Yes, you’re being watched. No, it’s not a violation.

Data Privacy has been a concern for a very long time. With the row over Facebook-Cambridge analytica controversy, everyone has started talking about Data Privacy. And, many of us are not aware what’s exactly happening on the other end whenever we use an Application.

Yes, software companies track your journey within their apps/services and that’s not a violation. The problem arises when your personal data is breached/compromised/stolen.

Let me explain in detail.

Right from the post which you’re reading now to the last pizza you ordered in a food delivery app, every single action of yours is being logged on a server. This is an era of big data analytics. The insights delivered by the data harvested through the customer’s usage is precious for the future growth of any company.

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The state of Engineering Education in India

Originally posted by me on Medium: https://medium.com/@mukil094/engineering-in-india-ed17957839f3

India is a country with humongous youth population. The youth who hold immense potential eventually needs to contribute to the workforce of this huge economy. But, are they groomed to face the corporate world?

Let’s take the case of Engineering in India. More than 1.5 Million engineers churn out of the institutions spread across India. But, it’s a sad truth that almost 60% of our engineering graduates are not fit for employment. There are a lot of articles on “engineers-unemployment” which would give you the exact numbers to understand this pathetic situation. In this post, let me touch upon the various issues which I’ve personally faced (Yes, I’m an engineer too).

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl.

I got this book as a gift. The title would sound like a self-help book. It’s not.

The Jewish author shares about the days he struggled in the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp during the world’s worst man-made disaster, The World War II.

 

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The Auschwitz I Main Camp. Source: Wikipedia

There were a number of concentration camps during the Second World War. The Auschwitz camp was the largest camp built and established by the Nazis. The women, children, homosexuals, and the physically weak people were gassed as soon as they arrived at the camp and burnt to ashes. More than a Million people were killed in this camp.

The rest were put into all sorts of physical work. The men were shaved and all their personal belongings were taken away. Each person was assigned a number. Their identities were abolished. All they had for themselves was their naked body.

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With Sport, Life’s Good

 

Recently I read “Shoe Dog by Phil Knight” and it instantly became a personal favorite. It was about sport and the man who tried to redefine sports and ultimately succeeded. All of us love sports. Watching our favorite teams/players play makes us energized and emotional. Sports unite people from all walks of life.

Many of us would have been on sports teams during our school and college days and eventually stopped playing due to various reasons. I’m one of them. I’ve never seen myself as a successful sportsman. But I loved everything about sports. It requires a certain discipline. Right from what you wear to how you do it. Everything matters.

Swimming

When I was around 11 years old, I joined a swimming camp. The coach taught us how to swim for the first few weeks. Towards the end of the camp, we’re asked to dive into the pool where the depth would be around 8ft-10ft and you’re supposed to swim to the shallow part of the pool. Obviously, it was frightening in the beginning but as days passed by, we got accustomed to it. As soon as the camp ended, we were let free. I and my friends would meet up regularly for 90 minutes of swimming. The more we swam, the more we explored about this sport. We’d dive, swim underwater at a depth of 12ft, take some endurance sessions, etc. Indeed it pains, but we loved it. We just swam.

But, it came to an end after few years as we moved to various cities to pursue our graduate studies. This was my introduction to the world of sports.

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Be Unapologetically Yourself

“Our neighbor’s son secured an A and you’ve got just a D.
Look how well she dresses. Learn from her. (with a jab on the shoulder)
Your uncle’s daughter has topped her semester exams but you’re still lagging with 4 arrears.
He’s making 7 Lakhs per annum but you’re making a mere 4.5. When will your salary increase?
Fine arts is not going to help you in your life, get into an IT firm like your friend.”

We are accustomed to these type of comparisons in our life. If you are from a middle-class Indian family, the peer pressure from your family members and relatives will make you go nuts. When our parents sign our report cards, when our board exam results crash the servers (and ourselves), when we get into college, when we get a job offer after going through serious pains, we get subjected to silly comparisons in all the phases of our life. The worst part is when you get compared to a total stranger and the elders acknowledge his/her “words of wisdom.”

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Chennai – A Dreamer’s Abode

This post was originally published at – https://justchennaithings.in/2017/10/10/chennai-a-dreamers-abode/

Chennai, the city where millions of dreams come true and billions are in making…

As a kid, I used to travel to Chennai once or twice a year just to attend family functions. All I knew about this city was the electric trains, marina beach, and OMR (though, I didn’t know the expansion). Standing in between my father and mother, I used to wonder what is so special about this city? Which element(s) of this city attracts hundreds of hundreds of people from all over this country?

Time gave me the answers.

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We Are All Broken. Aren’t We?

On our daily commute to the office, we come across a lot of people. If it’s metropolitan, there’s no doubt that you get to see people from all walks of life. My return time from office to home would fall between 9:30 PM-10:00 PM. The time at which the city would slowly drift back to a peaceful and less polluted mode. With tiredness crept around our body, we reach our home and stay awake for a few hours and eventually fall asleep.

I live in Chennai and my timings are almost similar to the one mentioned above. My commute consists of a walk for approximately 15 Minutes. On my return journey, I used to see a lot of worried faces, enthusiastic street food sellers, frustrated faces, drunkards, mentally unstable people, and people who ‘re making their beds on platforms.

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The Story of Mukil Ganesan Wedding Photography

Holding a Yashika analog camera in my hand, not knowing what to do and being intrigued by the numbers on the display, I ask my dad for help. “Center the frame,” he says. The tender fingers of mine are wrapped around the flimsy plastic body of the camera and I feel both nervous and excited. Controlling my shivering hands, I place my left eye on the viewfinder and I wait for the machine to focus. I could feel the motor inside the soap sized camera move. I press and release the shutter button.

Read the full story at – http://www.mukilganesanphotography.in/blog/wedding-photography/mukilganesan-wedding-photography/

9 things you’d have faced if you are a bachelor living in a rental house.

Being a bachelor in a “gated community” is not an easy job. First, you struggle to rent a house. People who rent their house for non-veg eating bachelors are so low. If at all they rent you one, the problems start after you move in.

Here are the 9 things which you’d have faced if you are a bachelor in a gated community consisting of families.

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