Musings & Adventures, Random

Getting my Diacritics Corrected at MIT

OM MANI PADME HUM written in chalk on 20 foot x 20 foot chalk board in Sata center lobby

While visiting the Stata center at MIT, I scrawled my usual chalkboard graffiti in the lobby – OM MANI PADME HUM.  An hour later,  I found that someone had actually “corrected” the  diacritized sanskrit “NI”, which looks backwards when compared with the standard Tibetan alphabet.

Tibetan letter NI curling to the left, visible erase marks where it was corrected

Barely 2 hours on this campus and I’ve already been anonymously second-guessed by a cheeky smartypants.

After a brief moment of sheer amusement,  I decided to engage constructively.

Tibetan letter NI curling to the right, with a comment written below that reads learn your diacritics.

This is why I love visiting academia.