Random walker Newsletter

Chithrabhanu Perumangatt
Science, society and individual
Created 25 Jun 2021
  • #10 Spooqy: The satellite that carried my signature
    14 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 2 1
    A personal story While leaving Ahmedabad for a postdoc position at the National University of Singapore, I did not have the slightest intention of working on a satellite, let alone sending my signatur...
  • #09 Why do we always prefer negative reinforcement
    15 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 1
    "How can you perform this badly ?" Ram had no response. "You are going to fail for sure. I am going to call your parents" "Sorry miss" "Next is Imran. You did surprisingly good. Well done. Keep it up"...
  • #08 Unveiling genome of popular science writing
    30 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 3 1
    Ever since I started writing regularly, I was noticing the different writing styles, especially for non-fiction. As academicians, we are trained to write objectively. The writing is dry and does not i...
  • #07 Uprooting yourself
    13 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 6 2
    I had 2-3 articles in progress for the 7th issue. However, I chose to go a bit personal today. So this time, I am not asking you to share. This is between us. Two weeks ago, I was sitting at the Hawke...
  • #06: It's now or never for the climate. Is there a way out?
    12 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    It was early morning. Despite the strong monsoon, there was a big crowd for the funeral. The house was in the valley of a small hill at Kurancheri, a village 8-10 km away from my home. Suddenly they h...
  • #05: Reading, audiobooks and knowledge management
    03 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 4 6
    I have a confession to make. I lost the habit of reading books for pleasure. I do read them for knowledge (which ultimately gives you happiness). In my childhood, I used to read books just for enterta...
  • #04 Different people within us
    28 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    "Da Bhanu, do you know our bank manager Mr Sankaran? He said he is your distant cousin and lives in the village next to your home." Manu, one of the first people from our college gang who got a job, s...
  • #03: In search of the Pineapple Mountain
    20 Jul 2021 • 7 min read • 4 1
    The plan was set, we gathered the tools, and it was time to execute it. Prashanth had a fracture in his right arm and I was sorry that he could not take part in this great adventure. "I will bring the...
  • #02 Calling spade a spade: Things that are not falsifiable are not science.
    11 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 3 4
    Along with the discussion on scientific topics, I would like to touch upon the philosophy of science. What makes an argument scientifically valid? There are many layers to it. I don't think we can giv...
  • #01 kick-off: Quantum Technologies
    04 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 3 7
    Preface: Why this newsletter For the last 6-7 years, my reading and writing were academic-related. The approach to reading (and writing) was too outcome-oriented. "Why should I read this paper?”, I us...
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