Career Cluelessness

(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 […]

Continue Reading

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. […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

The paradox of arranged marriages

Interesting stuff has been going on in the country in the last two days. On one end, we have the case of an NGO called Bhrashtachar Nivaran Sanstha threatening to file a suit against producer Sajid Nadiadwala for the item number Anarkali Disco Chali in his movie Houseful 2. The NGO feels that the line, […]

Continue Reading

The critical mass of goodness

The country was galvanized last year by the whole Jan Lokpal Movement, and a lot was said for and against the movement, its leaders and cheerleaders, and the thousands of Indians who poured into the streets in the largest display of public outrage in recent times. While we are all fashionably outraged at the way […]

Continue Reading

If you think it’s disgusting, too bad for you.

Harish showed me an interesting article. It talks about 10 food items from around the world which are considered delicacies in their respective areas, but which would be perceived as highly disgusting by people from almost everywhere else, even the most battle-hardened non-vegetarians. In that list are things like maggot-infested cheese and bat-paste, enough to […]

Continue Reading

Stupid analogies are like stupid analogies

I have always had a love-hate relation with analogies, though it has mostly veered towards hate. I agree that they can occasionally be illuminating and can make difficult concepts more palatable, but I have often considered them evil and felt that they do more harm than good. Usually, they over-simplify a concept to “dumb it down”, so to […]

Continue Reading