Indo-European Winter Academy 2014

So the week of 3rd-9th December saw me charting unknown territory with the Indo-European 
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!
  • 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.
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