Friend List Name Statistics

Back in 2015, I did some basic analysis on the names of the people in my FB friend list. With the help of some app that lets you export Facebook contacts, I got a hold of all the names and then most common names, last names and so on. I was reminded of it recently, and felt […]

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Republic Day Parade, Live: My Experience

Republic Day Air Show

It is a bit like the craze people have about watching a cricket match from the stadium. There are no action replays, no wide-angle shots, no bird’s eye views, no on-screen statistics, and most even don’t get to see, from close, the players they revere. But there is that feeling of being there, right at the […]

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Why your college-going kids don’t open up to you

This answer was originally posted on Quora. The question was: I think my college-going son is being very selective in what he chooses to share with me. What should I do? I only come to know of certain things AFTER they happen, and that too if they are happy news – news I can only […]

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A parent’s guide to understanding their kids’ salaries

Click here to access a PDF version of the Hindi text. Hindi Version (English version follows) पिछले कुछ दिनों से आप अख़बारों में और टीवी पर IIT के छात्र-छात्राओं को मिली नौकरियाँ और उनकी तनख्वाह  के बारे में काफी पढ़-सुन रहे होंगे. 1 करोड़, 1.5 करोड़ जैसे आंकड़े सुन कर आपके ज़हन में भी यही […]

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Career Choices and Cluelessness. What after college?

(This was originally posted here, as a reply to the question “I’m still in college, but have no idea what to do after completing my under-graduation. Is this normal?”) When people write their SOP (Statement of Purpose) while applying to graduate school or jobs, they write sentences like “After completing my project in #FancyTopicName working […]

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How is it respect anyway?

Another Bollywood family has come in the media for wrong reasons (or right ones, if you are the blinkered, chest-thumpingly patriotic kind). Puneet Issar’s wife Deepali Issar whacked a guy in the theater for allegedly disrespecting the national anthem. In the dialogue, as reported by the ToI, I was particularly amused by the line “Don’t lie. […]

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The biggest difference

In a very beautifully written article (KEEGAN: The Opposite of Loneliness), (Late) Marina Keegan, then a final year student at Yale, said: We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life. What I’m grateful and thankful to have found at Yale, […]

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Let’s get rid of the misogyny, shall we?

It’s introspection time on both sides of the globe. While America’s talking (once again) about gun control laws in light of the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, India has turned its dial of outrage to the Women’s Safety setting since the last 3 days. In the last few months, I have had quite a […]

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To Freshies

Originally, this post was supposed to be a retrospective post about college. I took those elements and condensed them into a few things that I’d want to say to the new batch at IIT. Of course, there’s nothing batch-specific about this post, so I invite everyone to read and comment. These points are not necessarily the most […]

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What makes a rich summer experience?

I answered a question on Quora about what makes for a rich summer experience for an undergraduate student in science and technology, and am reproducing it here: An ideal summer experience would of course be a mix of all the elements you mentioned, but since it’s unlikely that you’ll get them all in one summer, […]

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