I learnt the sad news from Abi. I have enjoyed his book on appreciating Carnatic music!
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Attended Sanjay’s concert on Friday at Chembur Fine Arts; loved the Anandabhairavi, Kambhoji and Sindubhairavi especially. Today, from morning 6 am till about 5 pm we listened to Hariprasad Chaurasia, Rashid Khan, Rajam, Jayatheerth Mevundi, Satish Vyas, Ulhas Kashalkar, Devaki Pandit, Dilshad Khan and Gundecha Brothers at Shanmukhananda. Good weekend with plenty of good music. Mevundi’s Lakshmi Baramma and Rajam’s Vaishnava Janato will be remembered for a very long time!
At the beginning of this month, I conducted a two day workshop on phase field modelling at IIT Kanpur. Here are some photos — one of the photos is there because of what is there on the board 🙂 This is the third time I am conducting such a workshop and it was great fun and learning experience as always.
In these workshops, we typically do hands on sessions (scripts to do computations and plotting) interspersed with lectures. At the end of the sessions, I asked for feedback. I got two comments; one of the participants said that he would have preferred if I jumped into phase field directly; the other felt that starting with sessions on octave and regular solution model was good because that made him comfortable. Both are valid points. For students who are already exposed to GNU Octave, another session on Octave could be quite boring. However, for students who are getting exposed to Octave for the first time, a three hour session is a very good starting point.
Without software such as Octave, the process can be quite painful. Recently, on my coming back from Kanpur, I learnt about Julia. May be the next one I should try with Julia!
Doing the Stanford EDUC115N course and completing it is a truly transformative experience that I have had in a very long time. I believe I have completely changed in certain ways after doing the course. It is a true eye-opener. Strongly recommended!
I am about to complete Michel Danino’s The lost river (thanks to the recommendation of a colleague — who strongly recommended the book by passing his copy on to me). I enjoyed reading it a lot. The book has piqued my interest on Indus civilization. The text-book material that we read in schools is so inadequate. I would love to read an authoritative and up to date account on all aspects of this civilization.
Another colleague from IIT-Hyderabad has suggested that I try elmer; I have loaded it on my comp; looks very interesting and I would love to teach it sometime to my students!
Plenty of fun: teaching has started; I am doing a course on teaching mathematics, which I am loving; and, finally, started reading Carol Dweck’s Mindset on my Kindle Fire HD — and am thoroughly enjoying both — the book and Kindle Fire HD!
We discovered her singing more than three years ago; a great loss! Here is the news and note from Hindu.
The first bookstore that Jabberwock remembers is not even a bookstore! I grew up in a home which stacked lots of books and I started reading the abridged 2000 word vocabulary words before I got introduced to children’s magazines such as Gokulam, Poonthalir and Amar Chitra Katha; growing up with two more siblings, there were elaborate procedures and rituals as to who got to read which magazine in what order. But the feeling that Jabberwock describes is something that I have also experienced, even if the person who brought the magazines was my father on his trips to and from the nearby town!
It has been three years since I joined IIT-Bombay. The Computational Materials Engineering Group (CMEG) has been growing slowly but steadily in these three years. We now have one technical assistant (who takes care of all our computers and the cluster), three PhD students (working on Twinning in copper, Modelling scattering processes in dye-sensitized solar cells, and microstructural evolution in magnetic thin films), four masters students (working on MD, twinning, modelling of formation of ceramic foams, and mathematical modelling of galvanic corrosion) a junior research fellow (working on dry snow metamorphism) and several interns (working both during the summer/winter vacations and the semester) in the group. The group will soon have its own laboratory space in which all the students will sit together (unlike the current arrangement where they are scattered in several different sitting places). We had a small pizza party in the group a couple of days ago and this is the photo from that occasion.