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School of Creativity

-BY Anshul Yadav

Team SoC had a wonderful session with students of VNIT Nagpur. The activities triggered the students to explore their creative core, overcome the fear of failure & break structured thought process – precursors for fluidity in thoughts and innovative outlook.

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It was dealt in two parts. The first part required students to give a physical manifestation of what comes into their mind when they see the lyrics of three songs. The second half initiated a creative corner and required students to use pieces of paper in various shapes to create something. Rather than me explaining to you about the happenings, ¬†have a look at students’ feedback and conclude accordingly.


“It was a very good session. The whole thing of physical manifestation of popular songs was a unique concept and I think all of us are glad we could extract something from those songs because our heart is often painted with myriad pictures but we don’t get time or opportunities to put it on paper.”, says Ankush Rout, a boy you’ll never find not stressed about something.


“In this busy life schedule, bringing back the nostalgia was a bliss. More sessions like this, certainly yes!!”, are the words of the most enthusiastic girl, Apurva Govil.

Sreelakhsmi, a football enthusiast, says “It was a really nice session.Enjoyed it a lot.Something so cool,contrary to my expectations.I thought it would be a lecture kind of thing,but it turned out to be something more interesting.”

A person with whom you can chat all day, Aparajita says “The session made us do things in which we could express ourselves.Playing with paper and drawing after a long time gave us a break from this stressful exam time..We would like to have more such sessions.”


Reeha expresses,”It was really good to see that something new had happened after so long. It gave us a chance to review ourselves, what and how we perceive from what we read or just watch the things around us. A really great experience we had today.”

“It was really good to see that something new had happened after so long. It gave us a chance to review ourselves, what and how we perceive from what we read or just watch the things around us. A really great experience we had today. Thank you for the session sir. And yes we’ll like more of them to happen soon.” is the feedback given by the technical secretary, Rishabh Patil.


A lot more good feed backs like these are given by students. It’s pretty evident that the seminar was beyond awesome!

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The curious case of a missing problem

-BY Akanksha Sagar

Do you have a secret vault in your phone? Do you try to cover the smell from all the questionable documents away from those nosy neighbours, well if you are a hostellite than I already know the answer to this question. The vault available in most of the phones encrypt your data and stores it away from your regular file manager ,this data can be later decrypted and the information can be retrieved. Hiding files away from the prying eyes of the world is a difficult job, especially if you generate top secret documents on a regular basis. Ever wondered how do multinational companies hide the data they don’t want the world to see? Well becoming Mark Zuckerburg doesn’t help cause even his account had been hacked into….twice!. So when the companies wanted to hide their big data, they came up with a vault of their own.

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A lecture was engaged by Dr. Manish Kurhekar where he told us how a software was designed where a picture is broken down into pixels and is stored in an encrypted form where all the similar pixels are just stored once and can be aggregated just like using the ‘magic wand’ tool in Photoshop. This not only makes it more difficult to crack but also saves you a lot of space. This software could be used as a more secure vault for huge documents, but this is not what it was initially designed for.
Let’s go back to when the petrol was only Rs.21 per litre and a 2000mb storage device was 29000Rs . Storing data was a costly business back in 1996,


All the secret documents were rather forgotten and buried instead of being stored digitally, but as it became more and more important to store files they realised an alternative was needed to save space, So the brightest minds got together to come up with a solution, and after five years of hard work they came up with a software which can reduce the space being used up, but the great minds didn’t anticipate the prices of storage devices to go down in these years such that buying loads of storage was cheaper than the price on the developed software. It’s like wanting a bottle of Dermi cool but till the time you buy it, its already winter. Something which happened to our developers , they came up with a solution but it took them so long that the problem itself had vanished until then. Lucky for them that encrypting the data became popular in the meanwhile and the software could be finally sold in the market to serve an entirely different purpose than what it was designed for.
Lessons learnt from the following are:
Not all tortoises wins, sometimes being fast with problems helps or atleast an analysis of the time that might be required could be helpful.
Your solution might solve more than one problem, look out for other places where your solutions can fit too.
Problems could be vernacular , specific and might not even exist after sometime.
Do not trust big companies they hide stuff too ūüėõ

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Weightiness of Field Visits

-BY Akanksha Sagar

Mr. Samir Deshkar from department of Architecture , explained the class about the importance , flow process , limits and thinking behind the field visits. Field visit is important to prepare students by developing their visual literacy, and by integrating the visit actively into the curriculum. Deshkar sir elaborated this point through personal experiences during his visits:

1.Dhajji Dewari constructions in Jammu and Kashmir

which include timber frames arranged in triangular form to ensure stability.


2.Visit to Understand a Community

This was the special case to justify the do’s and don’ts on a visit

  • Opinions on a point¬†need to be taken from every section of the society, like people who are facing the problem and who has already¬†faced the problem .
  • An established society has particular set of rules which should be taken care while¬†undertaking an activity because it is to be kept in mind that it is their home area and unfriendly, unfamiliar to us.¬†So, to expect proper cooperation from the¬†society, you also need to provide them with same.

3. He then mentioned about his visit to KR Market , Bangalore ,a wholesale market where people used to travel long distances for export and import of goods. He mentioned that long back there used to be a large number of theaters as a source of entertainment , as time  passed a need of an alternative for movies was felt and thus came out in the form of conversion of  many theaters into brothels .

The class adjourned with a good idea about the weightiness of field visits for the success of any practical innovation and a promise to have a another such great session by Deshkar Sir.





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Tedx Talk 2!

BY Anshul

The surprising truth of open defecation in India | Sangita Vyas | TEDxWalledCity

Here’s the link to the full video! Check it out!

The speaker, Sangita Vyas, delivers an excellent speech on open defecation in India. She starts off with the question that although India is such a rich country in terms of diversity and intelligence, why is it that it is always fitted to the filthy images of garbage lying around and people defecating in the open!  An alarming 65% of rural Indians defecate in the open! That means the number of people defecating in the open in rural India is more than the population of the US! The open bacteria from the faeces are the reason of a number of diseases and also the stunted growth among children.

Some of the points that emerged out in the discussions are stated below.

One of the major issue is about prioritization. Even if a family has enough funds or infrastructure to build a latrine, they do not give it a priority over other matters. It was also pointed out that handling faeces carries a little amount of stigma attached to it, India being such a religious country with a history of caste. We highlighted that it should not be felt that the cleaning of a latrine pit be the job of lower caste. Modernization in the thinkings of the Rural population is necessary to reduce the number of people defecating in the open. We also pointed out that there is a need to educate the rural population that defecating in the open is actually bad. Also, we need to be experimenting like crazy to address people about their real concerns related with open defecation!

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Ted Talk 1!

BY Anshul

Why is India so filthy? | The Ugly Indian | TEDxBangalore

Here’s the link to the full video! Check it out!

The narrator is anonymously named Anamik Nagrik, and he explains in a very interesting manner the upfront issue of cleanliness in India, particularly, Bangalore in this case. At the start, He has some major questions for us which includes why do we Indians keep our streets dirty and our homes clean? As the video proceeds, we can see how he suggests probable solutions to these problems. The various experiments undertaken by the citizens or the government were actually successful in some areas. The talk was then later discussed amongst us and Sachin sir.

Some of the points which were the highlights are summarised below.

It was realised that once an area or a wall becomes dirty, people continue to throw wastes there or stain the walls. A simple solution such as painting the wall white considerably beautified the wall, and discouraged people from further destroying it. Another point was that if we see a problem, we should not wait for some one to fix it, we should try and fix it ourselves if possible. Whether it be a slum or a tech park, you can make change! If we decide to do things and don’t just talk, incredible things can happen. And the best part of all the solutions taken up by the citizens was that they all were cheap. It took around 3000INR to fix a spot, that’s roughly just 6 USD per person! Moreover, the government loves it, when the citizens engage. Accordingly we came to an overall conclusion, Stop being an Ugly Indian today, and go out and do something!