Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

Teaching at IITB




These photos show me teaching a few people in IIT. I am smiling so that I don't appear too intimidating to them with all my knowledge and wisdom. The classroom is the IIT Powai lake, so that the beautiful weather, the sunset, and the smell of rotting garbage can inspire my students to pay attention and study hard. I am pointing at the highly complicated equations that I have written on the whiteboard. You cannot see the whiteboard since the equations that I am teaching are highly classified, and hence one of the students has used highly complicated algorithms to make the whiteboard disappear from the photographs.

This is what I hope to do the rest of my life - teach highly complicated equations, and make them disappear using highly complicated algorithms.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Drugs & Trials

While India makes a big fuss about the booming drug trial industry, articles have started appearing all around the world about human guinea pigs fighting for their lives.

As 6 healthy young individuals in the UK fight for their lives after collapsing an hour after participating in a drug trial, and another eleven died in Chicago, the obvious questions raises itself "Is it worth it?" Would these medicine that were being tested have saved more lives than they took? Definitely, clinical tests are essential, but maybe we need better checks in place, especially as trials become easier to conduct in "developing" countries with no policies, no policy implementation, illiterate patients who sometimes don't even know that they are being given "untested" medications.

And after all that news, anyone interested in participating in a drug trial in Aamchi Mumbai?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Holi Hai !!







Lots of fun in h11 today with colors :), water :), kichad :(....
Then went with the guys to wish the Professors Happy Holi as well !!

DK was supposed to come with us, but he met two sets of friends on the way - one set tore his tshirt, the other his pants, and then the poor guy was not in a position to visit other people's homes... :(

Passed a lot of HUGE groups of guys having a LOT of fun, everyone was either silver or purple or black... almost everyone with torn clothes, destroying clothes on holi is like this HUGE tradition in IIT, that I dont understand, but I can appreciate what kind of fond memories that must lead to :P:P

BTW, Profs have beautiful homes :) - and the lakeside view from Prof Sanyal's home is AMAZING !!

Lunch was the traditional maharshtrian meal of Pooran-poli, aalu ki sabji, aamti, and rice.
Watched Crash after that. Very complicated storyline, but brilliantly done !! Now going for a walk ....

Friday, March 10, 2006

Television

NDTV Profit did a segment today on consulting companies that have visited the IITs for placements. After interviewing some IITians who have been placed in consulting firms like BCG, McKinsey etc., they wanted to show some shots of IITians hanging out, and some of the shots included me.

While I haven't seen the news myself (no TV in IIT), I have been told that the cameraman actually ends the shot by focussing on my bracelet. :)) LOL

My love for accessories is now on national television !! :P

Anyways, if anyone knows how can I see the clip now, do let me know (I'm dying to know if my bracelet was looking good :P)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Remember

Time : 9 p.m.
Date : 6th March 2006, Monday.
Venue : Pizza Hut, Hiranandani, Mumbai.
People : Mom & I
Reason : Mom knows why ! :)

Busy

Lots of news that I haven't said yet :)
This is over the last 3 months :

1. Valentine's Day :
With the MM again - went to RMall, Mulund, had a blast of a time, LOTSS of shopping (what do you expect with 9 girls ??), great food, and amazing, mouth-watering desserts... :)

2. RAIT, Alumni Day :
Again loads of fun. Met up with a LOT of people - everyone has changed, most for the better :P...
It started with the usual set of speeches by RKJ, and a few others, followed by "tea and snacks" and interaction with faculty... then some amazing singing by alumni, and current students, and very bad renditions of "Summer of 69", "Sweet Child of Mine", and "the Animal song" (so what's new?)...

Everyone was served biryani after that, most people got lots of pepsi and sprite from various sources, and we were given hand-painted cups in various colors that said "RAIT Alumni". The effort taken to paint the cup instead of doing a standard printing, was highly appreciated, and I will cherish my red cup for the rest of my life. (I just wish someone had had the sense to paint the cups with water-proof paint... I had some "pepsi" in my cup, and when I washed it, the m of alumni was washed off - I have now repainted it with permanent marker.... but even then !!)

Then the disc began. Lots of dancing, lots of fun, ... I had to leave early cause I had a midnight coding deadline at IIT... but I heard the party rocked till late at night !

Who was there? Rupi, Mallu, Shamel, Joyce, Sukrit, Priyanka, KC, Kavitha, Srini, Buddy, Tunnu, Kirti (Teredesai), Aditi Trehan, Maggi, Disha, Cheryl, Sabah(obviously), Sameer(the singer), and many many more !

3. Horizons : Day 3 : Strings

String was good singing wise, with a GREAT guitarist, and a good band etc etc. The crowd was happy, could see MANY hands in the air... was personally a little bored though. They sing well, but have ZERO stage presence. And without the energy on stage, whats the point? Euphoria with their jumping around, and their keyboardist is definitey a 1000 times better. Anyways, as I had said earlier, people were v happy singing "Zinda hu main", and "dooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrr", so I guess they were a big success.

Indian Ocean had been advertised but cancelled at the last moment due to budget problems.

Went for "dinner" after that - which was much more interesting than the event itself (mail me for details :) ), and finally Disha dropped me home at around 2am.

For me, this years Horizons was more about nostalgia, not knowing the organizers, not seeing most people from my batch, missing "the good old crowd"....


4. New Years :
New years was a party at my place - dinner, dancing, and the girls slept over ... loads of fun :))


5. Acads :
My very first research paper has been accepted for publication in WWW. I will be going to Edinburgh, Scotland in May to present it ! If anyone has advice or can help for any arrangements related to Visa, stay, travel, food, packing etc, please let me know !