Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – by Dylan Thomas

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Although the poem is addressed from a son to a dying father, a more generalist interpretation is a good inspiration not to give up easily and work hard!

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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Inspired by Interstellar, Maanus creates the ultimate youth face cream infused with micro-black-holes

Hahaha! 😀

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Decimating the entire beauty industry in a single stroke, the Maanus on Monday launched a revolutionary new anti-ageing cream guaranteed to keep your skin young for as long as you use it. The secret? Miniature black holes which slow down time in the space around them.

Black Holes are Beautiful

Reportedly, the Maanus got this massive idea while watching the Interstellar scene wherein space travelers near the black hole experienced time dilation. An hour for the travelers is 7 years for someone in outer space; using similar concepts, an outside observer will perceive skin protected by Maanus’s “Stellar Youth Cream” to be just a day old when it hits its 100th birthday. Apparently it is something to do with General Relativity but no one understands that.

“When you apply this cream to your face, time near the infused micro-black-holes slows down. This is because the black holes warp time and space, as aptly…

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Let Me Go (Research Project Version – Let It Go)

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The screen glows white on the laptop tonight,
Not a result to be seen.
A project of desperation,
and it looks like I’m the Queen.
The brain is boiling like this hot hell inside
Couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I’ve tried

Don’t let them in,
Don’t let them see,
Be the good student you always have to be.
Conceal, don’t feel,
Don’t let them know.
Well now they know!

Let me go, let me go!
Cannot stay back anymore.
Let me go, let me go!
Turn away and slam the door.
I don’t care…
What they’re going to say…
Let the profs rage on,
The grade never bothered me anyway!

(Dedicated to all students graduating with a thesis; to be taken in a light vein)

[Inspired from: Let It Go (Frozen) – Disney]

Dilemma of a Fresh Graduate

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Fair warning: This is more like a journal entry.

As I sat in the term paper presentations in my Energy Economics course listening to Ketav Mehta and Aakash Jhaveri presenting their work on “Electricity Demand and Forecasting”, I noticed that they both had been selected for McKinsey (Mumbai office) as Business Analysts. They had a quite beautifully made presentation showing various bar graphs and pie charts, covering various methods of forecasting electricity demand. I wondered if I would like to make such presentations and care about them so much in my life. To give a little perspective, I had also been selected for McKinsey (Gurgaon office) as a Risk Analyst, a specialized version of the usual Management Consulting profile. Hence that particular exercise would be involved in my job as well. However, if one was to read my presentation (which I had made along with Adwaitvedant Mathkar and Abhinav Chikhalkar) the fact that it was more hardboiled and research-like and less elegant was highly conspicuous. It was more of MATLAB and less of MS Excel (both are great tools no doubt, but MATLAB certainly has a more nerdy appeal). It was more of line graphs and no fancy pie charts. This directed my natural train of thought towards a pertinent question: Am I doing the right thing by taking up the job which I had? The dilemma will become clear as I explain my situation below.

I had a PhD (Computer Engineering) offer from Viterbi School of Engineering at University of Southern California which I turned down. On the other hand, ever since I had done an introductory course in Economics in my sophomore year, I was hooked. I could not pursue it in depth since my major was Electrical Engineering which also piqued my interest. And then I took Energy Economics again in my final year which rejuvenated that sophomore crush. The job I had accepted gives me an opportunity to get closer to it, study a limited aspect and then pursue a full-time degree. In my (limited) research about the exit options from the company, this had not been pursued so far. Employees generally switch jobs or pursue MBA. But it can be done.

On one pan of the balance machine lays my dream of studying Economics and becoming someone important and on the other, speaking and doing things which I do not really love to pursue the same. Of course, presentation is just a part of the job but its focus and importance in respective areas speaks about the nuances of academic research and job. Moreover, I am ditching a perfectly stable relationship with Electrical Engineering to conquer the fiesty field that is Economics.

I say the dilemma is pretty clear now, although the answer is not and the path is hazy at best. I guess this is a leap of faith which one must take in their lives.
No one can tell anyone what is good or perfect for them.
Envision, explore. Only time will tell if the dream eludes or if I escalate.

Maybe I will write a retrospective post few years later, and might get to quote Pursuit of Happyness.

To sum it up, I guess I see two roads diverging in a yellow wood.


Akshat KharayaB. Tech. + M. Tech., Electrical Engineering
IIT Bombay

With Opower’s IPO, founders show meaningful tech can pay off

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Now this is a start-up! Something that is basically not Instagram.
Quoting from the article, ‘That’s in contrast to the mantra that all of the young talent and investors are flocking to a flood of startups building decidedly less world-changing products, like social chat and photo-sharing apps.’

Gigaom

When energy software company Opower starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange, most likely Friday morning, it will show how young tech entrepreneurs can tackle meaningful problems — like energy efficiency and climate change — and still achieve the Silicon Valley dream of financial success. That’s in contrast to the mantra that all of the young talent and investors are flocking to a flood of startups building decidedly less world-changing products, like social chat and photo-sharing apps.

Opower’s founders — friends Alex Laskey and Dan Yates — are the poster children for this seemingly growing meaningful tech movement. They founded the company in the spring of 2007 and back then it was just an idea to shed light on peoples’ energy data, which became a little startup called Positive Energy. They changed the name two years later after raising venture capital money and bringing in their first 20…

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Oath of the Vayuputras

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“Death in the course of doing one’s duty is better than engaging in another’s path, for that is truly dangerous.”

“Of course, we can go about who learnt how much and from whom, but that is nothing but our ego, showing our desperation to prove that our culture is superior to others. That is a foolish quest.”

“Even when you could have gained by doing something wrong, you refrained from doing so. You didn’t fall prey to the logic of doing a small wrong for the sake of the greater good; of the ends justifying the means. That takes moral courage.”

“Delusions create the most compelling of beliefs.”

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Merchant of Venice

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Two of my favorite excerpts from William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice:

(1)

Gratiano: And it is marvel he out-dwells his hour,

For lovers ever run before the clock.

Salerio: O, ten times faster Venus’ pigeons fly

To seal love’s bonds new-made,

than they are wont

To keep obliged faith unforfeited!

Gratiano: That ever holds: who riseth from a feast

With that keen appetite that he sits down?

Where is the horse that doth unthread again

His tedious measures with the unbated fire

That he did pace them first? All things that are,

Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.

How like a younger or a prodigal

The scarfèd bark puts from her native bay,

Hugged and embraced by the strumpet wind!

How like a prodigal doth she return,

With over-withered ribs and ragged sails,

Lean, rent and beggared by the strumpet wind!

 

(2)

Shylock whets his knife on his shoe

Bassanio: Why dost thou whet thy knife so earnestly?

Shylock: To cut the forfeiture from that bankrupt

There

Gratiano: Not on thy sole, but on thy soul, harsh Jew,

Thou mak’st thy keen knife keen. But no metal can,

No, not the hangman’s axe, bear half the keenness

Of thy sharp envy. Can no prayers pierce thee?

A trip to Seattle!

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Signboard at Kirkland waterfront

Signboard at Kirkland waterfront

This post in from May 2012.

“Tum thik se reh loge na?” (“You will be able to manage, right?”) was my mother’s question ever since I reached home. And it ended when I finally got in Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). As I got in, that terminal air gave my independent+responsible feeling a blast of 10 points (random number) and an adrenaline injection 5 ml (again random). Given that I have changed from reserved kind of person to take-it-as-it-comes I had no worries at all. Some people actually asked me “Darr nahi lag raha hai?” (“Not nervous at all?”)!

Immigration had a nice scene. As I was ready to be queued up, a man started arguing with the immigration officer, with a total devil-may-care attitude. I was amazed as I was told that immigration is not something to be mess up with. Maybe that was US Immigration only. This says something about the difference. Although I’m not sure what.

Flight was amazing. Lufthansa is great, lots of ‘good’ stuff they give. Enough with the materialistic. Let’s discuss people-

People in USA believe you. They take your word for it (unless of course you did something stupid or suspicious). No questions at immigration or customs from me. And this thing wasn’t just at the airport, later in Seattle whenever I could observe, it was true. Now this kind of thing (trust on one another) does not come so easily: it is like a part of their culture now. For it, you need strict fines because if you get caught once you’re so super screwed that you’d literally think five times before playing around next time. But only that won’t do. This is a indirect portrayal that the US system (not government not the bureaucracy) is trustworthy.

The idea that 3 Idiots tried to put of letting everyone perform according to their own level got echoed in such a subtle yet amazing way. We were going in the car somewhere when on the radio in an ad some guy asks a kid what he wants to become and the answer – “Dental Assistant”. That is something you simply cannot hear in India. “You want to become a dental assistant, you dumb ass? Why not a Dentist? Rather you stupid piece of shit why not a proper Doctor?” and there goes a good resource down the drain who could have been a very good dental assistant.

They are disciplined. Five days of enough car drives in Washington and I did not see traffic rules getting broken more than ten times, from highway pullovers by cops to minor unnoticed stuff like not stopping at the STOP sign.

They are burning the Earth. Public transportation is not used. Every single person drives a car. 90% of the cars on the freeways have one person in them. After two days, if I saw someone waiting at the bus stop I totally judged that either something is wrong with this person’s car or he/she is poor. No basis in me judging after just two days but I did.

Experiences-

Seattle’s an amazing city. Great infrastructure, is a port as well. Though I feel it lacks diversity overall; most of the non-US citizens are IT junta, no cultural hotspot as such. Lot of music underground scenario apparently which got attention with Nirvana’s rise and that’s the end of it as well. It was Kurt Cobain rather than Nirvana.

Day 1. Visit to Alki Beach. Chilled and awesome with Tully’s coffee to warm me up. And then bowling at Evergreen Lanes, Everett which was pretty good.

Day 2. Went to the Space Needle. 360 degree view from 520 feet. Built in 1962 celebrating it’s Golden Jubilee (so much for a world fair). Went to Starbucks, Pike Place market. Got to see enough people after all who were not in either car, home or office. Kerry Park – sweet view, peaceful place.

Day 3. Chilling out at cousin’s place.

Day 4. EMP – Experience Music Project – INFINITELY AWESOME. Must visit if you set foot in Seattle. Funded by Paul Allen (co-founder of Microsoft). And with Nirvana and AC/DC, Avatar – oh yeah!

Day 5. Mt.Rainier was BEAUTIFUL. Snow at a low altitude due to this latitude. It is volcanic, last erupted in 1981.

Flights: Zero talk with Indian guy in BOM-FRA flight. Lots of talk with a Swiss born American grandfather 82 years old (he has a 23 year old granddaughter who did civil from UoW: I was 21 at the time. SO CLOSE! 😛 ) in FRA-SEA about so much stuff including World War II!! Hot chick (again 4-5 years older) in Seattle-Salt Lake City flight. I gave that bitch a Tic-Tac. Bitches loves Tic-Tac. Bitch slept the whole time, so could not interact with her.