Medium invites me to write!

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So, this morning, I check my mail, and this is what I find.

Medium invites you to write.

My first reaction : Yay!

To put things into perspective, this is what I tweeted out a few days ago.


So, yeah, you can see how desperately I wanted to try it out.

So, why did I like Medium so much, without even using it?

It’s because of the one thing that makes Medium appealing to most of the people. SimplicitySimple design. Clean white backgrounds with carefully chosen(this answer.), spaced fonts. No customizations, no hassle. Only good, old-fashioned writing.

I spent a good amount of time looking around at the different features, the pretty animations, most importantly, the ease of use.

Hopefully, I’ll write some more posts, soon!

[Also, ignore the dust on my hand. :P]



The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds.
-Stay away from negative people.
-Don’t think of cost, think of value.
-As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.
-It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.
-When you’re up, your friends know who you are. When you’re down, you know who your friends are.
-Giving up doesn’t always mean you’re weak, sometimes it means you are strong enough.
-If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.
-Never do something permanently foolish just because you are temporarily upset.
– If you don’t risk anything, you risk everything.
-Trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.
-Don’t listen to what people say, watch what they do.
-People are more what they hide than what they show.
-You will never become who you want to be if you keep blaming everyone else for who you are now.
-Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old.
-Be happy. Be yourself. If others don’t like it, then let them be.
-If you tell the truth, it becomes a part of your past. If you lie, it becomes a part of your future.
-No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.
-Don’t look for someone who will solve all your problems; look for someone who will face them with you.
-Learn to love yourself first, instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.
– If you don’t like me the way i am then don’t talk to me.
-Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right.
-Anyone can come into your life and say how much they love you. It takes someone really special to stay in your life and show how much they love you.
-Love is not about sex, going on fancy dates, or showing off or whatever. It’s about being with a person who makes you happy in a way nobody else can.
-No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you’re still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
-When you’re feeling down, be bold enough to smile anyway.
-When it’s time to relax with your family, let go of everything else and be fully present.
-Love your family first, then yourself then god.
-I know im not perfect. But i want someone that thinks im perfect the way am.
-Do what you love, love what you do.

Via-Vedant Gulati.


PS: Here’s a video I saw today :

Nikon Camera Woes.

Yeah, so it’s been nearly 2 months since I have seen my camera. Nikon service is sorely lacking, and I can see it now. I own a Nikon D5100 with an 18-55 kit lens, bought on 16th May, 2013. On January 12th, 2013, suddenly it refused to recognize my kit lens. I tried other lenses, and even tried my lens on other cameras. The problem was with the camera. So I gave it to the official Goa Nikon Collection Centre, in Madgaon on 15th Januray (not really sure about the dates). Then, after a wait of 15-20 days, I received it back on 5th February, 2013. It was working fine, no problems detected at all. After 3-4 days of working fine, it came up with a new error. This time, it wouldn’t click at all. Mirror lockup problem or something. I promptly took it to the service center again, on 11th February, 2013. Today is 19th March, 2013, and I still haven’t received it back. What went wrong?

I have been contacting the customer care in Mumbai. Yesterday, I was told that the mirror issue has been resolved, but there is some focusing problem. Note that BEFORE giving the camera for repair, there was no such problem. Is it something to do with inefficient work at the service center? How many such cases are there? I daresay, mine is one of them. I found another one, related to the same camera as mine, but the credibility of this cannot really be verified:

I tweeted about it:

Got a reply:

Things look a little better. There’s still no reply to the email, but at least they are not completely avoiding me. 😛

I’ll update this when I get any further info on the cam.

P.S.: My plans to buy a new lens (70-300) are on a hold due to this.

UPDATE: They got back to me via email and phone call. Camera to be dispatched tomorrow.

Not such a big one, but still, a social media win. 😀

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Epic EPAC Trek.

Post Quark, post T1[don’t ask], there’s Spree a.k.a. holidays. Oddly, I did not go home. I will receive my camera any day, and I wanted to stay anyway, to see what Spree is all about.

Well, I’m glad I did. And the reason is not Spree! On 28th, Spree Day 1, I went to Bogmalo Beach, with 12 other people, members of EPAC – Environment Protection and Awareness Club, for a beach cleanup drive.

Beach Cleanup

Beach Cleanup

They already had one this semester, but I couldn’t go then. So, I somehow woke up and went at 7:15AM to the bus, which took us to the beach. On arrival, we had a panner paratha each, courtesy A-Mess. 😀

And then with surgical gloves on, carrying black plastic bags, in groups of two, we started the cleanup. We picked up bottles of all kinds of liquor, cigarette butts and other trash.

After that, we dived into the sea for a swim. Then we embarked to a rock climbing on the rocks on the right side of the beach!

Rock Climbing!

Overall, it was an awesome outing. Thanks to Ankit Vikrant and EPAC for this great experience 😀

I’m sure there’s more to come 😀

PS: Got a cut in the leg, and a few scratches, not to mention red ants on my neck, but totally worth it! xD

A Charm Quark.

Quark 2013, Quantum Leaps!

Quantum Leaps
What a Quark this was! Starting with the Mime club performance(the pic above), and ending at Gajendra Verma singing Emptiness in the auditorium, not to forget that I won the last event at Quark 2013 😛

The event was call Techilla, we had to code, and every 45 seconds, take a shot of vinegar mixed with something, which tasted horrible! But it was fun! 😀

Chris Philips, the invisible man, who explained the physics of becoming invisible, was entertaining and informative at the same time!

Mark My Word, the first design conference, was a huge learning opportunity, with the IITian photographer, Ajay Koli, speaking about his experiments, and King Sidarth talking about good and bad design!

In all, it was a great experience! As Raj says:

And now, its T1 time, time to study! And after that, there’s Spree. But more on that later! Adios!

PS: the photo was taken from the DoPY facebook page!

Quark 2013

Aah, long time. The second semester is on.  Much better conditions than the first one(mainly due to computer programming!). A lot of things have happened, no time to write! But yeah, the main things : CTE Web development workshop has started, going good. Also, in Quark, there is an event, _future_Hackathon, to be conducted by Jay Rambhia, which will familiarize  me with Python.

Today was the inauguration of Quark, and the mime club performance was epic. These guys are awesome! 😀

This is my reply to the post Hargun wrote on

Also, I fell from some stairs and hurt my leg, but its better now. And my camera had to be sent for repairs, thankfully still under warranty. I  expect to get it back by the coming Monday! That’s all for now, off to grab some junk food at the stalls 😀

Geminids 2012

Yeah, so I stayed back on campus a bit, although by mistake, but then I knew I had to be there for the Geminid meteor shower. Geminids peaked from 11.30 PM on 13th December to 5AM on 14th December. So, loaded with apt songs and a pair of eyes(0.0), we were out observing and keeping a count! We did this till 3.30 AM in the freezing cold on the cricket pitch. The result : 567 meteors spotted. Such a HUGE number of meteors! At one point, during the peak, we were seeing 4 or 5 meteors at once! :O

I saw some meteors with big trails of dust! Those were the best. This was such an awesome shower that, in the words of Raj : “You people will never see the night sky with much interest again after this. You will always think about this night :P”. Friends who have left for their homes regret leaving this early after the awesome meteor shower stats [Srimukh ;)].

Raj, Aditya and Gaurav went off to a star party with AFA, one of which I will hopefully attend next year. :3

This nearly brings an end to the 1st semester. With Zephyr, Waves, trekking, photography and whatnot, this has been awesome. And I still have 7 more of them to go!

PS: I said nearly because I still have something to look forward to! Fascination is going to organize a session in Canacona, down south, and I will accompany them this time, to see how they work. I am not sure how can I help, so this time I will just tag along. But I’m sure its going to be a learning experience. 😀

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Post-Compre Post.

Sorry for the bad title. So, compre over. I am still here in Goa.

During the compre, there were talks about this David Guetta concert with BITSians getting special discount and all. But then it was made free. And then it spread. One paper was left, but still I went to the concert which turned out to the most epic concert I have ever been to! 😀

After the compre paper, we 7 people went to Netravali Waterfalls, an awesome trekking spot. The trek was awesome, with lots of jumping on the rocks, across water. And on top of that, I had to take care of my camera! After reaching the waterfall we realized that the journey was worth it! But then, three of us were not satisfied. So me, Aman and Dilip took off on a trail to explore a bit more, and we reached to the top of the waterfall. The pic below gives an idea of the height! View from the top.


This is how we get high, PHYSICALLY.

This small trail trek was almost as adventurous as the one I had with EPAC club at Cotigao National Park. Sadly I did not complete the trek that time, but this time it was awesome. 😀

Also there was this meteor shower about which I will write a short post. Ciao 🙂

Compre Time.

Yeah, it is Compre time, the exam of 3 hours which has the most % in total marks. It starts from 1st December till 10th December.

After that, I we have Geminids on 13th-Dec. 😀 I guess I forgot to mention about my interest in astrophysics, especially observational astrophysics. So we have this meteor shower on 13th December 2012, which is going to be huge. I will be out observing. Then, I will depart, to go back home, on 15th. Can’t wait for this exam to get over. 😐

Yeah, so that’s all, now I will be off, studying Biolog (sigh).

PS : For more info on Geminids, you can check Spacedex.

PPS : I left Waves Controls, which was fun to work at, but still was too hectic, combined with DoPY work!

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Its On.

Boo yeah, its on. Waves time. Agam performs tonight, and I am covering photography 😀

According to weather reports, it is supposed to rain here for the next three days, the days of the fest 😦
Let’s hope they got it wrong. There’s a mild drizzle now and then, but nothing to be worried about, YET. Today I lost and found my memory card! Long story short, I ended up cleaning my whole room looking for that small card!

Gotta go, this is the when inaug starts. Bye!