About Me

Technology

I love technology, and spend an alarming majority of my waking hours in front of a computer screen. I support the Free Software Movement and believe firmly in the Right to Privacy. Passionate about custom PC building, and a big fan of loud clicky mechanical keyboards.​

I am a part of the the robotics team MAD Engineers. In 2018 and 2019, our team won national-level awards in the First Tech Challenge competition. Most recently, we attained National Rank 2 (International Rank 18) in the PTC Robots to the Rescue competition. I was also an IRIS national finalist for my project “Facial Analysis based Doubt-Solving Chatbot using Neural Networks – CS06” in the year 2018.

I’ve also worked with Java, Python, HTML/CSS/Javascript, Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

MUN + Debate

Model UN and debate are very close to my heart. At this point I’ve been to around 15 Model UN conferences across India. I’ve been to crisis committees, Indian committees, large General Assemblies, intense Security Councils and what have you. It’s a whole lot of fun.

My team also won the all-India Frank Anthony debate competition this year, which was really exciting. I won the second-best speaker award. I was also declared the best opposition speaker at the Maharashtra level in the AISM debate competition.

View my entire MUN and debate experience. View some resolutions/position papers that I wrote for actual conferences and published here for fun.

Coffee

Coffee is the best thing in the world.

I like brewing my own coffee. I own an Aeropress and a Javapresse manual grinder. I usually get my coffee beans from Blue Tokai. My favourite types of coffee are affogato and hazelnut latte.

Abacus

I’ve been learning Abacus since I was a kid. While I’m definitely not as skilled as some of those speed calculation geniuses you see on YouTube, I still use it everyday.

I hold a post-graduate degree in the subject for having completed Grand Level I and II from UCMAS. I received honors from Malaysia for clearing Grade I (ironically the hardest grade) of the International Grading exam in September 2016.

Art

Music – Radiohead, Muse, Velvet Underground, David Bowie
Books – George Orwell, Han Kang, Haruki Murakami
TV Shows – Mr. Robot, Black Mirror
Movies – V for Vendetta, the Matrix trilogy, AI, Her
Stand-up comedy – Bo Burnham, Tim Minchin, Demetri Martin, Jen Kirkman

I particularly enjoy reading. My favourite smell is that of a new book, will read almost anything you throw at me. My two favourite authors are George Orwell and Han Kang. You can find my book reviews here.

This quote describes my relation with art:

“Of course, reading novels was just another form of escape. As soon as he closed their pages he had to come back to the real world. But at some point Tengo noticed that returning to reality from the world of a novel was not as devastating a blow as returning from the world of mathematics. Why should that have been? After much deep thought, he reached a conclusion. No matter how clear the relationships of things might become in the forest of story, there was never a clear-cut solution. That was how it differed from math. The role of a story was, in the broadest terms, to transpose a single problem into another form. Depending on the nature and direction of the problem, a solution could be suggested in the narrative. Tengo would return to the real world with that suggestion in hand. It was like a piece of paper bearing the indecipherable text of a magic spell. At times it lacked coherence and served no immediate practical purpose. But it would contain a possibility. Someday he might be able to decipher the spell. That possibility would gently warm his heart from within.”

Haruki Murakami, 1Q84