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Golu #Episode 4 : Badi Talab Lagi Hai, Muskurane Ki…

Don’t forget to revisit first three episodes to get what’s going on, especially the third:

Episode 1: Golu and First Day at IISc

Episode 2: Golu and his heroic love!

Episode 3: Who is Zafar?

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Its been quite a while since Dabangu left. One year passed like a breeze and Golu was still trying to get hold of the IISc life. Few ‘not so important’ things happened in between. Golu lost the final cricket match for CSA by bowling 4 consecutive wide balls in the last over, almost got slapped for trying on random crushes out of desperation, faked the results to get good grades and what not. But Golu was sad for few weeks when Dabangu left. Not because he lost a good friend but because Dabangu was the only one who had the ability to consistently score lower than Golu in every damn exam. Now in Dabangu’s absence, Golu was the only underdog whom other two can hop on!

That day, at around 9. Golu was just lying down on his bed. It was freshers’ eve for their juniors. Party was already over and everybody came back to their hostels, half drunk and half-hearted because 99% of the crowd still failed to find and approach his or her partners. Golu chuckled, thinking he was not the only one to whom universe was unfair with. Lying down, Golu’s thoughts were all jumbled. ‘It’s been months since I have sat down properly for studies. Hmm!’, Golu thought to himself.

Golu sat on the table and pulled out a research paper titled ‘On the importance of initialization and momentum in deep learning’ by someone with insignificant name. He read the introduction really carefully with his half closed eyes. He started the second paragraph. ‘Deep and recurrent neural networks are powerful models that achieve high performance on difficult pattern recognition problems. There are many difficult problems in life. Like the last time when you came across that girl who was your crush for like a week. You can’t forget the reactions of the trio when they first saw her..’, Golu was slowly being drawn to the limbo of mixed realities. Well, this often happens when our Hero tries to study with full josh. Back to limbo, Golu remembered the suggestion given by Chinna, ‘Abe meri sunn aur swimming join kar le. Girls like her like the toned body and stamina that swimmers have. Ammmmm..!!’. The very next day hero joined swimming without any trainer because of Chinna’s overconfident support ‘Mai hoon na! Mai sab sikha dunga’. Golu entered the pool at 4.45 pm by himself, came out at 4.48 with the help of two others, fainted.

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An interview with Mr. Patrick van der Smagt – A man who loves to see connections through research fields!

 

At the Second Workshop on Brain, Computation, and Learning (BCL) at Indian Institute of Science, we got a chance to interact with some of the leading minds in the field of Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence. We interviewed few of them. One such humble person was Mr. Patric van der Smagt, Director of fundamental AI research at Volkswagen group. Currently residing in Munich Area, Germany, he is also a Chairman of the board of directors of Assistenzrobotik eV, a non-for-profit organisation for assistive robotics to help people. Being an enthusiastic professor in the past and head of several divisions, it was quite a fun to have an informal interview with him. Despite being a viewing generation (than reading), I hope you would love to have a read at following!


 

As an A.I. director of Volkswagen and being in this area of Artificial Intelligence for a while now, could you clear us what is a bigger challenge, finding a problem or finding a solution?

I am not involved in finding problems, I am only looking at solutions. I know it sounds funny but for me that is the difference between fundamental research and applied research. Like in applied research, somebody has a problem, he/she comes to see you and you say ‘Oh, I need bigger computer, tons of engineers and scientists and I have two years in hand to solve the problem’.  In fundamental research, nobody comes to you and you say to yourself that, I have this silly idea and I am going to implement it and see what it does and half of the time nice things come out (and somebody can indeed use that). Advantage of being in a company like Volkswagen compared to a university, finding a problem to research on is always quite easy. Versus in University, you try to find solutions but nobody has a problem for you.

Do you think by looking at current progress of AI that at some point of time in future it will be capable enough to solve the major problems as Global Warming and Economic Bubbles?

Given an infinite amount of time, yes!

Ha Ha Ha. Cool! Lot of people lack the proper understanding of AI, they overestimate the stuff. So, from your experience, how can someone manage the expectations of what’s possible with AI and what’s realistic?

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She wrote down a beautiful message for us – the people buried under screens!

Holly Butcher, an Australian woman, left us on the morning of 4th of this month. At mere age of 27, she has found something important which we just aspire to search for. She had a rare form of cancer, and just a day before leaving the earth she penned down a powerful letter for all of us. I just happened to come across that post. It touched me somewhere and left me humble and teary for a while. Re-posting it for you guys.


By no means, I own the rights or wanna take credit for this post. Just felt like sharing it 🙂


 

A bit of life advice from Hol:

It’s a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young. It’s just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; Until the unexpected happens. I always imagined myself growing old, wrinkled and grey- most likely caused by the beautiful family (lots of kiddies) I planned on building with the love of my life. I want that so bad it hurts.

That’s the thing about life; It is fragile, precious and unpredictable and each day is a gift, not a given right.

I’m 27 now. I don’t want to go. I love my life. I am happy.. I owe that to my loved ones. But the control is out of my hands.

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-|- The Chicken-Egg Problem |-|

I was just thinking about this. About the movies that we, Indian audience get to watch. ‘Bollywood Masala’, that’s what we call it right? Yes, it is true. A fun fact, more than 75% movies made here revolve around only one genre – romance, love stories. Once in a while a good movie releases and of course, when it is able to cast known stars or celebrities, then we realize.. ‘Dude, we’ve been watching shit all this long!’. Because yes, quality of our movies are drastically reducing down. And we even realize it few times.. few good creations alarm us to review our taste.. once again. But the thing is forget rate of Indians is too high. Next shitty film comes and we fill the theaters or watch pirated so called 3 hour entertainers on home theaters. If someone tries to make a better attempt, keeping it low on casts and costs, what do we do? We do nothing. Did you forget about our high forget rate? We’ve already forgot those clean emotions we got when we saw that last good movie. Or in some cases, a lot of convincing is needed to bring us to those films. Our mind subconsciously judges it with a quote – ‘If it didn’t make it to and on Box Office, it’s probably not worth of my time.’ Ohh, and did I tell ya, probability fucks sometimes!!

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Golu #Episode 3 : Who is Zafar?

Don’t forget to read first two episodes to get what’s going on:

Episode 1: Golu and First Day at IISc

Episode 2: Golu and his heroic love!

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“You know guys, we are born in a very special time in human history. We have everything. Literally everything. We have a song for every possible mood like a speaking shadow of our soul. We have every damn vehicle to get anywhere we want in a matter of few hours. We have each and every kind of food to satisfy our taste buds. We have N sources for entertainment for our lazy cortex. Damn, we have 32 dating apps on play store even to meet the opposite sex. I think we are blessed. All this wasn’t there just few decades back. What if we had born few years before. We should thank Almighty because he showered his boons on….”

“Sutta bacha hai kya?”, Einstein interrupted Golu.

Einstein heard no response from other two. So he asked again about the availability of cigarettes.

There was still no response. He looked at them. They were staring at Golu.

“Either he is too smart or I am too high”, said Chinna. It was for Golu.

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Dreams – One way or the other

What passes on is time, and what get spent is us. So before you get totally spent, live that dream you are counting on all your life.

This doesn’t make any sense

But well not everything does, not everything has to.

now I am gonna touch the age old ghisa-pita discussion of what race are you racing in! You don’t have control over your birth, your religion, your caste, the economical situation you get born into and the kind of schooling you get.. nothing. You grow up, see other kids passing their board exams, getting into the college and then graduate, so do you! You are lucky if you get a job among thousand candidates for a single vacancy otherwise you go for something which can at least earn you daily bread and butter, you get a girl according to your stability and financial conditions, you marry, manufacture children, apply same cycle to them and then on one fine day your heartbeat stops.

Well, that’s it. Everyone among us is doing it with or without realizing it. Nothing new and nobody is special.

Oh, but wait there is always a thing that makes you special. The thing you buried down years ago. Your dream. yes!! That poor little thing which you never nurtured. Ohh boy..

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Master Golu : The one with our Hero’s love!

I know, I am quite late to post this second episode of our Master Golu series and no excuses, I apologize for that. Getting acquainted with IISc is not as easy as it is with IITB (and well, that answers typical ‘IISc or IITB?’ question).

I promise to post atleast one episode per month for those who like Golu and for those who don’t, I can’t force you not to be serious for few moments in IISc (pretty much similar to saying I don’t care :p )

Hope you like it 🙂

If you missed the first episode, here’s the link: Master Golu’s first day at IISc

Checkout Episode #3 : http://dstartupkid.com/2017/08/10/who-is-zafar/

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“Well, life is not about what you plan and not about what you don’t plan either”, Golu read the last sentence and kept that book back on the shelf in same place and started the recently played song for the 46th time straight. Headphones plugged, he leaned back in his chair and slowly closed his eyes…

“Pehla nasha.. pehla khumar.. Naya pyaar hai.. Naya intejaar……..”

Our Golu was on cloud 9 since the day he got to know that she was in Civil, the department right infront of his CSA. One of his special sources and former intern at 221 B street, Chinna had everything for Golu. On the very next day when he first saw her, Chinna was ready with the report.

“Name? Tanya Mittal”

“Age? 22”

“Branch? Civil”

“B.Tech.? BITS, Pilani”

“Class timings? Mon-Wed: 8am and Thu-Fri: 2pm”

“Relationship Status? Complicated”

“Instagram followers? 504”

“Favourite Food? Panipuri”

“Favourite Actor? Rajesh Khanna”

“Favourite Sport? Gossiping”

“Proposals till date? 16 wait No.. 17”

“Ohh…”, this was Golu. “Well, ammm.. I don’t know”, his heart took a steepest descent transition from 9th to 2nd cloud on the last piece of info.

“Saala naam se hi lag raha hai ki bhai ke aukad ke bahar hai”, someone murmured.

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Master Golu : First Day at IISc

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Its been few weeks since I was thinking of writing something but couldn’t get the subject. So, I thought why not to write college life’s happenings as a series. Here is the small description.

Golu is a fictional character who is about to pursue M.Tech. at IISc, Bangalore. I am writing this one as a series of situations, affairs and craziness that is yet to happen around Golu provided atleast few of you like this episode. So, lets high your pitchers and… cheers…!!

P.S. 2nd episode is out now. Checkout: http://dstartupkid.com/2016/10/29/master-golu-the-one-with-heros-love/

And so is Episode #3: http://dstartupkid.com/2017/08/10/who-is-zafar/

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“Is this a room?”

“What shit!!”

Golu’s room heard the the voice of its near future owner for the very first time. He was very excited to check out his new allotted after a lucky draw. Golu had sky-high expectations about how his room and other amenities should be, because he was told that by the universe that he was going to study at Indian Institute of Science… Science.. Country’s premium iinstitution!!

“Meh… Premium..” one among the four said.

It was the series of disappointments since Golu entered in the iisc from that library gates. First of all, he went late to the admissions final procedure. After a long waiting, he was done with documents verifications and then he got know that there is again similar waiting list for getting yourself photographed and taking your CSA department ID card.

‘Can’t they just do it across a single queue’, Golu thought.’Afterall this is the place where we are going to work on some optimization problems for making systems efficient’.

And then finally this hostel thingy happened. He got the worst hostel and the room without the company of any of his batchmates.

“Kharab rooms de hi rahe ho to kamse kam batchmates ko to saath me rakho”, the annoyed other among those 4 said.

Its been 2 days since Golu was the center of attraction of the colony. He had secured one of the top ranks in premium exam of the country. Everyone was having very high hopes for Golu’s bright future. The kind of 3-starrer hostel rooms he’s going to live in.. The 40L+ salary package.. Every father will run behind Golu as a perfect groom for tbeir daughters… his gali friends were envying him

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List of GATE Toppers’ blogs

 

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing!

 

While I was preparing for Gate, like everyone else, to be efficient I needed to keep my endorphins high. And the quick and easy answer to that is to read the blogs and interviews written by toppers. But, I always found it hard to search for different blogs on google (they might not be better SEOed). So, I thought of compiling it in one post. Aspirants can bookmark this listing if they want. Kindly note that, whatever may be your stream of UG, you can follow some or the other guidance by these people listed here. Inspirational bloods don’t have a caste, age or a branch 😛

(P.S. : You can find mine on http://dstartupkid.com/2016/05/25/gate-my-life-changing-experience/)

Here it goes..

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Evidences of Rape

Torn, staggering and depressed, I reached to the gates of police station. I peeped in. Two hawaldars were in their chairs, resting. I saw one head constable in the corner trying to adjust his position to make a comfort sleep. I went in.

“Where should I file a complaint?”, I asked one of the hawaldar.

“What happened”, he asked without looking up.

“Amm..” I stammered, moved my head a little to check if anybody else is noticing. But, it seemed that nobody cared about what was happening other than his own desk. I gathered all my courage and told him, “I got raped!”

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