January 2023 – Closure


Here was my insane list for January and I am definitely proud of what I did and what I was!

1. Do at least two travels – One long and one short (DONE)

2. Read four novels (NONE)

3. Write ten general blog posts (Did FOUR)

4. Start a new blog on Engineering education and write four posts of 500 words each (Could write only ONE post)

5. Read twenty research papers (Read TEN)

6. Seven paper presentations (DONE)

7. Make a pitch presentation (PENDING)

8. Host two workshops (DONE)

9. Take three courses from Aalborg University and advance the PBL course (DONE)

10. Submit two papers for MIT-TEE (Did ONE)

11. Ten short poems for Instagram (Did THREE)

12. Research colloquium and prepare for the comprehensive viva (DONE)

13. Streets – report (DONE)

14. Four weekly report submissions (NONE)

15. Closure for the three REU’s (DONE)

16. Fitness – exercise at least 23 days, eat well, complete the marathon, athletics with satisfaction (DONE)

17. Be fearless – live it to the fullest (MUCH DONE)

Sending Cheers and satisfaction!

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The Wholesome


There we all are, moving from a phase to another, some longer and some shorter, everything that is defining us and giving a new definition to what and who we are. Through this journey, what I often do is to repeatedly tell myself, that I am bound to change. I can’t be the person who I was last decade, last year or in-fact yesterday. None of us can be. We are destined to transformation and the segments that we go through, changes us and it is inevitable part of life.

In each of these, there are dots that we leave behind. The dots of purposes, the dots of new profound meanings, the dots of relationships, the dots of experiences, and others and gibberish’s. Some of the phases are so much rapid and quick that we don’t even realize the dots that we leave behind. If one agrees, they can be classified under the label of ‘rich experiences.’ And then, there are dots that connect us beyond our bounded understandings.

Not everything we do in life needs to have a purpose for it. There are things we do because our mind, heart and soul shout us loud that it is the right thing to do. We do it not because there is a benefit associated to it, but we do because there is happiness associated to it. All those phases must teach us to be fearless and do the most right thing. Life is about jumping across these phases and not being stuck in one single monotonous routine phase. Wholesome? Yes. Feeling wholesome is a beyond understood experience.

What is more special than finding most compatible people across you?  
Writing something for their special day!
 

While it might take us forever to understand what it truly means when one says ‘living the moment’, let’s just agree to celebrate every moment.

2022 – Year in Travels


I was intending to write this post from past 2 weeks now and that’s how much January has occupied me. Of the many all, 2022 was my year of travels and I only hope it’s the beginning.

I specifically like the part of low-emission travels. I have to quote that there was no air mode travel involved in the 13K.

Everything is in those 196 new places that I visited. There is so much more to explore this year and January was already amazing.

Loading the 2023 – January


Amidst for and against debates among the community to have resolutions or not, and memes and all, and ignoring them all, like usual, I happily pen down the ones for me. Why? – Because it has kept me who I am and defined me for what I am. Since 2022, I have had monthly resolutions with a theme and no doubts or second thoughts on the process; hence, I step to continue and carry out the same. It’s upbeat, happening and keeps me going. I really love the energy that 1st Jan brings in.

My theme for January is “wabi-sabi“, which means o find happiness in imperfect things. AKA, the beauty of imperfection.

Here is my insane list for the next 31 days, and the definite goal is to check them all. And  I must say, this is all beyond my regular routines and schedules – along with them.

1. Do at least two travels – One long and one short

2. Read four novels

3. Write ten general blog posts

4. Start a new blog on Engineering education and write four posts of 500 words each

5. Read twenty research papers

6. Seven paper presentations

7. Make a pitch presentation

8. Host two workshops

9. Take three courses from Aalborg University and advance the PBL course

10. Submit two papers for MIT-TEE

11. Ten short poems for Instagram

12. Research colloquium and prepare for the comprehensive viva

13. Streets – report

14. Four weekly report submissions

15. Closure for the three REU’s

16. Fitness – exercise at least 23 days, eat well, complete the marathon, athletics with satisfaction

17. Be fearless – live it to the fullest

2023 Greetings!

2022 – Wrap!


Dear 2022,

Thank you for being the most satisfying year ever! Undoubtedly, this has been a year of travels and nothing but satisfaction, glee and glad’s. I am waiting for Google to send me my travel stats for the year which I am expecting in the first week of Jan 2023. I would want to make a dedicated post on that. I wonder, even if I make a post of highlights, it is going to be longer than my past 5-ish years combined by far.

For the first time I had decided to do monthly resolutions than yearly and it worked like a charm. Each month was a life and a living, everything planned/unplanned, and mostly up and to it. Of-course I failed in some and failed them with distinction. However, for each month I had one common theme – to surprise myself and live life to the fullest. And that, I sure did. For the first time in a long-time completed Goodreads challenge with 25 books, did unexpected amount of travels, made friends for life, made insane progress in research, drafted insane number of words, and did everything that made me happy. Best. Year. Ever. Of all the months, December was the craziest and messiest and I can see that January is already following the trail.

2022, you will be my favorite year and I wish 2023 will make sure that you wont remain one. Of course I will strive hard for it. Resolutions post, coming soon. Insane amount of writing, coming soon!

December – Year End Goals


What an year!! ❤ Definitely one of my best. I guess this year has helped me grow as a person, as a new personality and see world with a new perspective. The monthly resolution has a major role and contribution in it. I skipped November and had no goals. But the month in itself had too many works to do and take over. I will be wrapping up my year in a post soon near to December end. But before we get there, here is what my plan is for rest of the month (15 more days to be specific, rest are free days and I have earned them):

  • Complete 4 course work of PhD and pass the exams
  • Read one more novel to complete the Goodreads challenge of 25 books
  • Take 2 trips (one long and one short)
  • Write and submit 9 papers
  • Write a proposal and work ahead for company
  • Live life the most meaningful way

Of course, all of this with a hectic class schedule of engaging 2 divisions of DSA and the regular life routines.

NaNoWriMo 2022 – Wrap


This was my 7th year of 50K words and 6th year of being an ML. The month had triple activities than usual and a lot of things that I cant even track of. I am happy I met most of my month deadlines and aced them well.

I have also loved my this year’s story and of course it ends with a chapter that reads – “Now who is that who said, love is not everything!!??”

My writing journey had its ups and downs in my word counts and it was just as perfect as the time demanded!

NaNoWriMo 2022


I have been part of NaNoWriMo since 2016 and have grown in every aspect since then. I love the community we have at ASIA :: India. Since 2017 I have been contributing to the project as ML for India and be an aid in possible ways I can.

If you are new to NaNoWriMo, its about people all around the world getting together to write their Novel. We write 50K in the month of November. As there is an active community supporting each other, the month has its own magic. Everything impossible gets done in the month of November. I will be hosting sprints everyday from 6.30 to 7.30 pm.

I am already excited for my this years novel titled – ‘Love is not Everything’. I have an interesting premise and I hope it will remain so by end of the month and also have its own logical conclusion. Have you been writing? Do you need a company?

At the Work Table


Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, wait, before I continue with this sentence with already lot many commas, let me go back. I used to have deadlines and then there used to be days which I self-declared as rest days or lazy days. They came in numbers of one or two.  Not the same anymore. I don’t know from where the works keep piling up from and maybe that is why I have started living along than to wait and then live. I know there is a lot if you read between those lines but yes, that is where I was understanding life or was trying to. There is another note-able difference. I have been in love with everything I do and that I don’t, I don’t do.

Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, wait, there is something else as well. There are people who inspire me to get there. Some of them, distant and popular, inspire with their work and feels like a heart to heart talk. Some of them, near and dreadful, inspire on how and what not to be. Aren’t we all supposed to uncover life as we age and mature? Aren’t we all supposed to love more and be more compassionate? Aren’t we all supposed to give more smiles (and love) and less of everything else?

Lately, when I sit at my work table, amidst all of my unfinished businesses, I feel, works can wait. Deadlines can wait as well. All the books I have stacked on my table can’t wait. All the articles I want to read can’t wait. All the travel plans I made can’t wait. All that writing can’t wait. All those plans I made with hyper excitement can’t wait. All those people I plan to meet can’t wait. But Wait! These are my work deadlines!

There is light! beyond and ahead!

I pity everything around that hasn’t matured to understand life yet. But I have no advice. We all live in our own terms and conditions. I have known mine and I plan to abide by them. There is so much more to explore. There is so much more to live for. I don’t know how people find time for everything else that does not make them happy. I want to live moments that make sense. I want to be part of moments that are worthy living for. I want to live for everything that adds value. I am damn lucky to be surrounded by right kind of people.

Wait, I no longer have a work table. It’s a table that vibes happiness. Like a festival every day!

– PH

Padmanabhapuram Palace


Known to be one of the oldest palaces in India, I was awed by its beauty of Kerala style architecture patterns. The palace is 20kms from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, we were at.  Also known as Kalkulam palace, we were informed that the palace is built majorly in teak wood (including nails). The palace is retained as is since its construction from 1601 CE with maintenance and not influenced by modern culture or technological adaptations. There are people in almost every room who explain the significance of the palace parts.

I have visited forts in north and in south. I could witness the significant difference, upholding cultural values from respective parts. It takes almost two hours for the complete palace visit and if one is intrigued by the designs and patterns would take more. They hold and demonstrate our values and take us back to our roots. I had the most satisfying three and more hours during the visit.

A partial view of 6 acres palace

I was intrigued by the designs. I am sharing two pictures that in no way represent even the tiniest parts of what you witness inside. There is a bed made of 64 medicinal trees which the king used to sleep on. There are hundreds of flower patterns and each different from other. There is a dance studio.  There is foreign visitor’s room, plain and simple with just four walls and windows. There is lot more – everything now in my personal album.

The patterns up-top

I plan to use these as case studies for my course that I am going to teach in the coming semester. Of course, algorithms are derivations from real life.