The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman T. MalikI dont think one will be able to enjoy the nuances of this story, unless one has a basic grounding in thermodynamics and a knowledge of the ground realities in Pakistan.
When energy is continuously applied, solid melts to form liquid, which further vapourises to form gas. If we keep on applying energy, at very high temperatures, matter will become something where positively charged nuclei swim in a raging ‘sea’ of free electrons. This is called the Plasma state.
The author is applying this metaphor to a society where the heat of hatred has been continuously applied, which has resulted in the meltdown of the family into a plasma of charged individuals, flying around committing random acts of terror. However, one individual - Tara Khan - wants to break away from this tragic mess.
This from science:
When the elementary particle boson is cooled to temperatures near absolute zero, a dilute ‘gas’ is created. Under such conditions, a large number of bosons occupy the lowest quantum state and an unusual thing happens: quantum effects become visible on a macroscopic scale. This effect is called the macroscopic quantum phenomena and the ‘Bose-Einstenin Condensate’ is inferred to be a new state of matter. The presence of one such particle, the Higgs-Boson, was tentatively confirmed on March 14th, 2013 in the most complex experimental facility built in human history.
This particle is sometimes called the God Particle.
And this, from myth.
There is a story told around campfires since the beginning of time: Millennia ago a stone fell from the infinite bosom of space and plunked onto a statistically impossible planet. The stone was round, and smaller than a pebble of goat shit, and carried a word inscribed on it.
It has been passed down generations of Pahari clans that that word is the Ism-e-Azam, the Most High Name of God.
Every sect in the history of our world has written about it. Egyptians, Mayans. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim mystics. Some have described it as the primal point from which existence began, and that the Universal Essence lives in this nuktah.
The closest approximation to the First Word, some say, is one that originated in Mesopotamia, the land between the two rivers. The Sumerians called it Annunaki.
He of Godly Blood.
(view spoiler)[Sitting down in the lotus position in a mountain cave, Tara awaits her brother Sohail, who has left home to become a terrorist. When he finally comes in the shape of the primal energy of hatred, she meets him as kindness.
Particle and Anti-particle meet, and they are mutually annihilated in a union of love. (hide spoiler)]
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