Once upon a time, there was a Garden City

This article talks a little about the Garden City that Bangalore once was proud to be, but talks mainly about how Bangalore or Bengaluru as people lovingly call it is an incredibly special place. I was born in Mumbai, but I spent my life in Bangalore with primary and secondary education. I must say, I was happy back then as happy I am right now to be back in Bangalore after completing my engineering. We were too naive to realize back then what a blessing Bangalore was, and the huge impact that it had had on our lives. It was only after I went out and witnessed with my own eyes what the rest of India was like, it dawned to me that I had been living in the dark, in a place where our naivety wasn’t challenged. But god forbid! Bangalore wasn’t our ‘dark’ place at all! It was the most bright and cheery place ever, that nobody really cared about what it was like outside. Not that people didn’t want to care. It was just that people were too engrossed in their own lives to notice anything else. That is incidentally the reason why Bangalore is the way it is. People are so happy with their own lives in general that they now live in their own bubble of satisfaction. Don’t get the wrong idea though. It’s not like we turn a blind eye towards the underprivileged just because of our contentedness. We like to share our happiness with others to empower our community.

Since when I was a child, my hobbies were crafted out of the hobbies of my friend group which mainly comprised of computer and video game enthusiasts. We liked to try out different games and different consoles. It was not really a competition on who was best at playing or anything. There wasn’t any competition between us at all. We only cared about was having a great time! How I miss those days. But I realized later on that because I was with these guys, and because I was involved with all the new stuff that they explored on the web, and how we hacked consoles so we could play any game we wanted, I realized that I began to know more about software, games and consoles than other people around me. It wasn’t a sudden realization of course, because I wasn’t even really interested in the intricacies of software installations and the kind at the time anyway, but it paved the way towards my field of interest. Once I was in 11th and 12th grade, I could understand technical talks of people who had also shared a similar background and even make conversation with them. I seemed to get along with the people who knew their way around computers because we had a common interest, and we would take a moment to discuss stuff. That’s pretty common, but think about it in this way. You find out something really cool in your field of interest, that you want to share it with somebody else. So, you would at least want to share it with someone who can appreciate how great your discovery really is! Therefore, it is common to look for people who have similar interests as you. Not to mention, they will announce their discoveries to you too when they find something new! And one thing leads to another, and you guys start working on it. Explore it together. Meet up somewhere, at someone’s house, maybe even stay up for a sleepover. All this… But for what? That’s simple: Passion for life. Something as trivial as interest. Why do we do things that interest us? Simply because they do! Yet it gives rise to a chain of several other questions: If we are all just going to die one day, then why bother doing anything at all? Although that’s pretty common-sensical inquisitiveness, it’s also prey to an equally good counter question: If we are all just going to pass on to another world one day, why not try doing something worthwhile while we are still here? Ha! Think not much. It’s easy, do what makes you happy. Life is big, and life becomes longer than you would like it to be if you are not enjoying yourself. And most important of all, this life is yours! In Bangalore, people understand what it is to have a calm and stable society and people have learned to keep their eyes open to new trends, adapting to those who have not yet adapted and we collectively understand the serenity of such an environment and strive to cherish it and keep it the way it is (although not consciously, it seems to magically happen).

It is known that Bangalore is the Silicon Valley (or “Plateau”) of India. Naturally, based on sound reason. People here have jobs. Many even start their own startups with their friends and colleagues, hoping to “make it”. IT jobs generally pay well, so the general population of Bangalore has no lack of money. Surely, they are trying to make more, but not out of desperation. On the other hand, things have become expensive in the recent years, and Bangalore’s economy has proven to be quite stable. Bangalore is not associated with a particular type of population that speaks a certain language or has originated from certain place. It quite suddenly came into being and people from all over India and all over the world settled here in Bangalore. Another reason for that is that Bangalore has great weather. It’s neither hot nor cold. It does not fluctuate more than 20-25 degrees Celsius throughout the year, it’s usually between (15-35 degrees C). Over the years, a lot more people have poured here to grab hold of the opportunities, so the environment of the place has changed a little bit from how it was before, but it’s still as I remember it, quite the same.

People are friendly in an unconditional way. They don’t help you as a way to grab opportunities from you later, but really because they know you now, and would interact with you in the future, and who knows they might even become your good friend. It’s really about open and free friendships, no bounds to the people you meet. Often times I have seen friends-of-friends-of-friends forming a distant connection on Facebook. It’s just that, there’s nothing else that can come between what you love. And Bangalore is with you on that. The whole framework of Bangalore conspires to bring out the best in you. All you have to do is spread your wings and take flight!

What went wrong with our education system

How bad can education be? It shouldn’t be bad, or it’s not even supposed to be! But here we are… Quite heartbroken, and restricted because there is no other option out there but educate ourselves in the tiring, coercing manner they teach us. Mugging stuff up on the last day of the exam, not only because it doesn’t make any sense to you but also because the exam is the only time we are going to require it. Mug and vomit. That’s our routine 4 times each semester, for every subject and that’s repeated for 8 semesters in total. What a dumb shit thing we have had to go through. I’ve just cleared engineering, and what can I say, the most pathetic experience of my life was in these 4 years. What the hell did I learn in these 4 years anyway? Well, one thing I did learn, and that was how flawed our education system really is. It’s not flawed in a certain number of places or anything like that. It is a 100% wrong! I am emotionally vested in myself, and the education that I get, and the training that I get which I can use once I start my real job. But honestly, after receiving the kind of dull, lacking creativity, lacking enthusiasm kind of education I (or we all) have had to endure, I can say one thing: a serious change is required in our educational system. Also, our lecturers need to be better equipped with the right knowledge to guide us, pave the way for us to race across the sea of knowledge so we could grasp all we can. All they did was give silly excuses like “Students aren’t interested”, “Need to get approval from Principal”, etc. BULLSHIT! I say. If you really want to get something done, you would go out of your way to get it done, come what may. As a student, I don’t have time to entertain my professor’s excuses about lack of interest. Great teachers can gather a crowd of students out of their own interest. Our teachers forget that not only do they work for us, but also that they need to work for the future of our world and our country. Without passion, teaching is a very useless profession and my request to all teachers who lack it is to go find a different profession rather than expose to the students how boring the subject is. Good people, engineers or any other grad for that matter can be made if the people at the top most level are good. In the case of education systems, the Principal, and of course the teachers. We need teachers who can bring out the creativity in them and show us the joys of the subject. Students will then realize the possibilities that can come from learning the subject. For some, it will act as a way to retain information, for they can remember the creative act better than say, reading a textbook for instance.

As a kid, I was taught that all of us are special. Yes, each and every one of us, whether adult or child. We were born with a purpose in our lives. God simply does not roll dice! As humans, we are the chosen ones. But to learn, and experience the fact, you need a kind of education which nourishes your senses to a world with endless possibilities, where you can become whatever you desire, pursue your interests to the fullest and to give back to the society as much as you can. Someone needs to instill or invoke the untapped fire of creativity in us. Creativity. It’s really such a magical thing. Gives me immense joy creating things, whether the world knows about them is another thing altogether but I enjoy creating things. I believe my early days in school helped me out immensely. I realize this now, after looking at India through the scope of my college. From an early age onwards, I have been encouraged to open my eyes and fling my arms to the world. There’s everything out there. So much happiness. Something that I deeply feel that I need to share with the rest of the world.

Why people play MOBA

Usually, a lot of things in life are based on actions and consequences. When you act on something you can somewhat (if not fully) expect what the consequences will be. This theory has way too many variables in games like LoL where prediction on whether you will be the victor or loser depends on a multitude of configurations, players, their states of mind, their alertness, knowledge of the game, reflexes just to name a few. Non-scientifically you could even say these games are equivalent to gambling! That’s how unpredictable they are.

Victory depends not only on you but also on how your team plays, but at the same time without you your team will lose. It depends on the enemy team as well, and each and every player contributes to their team’s fate.

“Mayhaps this is a game of luck, like battleship”, you might say, but think about the hours of practice and the experience people have gained in order to control the turn of events in the game! It’s like reliving a war every time. There’s a Japanese saying which goes like, “A war is won before it is fought”. Mayhaps wars are inevitable, and mayhaps people are forced to join it even if it’s against their will. Mayhaps even the above quote is more intuitive than it seems.

But we don’t know unless we play :3

First game as Spectre

One day before my mid semester examination.

Well, it wasn’t my first game to be completely honest here, because on my actual first time my PC crashed and by the time I had reconnected I got an abandon. I cannot blame Steam for this. Just this new modem (I have no clue what the hell is wrong with it). So, I played a Single Draft match with Axe (my first time) and we won! What luck that is huh. Axe has a pretty lousy ult btw. It doesn’t do any real damage from what I saw [update: now I know how to play him]. The only good thing about him is that he’s kinda tanky like all the male characters in dota (and also that he can deal more damage when he’s alone). So anyway, we won that match somehow (I forgot to mention we had a broodmother whose user was at level 52! Yeah, after that match I decided that I had to play Spectre again because I didn’t get to test her out fully the last time (if you count that).

This time the enemy team her strong picks like Juggernaut (god knows why he’s picked in every match), Sven (goddamit this guy!), Huskar (Mista Gank), Naga (she was total noob and fed like anything), and somebody else (I forgot). We had myself (Spectre), Templar Assassin (girls get to have all the fun), Phantom Assassin (the girl who I first thought was a guy), Venomancer (amiable support) and of course Sniper (apparently the character everyone hates). I assisted in getting first blood I think. Spectre does good damage with her Q initially. Out team had less conventional picks unless you want to include PA with her ‘blur’ evasiveness.

In any case, I took the bottom lane with Venomancer and he was a really helpful support. I remembered the last hero of the enemy team: Spirit Breaker (damn those stuns!). The thing was that most of the time the whole (at least 3-4) heroes of the enemy team would suddenly appear and gank. Lots of times Sven killed me. I fed quite a bit in the beginning and hoped that the rest of my team was doing well in absence of the enemy heroes in their respective lanes. Funnily enough it played out quite exactly like that. The got plenty of farm and one tier-3 tower of top lane also fell. I believe PA was top. Either her or sniper. Once I got my ult, I could teleport to any team fight that I chose and we started winning team fights. Not only because of me, PA, TA were playing great too. But I got the highest number of kill assists: 29. I thought this match would be cutting it close, but I was wrong. We won pretty easily. I usually feed a lot in the beginning. But as the game progresses I start getting kills and assisting. I got a battle fury first, then Radiance and finally a moon shard which I consumed and then bought another one. What do you basically need? Good damage and attack speed! That’s something I learnt playing LoL. Speaking of LoL, it’s mechanics are totally different compared to Dota. Which is better I cannot say, but LoL looks to be the one attracting the crowds.

Switched over to Ubuntu

Debian was getting a bit rusty to work with, so I decided to install an operating system which had a large community backing and latest software updates. Ubuntu seemed to be the best answer. I’ve used Ubuntu before, but it didn’t impress me as much as Debian had done the first time I used it. Debian has an unique quality of clicking with the user’s wishes, and everything just falls into place once you become well acquainted with the commands. Ubuntu is basically Debian with an attempt to have a more user friendly interface. They have done a good job no doubt, but a few bugs keep popping every now and then in the GUI. I felt it better to stick to the terminal. I guess, that goes for any Linux distro. Ubuntu can become an exciting development platform for me, which is the main reason why I chose it. Debian lacked latest updates, and self-updating packages like the android SDK required newer versions of the IDE. When I went to bring Eclipse up to date, it stopped working at all. Not that I was surprised. If I updated just one package to it’s latest version, it is natural to update all it’s dependencies as well. But that solution would have costed me a lot of time and bandwidth. So I went for a permanent solution of installing an OS with relatively new packages. Bam! Ubuntu!

Secured an internship at Robokraft

After nearly 18 hours of coding, I managed to make a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for a Laser Tag game. This goes down as my first ever programming project, and I can’t tell you how happy I am both for completing it and getting the internship as a result. I show them what I had done today, and they really appreciated my work. I could tell that they were surprised when I told them that I had written all the code, and not just used a software to build the GUI. Python, ILY <3 Same for tkinter <3

What’s more, they gave me more work to do after my internals. I need to write a script to log all matches, and something for a bluetooth module, and even a USB module. Well, since it’s Python, it shouldn’t be too hard to code. There are tonnes of libraries too. I am really glad I decided to learn this language. The GUI code was not too difficult after I’d got a hang of it. Loved the total experience. All of this inspires me to work on bigger projects, and I will in the future.

An anticipation video I made for a friend

A friend of mine was making a forum RPG game, and he asked me if I wanted to make the game with him. I accepted. At first, we were planning to have only a banner to tell people that a game was going to be launched. So, we decided what to write on the banner. But later I realized, it would be really cool if we could make a video. So I made one. We were in a little hurry to publish it, so I couldn’t sync the audio with the video. But a few days later I updated it.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7g_EjqQ7w0&feature=youtu.be

Hey!

Hello! I had wished to start a blog a long time ago, but my exams did not permit me to do so. My exams are in the past now, I have finally fulfilled my wish. This is my first blog, so you might notice a few things changing from time to time. I made this blog because I want to share with the world my many experiences. These experiences are not just events which happen in my life. They may be anything at all. I did not want to limit my scope because of the subject of this blog. So I decided to widen the scope of the subject. It is a blog about different topics all under one roof.

I almost forgot to give you a brief introduction on me. I am a computer enthusiast, I love the internet, I love browsing and scavenging for information. Among my many hobbies are watching anime, talking to my best pal, reading books, listening to music, learning all kinds of different things, playing games and many more.

A warm welcome to all the readers. I hope you enjoy!