a holy notion. Modern science is based on time as a fourth dimension, which, in our mere mortal world, can only go further. The intelligentsia regard time as an independent and unbiased entity. No wonder, history repeats itself.

Wonders and cities that stood the test of time are revered and celebrated. Literary epics have been written and interpreted, rewritten and reinterpreted, to wage wars and bring peace. Some remained uncorrupted, and others were bastardized. Time lay still when the Great Libraries of Babylon and Alexandria were burnt down by invading armies. Our past was lost in the flames and time moved on. Time has seen plagues leading to the Dark Age, and the rebirth of the classical era as Renaissance. It passed and healed all wounds. Forgetful minds with fading memories tended to the wounds of hostile nations, and explorers ventured into the oceans to discover the lands which they thought were behind the times; not knowing it was them who were racing against time. They brought in riches from ancient empires and crumbling cities. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered to conquer time. One thing led to another and time watched mankind being embroiled in the World Wars. The wars ended, but peace never came. The obsession with time still plagued our minds and physicists pursued it with ceaseless passion, theorizing equations and conducting gigantic experiments. Some failed miserably and others succeeded faultlessly, only to be proved wrong later. Till date, time remains an enigma that fascinates everyone.

Tourists flock to the giant sundials of India, which were built by flourishing kingdoms, ahead of their time. Arabian hourglasses have been immortalized in popular culture through movies and stories. Mesmerizing time lapses reveal nature's gradual growth. Musicians and photographs capture time in songs and photographs as beautiful memories. Memories we would hate to recollect if it weren't for those perfectly plastic smiles. Ticking alarm clocks and long-winded time-action plans wake us up in the morning, and make us work harder as a deadline approaches. We manipulate our perception of time to suit our needs. Workaholics adjust their watches a few minutes ahead, drug addicts accelerate their perception of time with meth and slow time down with acid. Their minds foolishly believe they are tripping, when it's just an illusion. Time flows constantly. The refugee wonders why it takes so long for a war to end, the abused spouse wonders when the divorce will be over — time reminds us of the power it holds by gifting us with persistent sadness and fleeting happiness.

Time took us from rodeos to radios, earthen mounds to ultrasound, pyramids to hybrids, mud walls to fast food stalls, trebuchets to rockets; and watched over us as we progressed. We've come a long way because we tamed time and made it our own. Let us celebrate technology and the astronomical growth humans have made since time immemorial in Technozion 2016, here at NIT Warangal, and give ourselves to Chronos. For the time is ripe, to have the time of your life.