Monday, 12 February 2018

Real Life Super Hero - Movie Review Padman

Padman was one of the movies I had on my to-watch list since it was being first promoted via socials. Not because it was some another super-hero movie but the actual man and cause behind it. It's a real life inspiration as many may know. Here's IMDB link if you wanna know more about the movie itself. In this blog I am not gonna talk about the usual stuff that you'll find on every second post over Internet.

This story again goes the on route of mad genius making an impact on the society. Here out MC isn't even educated enough but yet he invents a machine that can make sanitary pads for women at low prices. There are many times so many problems around us which are either ignored or we are just grown used to. The problem of using a dirty cloth during periods is one such issue that still is quite prominent in the rural areas. Here talking about India this person somehow faces the backlash of the society by going against its norms and yet gets one his message conveyed to masses.

I can pull out many things from this story that some people might not notice easily. One of those is talking about issues, just talking about issues never helps. Issues only get resolved when they're acknowledged, thought upon and solved. Neither just knowing an issue helps nor talking about it.

This person Arunachalam Muruganantham is one such inspiration for all the people out there. If you know a problem and are hell bent to solve it, you should do it no matter what happens. Here it was the case of health and hygiene. Where most companies are too busy and involved in money making this man got his product to masses.

I am personally touched by the dedication to solve the issue and then putting it out in public. Many times we think facing backlash from society isn't much if you ignore it but think what will be the use of your solution when there's no one to use it? Society is the one you are making your solution for, because if you only had an issue and knew the solution you'd use it quietly without sharing it.

India is one such country where there's enough taboo about a lot of things, at times even shockingly weird things that are ought to be necessities. Open -defecation is one such issue, when it is addressed by some layman people laugh and make fun but when some popular person does that he is awarded and rewarded.

Akshay Kumar here has done wonderful task of bringing this topic into light just like he had through his another movie Toilet. He's been visible doing such movies these days which is a good point where others are still busy pairing 40-50 yr old actors with 20-22 year old actresses and people enjoy that movie with  popcorn making it a 300 crore club movie.

cheers to the attempt and its one of the must-watch movies. Not because it has a social message but it is a work of art and sheer inspiration.

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My Experience Learning - Machine Learning with Krishnakant Mane

Well last week out College authorities had come up with a plan of organising a Machine Learning workshop which would be taught/guided by one of the leading personalities in Industry Krishnakanth Mane.

The word Machine Learning itself had me very pumped up as its one of the fields I want to work in after I complete my graduation. Machine Learning isn't a new topic, it has been there since 90's but it's now gaining popularity because we have finally achieved the levels in computation field to support the whole ideology and concept of ML into real-life devices.

The workshop was for two days, I know most of you will think 'how can you learn such a broad topic in 2 days?' for them answer will be buddy, you can never finish this topic and say I am done knowing all about it. We mostly had a brief introduction with the Machine Learning and Learning Python.

Yours truly(extreme right) with his friends in LAB


Our first day was spent mostly learning tips, tricks and basics of python language. Programming on python was really a fun part as there was no major hassle of dealing with syntax and other to-do stuff that you need to do with other languages.

It was really fun while declaring variables, array and adding data to it as it was so seamless experience. But when things went complicated like pushing number into the array, it wasn't that seamless.

Being so adapted and accustomed with JAVA, I felt a bit restricted and confused with the syntactical aspect. Like while you write the code it was fun forgetting all the braces but when you headed back to read the code or solve some error that could be some major night mare if you aren't using some IDE like Emacs or even a simple editor like gedit that provides you an indentation guidelines.

Without that auto-indentation feature of Emacs it'll be a nightmare to read a huge python code later on. Imagine that code is written on paper compared to a piece of Java code on a paper. Reading will be nightmare if indentation isn't done properly since in Python Indentation works as braces holding the information within class or a method.

There were many fun parts while experimenting with Python on terminal and then Emacs, as Emacs as IDE was a whole new level of learning and fun.

I could here compare the python/emacs with linux somehow and JAVA/NetBeans/Eclipse/Android Studio with windows on the base of how they're perceived in terms of complexities. Python as a language might appear very easy and friendly on first but as you dig deep it gets complex, after all its a high level language. Emacs was definitely a fun to use software but for the 2 day use I felt it had its own major learning curve. It might change my opinion as I may use it ahead but for now I feel if you are in any industry and training a newbie to construct a new app framework or a background code Emacs would be a living nightmare for that trainee as it'd take him months to get around compared to as comfortably and quickly as a NetBeans or any other IDE would do.

I so wanted to try out real algorithms on the sets of data that were provided by the team. To most part we didn't to do any of the major installations as the teaching team had everything done already on our Ubuntu-32 systems. I'd have loved if I had been installing it myself as to get a total overall experience and handover for the next time I do it on my own.

For most of the part during the workshop it was more of exploring python and Emacs along with their tips and tricks that they were providing which was making coding a piece of cake. We used data sets and ran them across the algorithms viewing results in all sorts of graphs. It might not be possible to learn each and every concept of machine learning in a day after all. It will take time and effort to go through all the concepts of the language and the editor first before diving deep into the field of ML.

I feel it was a really fun learning experience to learn from a person who has such deep knowledge and experience in this field. As he had quoted from some personality

Learning isn't best until its obvious learning

I'd agree with him in this part. That day the path we had followed was obvious learning. We discovered a lot of things on our own instead of being spoon fed. He also shared his blog link where in future we can read more about  Emacs and python in detail. To be honest I actually wanted to do a 'how-to-learn python in 2 days' post but due to time constraints my schedule is been giving me all I could do is talk about my experience in the workshop.

Indeed it was a really fun learning experience and I wish to see him again someday and learn more about ML in detail this time.


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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Review: A Dark Lure

A Dark Lure A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to read a mystery book for a long time and my kindle suggested me this. Hence I bought the book and was on the read. After reading this one, I had quite a lot of mixed opinions about it. The narration was absolutely amazing, I loved the way author was narrating the scenes. The descriptions were apt and to the perfection.

Somehow Internally I felt there were two completely independent stories going on in the book until the very climax. There were a lot of diversions and distractions that would've driven you away from the main story. That actually hampered the reading experience for sure.

Somehow I felt it wasn't that good and that it could've been. Like during the whole book I was waiting for some action, something to happen but nothing as such happened. It was overall a slow paced and not-so-exciting story line.

The most I can say, I actually skimmed through the last chapters like from 16-17 as it was totally filling up. I feel if someone just reads a few chapters from starting and directly read the ending chapters from 20, they could know the story without actually missing on some stuff.

Yes the parts I loved where they mystery how the characters' lives were intertwined. There was one moment where I felt 'Oh yes, that's something interesting' rest went at very cold reaction. Nothing new, no major twists, nothing as such a 'wow' factor.

It felt way too draggy and went to boring when I had been reading in the middle. Like irrelevant parts were just added to fill up the space. Somehow I feel it could've been much useful if there had been some connection to the original plot.

Due to all of this I mentioned about me having mixed opinions. It was a decent read, I had expected much when the story had begun but it kinda disappointed me as it went on going cliched at the end where even the last scene where that could've been some awesome mystery or action, but there was nothing.

Narration, description and way of writing with the vocabulary, plot were the strong points whereas the Story actually, the mixing of characters and their relations, draggy nature of story, Not many exciting scenes in the story were weak points.

After reading it, it leaves you with the feeling of incompleteness, it could've been way better but isn't bad at all totally. Lands somewhere in okay zone for me.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

They made me smile that day

How many times thinking about something or someone makes you smile in a day? Well for me there's always a smile on my face whenever I think about a tasty dish or a new piece of tech. There are many other things that make me smile but that day, the answer from my friend made me smile.

It was another usual day of mine where it began with my college, spending like literally 12 hrs outside and reaching home like a sucked up juice can. I dumped my bag in its place and jumped on the couch straightaway spreading over it. Just like my usual routine or I must say ritual I connected to my WiFi and then it began raining notifications of the whole day.

Well most of the notifications weren't that interesting apart from one message from very old friend. Due to hectic schedules we hardy had time to talk to each other these days and whenever I had free time she would be busy with work and vice versa. I quickly replied with a Hi! and awaited for the reply.



I didn't had to wait long for the reply as she was already online. The chat went on for a while and she asked me about how my book was doing. I was actually surprise she knew about it as She was offline for a few months due to her exams for which she was preparing from a very long time. So playfully asked if she liked the book or not, assuming she already read it. But to my surprise she was yet to get the book.

Considering her birthday was next week I asked her if she'd like tor read it if I gift it to her. Well then there was the reply which made me smile and proud at the same time. She said she'd wait for first stipend that she'd be getting from her internship and then she'll buy the book. To be honest I was already impressed. It's not like she's the only one who answered that, but the moment when old friend whom you think you had almost lost touch with says that she'll get your work from her first stipend is quite touching in its own way. Its a very different feeling to be honest.

There are many friends whom I'd love to name but considering their privacy I won't. They almost said the same thing to me when I offered them a review copy. Each one of them wanted to support me as Author and rejected my offer to get them review copies.

It's not easy for every author to go ahead and offer review copies, they're kind of used as marketing tools to spread a word about your work in market and get more readers. My friends somehow understood this and honestly that was beyond my expectations. You don't get people each day to save up some bucks from their pocket money or wait for their first stipend to buy your book. This post is more of a personal huge thank you to all of them. I had planned this post a long back but couldn't pen it down due to stuff happening around.

If you think these are my college friends or someone whom I know around me then nah! these are my friends whom I met online via Wattpad. To be honest I even have seen most of them in real life and yet when you receive so much love it just feels like heaven.


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Saturday, 20 January 2018

My Day at DevC Conclave - Facebook Developers Circles Mumbai

So yesterday I was at the DevC Conclave at DBIT which was by Facebook Developer Circles Mumbai. The event began with humor induced and inspiring lines by the Principal of DBIT. As every event has a flow, it had its own flow of speakers and there were lots of talk about Modern Coming age technology, Market and Development in the Technology sectors.



There were many things which I had already been in my knowledge all thanks to my geeky nature and Love for technology. There were also some things that were surprising enough and out of my knowledge. I thought VR was developed after Google had introduced the cardboard. Don't quote me on that as I had experienced the Cardboard and Samsung VR and a fest where they were displaying the surface of mars. VR is a technology which isn't available to to masses at the moment with its own well known reasons. But ever since the Cardboard technology as been in market and Android Phones are getting VR compatible, its penetration has certainly increased over the time.

This increasing penetration can be further increased as its a wonderful technology but as the speaker said in conference, VR isn't quite popular yet as there's no content for VR if anyone has it and No one makes content for VR first as there's not much people consuming VR content, being the same egg and chicken story. I absolutely agreed to that statement. Most of the content creators often run after the market trends which are been put forth my some organisations which do the data analysis. Though its a good thing to keep that in mind but a foolish step to make decisions based entirely on that.

Tech market at this time is facing most disruptions. There was smartphone era a few years back and now there's all the hype about AI and Machine learning in specific. I don't doubt it too. AI and specifically Machine Learning which is a subset of AI is been a boon to content based websites like YouTube, Facebook etc..

Think if there was No Machine Learning you won't be finding those suggestions based on your likes and activities on YouTube or Facebook. Though Advent of AI has surely increased the concerns about privacy and security all over the world.

Personally, I follow Elon Musk and I feel he is actually somewhere right about AI over throwing humans at a certain point of time in future. We might be the programmers but there will be day when AI will no longer need a human for its creation or any help.

There have been several instances in past about AI where in one case Facebook AI bots had developed a language of their own which was quite undecipherable by humans and they had to force shut that AI down.

Another point there was news in media about Google making AI to program software, which in turn resulted in replacing basic programmers and AI producing more efficient algorithms in less time.

There are many things where we AI is so awesome that it can send chills down your spine and at the same time it can make you awe about its wonderfulness.

AI right now is one of the major sectors where most companies are racing with each other to invest, research and incorporate any of subsets of AI in their products. Sadly hardly 19% have undertstood to concept of AI and rest are just trying to enjoy the creamy layer of it. I feel that can be harmful in most ways than being beneficial.

Most of these technologies like AR,VR, AI can be a lot of help in the medical science where we still use real bodies to train newbies. Imagine if  there were VR models of the organs where the newbie doctors can learn anatomy and surgery techiniques, that could be awesome! Many of the groups are now working in this area to fill up the gap.

All of this is like been discovered and has already disrupted the market heavily. But the Next big thing that is imagined to change the market is Blockchain. One of the most famous execution of the Blockchain technology is Bitcoin and many other similar cryptocurrencies in the market.  Blockchain is a wonderful unexplored area of the technology where many huge titles have been exploring and investing in it right now.

Even I personally feel with the advent of IoT and its use being on rise, Blockchain if combined with IoT can create miracles. Though that is one of my personal pet projects where I want to combine both of them with ML Neural Network in background tasks to make the decisions. It would be really wonderful to see real life applications of all these technologies in market where they're easily available to the people.
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Review: Land of Strength and Sorrow

Land of Strength and Sorrow Land of Strength and Sorrow by Cassandra Fear
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was one of the fantasy books which was in my list. So Finally I had time this week and had it out for reading. I loved how the book began where the in the past and then it straight gets into the present. I liked the creativity of the fantasy world, like the fairies, giants and all. Its not easy to create a magic world for sure.

Apart from being a fantasy world, there was a lot of plot twist and storyline here. There are a lot of love hate moments inside the story as you'd love certain parts of lead and hate some. It keeps interest going on through out the book till the end. As for me it was quite predictable as I had guessed most of things in first few chaps. I won't lie but still I enjoyed reading it till the end.

Things I didn't like much were the end of the story and magical details about the creatures being spoken off. It felt like if there could've been more it'd be a lot more fun. The end of the story was a kind off cliff hanger. It felt like 50% cliff hanger and 50% The end. It was weird but unique.

For all the fantasy fun, magical adventure journey I'd surely recommend it.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

The Reason I Respect Them

I didn't had any plans to blog today since I was reviewing a book which you'd be soon getting to know about, but something happened which made me think and you know when I think something pops on this blog. So here I am with a new mind tickling post.

People always talk about respect, some want to gain respect while some are somehow trying to respect. Some have the attitude of give and take respect. But you know what?  Respect is something that should better come straight from heart. It's that feeling of adoring and admiring someone where you take their example as an inspiration in your life. Respect isn't a task that you should do just because you are asked to do.

There might be several contradictions in your mind right now, I know. We are always asked to  Respect elders, why? Well because they are adults? No, I don't think so, we should respect them because they have more experience and knowledge of something called life. Apart from elders, there are loads of people that gain respect from us somehow when we walk down those streets.

Personally Me as an Individual and not considering any bias respect self-made people. I don't know why but when I see some people crazy fanning behind any personality I am not hyped with the crowd unlike them. You would hardly find me saying that I really admire that person or am fan of them.

Well I was listening to this pop song which was quite popular on YouTube and I Eh, Another pop song and then I clicked to listen the track. I must say the track was catchy and was influenced by many International styles but the thing that grabbed my attention was the singer's exclusive Interview With some another channel that YouTube was suggesting me.

After playing that song a few times which was quite addictive and catchy track as I said, I clicked on the Interview. Usually I don't look forward to any celebrity interview but somehow I was expecting something from it that I don't know why?

I watched the entire interview and well I was mentally respecting that singer more than I just had after I listened to his song. He was a self-made man and well it was his journey that made me respect him. At a tender age, being on top of one of this first chosen careers he had a massive drop before getting to singing which was his second passion or a hobby.

You see the difference in thoughts when you respect someone? One is like Eh, another song and then there's  This is awesome. That difference is called respect. Its not like only elders can get respect. There are kids I've seen who are brilliant in their own ways.Then there are people who have made themselves from their hard work.

I can't just respect the ones who have always been with a jump start. It just don't come out on its own. They might have loads of fan following over Internet or Worldwide but I will just be like eh, that's another one. I am sure most are going to count me as douchebag. But its something I can't help myself out with, you just can't force respect for someone.

Its the same with most of us when it comes to finding partners. You just don't love someone truly until you start respecting them as a person. Surely he/she won't be a internationally known celebrity but If you can respect them they are not less than a celebrity for you.

With this I'd end this post and leave a question for you. What do you see in someone to respect them?

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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Review: Escape From Benzor

Escape From Benzor Escape From Benzor by S.A. Krishnan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was longing to read a really good science fiction for a long time and then I stumbled upon this book. Well I must say author has done really nice job working with the characters, scenes and technical aspects in the book. I felt like reading a star trek version of a book. I am pretty much sure if you are star trek fan, you might love this book. All of those Inter-Planetary stuff will excite you and keep you guessing.

I really enjoyed reading it throughout but there were a lot of confusions with the new-worldly terms and things that were mentioned in the book. I wish there could be a glossary to decipher the meanings of those things. Apart from that, I was able to get many terms by the time I finished the book that had me confused and head scratching in the beginning.

Narration was brilliant and the writing style was enjoyable. There were areas, I felt it could've been more engaging but well it might be just me. I'd recommend this book to geeks or the ones who like reading geeky, techie and suspense filled books. It is the first book in series so I am excited to see what will be coming in future releases.

I'd classify it as one of the hidden gems, try it and you will love it.

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Benzor is an uncomfortably cold planet in the Kor Solar System.
Unfortunately the Space Pirates who stranded Major Omkar Navate of the Higher Enforcer Division 
in Benzor knew that. 
All alone in Benzor, Omkar Navate is trying to get back to Terran. But it is a losing battle with his hypothermia and other injuries.
And no one knows where he is...

Why was he stranded there?
More importantly can he get back 
home?
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Monday, 1 January 2018

Kaleidoscope is Selected in The Best of 2017 Author Websites

It's not every morning when you get up and have an email in your inbox saying ," Dhawal,

First off, a huge congratulations! We've selected Kaleidoscope as one of the top author websites of 2017! We were suggested over 1500 author blogs to review. It took awhile, but we went through them all and pulled together the final list of blogs that we felt were the highest quality and most unique. A huge congratulations! Out of the thousands of sites, you made the list!

The top 45 we selected were all so high quality that it was very difficult to rank them; every blog selected here is of extremely high quality."




A hearty Thanks to all of you lovely readers who supported me and this humble abode over internet. 

Another good news that many of you might know that I have now upgraded from itskaleidoscope.blogspot.com to a new domain DhawalJoshi.in and added a few more things like subscription options to blog which will update you whenever I push a mind-tickling post here. Nothing's much changed on your side apart from new address name to type in the bar and a nice little internet post-man sending you blog updates in your email inbox.

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Are you ashamed of yourself?

Heyo! By the title you might have guessed what this time I am gonna write about. But you know the trend on this blog. I am not gonna give you any motivational super-boring lecture but rather a fun and mind tickling read.

Coming to the topic, are you actually ashamed of yourself? I have been within this writing community for a long time now. I made a few very weird observations here on perspectives that people are having. Basically I am going to relate a few things with writing community here as my main message is for them but this also applies to others.
Why are you ashamed of yourself?
We being Indians have seen a lot of people around faking accents. To me, nothing annoys me more than a person who is faking something just because he is ashamed of his own self. We Indians specifically have this tendency to always feel low of our selves because of our English that we received as an hereditary package from British. But as time passed, we have developed our own touch with English.



Most people shame it by calling it as 'Mother toungue Illness' by classifying it as illness. Let me tell you, It's not Illness. This is a very peculiar thing that is going on in our literature community especially. There are people who think we still are going somewhere wrong with our language. They think Literature is something that should be on level of Shakespeare else its rubbish. But they forgot the most important aspect of Literature here i.e. Language. Language changes with people, with time. I have seen many users classifying them as #GrammarNazis online. But then I laugh as grammar is something with also made by people. Grammar changes with language.

Most of you won't know fun fact about the famous lines that we always use online.
Roses are Red, Violets are blue, ...... blah blah
Well I know most logical nazis will say that violets are violet and not blue. Is that person colour blind? But when this thing was framed, the colour violet wasn't recognised. It was more like a shade of blue. Hence violets are blue here.

I have seen people classifying books as shit and rubbish online, surprisingly they're best selling ones. I know at times marketing nuisances make actual shits famous but well that doesn't apply to all books or art pieces you think. You don't like a thing that doesn't equate to shit always.

Apart from all these things, I personally despise people who despise our own Indian way of English. Even software have Indian English options these days, c'mon we are  in 21st century. India is 2nd largest populated democracy. If you ignored a thing here, language is made for people by people.

Time changes a lot of things and we need to adapt to it. I have a few friends who think Victorian Era literature is only thing that we can call as books rest other is shit. My friend I am sorry to say your head is filled with shit. I have never said that thing before ever on my blog posts, but this time I needed to say this.

I know this Indian Author, until she got published herself, when someone asked her about what did she read and why? Her answers used to be, I don't read Indian authors, because they write shit. and after her own anthology got published the opinion changed to, I discovered that not all Indian Authors write shit. You know How many times I have facepalmed on this thing?

I know there's a term popular for these people which you might already have guessed it in your heads and I won't write it down. Samajhdaar ko Ishara Kafi hota hai.(A Hint is good enough for the Wise )

Even more ridiculed I am right now because every wannabe I meet across this community turns out to be same ideology beholder. The issue isn't when they keep these ideologies with them, Issue is when they make actions based on these ideologies. They demotivate people, here good writers. I have discovered many really good writers during my Wattpad Journey. I may not have written many things myself but I have read a lot. I don't judge others usually but this was something I had in my mind for very long. How shallow minded can anyone be?

Only thing I would like to tell such people, If you aren't happy with things around you, don't demotivate others.That's the minimum you can do to help yourself and people around you. Secondly I really Hate, if someone says Indian Authors Don't know English or write shit. You my friend should better get off somewhere else because this place isn't for you.

Apart from that, I want to end this with a positive note. Remember the story of the Ugly Duckling,for those who don't know, it's a classic children's tale that you can google up. You will come across a many people in your life. Most haters will disguise themselves as critics, but trust me, a critique will try to improve your skill by giving a solution. If their opinion isn't providing any solution they aren't a critique, its just a hater. Mean comments and haters are like black spot on a white board. No matter how white the board will be, our focus will be somehow on that black spot. I'd say everyone is unique, people wait for something unique always. You can't eat pasta and burger with same flavour all your life. The same way you can't follow cliched old trends all your life. With time you need to adapt, you need to change and most importantly you need to grow. Because nature doesn't wait for anyone and it only makes the best survive.
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