Monday, September 15, 2008
One and a half months have passed since returning from Germany ..... yeah that's true, I was out of India, for the first time in my life, and now hankering to go back. The reason for an abstinence in filling these pages are mystifying to me, because I really wanted to. I remember telling myself everyday that today is the day I start blogging again, but alas I never did.
Over the next few days I will try to recollect and picturize each and every moment during those, the most astonishing days my life.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Further I got another call to work under Prof Bimal Roy, the current dean of academic affairs at ISI Kolkata to work on Cryptography. These days I am also a reporter for Bulla Scientifique, a monthly science magazine supposed to start from next semester, covering the various research activities at our campus.....and supposed to write an article about the recently concluded Open House 08, so basically I have enough on my plate to gobble...for the next few months atleast.
In the meanwhile the end semester examinations are nearing and it seems I need to mask my love affair with Munich for a couple of weeks, as that is something, which is devouring most of my conscious thoughts.....
Monday, February 25, 2008
During the same weekend a lecture series on Cryptography started. It lasted over 20 hours spread over 8 days, covering basics of cryptologic protocols, most popular cryptographic schemes and some cryptanalytic methods. For the first 10 hours Professor P Sarkar, discussed stream ciphers, block ciphers, hash functions and the very definition of security relevant in the digital age. The second half of the series taken by Professor R Barua, was quite mathematical in nature covering introductory number theory, some algorithms in primality testing and factoring for large numbers. On the final day, that is today, the concept of elliptic curves were introduced and some of its uses were suggested in cryptographic schemes.
Thus ended a pretty absorbing week where I learned so much more applicable mathematics and got inspired by a some of the living greats........hopefully something good will come out of this!!!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
The new semester started with new hope and aspirations, on the last day of 2007. After messing up the end-sems I wanted to stay on track from beginning, but alas like all new year resolutions this lasted for not more than a week. In the meanwhile our Regression Analysis professor had announced an internship opportunity for those with experience in MatLab. I eagerly had raised my hand, and enthusiastically sent all my previous project work etc to her though she was rather reluctant at my application as I had completed messed up in her class in the last semester. I knew this was time for damage control!!
Over the next month I eagerly attended all her classes, showed my true inquisitive nature and did the data analysis assignment pretty well. During one such meetings I further got to know that the internship opportunity was moreover in University of Vienna, Austria!!! and this really turned me on...
The mid term results proved to be pretty decent and finally my professor was ready to recommend me...hurray!!! I tried to make my CV as attractive as possible, obviously without diluting any facts and submitted it to the respective site.
This was a fortnight back and hoping to receive a reply any time this week.....fingers crossed :-).......In my next blog I would talk more about other concurrently occurring events....
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Meanwhile a lot has changed in my life, as mentioned then, I am now an IITian and finally feeling settled in. Initial days were kinda odd, for the first time i was staying away from my parents in a hostel. After all the years of news and first hand accounts on the happenings inside a college hostel, this was something i was not exactly looking forward to, though fortunately a new hostel was allocated to the new incoming batch. Hall 9, one of IIT's "innovations" in nomenclature of hostels, become my new abode for the next couple of years.
After the first few days, all apprehensions had evaporated and was finding the stay quite enjoyable. For the first couple of weeks all of us had to go to Hall 7 to fulfill our dietary engagements. The food was certainly more than palatable, and were occasionally served rather daintily. Periodically i made a visit to the local restaurant, mostly alone to satisfy my craving for non veg as that was the only thing disappointing about the mess food. Going by the banal conventions in nomenclature this place is called "Campus Restaurant".
The professors had a certain aura and charm about them which i had been longing for so long. Finally i got professors who can confidently answer all my questions without using all sorts of delaying tactics which i had become fed up of in DU. The studies were certainly a notch higher than what was being done with my friends at other colleges, and was enjoying it pretty much.
Even though our daily routines are filled with classes and test preparations, the college takes care of our fun and frolic bit too. We had this Antaragni, our college fest, wherein singer, Atif Aslam and the rock band, Poets of The Fall were invited to perform on different days. After serpentine queues and hours of waiting i got to hear both of them right from the first rows. Late night discos and chatting up with friends right until the sunrise were certainly firsts for me.
Though in the final analysis, i may have messed up my grades, i learned a lot more and really had a enjoyable experience, the iitian way of life!!!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I hope i am able to make use of this opportunity to get a solid base for my dream of going to some good actually very good US university for my PhD.
I reach iit on the 26th and lets see what all awaits me, Hopefully a bright future!!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I am being offered admission to an integrated PhD program in Mathematics from Houston University, then IIT for Masters in Statistics and finally the really big one IISc, Bangalore for integrated PhD in Mathematical Sciences.
The list could make even the best of students proud, i suppose, and more so for someone who is considered weak in studies, first by parents and more so by a few of the teachers in college (though i my self have similar impression about them, the teachers that is, hehe).
On a related issue, the long absence of posts from this blog also shows that I actually was busy studying at the least for the last few months.
I hope the alien resides in my head for a few more ...........
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Falling in love isn't science to me,
which gravitation can explain fine to me,
for heart has reasons of its own designs,
a language to me which only shows signs,
love in your heart wasn't put their to stay,
for love isn't love till you give it away,
In the end i hope you wont throw the message away,
as I only wish you Happy Valentines Day
Thursday, February 08, 2007
I had just woken up at around 6:30 on a foggy Monday morning and turned on to a news channel. "She won, she won! Can you believe it, she actually won," what read like an encrypted message, rolled past on the ticker at the bottom line of the TV screen.
Obviously, I had been too clued out over the extended weekend to understand that the world - at least the sizeable Indian chunk of it - had been waiting with bated breath to know the verdict on Shilpa Shetty on UK reality show “Celebrity” Big Brother!
Ha! So was I supposed to feel glad and a trifling more Indian at the big victory? After all, the "UP-Bihar" item babe had "gracefully" managed to oust her "tormentors" from the show and had successfully overcome "racial victimisation" on Prime Time television.
Wasn't she the perfect picture of a "good Indian girl" winning over an emotional audience who couldn't stand her being bullied around by
I have many remonstrations to the song-and-dance over Shilpa's victory dance. Shilpa Shetty ain't no "A-list movie star" as being claimed by many in the media and Ms Shetty herself (of course you could forgive her for that considering she was to share space on the show with the dirt of
If playing second-fiddle in films like Baazigar or uninspiring forgettable performances in a slew of later films makes one an "A-list star", I am sure a Mamta Kulkarni is an equally deserving candidate. She was being paid - and oh boy, being paid BIG - to be on the show. The prospect of getting richer by a few crores doesn't hurt anyone, certainly not a star deprived of quality work.
Her "quotable quotes" in the diary room made one cringe and squirm. They sounded phoney and contrived more than anything else. Sample this, "I didn't even know what was going on outside. I mean we don't even have real grass in the Big Brother House. It's all plastic." Grass or not, you sure do sound plastic lady. Oscar winning show indeed!!
Her U-turn on the racism allegation came as the icing on the rotten cake. And all of it was served with a generous helping of UK Prime Minister, PM-in-waiting, India's Finance Minister et al commenting on the issue and her weepy mother rushing to UK to the rescue of her tormented daughter! Sob, sob and urgh!
I am sure most would take me for a compulsive cynic trying to undermine a hot actress' victory. Cynic I am, but not without a reason. I do not contest that racism is bad. It must be condemned in all forms and that our lass was subjected to unfair treatment.
And yes, I really am wondering, open-mouthed, at the sudden turn of fortunes for a woman who would have perhaps been best remembered for her bootylicious moves in "UP-Bihar" songs is getting to become an overnight sensation - for whatever reasons - is no mean feat.
But does it really call for celebrations? Does it really require us - the media and the public - to go gaga?
I would, if I were in Shilpa's shoes. Certainly not otherwise.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
"Oh great I'll find you on orkut", i said and walked away. And two days later when i signed into my most favorite pass time, i had a new friend request on orkut.
Everyone is on orkut. And for any one who isn't, i cant help but think of that shady PSPO pankha ad... where the guy who didn't know about the local fad was met with a simple "Yeh PSPO nahi jaata!". And it was his cue to catch up with things.
Anyway, what i still find amusing is why so many people fuss over adding or not adding people on their friends list. I've friends who keep invitations pending for weeks before they decide to unwillingly click "accept". and then of course there are those who're part of the elite club where membership comes .. not very easily. My question of course... orkut has no perks for being or not being on the friends list! Either ways, your scraps, your photos your profile can be accessed.. so besides the "I'm on his' her friends list" novelty factor.. there's really nothing else to it..or is there?!
Of course orkut does great for your social life. You don't have to bother getting her number, you don't have to impress her in those 2 and a half minutes at the metro when you meet her.. so she thinks your a nice guy and gives you her number. All you need is the name.. and your good to go! a few scraps that gradually move to private messages, (clearly no longer fit to be in the scrap public domain) and you look back and pity ancient romeos who went to such lengths to get her to rattle out the first few digits of her number.. knowing fully well that there was a good chance that one out of those ten digits could be wrong. Enough to end that romance.. that never was!
All's great when you end up meeting old crushes, ex bosses, grand mother .. (who's managed to finally hold a mouse and not giggle!) and a half a million others who you'd have forgotten if it wasn't for orkut. what comes as the only liability perhaps is the fact that you also end up reviving contact with people who're best forgotten! Then again, what chance do our noble intentions stand in front of "expanding the circumference of your friend circle!"
All great, only for systems in almost every company that has tried so hard to block orkut. There's one word that makes the world go round.. PROXY! ;)
Thursday, December 14, 2006
To be entrusted with the delivery of the closing address for a symposium like this one is not really an easy task. The person volunteering to do this could not be in his right mind, if he had witnessed the preparations and the vivid description of the same in the inaugural address. Fortunately, while I was beginning to think of the enormous responsibility and considering that I had probably been rather rash to accept it, realized that the first day ended as a BLUE (Boring Listless Uncharacteristically smooth Event).
The reason for the turnaround still remains to be examined, though may be attributed to the words of apprehension at the inaugural address, which initiated a markovian chain reaction leaving those involved, scrambling for the six sigma boundaries, to minimize outliers. Our symbiotic partner in the college, the mathematical counterpart, provided the much needed crowd for our fledgling event. Flanked activities, like sudoku (what?) and crossword witnessed far greater attendance than for which, it was really meant. Even though there was no lack of stutter in the speeches, the random walk was rather well controlled by the absorbing boundaries, of the editors. Punctuality of the invitees ironically, lead to random flutters, as their arrivals were normally estimated with huge biases.
Regular snacks were offered, including ‘samosa’, sandwich, tea and ‘gulab jamun’. During the course of the event, the presence of a ‘samosa’ eating monster was proven at 99% significance with the ‘S’ test statistic at 135 and 205 for the two days respectively. I must though mention the fact, that the ‘samosa’ was rather fresh and tasty, while the sandwich was its exact antithesis.
I thereby end by congratulating all those involved, who have been able to pull up a miraculous escape from being chagrined. I must preen the hardworking members who have been able to control, a highly uncorrelated group of stochastic events, which have undoubtedly left a mark, advertising the presence of our highly insignificant department.
God Bless You All!!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
PLEASE DON’T MIND!!
Dear dumbfounded duds, on this momentous occasion, I present before you set of pathetic, unplanned and near random events which in no way are related to the stupid seminar. This tragedy of emotional desperation began with a cat fight among well respected people of high standing. Egoistic clashes and fight for supreme power led to bickering and other childish audacities which nearly put the preparations out of track (not sure whether we are still on it?).
Defecting sponsors and invitees have been common place over the past week with embarrassing regularity. The polarization of the society into a few centers of power, followed up with the usual eclectic mix politics, has been of rather interest to the onlookers. The sedate posters embellish all unimportant corners of the university to minimize chances of damage to those few intellectuals who have been held captive by rising cutoffs. Banners with umpteen mistakes decorate the filthy auditorium within which the two day extravaganza of street fights brawls and a pandemonium of mindless hoodlums is about to take place.
I hope that at least a few of you will live through, to tell the story, which I am sure is going to be a spicy mix of tragedy, suspense and a few fight sequences. Now I leave you to your miseries and would pray to see you all again at the end of two days.
Monday, November 06, 2006
It looks pretty real, even a lot more realistic than the face on Mars in my opinion. It's also pretty big, I used the measure tool in Google Earth to measure the size of the Native American's forehead and its about 225 meters (0.14 miles) long.
You can check it out in Google Maps or just enter 50° 0'38.20"N 110° 6'48.32"W in Google Earth. And like someone in our comment section said, with a bit of imagination you can see he has an earbud in his ear (maybe he's listening to his iPod?)
Monday, October 23, 2006
My brother, cousin and myself had started with usual fanfare but we soon realized that this time round diwali in Delhi was seemingly uncharacteristic with the pollution levels (including sound) rather abated. Mid-way through we were actually getting embarrased to the extent we called it off. Maybe the "Say No to Firecrackers" campaign, had started to show its effect. Though the unending flow of sweets and a series of delicacies being dished out to us the whole evening kept our spirits high. It seems by the next year not much of fireckrackers would remain in Delhi though I hope someone doesnt start with a "Say No to Sweets" campaign in future!!
Friday, September 22, 2006
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
The hoodlumism on display in
The furious hysterical faces of ABVP activists threatening to wipe the floor with their teachers, wagging fingers and spewing abuse was captured in full close up by television cameras. A policeman standing next to the students shockingly failed to realize that criminal intimidation is a punishable offence and simply looked on.
In another part of
The anti-reservation stir this year was no doubt an example of a powerful youth movement where concerns about the future were certainly legitimate and many sincere young people participated in the debates. Yet alas, here too there seemed to be a sort of tunnel vision on the part of the protestors, a refusal to engage with the realities of social justice, to understand what caste discrimination really means. Instead there was an almost hysterical obsession about "oh god-what’s-going-to-happen-to-me; I'm-going-to-America."
Rang De Basanti is a cult film for today's youth. A film that preaches disrespect, hedonism, and historical forgetfulness and valorizes murder is seen as the great protest film of our time. Glance at any workplace today and you'll find the majority of the workforce made up of feverishly ambitious mercenary young people myopically focused on upward mobility, with empty minds that are also as narrow as their trousers.
Our great hope is that sixty five per cent of our population is under the age of 35, but has
Organizations like the Youth Congress, NSUI or the ABVP are in decline and comprise mainly of lumpenproletariat jostling for petty local fiefdoms. Lumpen and rogue elements are taking over campuses and turning youth politics into factories creating even larger numbers of villains. The national parties are using student politics as laboratories to extend their influence and also delve into a young vote bank for electoral gains. They have also in the process inculcated the sterling qualities of politicians – voter intimidation, violent confrontations, booth capturing, and horse trading and of course corruption and the use money power.
A case in point is the
The utter degradation of student politics was not exactly a hidden truth, but recent farcical election campaigns and violence has given it the necessary scrutiny. Student bodies are meant to represent student’s rights; at least that is what they claim. But when issues of student welfare and the very future of students is in question, all student parties are found wanting. During the recent reservation demonstrations, not one student political outfit came out in open support of the movement. It was left for umbrella groups to raise the concerns and demonstrate their angst.
Despite the fact that one may be critical of student bodies one cannot deny their role in a democracy and especially in a democracy involving young people. So one can also argue that the politics of today is now being reflected in the student version of the same as well. What student leaders see on television screens, with mud slinging and chair throwing, they feel that is what politics stands for!! So in an ironical sense the student leader’s behavior is a creation of the politicians themselves.
One would be happy to see mature and reason based student politics but at the same time it is the job of the ‘big’ politicians to show them the way. Surely, one cannot be critical of students and not of the politicians who are pumping money and absurd notions about politics into these leaders. But with the tragic death of Prof. Sabbarwal there is a clarion call for reforming student politics, who does this – the government, the students, or college administration is debatable, but the time has come to rid ourselves of manufacturing goons and criminals in the name of student empowerment.
This is a generation that outwardly looks more modern than their parents but whose thinking is much more backward. In short they believe in caste, patriarchal family values, do not support women's rights and are overwhelmingly concerned with money and success. When the desire to hit the arc lights outstrips all sense of morality, decency and values then
Sunday, September 10, 2006
The first internals are about to start in another couple of weeks, and the major entrance exams are just around the corner. In other words, it's finally study time, and life has become boring. No more outings with friends, no more bunking classes, and no more acts of random insanity that I usually indulge in (like walking all the way to my home; 20kms or so, taking a round trip on the outer mudrika to get my bus pass’ worth, which takes around 4hrs). So, I thought, the best way to spend this time would be to sit at home (or college), and write about my dull and boring life, so that somebody else, with an evidently as dreary life, can sit at home (or college), and read all about it.
Though comments, encouragements, and suggestions are not expected, though all those who are indolent enough to be reading this, the same would be acknowledged, and in some cases appreciated.
With all that cleared, it is time to begin.