So the week of 3rd-9th December saw me charting unknown territory with the Indo-European
I am capable of giving a 50 minute lecture and boring people including a German professor! Thank you though Prof. Greiner for sitting through it!
I am capable of talking about something I just learned some time ago from a few geniuses – Prof. Suman Chakraborty and the great Aniruddhe, Rishav and Johnny of IIT Kharagpur.
We truly live in not only Nakhlistan-e-Kanpur, but in Jannat-e-Vidyalaya. We enjoy, at IIT Kanpur, a freedom that we do not appreciate.
The world is not so big after all – you can find, halfway across the world, a person with a similar background and research interest as yours, as well as someone who is someone else’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother, whom you resemble!
There is a difference between bubbles and droplets! (courtesy Ishwar Kapoor)
There is hope in the world, for there are a large number of academically motivated students to move her forward!
Computation is ubiquitous in life.
Chomsky was right about the universality of syntax – our guide at Lucknow Bada Imambara competely head-over-heel-ed the Queen’s English in syntax, but could get the semantics through.
The Campus Restaurant as well as Sargam caterers have wonderful cooks!
The market road in Lucknow resembles Connaught Place and Park Street!
Mayawati is extremely narcissistic.
The Germans are extremely efficient in whatever they do!
The normal pace at which most Indians speak English is too fast for non-English speaking Europeans.
The National Wind Tunnel Facility (which Abhilash lovingly named the National WTF) is quite big and inspiring if you sit near its main fan.
Ray tracing gives wonderful transparency-controlled images.
Experience does not deliver good lectures, class does.
Academy 2014, organized at IIT Kanpur, with 7 IITs (Kanpur, Kharagpur, Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Roorkee and Guwahati), FAU Erlangen-Nurnberg and KTH Stockholm. I’d summarise what all I learnt in a few points below, in no particular order!