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How I finished my first 10,000 steps

So I’ve been into fitness in the last 4 months. From being lazy to even walk downstairs to collect my amazon delivery, to walking 10,000 steps, it has been quite a journey. This is about how I managed to walk 10K steps a day! But before we start, let me confess that I have been …

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Body Shaming and goodbyegundu

Today for the first time, I spoke up against someone who shamed my body. It was this aunty who came home to meet my mother and I was sitting calmly on the sofa. She made a comment out of the blue – “Look at your legs! What will people say if they see your legs.” …

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I’m 25!

Contrary to popular belief, I’m sharing my age upfront. 25 years already! Feels like I was 20 yesterday. Last year has been nothing short of transformational for me. It was much about regaining confidence and answering some tough questions. I picked up a new job, quit it, started working remotely, started learning ukulele, invested in …

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Learning by yourself

One of the most important skills we will need to survive in the 21st century is to learn by ourselves. If you have spent at least a few months in the industry, I’m sure you must have realised at some point that no one is coming behind us to complete a course or do a …

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We accept what we think we deserve

I watched Perks of being a wallflower yesterday. (I know I’m late to the party) But in that movie, Charlie asks Mr. Anderson, his English teacher, “Why do nice people choose the wrong people to date?” He replies, Made me think long, that quote. I think this ties back to self-worth and it can be …

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Should happiness be conditional?

Life gives us a bunch of reasons to hurt ourselves from time to time. But is it a good approach to think that I will be truly happy only if X happens? I find that different people choose different ways of dealing with happiness, but personally, I don’t believe in setting conditions for happiness. If …

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Om mani padme hum

From the book: Ikigai Om mani padme hum – A mantra in Buddhism on controlling negative emotions om – the generosity that purifies the ego ma – the ethics that purify jealousy ni – the patience that purifies passion pad – the precision that purifies bias me – the surrender that purifies greed hum – …

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Notes from a Maria Popova podcast

Write for yourself. It is important to enjoy what you do and the only person you must try to please is yourself. Consistency and a great love for the work you do is a mark of greatness. Doing dedicated work doesn’t mean living a hard life. It is possible to do dedicated and important work …

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Press 1 to not be contacted

God. This is a true story, I moved out of Bangalore 2-3 months back. I stopped using my ACT Fibernet connected because obviously, I don’t need it anymore. I emailed them and asked them to disconnect it. No response. Then they send me a 100 emails with discounts and offers. I appreciate their effort, but …

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Inhibitions

Why do we hold ourselves back? I was always told that I sing well. When I was 12, I had a music teacher come home to take classes for me. I was doing alright. In fact, the music teacher at school wanted me to join the prayer group. I did not find that exciting enough …

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Evolution of my personal website

I built my first website in 2016 and since then I’ve iterated several times. Just last day I was thinking I wish I had screenshots of my old websites. And then I learn about the wayback machine that shows you old iterations of any website on the internet. So here’s the thing. For everyone who …

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Resume: Content matters more than presentation

I see so many people fussing about the template to use. I did too. I still do. But the only role that appearance has is in turning eyeballs. In getting attention. If you ultimately do not have has the meat, there’s no point. I came across this tweet by Aleksandr Volodarsky that talks about this …

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Laugh all you want. It doesn’t matter.

Have you noticed how some people would laugh at you when they see you strive to accomplish something? They will laugh at you because they think you’re stupid, or because they think they know better. They judge what you do and make comments about it. They try hard not to express it in front of …

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Retirement bucket-list for mom

My mom took a VRS from BSNL in Jan 2020. I have known her to be someone so fully dedicated to her work to the point on not having any hobbies. And so, I managed to put together a list of activities for her to try out in the hope that at least one or …

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Trash Life

I think after a point everyone realizes how important your sleep and health are. But almost inevitably there a time in life where you live like trash. All you care about is the pleasures of a busy life. We think then that not having a second to breathe means we’re productive. Slowly you deteriorate mentally, …

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Period Leaves

Many call this a progressive move and I’m sure it will help bash the stigma a bit. BUT, I feel this will introduce more biases and challenges for women. People hardly take women seriously. Now add to that them knowing you are on your period – I’m sure they may brush off your comments as …

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Failure Resume

I came across Ankur Warikoo’s video where he talks about his failures. A bit more of my research pulled up a pdf version of the failure resume he shared in 2016. Like he says in the video as well, it is easy to look at someone’s trajectory and think that they’ve only had successes in …

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What’s your Nagavalli moment?

I was thinking about how passionately Ganga talks about Nagavalli and her ornaments to Sunny. And then the conviction with which she defends that the chilanga Sunny has is that of Nagavalli. I was thinking about how I also turn that passionate when I talk about certain topics or certain projects I’ve worked on. Maybe …

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Little things that affect us big

I’m talking about the little earbuds that come with your earphone. I just started an 8 hour road trip and lost exactly one ear bud in the first 10 minutes of the trip. It’s unbelievable how these little things are so responsible for making or breaking your mood. You can probably listen to music without …

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Transit Traveller

Last day I moved out of Bangalore. Its COVID season and we had to move mountains to be able to travel to Bangalore and move out. We had exactly 48 hours to travel from Kerala to Bangalore, vacate the apartment and get back to Kerala. On the way, there were multiple border crossings and at …

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Do what you can with what you have

The hack to un-stuck yourself is this: Cheatsheet (1) Look at your goals(2) Look at the people and resources you have now(3) Do what you can with what you have(4) In the process, acquire more people and resources Repeat steps 1 – 4

Why did I create the Mirror Planner?

I personally love journaling a lot. I’ve always relied on writing as a way to obtain better clarity of thought. I’ve journaled for 6+ years now and writing has never failed me. In 2019, I hit a rough patch with anxiety and depression. And in order to understand how I ended up in this bad …

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Do we still need women-focused initiatives?

I’m writing this in light of the countless questions I have received from young men and women alike who ask me why there are so many women in tech scholarships and opportunities. And if we still need them. To be able to answer this, let me take a step back and set the context. All …

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Authenticity – Being yourself

Have you ever felt your inner self stopping you from saying or doing something? When you know in the core of your heart that you are not yourself? When you feel something is not right or that you don’t belong somewhere? If you’ve experienced that, then it means you have been lying to yourself about …

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Answer these questions if you want to start a podcast

Who is this for? What would your ideal listener be like? What are their challenges? How do they feel because of these challenges? What are their goals? What would you talk about and how should that ideally make them feel? What do you want them to get at the end of the podcast? Are you …

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20% Projects

Second Learning Club discussion was around 20% projects. What are 20% projects? Why do them? How to do them right? What we did Read a bunch of blogs around 20% projects The Radical Notion of Not Letting Work Define You 7 Reasons To Treat Your Career as an Experiment 20% projects – What they are …

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Beating Procrastination

First Learning Club discussion was around this. It’s something almost all of us struggle with and this group coming together was really like a support group. You know, the kind for alcohol addicts? This was a bunch of people who are masters of procrastination and were seeking help! This blog is a compilation of key …

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Learning Club

It’s corona times and we’re all quarantined. Some of us are bored, jobless and have a lot of time in hand since there’s no hanging out. I was wondering how to do something productive in these times and a learning club idea struck me. It’s basically anyone who wishes to learn/discuss a specific topic coming …

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First tattoo experience: Meraki

I first came across this term Meraki in 2016 or so. Right from the first moment that I learned the word, I knew it meant something to me. I felt like the word really summarised who I am as an individual. I’ve often been told that I leave my signature in whatever I do. And …

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Today I interviewed with Almabase for the role of Account executive.

It was interesting to say the least! Almabase sponsored my entire travel related to the interview. This itself was very nice of them! One I arrived, we had a rushed interview because Kalyan, the CEO had to leave to the US. So there were 4 rounds of the interview packed in just one day. I flew …

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Improving your odds of getting selected to scholarships, internships and jobs

For current students interested in pursuing professional development opportunities All of us wish to apply and get selected to opportunities. Having that coveted scholarship, an internship with your dream company and winning a challenging competition is a way of proving our mettle and also taking one step closer to our goals. But when there is …

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I’m creating a podcast! #podcasting

Writin a winning scholarship application So today I was obsessed with podcasts and decided to do a small project to figure it out. I’ve done a short intro/teaser, which is, as usual, a shitty first draft. Clip below: This was my first and only take and I kinda like how it sounds. I’m hoping to …

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US Visit 2019: Attending class @ Stanford, Partnership meetings and getting a reply from Sheryl Sandberg

The title summarises my last US trip. It was May 2019 and the end of my fellowship. Rethink and Sijo were kind enough to sponsor a US travel for me. The objective of the trip was to explore the mallu network in the US and also meet with potential partners. Another hidden agenda of mine …

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Build beautiful websites for free in 3 easy steps. Thank me later.

Today I discovered the best tools to create a free website. A good looking one that too! Here’s the website I created. Take a look. Also sharing some snapshots below. 1. Build on Mobirise Mobirise is a free website builder tool. You have to download the software from their website onto your machine. From then on, …

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2 years @R

On May 26, 2017, just about week after graduating from college, I started working full time at Rethink. Today marks my second work anniversary. This is more of a reflection post that summarises what I’ve been attempting to do in the last two years. The problem / The purpose There are tonnes of scholarship opportunities for …

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Hacks to read premium medium articles for free

Medium allows you to read upto 3 premium articles for free every month. But there are few other ways with which you can read more articles for free. Use multiple medium accounts If you have more than one medium account, feel free to use them to read more articles. While this works, this is usually a …

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Understanding your parents

Every once in a while, I come across students who really wish to do a lot of things, but face resistance from their parents. Most of them, particularly girls, find it difficult to get their parents to be okay with them travelling. And the degree of the effort required to get parents to agree to …

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Reflection: Circle of influence that each individual has

This is a reflection post based on my recent experiences. I had come to hear about Dr.Vinod Prasad, a professor at NTU during my visit there. He had few research students under his wing and they continued to remember him fondly. NTU also has this NTU — India connect program that he used to anchor at the …

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We wrapped up cohort 2 of our WIT program this week and the feedback coming in has been great…

We wrapped up cohort 2 of our WIT program this week and the feedback coming in has been great validation. This time, we attempted to get the learners to start thinking about their goals — long term and short term. This exercise was going by the idea that if you have a goal and write it down, …

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Locating a specific tweet

Tried out wordpress today

Sharing the resources that helped Download and install wordpress using this tutorial Publishing the local site on the web Design homepage Move medium posts to wordpress using the following tutorial

Google I/O, re-scheduling my university exam and getting a job at Google

I got selected to attend Google I/O in May 2016. Except, I had my 6th semester exams happening right when Google I/O was happening. If I choose to attend the conference, I’d miss 3 of my exams. I’d then have to write these missed exams a year later, which would delay my graduation by one year. …

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Bridging the Opportunity Gap

Professional development opportunities such as scholarships, mentorships and internships play a key role in shaping up aspirations, capability and confidence of students. Our thesis with Opportunity Project has been that undergraduate students are unable to leverage such opportunities not because they are not smart, but because They do not know about opportunities They do not …

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Own your accomplishments

One of our learning program participants brought this up and I felt compelled to write about it First up, I think this is a quite common feeling. And not one specific to women either because I have had male colleagues and friends mention they feel uncomfortable owning their achievements. I have myself gone through the …

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I am bad at speaking English

This is a common problem. I have seen lots of students restrict themselves from doing things because of their fear of speaking in english. Somehow, they think that they really are unable to speak well in the language and hence stop short of even giving it an attempt. Taking the specific case of scholarships alone, …

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Should I do my MBA right after undergrad?

I think the answer to this question is “It Depends”. What we are used to in the Indian system is completing education for a lifetime, all at once and then work till you age. This is probably why the question of should I do an MBA right after college comes up. I’ve seem most students …

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What I loved about INSEAD

This is about things I found amusing/interesting/useful form INSEAD. To know more about my visit to INSEAD, read here: Lessons to adopt from Universities in Singapore Diverse Class Each INSEAD cohort has about 70 students. At the start of the classes, you will be put into a group of 5–6 students and each student in …

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What I loved about NUS

This is about things I found amusing/interesting/useful form NUS. To know more about my visit to NUS, read here: Lessons to adopt from Universities in Singapore They have a decent campus tour So you can actually signup on the NUS website for a campus tour. On the day of the tour, one person from the admissions …

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What I loved about NTU

This is about things I found amusing/interesting/useful form NTU. To know more about my visit to NTU, read here: Lessons to adopt from Universities in Singapore They don’t have to go to classes. They can instead learn by watching recordings of classes! But if they do wish to take classes, they have to pre-book them. Flipped …

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Lessons to adopt from Universities at Singapore

This Feb, Sharon and I visited universities in Singapore. Both of us wish to pursue higher studies from a reputed, world-class institution and thought it was only legit to go see these places we one day aspire to study at. From understanding how these universities are, realising how cool it would be to study in …

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Creating your blog for free using Jekyll + Github pages

Jekyll is a static site generator that you can use to create simple sites or blogs and Github pages is a static site hosting service. By using Jekyll with Github pages, you can quite easily put together your first blog/website for free. I created my first personal website using Jekyll and then went on to …

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I got selected for an opportunity. But should I go?

A number of students write in to me with this question. They get selected to an opportunity and then wonder if they should take up on it. Sharing a case of guidance facilitated in this regard. Second year student at MEC, Selected to an AI Conference I’ve read your blog and I’ve sat for one …

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Building a 21st Century University (21CU)

Rethinking Education for the new Knowledge Economy Table of Contents What is my vision to change the world? Why a 21CU? Who will benefit from 21CU and How? How do we go about building 21CU?– Foundational frameworks of 21CU– Story so far Impact Stories Where to? : Roadmap to the future How can Toptal help? About Me …

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WITx Program Plan

In the 2weeks of engagement with our WITx Learning Program, we have some real huge things in mind. Let me walk you through our program plan. Program Design Before talking about the Program Plan, let me share some perspectives about how we went about designing the program. Feeling we wish to leave you with I can …

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#TD — WIT Cohort 1 — Sept Week 3

Last week, the girls were on their own and they did really well! I sent one email to them with all that they’ve got to do this week and then stood by the sidelines, watching them help each, figure it out and get it done. When we decided that this is how this week would …

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Introducing Bubbles

Last week, the WIT cohort 1 girls had a call which went great and Bubbles is a fictional character that took birth during that call. During the first activity that gave our WIT Cohort — to create an intro video, Adheetha wrote t me and said, “I’m not too comfortable speaking in English”. She somehow felt that …

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On writing better emails!

This article has 2 segments: Professional email behaviours On drafting good emails Professional Email Behaviours Stay on top of your email Being regular with checking your emails is important. Since emails are the primary means of communicating reliably with you online, almost all opportunities and organisations stick to email for their communication purposes. Checking your inbox …

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WIT Cohort 1: Coaching approaches that work

Coaching approaches that worked and left an impact on the WIT Cohort 1 students. Dear WIT Cohort 1 Coaches, Last week, we had the WIT Participants pick their coaches and have their first call with them. Some of you have one coaches, some two. And most of you managed to have your very first intro call …

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#TD: WIT Cohort 1: Sept Week 2

Well the week that went by was absolutely hectic. Both for me personally and for the WIT Cohort! After a slow, comfortable and breezy start, last week we really did accelerate and get a lot of cool stuff done. This blog is me letting you in to my thoughts about our week 2 activities and …

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#TD: WIT Cohort 1: Sept Week 1

TD for Thought Deck BTW! and TWTW stands for The Week That Was, which is basically a weekly summary of the experiences and learning the person has had. Some of my observations and learning from Week 1 TWTW submissions by our WIT Cohort 1. Here are some TWTWs by participants for you to understand what …

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How to validate opportunities?

There are tons of opportunities available today and not all of them may be great. Some opportunities may be a scam, others may not be deserving of your time and effort. In any case, validating an opportunity and carefully understanding more about it is important before you decide to apply. How do you go about …

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Where to find opportunities?

These days, you can find opportunities everywhere. From the newspaper, from your peers and also from the internet. Most education supplements with newspapers have a section on opportunities. Aside, you can also search on the internet for various opportunities. There are some specific websites also that list opportunities and the list below contains some of …

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#ThoughtDeck: Get out of the way

WIT Learning Program Designing and running the WIT Learning Program is really quite different from how I expected it to be. There is so much uncertainty in terms of figuring out how to shape the program. Our key objective is to leave the participants with the feeling and confidence that they can figure things out on …

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WIT Program Plan and Induction

In the 4 weeks of engagement with our Cohort 1, we have some real huge things in mind. Let me walk you through our program plan. Program Design Before talking about the Program Plan, let me share some perspectives about how we went about designing the program. Feeling we wish to leave you with I can …

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Tweeting to Brenda, President and CEO of AnitaB.Org

We recently built Anita Grace, a chat bot that provides information about the GHCI Student Scholarships. This was very well received by AnitaB India following which we did a quick video sharing our experience. Here’s our chat bot Here’s our video and demo on Anita Grace And here’s our website on Anita Grace Now given …

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How to make money to travel to conferences/events

A lot of our students these days are being selected to attend various conferences and programs that require them to raise money for their travel/visa/accommodation and so on. Since most students are not earning while in College, they will need to source money to attend these programs from various sources. Here are few plausible solutions …

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The #100rejections Challenge

No one likes rejections. I hate it just as much as everyone else. SKG is currently running an Entrepreneurship course at XIME. He had all his students create and publish a dialogflow chatbot. Most of the got rejected but their response to the rejection was phenomenal. They exclaimed, “Rejected Successfully!”! That’s when I realised that …

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Fixing a few common errors when publishing your Google Assistant App

When publishing your Google Assistant App, there is a possibility that the app will be rejected if it does not comply with the general policies associated with developing the app. https://bingewith.com/article/::_Generate_Audio Let’s look at some common errors and solutions to fixing these errors. Invalid Privacy Policy Invalid Invocation Name App leaves Mic Open Invalid Privacy Policy This …

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CCRRA’s workshop on Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Issues and Challenges

July 14, 2018 | Riviera Suites, Thevara Being aware of our laws and systems to protect women and other minorities from sexual harassment as a whole and specifically at workplace is crucial. As it stands now, a vast majority of women are unaware of what ‘sexual harassment’ really means and what they can do if they …

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Quickly trying out an example on DialogFlow

DialogFlow is a wonderful platform for you to try out building a chat bot. This is a quick tutorial on how you can build a test app on DialogFlow and test it using the Google Assistant on your mobile phone. So first, you need to create your assistant on DialogFlow. Then you need to click …

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Anita Grace: GHCI Scholarship Guidance Bot

Anita Grace is a Google Assistant that provides information about GHCI Scholarship. This is a fun and tech-savvy way of know more about the program and works wonders in stimulating curiosity along with providing information. Here’s where you can download it from: Once you do, you have to say “OK Google, Talk to Grace Hopper …

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Living on your Own

When I was in college, I badly wanted to live on my own. I used to think to myself that some day I’d have an apartment of my own, home decor my heart out, get a scooter to hang around and a puppy dog to share some love. Well, most part of it did come …

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How I got to attend Google I/O 2016

I’ve been leading efforts at WTM Cochin as the Community Lead for the past 3 years. At the end of my first year, I was given the opportunity to attend Google I/O 2016 on a full sponsorship by Google. This is an opportunity granted to GDG and WTM Community Leads and is not open for …

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Help me do things but don’t do things for me

I’ve often had a lot of people do things for me. Things like accompany me to some place where I could have gone myself, arrange for things that I could have arranged myself and even do things that I was supposed to do by myself. Mostly this was done by the few men in my …

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Pehia’s Opportunity Hackathon:One #Deckless talk

Today I spoke at PEHIA’s Opportunity Hackathon. The event provided students more insights into applying for GHCI and Venkat Scholarships. By the time I got there, the students were all charged from their previous sessions with the winners of the respective programs. Ansu Joseph, Pritika Merryl and Felix Josemon shared their experiences. I started out …

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Movie Recommendations

This is a list of movies that I liked. Not in any particular order and not from any particular genre. I usually have a hard time picking movies to watch. If you have any recommendations, do let know 🙂 Julie and Julia The Butler Lion Mahanati Dangal Mary Kom Newton Hindi Medium Intern 102 not out …

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Embed Code in Medium

Embedding code in Medium is pretty easy. There are two ways to primarily do it — by embedding the code directly on to medium or embedding it using Github Gist. 1. Embed directly in medium To embed code directly in medium, type in Command+ Option+6 (if you use mac) If you use other OS, this is what you …

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Creating Multiple Copies of a Google Doc and Rename them using a List of values

This is the very first google script I tried out. Have created a tutorial also to make it easier to understand. https://gist.github.com/aryamurali/e027517468a4c05a17fb36a3f86ebc29

Scripting, Productivity and Fun!

Last year, somewhere around August, I found myself creating 50 copies of a google document and renaming each one of them with a different title. I sent close to 2 hours doing that. At the end of the entire activity, I realised that I had missed to add something in the template document whose copies …

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‘Search’ to locate information online

Information Literacy is a very important 21st century skill to possess. What does it mean? The internet today is flooded with information. Chances are that all you need is available on it. But all this information is no good if we do not know how to locate it, evaluate it and effectively use it. This …

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Can you call/WhatsApp me?

We often receive requests to communicate to our audience through calls/Whatsapp. But our preference rests with emails. Here’s our reasoning: Emails are a professional communication medium. The professional world runs on it and conversing over emails with the students will help them get used to it. We want all our communication to be on record. …

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Keyboard Shortcuts — Gmail

J and K — Move up and down Shift + 3 — Delete A — Reply All R — Reply F — forward Y — Remove Label Useful Gmail Labs Canned response Auto Advance Keyboard shortcuts Conversation view

Learning how to learn: Notes

https://medium.com/learn-love-code/learnings-from-learning-how-to-learn-19d149920dc4 Take breaks, meditate, think about other things, and give yourself plenty of time in both modes. One way of making sure you’re taking regular breaks is to follow the Pomodoro technique. This is where you program for 25 minutes, then take a break for 5 minutes. ChunkingThis is the idea of breaking what you …

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Making money using Apps Script: The Mail Merge case

I’ve been using the free version of mail merge since a while now to send customised bulk emails using gmail. Today I finally decided to pay INR 1885 and subscribe to their premium plan. After I purchased the package, I noticed this: It appears that the founder has managed to sell 22349 premium packages. Now …

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Notes on Abuse — Part 2

https://www.womensaid.org.uk/ — Their information and support segment is resourceful. One of the first steps to preventing abuse is to know that you are being abused. They seem to have included a quick pop-quiz to help women realise this. Although the quiz is specific to domestic abuse, it is quite useful. I’m worried about someone else segment — https://www.womensaid.org.uk/the-survivors-handbook/im-worried-about-someone-else/ Your …

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Notes on Abuse

Psychological abuse (also referred to as psychological violence, emotional abuse, or mental abuse) is a form of abuse, characterized by a person subjecting, or exposing, another person to behavior that may result in psychological trauma, including anxiety, chronic depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It is often associated with situations of power imbalance in abusive relationships …

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5 4 3 2 1 Meditation

Our lives are so fast paced that it’s sometimes possible that we get carried away as our life goes on. Somewhere in between the rush, I felt the need to pull the brake. Just for 5 minutes. That’s when I discovered the 54321 meditation. It’s a quick, simple way to be present at this very …

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Annie speaks 🙂

[facebook url=”https://www.facebook.com/rethinkcollect/videos/1016329885187967/” /] Where you naturally stand apart is where you have inherent strength or interest. Find those areas and learn deeper. Get a certification. Every time there is a higher bar you are trying to breach, there will be self-doubt. But courage is clamping down your fear and moving ahead. Don’t go for half-baked …

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#validation

The WeTech Qualcomm Global Scholarship applications recently closed. In 2015, we did a focussed outreach effort to ensure that maximum girls know about the opportunity and apply towards it. As a result of that, 16 of the 18 scholars across India were from Kerala. This time around, we tried to do the outreach efforts online …

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2017 — A Self Reflection

2017 was a great ride! I celebrated my last new year at Jagriti Yatra. The Yatra itself was a pretty good experience. It gave me a lot of time to reflect upon my past, my mistakes, my values and what it is that I really would like to do. That is when I had decided …

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When you encounter an opportunity, Apply!

Almost always, when I discover a new opportunity I start getting excited thinking what it would be like to actually get this. But as I read through about the application process and requirements, I find myself questioning if I really want to apply. I was super excited to know about the WeTech Qualcomm Global Scholarship— …

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FS Interview with Naval Ravikant — Notes

I recently read this exceptional interview with Naval Ravikant by Farnam Street. Naval is the CEO and Founder of AngelList. In this interview, he speaks about reading, habits, decision-making, mental models, and life. Here is the original Source and Interview Transcript. Adding my notes below. Reading These days I find myself rereading as much or …

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Catch them when they are good

We had this little guy come into our life couple of days back. When he came home, he was ill and injured. Someone had broken his leg and he was constantly shivering. After couple of days of nursing, milk and pedigree, he is now as healthy and happy as any other dog. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb6fg1DBmpr/?taken-by=aryacmurali The guy …

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What and Why of Opportunity Project

Our hypothesis is that there are a number of opportunities available to students and youngsters but most of them miss out on it because They don’t know about these opportunities They don’t believe they are capable enough to get through to these They do not know how to approach these opportunities In June, we helped …

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2 hour hackathons might be the sweet spot

This post comes as a reflection of my experiences and observations conducting events. When we were helping girls apply to GHCI scholarship, I travelled to MEC, TOCH, NIT Calicut and CET, Trivandrum. These could easily be divided to two cases. At MEC, TOCH, CET, the event had about 2–15 girls who already knew the agenda. …

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It’s Arya. Not Arya chechi, Not Arya Ma’am.

It’s time we started getting rid of the chechi’s, chettan’s, Sir, Ma’am. To me when I was first told to address everyone on a first name basis, it was hard. I did not entirely understand why, but it has started to sink in now. When you call someone X chechi, X Sir, you think you …

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Thank you GEC Sreekrishnapuram!

Today I spoke at GEC SKP on Opportunity Project and it was a phenomenal event. The students, faculty and the principal were very warm 🙂 Thank you for having me! And that is some nice feedback 🙂 Means much! Sijo also went live and the audience at GEC SKP watched him live. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaIzp2vg6Pt/?taken-by=aryacmurali Some of my observations: There …

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Midnight emails and scholarship applications

Been helping our smart girls in Kerala apply towards the Adobe Women in Tech Scholarship. We have been speaking with them in some capacity and today I wrote an email to the girls who are applying. Some really touching responses came my way. Sharing them here. And this was my email to the girls Hello Fathima , …

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Being creative is about making mistakes

Yesterday I had the opportunity to listen to Vinay Menon, a stand-up comedian and English teacher. He made us literally laugh out loud. His TEDx talk is very very informative one that gets us to think — What is the purpose of our Education System? Very well spoken, Vinay 🙂 Few take-aways: Being creative is about making mistakes. …

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Jagriti Yatra — FAQ

How was your JY Experience? Did you experience any difficulties during the yatra? How was the whole JY team? What was the total expense of the Yatra, other than the amount we pay to them? How did you go to Mumbai from Kerala and reach back? What was the impact of this yatra in your …

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Tribe

A tribe is a group of people connected by a shared interest, connected to a leader or an idea. It takes only 2 things to turn a group into a tribe: A shared interest A way to communicate A leader can help increase the effectiveness of the tribe and it’s members by: Transferring the shared …

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Success is sequential, not simultaneous.

What appears as an overnight success is often the result of compounded effort over a long time. You only have limited time and resources. You can’t do everything at the same time. Focus on the one thing that you want to get right and then move to the next.

FB Live Resources

Compilation of resources we use to get FB lives done A handbook on how we organise FB live sessions at Rethink. Organising Rethink Talks FB Live — Tutorial Handbook that you can share with your speakers FB Live Tutorial Best practices to conduct FB lives FB Live tips

Never do for others what they can do for themselves

How can I help you?

This is something I picked up from House of Cards. In it’s first few seasons, Frank and Claire share a fantastic personal and professional relationship. Whenever one person is in the middle of something, the other person only asks “How can I help you?” Merely asking the question is one of the best ways to …

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Build Alliances

Last night, Sijo, his mummy, Saleeh and I were playing Catan. At the start of the game, mummy and I were doing fairly well while Sijo and Saleeh were at a disadvantage. Soon, Sijo and Saleeh teamed up and started helping out each other. They started reaping the benefits and tag teamed to rob us …

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Marketing is about values

People love to create and share: Cognitive Surplus

I’ve just started reading Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky. The book begins by saying that most of us spend our free time watching TV and drinking alcohol, not because we don’t have anything else to do, but because we never realised that we could do something else with our free time. If we take into …

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Why I must continue to do the work I do

These emails came in just now. One of the first things I did at Rethink was to help students get into the Grace Hopper Student Scholarship India. This year we also have 42 GHCI scholars from Kerala, which is the highest in 3 years. Our girls make up 21% of the scholars selected across India. These …

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Self Fulfilling Prophecy

A self-fulfilling prophecy is a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it is already true. Now that I know the definition of Self Fulfilling Prophecy, I recall going through this phenomenon multiple times. Whenever I come across an opportunity and read through it, the initial vibes set the tone for the entire …

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Define your core values

And design your life around it. Have values and guiding principles in Life. Use them to design your life and take everyday decisions.

If you don’t like how the table is set, turn over the table.

This quote was said by Frank Underwood in House of Cards (season 2), one of my favourite TV shows. This is how I understand this quote: You have the power to change something you don’t like Often times we find ourselves suffering in situations we don’t really enjoy living in. Truth is that there is no …

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Parkinson’s law

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. If we decide that a particular task will take 20 days, then the task will extend for 20 days and will probably not meet completion even then. If we decide that we will get the task done in 20 minutes, it will take …

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I read Rich Dad Poor Dad

Rich Dad poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki A must read book for those who want to get started with financial independence/planning. An informal, easy read. https://www.instagram.com/p/BXIGOCngL-S/ Animated Book Review I found this resource on youtube and I highly recommend the video if you want a quick review on what the book talks about. This 7 minute video …

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Going live on FB? Here are few tips.

Going live on Facebook is actually super fun but not so much when it’s your first time and you have 10 other things giving up on you apart from the nervousness getting to you. But chillax! Understanding the things that might go wrong during your live session and preparing to fix them will help lots. …

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Adding you story to a Publication as a Writer

Login to your medium.com account and create a new story. Publish your story. Make sure you have been added as a writer by the publication’s editor. Open your published story. At the bottom you will find an icon with 3 consequent dots. Click on it. Select add to publication and select your publication. Note: You can do this …

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100/100 doesn’t exist

I recently started working on a full time job and very quickly realised that 100/100 is a myth. As a student, you are always taught to get “full marks”, make no mistakes. In fact, I’ve had incidents where I was scolded terribly for making mistakes. But as I started working, I realised that I will …

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Guide to Creating Resume on Gsuite

This blog details how you may make use of google docs to create a resume. Login to your gmail account 2. Open Google Drive from your gmail account Click the tile icon on the top right corner, Click on the Google Drive icon. 3. Click New 4. Select Google Docs 5. From the drop-down list, …

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One Country | One Train | 15 Days | 450 Change-makers

4 years back I discovered Jagriti Yatra during a lazy evening Facebook browsing. That very moment, I knew that I had to go on the Yatra. Jagriti Yatra is an exciting train journey taking 450 bright youngsters to 12 locations across India over 15 days to learn from the perspectives and ideas of today’s change-makers …

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Today I met Joaquin Centurion.

I found his extra large nearly human-sized backpack on the seat next to me in the local train and figured out that he was a traveller. Excuse me, “Do you mind if we chat for sometime?” I asked and the rest of the story is here ☺ Hi Joaquin 😀 He is from Argentina. It’s been …

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How to worry a little less.

Ever caught yourself worrying a lot? Thoughts consuming you and sucking the life out of you? Getting so lost in them that you don’t even notice the cute guy who just walked by? I see myself fussing over countless issues, some immaterial, some super sensitive. Overthinking and analysing all possible terrible things that can happen to me …

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I used to hate reading.

Until I decided to change it. I have never really liked sitting in one place and reading for hours. I always preferred something more hands on like recycling junk or painting or trying to build a website. I always knew that books are one of the greatest resources that can transform you. But I just …

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Do it.

Do it for the story you’ll be telling for the next sixty years. Do it to inflame passion in every new person you meet. Do it to inspire the ones holding back from their true selves. Do it, so someday you are an example they cite to their own story. Do it, for you, every …

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You are a prisoner of your own mind.

We are all in the quest for happiness, for a purpose in life. But little do we understand that it is human behaviour and values that impact our happiness, particularly in this materialistic world so many are living in. When asked “What makes you truly happy?” His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet replies …

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10 Tips to run a successful Crowd Funding Campaign

My recent CF campaign #AruforJY has been well-received. I managed to attain my target amount, INR 62000 in 5 days with 52 backers! Campaign link: #AruforJY More on the campaign here: #AruforJY — Thanks for believing in me!, Campaign Overview. Here’s my two cents on running a successful CF campaign! 1.Tell a compelling story Make sure you …

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#AruforJY — Thanks for believing in me!

4 years back I discovered Jagriti Yatra during a lazy evening Facebook browsing. That very moment, I knew that I had to go on the Yatra. Jagriti Yatra is an exciting train journey taking 450 bright youngsters to 12 locations across India over 15 days to learn from the perspectives and ideas of today’s change-makers …

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#SVAlumnitalk : Learning enginnering by building real products with #StartinCollege

So, this happened to me an year back, when I was in my pre-final year of engineering — It was unexpected, yet exciting. It was hard, yet rewarding. It was emotionally draining, yet one of the most beautiful things that happened to me. Oh no! I’m not talking about love. It’s about my startup journey! Packing our …

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