Karim is a polymath.

As his professor at MIT, he was as much my teacher, as he was my student. I am not quite certain what he learned from me, but I am absolutely certain what I learned from Karim:

Karim taught me that there are no boundaries between the Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. That anything is possible.

During his two years here at MIT, where he graduated with a Master of Science degree, Karim studied Quantum Physics, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Astrophysics… and a lot more that I couldn’t keep up with as his faculty advisor.

Karim wrote his Master’s Thesis at MIT on the philosophical prose of The Upanishads, circa 900 BC, and traveled and trekked deep in the Indian Himalayas to interview ascetics.

This, after canceling the idea for his original thesis subject, on the ancient Third Dynasty of Ur ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ dating back to circa 2,000 BC. May I assume that 2,000 BC was too ‘ancient’ to grasp Karim’s sustained interest?

Who knows? As I said, it can be hard to keep up with Karim.

Anything is possible for Karim. He sees absolutely zero limits.

— Professor Richard Leacock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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