Wednesday, August 16, 2017

THE REASON BEHIND IT

#4 Bluetooth


It seems like yesterday when we shared a 3mb song across Bluetooth while waiting for minutes to let the transfer complete. As of now, Bluetooth may seem a petty thing but Bluetooth was the one who started the wireless wave in the technology world. It was a replacement for the RS-232 data cables. Bluetooth was a result of the hard work done by Special Interest Group(SIG) formed by the major tech players like Nokia, Ericsson, Intel etc. They decided to unite in order to create something which would change the physical transfer of knowledge to a virtual one.

Since it was an initiative taken by all the big tech players(except some) by uniting with each other it was named after a Scandinavian king named Harald Gormsson who tried and succeeded in uniting Scandinavia. The king had a dead tooth which looked blue and hence everyone called him Bluetooth. Of course, we don't know whether he liked this name or not but if he knew what it would later become, he definitely would. The Danish name of the king was Harald Blatand whose initials when written and combined in Runic Alphabets gives us the modern logo of Bluetooth. 

Bluetooth uses short wave-length UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz. The invention of Bluetooth was a giant leap towards the future without wires. It enabled us to talk on a phone while we are driving a vehicle, it enabled us to transfer information without the help of the mighty internet, it enabled our phones to act as a remote to control everything. Today SIG has more than 30,000 members(Mobile phone companies etc.) which are providing the Bluetooth to everyone. 

But change is constant and today, Bluetooth is mostly replaced by an option in each and every smartphone called Hotspot. It has managed to overcome almost every flaw of Bluetooth including Speed. So next time you turn on Bluetooth on your phone I hope you know how important it was once upon a time.



-Rtr. Vishwa Joshi


#3 Artificial Intelligence


Artificial intelligence is a term commonly used today, something that makes heads turn and ignites inquisitiveness. But have you ever explored the science behind it?


 Here’s an insight:
Artificial Intelligence is, of course, the simulation of human intelligence by machines. We’re all well aware of the several uses of AI today – entertainment, medicine, banking and more. Directly or indirectly it is serving us every day in numerous ways, like through virtual assistants or by making decisions easier with music/movie suggestions based on our previous judgments. Tasks like voice and facial recognition have evolved through AI.
There are a lot of functions AI performs that we aren’t entirely aware of. For example, it helps make predictions for the prices of items on e-commerce sites or displays ads based on our previous interest
Problem with AI assistants
Microsoft’s artificial intelligence assistant Tay – an acronym for Thinking About You, was suspended after it created a generated of controversy on Twitter. It began responding with racist and abusive retorts to people who started trolling it. The assistant, however, cannot be blamed as it drew it’s learning from the people and reported just the same way any other human would have.
AI is as Biased as Humans
In another controversy – Google Photos tagged two black people as Gorillas in 2015. It was also observed that Google showed higher paying jobs to men more than women.
The question is here what causes these drawbacks when AI is based on algorithms which seem to be pretty neutral? The answer lies in the fact that algorithms are built and maintained by humans, who in turn are biased by nature.
The Trust Factor
Do you trust AI enough to give away all your personal information – like your credit card details?


It is indeed remarkable that AI has and will continue to change our lives in remarkable ways. Not having to deal with maps and directions or spend a lot of time fiddling with data to find what we need is convenient, sure. Gradually, AI’s presence in our lives will be much larger.

-Rtr. Khushi Agarwal 





#2 Li-Fi


Many of you might have not even heard about this but this is the alternative equivalent of wi-fi. Well, it works on the light so let's get to how it works and why it came into being. For starters, it can deliver speed up to 224 gbs per second. Light Fidelity or Li-Fi is a Visible Light Communications (VLC) system running wireless communications traveling at very high speeds.Li-Fi uses common household LED (light emitting diodes) light bulbs to enable data transfer.



The term Li-Fi was coined by University of Edinburgh Professor Harald Haas during a TED Talk in 2011. Wi-fi and Li-Fi both work on the system of electromagnetic waves, wi-fi on radio waves while li-fi works on visible light. data is fed into an LED light bulb (with signal processing technology), it then sends data (embedded in its beam) at rapid speeds to the photodetector (photodiode).The tiny changes in the rapid dimming of LED bulbs are then converted by the 'receiver' into an electrical signal.The signal is then converted back into a binary data stream that we would recognize as web, video and audio applications run on the internet enables devices.Li-Fi signals cannot pass through walls, so in order to enjoy full connectivity, capable LED bulbs will need to be placed throughout the home. Not to mention, Li-Fi requires the light bulb is on at all times to provide connectivity, meaning that the lights will need to be on during the day.




You might wonder, well why do we need it if we have wifi? And it works well enough (unless you have MTNL connection). The answer is wifi has four problems capacity, efficiency, availability, and security. Connect 10 people to wifi and you end up with snail slow WiFi speeds, Li-Fi solves the capacity problem. It can connect more devices than wi-fi. Radio waves heat up at the stations where they are produced and the system has 5% efficiency. And production of radio waves is even costly so it had availability problems too. While lo-fi which works on LED doesn't have that problem. Radio waves pass through walls making it easy to hack. Li-fi surpasses that problem too!Maybe one day we wouldn't have to switch WiFi on separately, just switch on lights and you are good to go.


-Rtr. Prashil Shah






#1 Fidget Spinners
If you're an internet addict or use the internet at all, you would've noticed this small toy-like thing doing rounds. Right, fidget spinners. Fidget Spinners are Everywhere! No one knows who invented it, but if you've ever got your hands on one, you know this is your new addiction.

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So what are these fidget spinners really?
A fidget spinner has two or three paddle-shaped blades attached to a central core.
When you press the core, the blades are set in a motion and the momentum also gives a sensory effect to us.
Why was this invented?
Some researchers claim that this created to help ADHD patients focus better. While a group of scientists believe in the theory, a number of them couldn't see the co-relation between these spinners and ADHD patients and people with other attention disorders. The movements seem to suggest an activity and a way to enhance cognitive tasks.
Nonetheless, this toy has been on Amazon's top 20 best sellers ever since it was released about 3 months back and has been flying off shelves of every other toy store. There are hundreds of variations available in today's creative market, though they revolve about a fixed blueprint. These fidget spinners have a major advantage of being more portable than your average fidget toy, therefore have won the hearts of thousands of people worldwide.
These little spinners have made their ways into the hearts of not only the children but also the adults!
So what makes them so much fun?
The simple joy of being about to fidget without annoying people!
How many times have you heard your mom or other people tell you to stop fidgeting around with things, for example, constantly liking a pen. Happens to the best of us, we are curious we see something we want to figure out what it is, we fidget.
But this is one toy, that doesn't portray us fidgeters in a bad light, so we can fidget away!

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Great Stress Buster:
A lot of people have also noticed that it is a great stress buster, and it also is way more fun than your average desk ball or bug.
The movements again are responsible to help cope up with stress and helps us stay under control and reduce anxiety or stress.
Nervous for your next meeting? Grab 'em now.
Some smokers have also suggested that these have helped them quit smoking but there is no scientific evidence as such, but if it does help smokers, then bring them on, the world could use fewer smokers.
Super cool designs:
Initially built around a ninja star kind of design, these little spinners have evolved a long, long way. They now come as fidget cubes, your favorite car logo, or even as Batman! With so many exciting designs to choose from, these become an irresistible deal!


-Rtr. Khushi Agarwal 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

EVERY WRINKLE TELLS A TALE

Rama Tai


⁠⁠⁠⁠Well, if we ask anyone to imagine about an old age home he/she will definitely think about a poorly constructed building where some sad old people are living, but when you see Rama Tai your thoughts about the old age homes will surely change.

 An old woman in her 80’s with a smile on her face and joy in her heart greeted us with a great spirit. She moved to this nursing care in 2006 with her husband. Unfortunately, just after one year, her husband expired due to some kind of disease. But even after 10 years since the demise of her husband she smiles just like a 5-year-old. 

When we asked for her view on this generation's behavior towards the senior citizens she said, “It is your loss when you misbehave with us, because you will never have the privilege of knowing the experiences that we have with us. We will be happy where ever we live even if that is at an old age home. Yes, we may get sad at times but it will go away eventually!” 

The energy of Rama Tai was even more than us. She also cross-questioned us and which we barely survived. She told us about her daily routine, her hobbies, and her favorite TV shows. Well, we surely need people like Rama Tai in our lives to cheer us up when needed and teach us the value of self-independence. 

Lata Chopra

"You are probably figuring out what life is and what is it going to be like. Let me tell you that it looks exactly like an Indian road. You have to always be ready for a pothole and there will never be a guarantee for a perfect road, but always hope that you will find your sea link". 
You've always heard these cliches, but now we are showing you a real life example.

How many 77-year-old people have you seen who wake up every morning and adorn themselves with pretty clothes and matching earrings? Shri Lata Chopra does it and not just some days, every single day!
 She once used to be a model, she started acting in films but never finished them. Her father was Mumbai sheriff and later the president of All India Motors. She was a rebel at the core. This became evident when she was being forced to marry a very elder person to her, so she instead married a worker in her father's company, Starline motors.
She says that her rash decision was one of her worst mistakes. The person she married, was a nobody then but a drunkard, Om Prakash Bharti, father of late Divya Bharti. She divorced him. At the age of 21, she already had two kids and she was a divorcee. Her father, who once renounced her accepted her and gave her an apartment to live. For a while, she had big names likes Rajesh Khanna at her apartment but then after leaving the film industry, all contacts were lost. She was a semi-finalist around 1960's for Miss India. 
She cherishes her youth and has only one advice for this generation, "Be a rebel when your parents are completely wrong, but they seldom are". She advises this generation that money is not everything and be aware because it will make you do things you don't want to. She has been a guide, estate broker and even a Frankie seller in her difficult times.
She lives happily in the old age home though she isn't very happy about living there. She believes that you have to accept fate, it will not be the way you want it but accept it and no matter what or where you are, be happy. 


Anita Borkar



We are the generation who shows the way of a tiny, closed nursing home to the ones who showed us the light of the world.
But hardly do we notice the stories that are lurking around that place.
There are two reasons why a person ends up in an old age home.
Either the person's family finds him/her a burden or the person finds his/her family a burden.

Anita is an old woman of the latter category, aged 73 she was tired of being alone at home when everyone else was working or partying. She had lost her husband in a car accident a few years back. She was lonely and sad. She then decided that she wants to leave the house, she requested her family that she wants to live at an old age home that she had found quite interesting. People at the old age home were happy and they lived together. Her family agreed and she shifted.

At one point in time, she had a very productive and amazing life. She was once a personal secretary of Mr. Ratan Tata, she had even worked for Air India. Though she misses her prime days, she loves staying here. She says "I feel home."
She has a relaxing life now. She wakes up early, has breakfast, talks with her friends, reads a newspaper, then takes a bath. She then has lunch with everyone else, after that she either sleeps or talks. In evening she either plays or has activities of her own like watching tv or drawing, etc.

Then she has dinner and again some talking and then she sleeps. Mostly she does talking but that is what all old people love, talking. And that is what keeps them happy. We asked her a question, "What should children do to make their parents happy in their old age?"
She simply said,"Initiate conversations, we just don't want to be alone. We don't want a fancy life or fancy food or lots of money, we just want a simple life but that should be with family"

This story taught us how little things in life, no matter how insignificant, can bring immense joy, only if we tend to look for the happiness.

THE WALK 


I looked up from my laptop screen, disturbed by the incessant human coughing.
Human? Yes, I had become that insensitive to my father. I saw a crooked frame of flesh and bones, just able to support himself on his legs, at my door.
“What happened, dad?” I faked my tone, to sound at least a bit concerned.
“Nothing, I have a bad cough and I am feeling a bit feverish too. Would you get me some medicines?”
Though unwilling, I got up from my bed, on a Sunday morning, to buy medicines for the man I didn’t even care for days.
And yes, it was raining outside. I took my umbrella and went out.
Only I knew how irritated I was. It was raining on a Sunday morning, and here I was, walking on a slippery pavement with an umbrella over my head. He won’t understand ever.
Wait. I just felt a wave of nostalgia wash over me. Was it the rains? Was it the anger?  Or was it my father?

“Mumma, Mumma” I screamed in my sleep, as mom hurriedly woke me up. High fever, coupled with a very bad throat, was a bit too much to take for a 10-year-old, without reacting.
Even in this condition, dad was not there by my side. He was busy with his work, on his laptop, eyes glued to the screen. As I winced in pain, he paused, shot an annoying glance, and started working again. This was the first instance where I felt he didn’t love me.
It was raining quite heavily outside and my fever was constant at 104 degrees. I had to see a doctor immediately.
Dad was visibly upset. He had to leave his laptop, his work, on a Sunday morning, to visit a doctor. Sad, isn’t it?
I remember not talking to him on our way to the doctor’s clinic. He still held my hand protectively, as we both shuffled continuously to be inside that one umbrella.
Soon after our appointment with the doctor, we went to the medicine store. The chemist looked at me and told my father what the problem was and gave us the medicines without even looking at the prescription. The medicines he gave were exactly the medicines prescribed.
When dad questioned him regarding this, the chemist said “Even my son is suffering from high fever and a bad throat. He is at home and my wife is taking care of him. I had to be at the store, that’s why I had to leave him. Work is work. But I make sure it doesn’t get in the way of my parenthood.”

I stopped midway. The chemist’s words echoed in my head.
What if that day, dad had only heard me screaming in my sleep and told my mother to check on me?
What if, he was forced to work on a Sunday morning, against his wish?
What if, he was irritated that he had to work and he was not being able to be by my side?
Amidst all of these thoughts, I reached the same medicine store; I visited with my father 30 years earlier.
A boy, of almost my age, sat at the desk. I told him my father’s age and explained him his condition.
He smiled and gave me some tablets. On being asked why he was smiling, he said “My father is also suffering from high fever and a bad throat. I had to leave him, to attend the store. I just wish I could be with him at home right now. Your father is a lucky man that he has got a son like you, who is there to take care of him, at all times.”

I sighed silently. Was my father seriously lucky?

-Rtr. Tushar Garg

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Words of The Soul

       Words of the Soul


  "Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found its words." -Robert Frost

Emotions are an indistinguishable part of humans, yet, they are inexplicable and poetry is like the silhouette of these emotions.

 Here are the selected poems. Happy reading!


 A DAUGHTER. 

                                 - Khushi Modi. 

 
Words come to me,
They play a symphony,
Pull unkown strings in my heart,
Saying it's just a start.

Laughing, playing, giggling she grew up,
Secretly urging for one true love, to find true self, to live it all up.
The darks of the big world, soon wore off their masks,
Once a bright ray of sunshine, now lost in the dark.

No longer she thought of love,
No longer she ought to find herself,
Engrossed in killing the day,
She sighed and hugged the night.

Hope was wiped out,
Feelings erased,
A bit of His cold dark heart, was all she ever feined.
He was adamant, he wanted her to hate him,
Little did he know, he stole the shine from her eyes, he stole the red of her cheeks.

Never did she ever complain!!
Was once he thought in his drunk mind.
He pushed her afar, threw her around, and clawed her body.
But she remained still, keeping it all within.

How could a heart be so cold?
Why would the only person to protect her, destroy her?
She silently prayed for him to find peace,
She held on to the idea of the once laughing man,
Who held her when she fell,
Who hugged her when she cried.

Stubborn she was,
What if he can't protect her,
But she will,
Afterall,
The bond is what keeps her alive.
Afterall love is all about giving she says,
He did his part before,
Now it was hers.
To love her lost father. 

Till he released his last breath,
By a bottle of brandy,
Half full in debt, 
He closed his eyes, 
And thanked the hell fires, 
He knew he failed her, 
When she thought she failed to protect him, 
And leaving the world, 
Became his last piece of peace




 Colour to My Monochrome

                                          -Shrey Agarwal


Everything before you was a monochrome
What I saw in the world was either black or white
It did not change
Even when I looked left and right

But the moment you entered
Colours sprung to life
I gained some respite
From this deathly strife

What I perceived as black 
Was blue to you 
How to see the world
You taught me anew

You hailed from another one
One bathed with warm light
But dared to enter one
Covered in eternal night

The night that once fell here
Never stoof up to make a day
But twisted as I was
You were hell-bent to find a way

The efforts that you took
Knew no human bounds
In the cold ghastly cave
Your words would resound

Are you not coming to the place
Where I will lie in wait
I will make sure to fill colour 
In your monochromatic portrait

All will be taken and all will be given
All you need to do is simply ask
Because you do need to in front of me
Put up that false mask


 
                                                  Mind Fever

                                             -Aishwarya Sanghvi



 She used to have the exam fever, year after year after year after year until, one day, it didn't strike her; turns out, it had stayed.

The temperature in the thermometer didn't rise, but her hands and feet did tremble and sweat. 

Her head didn't feel warm or hot but her mind was a fiery inferno instead.

Her body moved smoothly, but she could hear the bones inside her crack. 

Her eyes weren't watery but she felt like she was drowning down an unknown track. 

Her nose wasn't blocked but the blood in her veins didn't flow.

She didn't see anything clearly, but felt so yellow.

Her eyes didn't turn red but the cuts on her wrist did screech. 

Her head didn't ache but her heart, oh her heart sat on the heaviest chair, tied up by the tightest ropes, fell deep into the ocean and got lost, out of everyone's reach. 

 But no, it wasn't fever because the degrees didn't increase but she felt like she was dislodged from a crosspiece.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

'Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.'
                                                                   -William Shakespeare

That quote was the basis of constant discussion and disagreement between Nikki and me and perhaps what made us fall in love with each other.

‘Are you saying, that even if things got bad between us or we lost interest, you wouldn’t want to end the relationship?’

‘Of course not! That won’t ever happen because when I say I love you, I mean it and you know what the wise old man had to say about love…Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds.’
That was such a weak argument but it always shut me up because when she said it with her beautiful smile and her pretty brown eyes looked so genuinely and innocently at me, I believed that she loved me. I believed her over and over and over again for the last 3 years and I don’t know when exactly it happened, but against my better judgement, I started to strongly believe in her favorite quote as well. I think it was because I finally understood that disbelief in the quote would be denial of her true love for me. Since that was something I never once doubted, all my doubts about the cliché quotes and idealistic notions about love disappeared gradually.

Around our 3 year anniversary we became that annoying couple who completed each other’s sentences and that quote would always find a way into majority of our conversations. The 3 years we were together, we went through so much which though at the time was heart-breaking was more so the reason of our relationship strengthening – her father’s accident, my grandmother’s death, her sister eloping for marriage, my brother dropping out of college. All these tragedies caused so much chaos, drama and pain at home that our sole solace was our love.

After being to hell and back together, all our friends thought we would be together forever and would someday be the ones who married their college sweethearts. They only thought we would but I was sure about it and so on the day of our graduation, I was all set to get the formalities out of the way and officially propose. It took me 4 weeks to go through her Pinterest boards and find the right match to her dream wedding ring. While purchasing it, the shopkeeper asked me,
‘Sir, do you want to get the rings engraved? It makes it even more special.’

‘Oh, yes, yes of course.’

It’s been 3 days since our graduation night and as I look at Nikki sleeping peacefully right now, I am happy that the ring fits her just perfectly. It wasn’t as easy to get her to agree as I thought it would be. I was in for quite a shock the night I asked her to be my wife.
‘I’m sorry, but no. I just can’t. You know that I am moving to California for my Masters, Rohan, and you also know how I feel about long distance relationships.’

‘But...but we love each other!’

‘Things change, Rohan. Time changes everything. It would be best if you move on too.’

In all the big life changes post-graduation Nikki was clearly confused and just a little lost. It was my duty to calm her down, to remind her of all the promises we made and guide her to the path of our lovely future, the seeds of which she sowed brain in my. The future changes seemed to intimidate her and it was time for me to step up and protect her against these momentarily scares. 
I understood the role I had to play for our sake, our love and to see the ring on her finger which had the perfect justification for what I did next…Yes, I put her into perpetual slumber and now she resides with me forever but I am not at fault one bit as the ring engraved rightly states,

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds. 
-Rtr. Hargun Sachdev