Christmas again

So its that time of the year again. 2015. There was this excitement of not knowing how Christmas is in Europe. The place where I attended university, Strasbourg, has this age-old tradition of cutting a ~30ft tall tree, planting it in the city centre — Place Kleber, decorating it with lights and artificial gifts, calling […]


On the 19th of October 2019, I got married to my girlfriend. We’d been in a relationship since 2013 and it feels great to be married. We both have been tested with distance and time trying to force us apart, but in the end, everything went as planned. The most exciting part was our romantic […]

Array Pair Sum

A problem statement from Arden Dertat’s “programming questions” series: Given an integer array, output all pairs that sum up to a specific value k. The first method need not be always the best method, but I try to get the result right without caring about the algorithm or efficiency. This method revolves around the use […]

Better late than never

While I still havent started using the full Visual Studio package (which is much more advanced than VSCode), I feel this is a tool that every programmer has to have. Debugging a code in vim has always been a pain the neck. With VS Code, one can define breakpoints in the code and visualize the […]

Career plans

I feel like I have finally come into terms with what I want to do with my career after the PhD. Although a postdoc won’t hurt, I am not very certain how far that will take me. Teaching is something that I might consider in future, but at this juncture I feel otherwise. Given that […]

Academic Fatigue?

Pretty straight forward with this title here. Is there such a thing called academic fatigue? This is a phenomenon (not really but just realised from personal experience that there could exist such a thing) where someone in academia realises that he/she has done so much of learning/school (successful/unsuccessful) that he/she cannot take any more academic […]


Alright so it’s been sometime since I wanted to post something meaningful. This one is about a “brass cladding” aka Stolpersteine that you can easily spot in most European towns – as of 2018, 70000 of such historically meaningful claddings have been installed across the continent. Its almost like geocaching but for a greater meaning […]

Working in France

Today I complete 2 continuous years of being in France as a researcher/student. I first came to France in 2015 to do a semester in the University of Strasbourg as a master student. In 2016 I came back to the same city to do my master thesis. Later I started my PhD in 2017 with […]