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My self-summary
My real name is Arko Bose. I am usually a loner and highly asocial. However, I make up for the above two by being brutally honest. I detest speaking a lot about myself, and thus, it is difficult for me to "summarize" myself here. However, should you care, you may read on. Thank you.
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I am a research scholar in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in Bombay (it's been a while since they reverted to calling it Mumbai, but I like the name which I grew up hearing).

If it's of interest to you, then I am working on the status of time in quantum mechanics, nonlinear quantum mechanics, and the possibility that gravity may be an emergent phenomenon.

If the above does not interest you, then I also read, write (poetry and prose), hike, trek, bike, and take long strolls along the sea-shore after midnight. I have also published an anthology of my poetry, which you can find here (should poetry interest you):

After my PhD in theoretical physics, I plan to start my own research.
I’m really good at
Math, physics, climbing, biking, hiking. And oh yeah, pissing people off.
The first things people usually notice about me
Never asked, nor bothered.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books (a short list): The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins; The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins; ABC of Relativity, by Bertrand Russell; QED, by R P Feynman; A Brief History of Time, by S W Hawking; War and Peace, by Lev Tolstoi; Anna Karenina, by Lev Tolstoi; The Confederacy of Dunces, by J K Toole; Intimacy, by Sartre; The Nature of the Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir; Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; The Human Bondage, by W S Maugham; Moon and Sixpence, by W S Maugham; Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky; biographies; and poetry of Keats, Wordsworth, Alexander Pushkin, e e cummings, T S Elliot, Archibald McLeish, Wilfred Owen, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginzberg, Dylan Thomas, and W H Auden to name but a few.

Movies (a short list, in completely random order): Päthér Pänchali, Ägantùk, Mar Adentro, Une Femme Mariée, Les Amants, The Dreamers, The Reader, The Prestige, Amores Perros, Last Tango in Paris, Satya, Seven Samurai, Admi aur Aurat, Paar, Aakrosh, Arth, Shortbus, Howl, Godfather (I and II), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, That Girl in Yellow Boots, Dev D, Gulaal, Black Friday, Gandu, Pulp Fiction, The English Patient, Irréversible, Life Is Beautiful, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Schindler's List, Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Hurt Locker, Volver, Babel, Split Wide Open, The Motorcycle Diaries, Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream, Hazaaron Khwaihishen Aisi, Milk, Il Postino, Sin City, First Blood, Clockwork Orange, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Lost in Translation, Silence of the Lambs, A River Runs Through It, Million Dollar Baby, The Hours, Master and Commander, The Pianist, Rainman, I am Sam, The Man from Earth, La vie en rose, Se7en, Antichrist, Metropolis, Up in the Air, Equus, The Last Lear, About Schmidt, Watchmen, Frida, Maqbool, Omkara, True Grit, In a Glass Cage, The Town, Inglorious Basterds, 127 Hours, Copenhagen, Kinsey, Blue Valentine, Udaan, Love, Sex aur Dhokha, The Kids are All Right, The Fighter, Apocalypse Now, Wind That Shakes the Barley, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Cast Away.

Shows: Survivorman, Mythbusters, Lonely Planet.

Music: Jazz and classical.

As for food, I eat everything except for sweets.
The six things I could never do without
I'd decided not to populate this list. But on second thoughts, here goes, in no particular order (notice that I don't need oxygen, water and food! While of course, family is not a "thing".):

1) My Leatherman Surge.
2) My hiking boots.
3) Wilderness.
4) Jazz.
5) Reasonable amount of money.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The nuts and bolts of the universe, the prevalence of irrational thought in society, evolution, etc.
On a typical Friday night I am
Taking a long stroll along the sea-shore, thinking about some interesting physical/mathematical problems, watching movies, listening to jazz, or classical.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
Is that I shall admit it only after we are past the point of communication. I am not looking to impress anyone.
You should message me if
1) You consider yourself a rational, and mature, human being.
2) You appreciate the present.
3) You appreciate the value of a good laugh.
4) You appreciate a good conversation.
5) You, even though you may not actively like adventure, appreciate my need for it.
6) You are not too political.
7) You are not hung-up, or ashamed, of your own needs, desires and aspirations.
8) You are not afraid of indiscriminate honesty.
9) You are not judgmental about anyone's personal preferences.

Thank you.