If you are a fan of Hindi Pop music (which I am not. Hindi Pop is similar to Indian Chinese food…it’s Indian. Chinese is for namesake. Similarly, Hindi Pop is just Hindi song, Pop part is misleading!), you might remember a song composed and sung by Pakistani singer Adnan Sami – Mujhko Bhi To Lift Kara De (Lift me too). Here’s the song:
The song basically says that God has blessed any Tom, Dick and Harry in this world and given them all the beauty and bounty. Then why not me? Lift me too and take me out of my dismal condition. It’s nice mediocre song, which many people (including myself) can connect with, at least some of the times.
The reason for remembering this song was a news I read recently about a house in my city Pune. A man in my city literally lifted his house by using 200 jacks to avoid rain and drainage water entering his house! Here is the news in English and Marathi. Here is a photo (taken from English news report) of how it was done.
I also found a Youtube video of the same house which shows it in much more detail:
I found it very astonishing, a real marvel of Engineering and Technology! I then researched on what this technology is and since when it has been in use, and found some interesting information.
This technique was used way back in 1850s and 1860s to raise the entire central district of Chicago in the US. During the 1850s and 1860s engineers carried out a piecemeal raising of the level of central Chicago. Streets, sidewalks and buildings were physically raised on hydraulic jacks or jackscrews. The work was funded by private property owners and public funds.
Here is a good article about the story:
I also found an interesting video by Matt Parker, my favorite “stand-up mathematician“! I’m sure you would love it…
Wish there were similar ways to lift ourselves in career, in social circles, and in personal relationships