ME post 2015

Hi wanderlusters,

Unlike many I do not believe that the “About” page in a blog should remain the same. You change as time changes and so does your personality. So why have the same about description for your blog year after year? One year can sure bring about a number of changes in a persons character, living, thinking, habits and what not. Continue reading to find out what has changed and what hasn’t.

I am a silent ranter a.k.a Thinker, still a reader, my brain still harbors a music library, brand new Potterhead, feminist and a self proclaimed opposite of a dimwit 😉

If you have had a talk with me recently or anytime in the year 2015, you will find I have become extremely opinionated. Confused and lost too!

I have found that being confused can make a billion things crystal clear once you see both the sides of the same coin. So be confused! Things will eventually clear up.

Internship changed my perception on a zillion things. Its one thing i will never forget about the year 2015.

Also oil pastels are now my tools for artistic expression.

Around August-September last year I started watching poetry slams. The performances were beyond expectation. I had no clue there existed a medium to express your opinions and views.. spin out stories with hidden morals.. to reach out to a larger audience. The topics they speak on range from childhood, bullying to depression, feminism and social issues. Its called spoken word performances. I have become a fan of this medium of self-expression.

I have started to observe how very much I am inclined towards the study of law, international relations, social sciences and human psychology. (Seriously why am i doing an engineering course?)

My infatuation for law existed since I was a teenager but what intensified this further were Social injustices in the society and a TV show – “How to get away with murder“. Though the TV show deals with troubled life of a criminal lawyer the social injustice which the twisted judiciary system adheres to everywhere is appalling and needs to be changed.

My fight against a world where EVERYTHING is digital is getting tougher.

Everyone wants everything automated with minimum manual human interference. Some of the latest tech accomplishments have been a joke. There is now a machine that will fold your clothes.It takes more time than a kid would have taken to fold a shirt. So what? Its a machine so it will cost you thousands of dollars and whats more? U can’t see how it folds it.

Everyone wants to roam about on streets with a brightly lit screen casting a ghastly glow on the faces of their owners ignoring the natural shine of the sunlight or moonlight glow which casts beautiful lights in the sky and on everything around us.

A humanoid robot is one more thing i call junk.. like why on Earth would you want a humanoid robot?! They would crash if they had a sense of feeling called confusion! Apple’s Siri is a different level of non-sense.

I have the utmost respect for tech inventions that really help simplify our lives (I sincerely do) but not to an extent where we cease to stop interacting with humans and disrespect the traits that make us human. W.R.T this I recommend you watch a TV show called “Black mirror” and a movie “Exmachina”.

Those are more or less all the things that changed me and changed the way i handle/react to things.

As always..this blog is.where.i.rant.

Finally i strongly recommend you to – once in a while – BE CONFUSED!  🙂

7 Best Innovations in 2014

My selection of 7 best innovations short listed from 25 best innovations in 2014 Time magazine. Criteria for shortlisting (in noparticular order) need, scale of use, cost and originality.

1. Witricity – Wireless electricity
In this age of wireless devices our appliances are glued to walls to draw power from fixed sockets. True there are a few power-mat chargers for small gadgets like phones. But WiTricity, based in Watertown, Mass., is thinking big. Its technology—involving a plug-in coil that creates a magnetic field, which in turn powers objects as far away as 8 ft. (2.4 m)—has been tested on Toyota electric cars (with charging mats), Intel PCs (with charging pads) and more. Within 10 years, says CEO Alex Gruzen, rooms could be wired so that all appliances—lamps, TVs, stereos—pull power from a central charging base.

2. Ringly
Ladies, if you own a smartphone and need to constantly check ur phone for important notifications and find yourself digging into your bag  then, this is the product for you. What if you could get that info from something you were already wearing? That’s the thinking behind Ringly , a line of rings that can be programmed to glow when wearers get an email from their boss, any number of other can’t-miss communications. the first 1,000 Ringly rings, which rolled out in June, sold out within 24 hours.

3. PillPack
How many times have you missed the pills you needed to take only to be followed by “Oh no!! Not again”. Pillpack promises it wont let it happen again. PillPack sorts medications into a ticker tape of tearable packets, organized by date and time.

4. MotionSavvy uni
For the millions of deaf people who cannot speak, everyday communication often requires costly human translators and tedious note writing. Enter the Uni, a tablet and attachment that leverages motion-sensing cameras and voice recognition to translate American Sign Language into spoken words—and spoken words into text—in real time.

5. Osmo 
A play tool for this generation of kids who have their eyes glued onto the screen. Osmo helps bring virtual play into the real world. Osmo’s “reflective AI” attachment enables the iPad camera to interpret physical objects—allowing kids to mimic an onscreen pattern with colored tiles. Which keeps kids engaged and refines their motor skills as well.

6. Wikipearls
Edible wrappers!! Imagine eating wrappers that encase yogurt, cheese, ice cream and more in shells strong enough to hold their shape (in water, heat and cold) until you take your first bite. For everyone out there who wont go to the nearest dustbin visible and for those who don’t find one. Each shell is made of particles of dried fruit or other natural substances that are tiny enough to be electrically attracted to one another; they are combined with calcium and sugar to strengthen the form.All in an attempt to reduce world packaging waste. Can’t lick off the covers on this one, can ya ? 😉

.7. Blue room
The Prison Room that Helps Inmates Relax.Can you imagine yourself locked up in a small room with absolutely nothing to look at except a wall (without your cellphone) in a hyper tensed environment. This comes as little relief for all those prisoners who go through this.Oregon prison has taken an initiative to tackle solitary confinement with the blue room experiment. A room in prison where a projector plays video of open deserts, streaming waterfalls and other outdoor scenes. This is said to calm prisoners thereby reducing suicidal instincts, mental illness and violence

Click here for the list of 25 best innovations listed by The Time. Tell me what you think about them.

My first TedxGateway event.

Today i had the opportunity to attend the live streaming of the TedxGateway at my University, which was taking place in Mumbai, India.And i can tell you it has been an amazing experience. With Mr. Ralph Simons as the host, the event turned out to be very entertaining.

A huge applause for all the speakers who spoke and presented their ideas today!

A day of inspiration and learning.. of vibrant, practical and functional ideas.. Some of which i am going to elaborate here.

1.The event began with Sonam Kalra, who was also co-hosting the event. She spoke about THE SUFI GOSPEL PROJECT. A fusion of music, music not just to be labelled as “Fusion” but to mean every bit of what is meant by fusion.. to blend music making it universal. With a small demo that she showed us i sure can say that she has an amazing voice and talent.

2.Next came Arsh Shah Dilbagi, who inspired by the inability of mutes people to communicate created a device “Talk” Unlike other prevelent devices is both cheap and efficient, which could analyse the breath of user and synthesize a sentence in a fraction of a second. A boon for many indeed.

3.He was followed by Erica Hagen who spoke about the representation of slums on map.. representation of people on map.. the need for being represented.. and its development in areas implemented. Her initial work was in Kibera,Africa.

4.Literally rolling over to the next speaker, Cynthia Koenig. She devised a much needed solution to the problem of rural women spending hours collecting water over long distances. Her invention is the Wello Water Wheel

5.This for me was the best Talk today. Stuart Sender spoke about the F word, a word that affects people everywhere, people love using the F word, people believe and find happiness in practising the F word, The “F” word… FORGIVENESS. His project titled THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT reaches out to people and let them tell their stories of forgiveness. Forgiveness has a deep and powerful impact, we need to embrace it. His last words being “Live in peace and not in pieces”. Thank you Stuart for you advise and vision.

6.The next speaker was Sudha Kheterpal, a musician-percussionist, having a deep routed passion for music, she created something called the “SPARK“, she repeatedly asks us to “Shake your power”. Her device if shaken provides electricity which is used in areas with no power supply. It provides light, good example of applied Physics and Design to be learnt by kids.

7.Toby Shapshak an innovator from Africa, a very energetic speaker explained the need for innovations. The reason why most innovators are from Africa or India is that because they have faced the real problem and pain caused by it, he says. He goes on to say innovations solve real problems.

Though i have mentioned only a few names and projects here.. please feel free to visit TedxGateway 2014 Speakers for the list of 28 speakers and their ideas or present your thoughts on this topic.