A Layman's Guide to Buying Contact Lenses (2017).Dec 1, 2017 • 2 days ago • 15 min readAs somebody who wears contact lenses, I'd fallen prey to the cheap $1/day Hubble contacts without much thinking. I soon realized that there were far higher quality lenses at cheaper prices. I do a price-per-daily-wear and quality comparison between almost 100 brands of contacts, and show how they vary in per-day price by type and duration of wear. In the end, I recommend the best ones according to the data.
On Privilege.Nov 26, 2017 • 1 week ago • 7 min readAlmost every community of humans have organized themselves in a hierarchy. We look back at many of these past hierarchies - slavery, the caste system - with disdain today. Yet, if a fictional society of the future were to look back at how divisive today’s society is, they too might find themselves in equal disbelief. Today, you may have equal rights in theory, but there are many factors that leave you inherently disadvantaged. What are those factors, and why is knowing them important?
My Transformation II: Maintaining a 6 pack for 8 months.Sep 12, 2017 • 2 months ago • 18 min readIn 8 months ending Feb 2017, I'd lost 30kg (66lbs) and slimmed down to 65kg and saw a six pack for the first time at 8% body fat. Many had said that this kind of physique seemed completely unsustainable in the long run. However, in the next 8 months, despite 3 whole months of travelling, a full-time job and many nights out, I managed to maintain my physique, keep my weight in the 66-68kg range, and significantly improving my powerlifting strength.
NFHS-4: Opening, Structuring and Visualizing India's latest and largest National Health DatasetMay 12, 2017 • 6 months ago • 17 min readNFHS-4 [2015-16] is India's largest and, as of writing this, latest aggregation of national health data. 93 metrics were collected from nearly 650 districts for a variety of issues ranging from literacy, nutrition, maternal health and more. I structure the data that is locked up in PDFs, make it available and visualize slices of this data on the Indian map.
My Transformation: How I lost 66 pounds and gained a 6 pack in 8 months.Feb 17, 2017 • 9 months ago • 17 min readOn June 2016, I was 24 years old, 5' 9" and weighed 95kg. I knew I'd let go of myself. In the next 8 months, I lost 30kg (66lbs) and became the fittest I've ever been. I measured in at 8% body fat and had a 6 pack for the first time in my life. Using data and YouTube videos to guide me, I changed the way I ate and started training while trying to balance a fair share of fun and a full-time job.
Which Delhi University colleges will I get into?Jan 18, 2017 • 10 months ago • 7 min readThe University of Delhi, or DU, is one of India's largest and most sought after universities. However, with an admissions procedure wrought in complicated calculations, innumerable quotas, sieving through multiple cut-off list pdfs, and working through websites stuck in the 90s, it's not an easy or transparent one. In this article, I make an easy to use form where you can input your CBSE or ISC or any other board marks, and it will give you an exhaustive list of which colleges in DU you're eligible for admission in.
Why are Adults so busy?Jul 11, 2016 • 1 year ago • 9 min readAs a kid, I'd always wonder what it was about adults that made them so busy. What could they be possibly doing with all their time? After I (kinda) became one, it hit me. There's an alarmingly large list of things adults do that we never quite grasp until we're there.
The 50 Most Popular Party Spots in New York CityDec 2, 2015 • 2 years ago • 13 min readIt's Friday night. It's been a long week. You just want to unwind. What do you do? Use data. I used the dataset of 1.1 billion taxi rides in New York City to figure out where the people of the city stayed late into their Fridays and Saturdays, extrapolated the exact venues, and show them in a usable, beautiful way.
The Top 100 Hacker News Posts of All TimeNov 8, 2015 • 2 years ago • 26 min readA list of the top 100 submissions to Hacker News along with short sentence-long descriptions of what they were about. HN has had amongst almost 2 million stories since its birth in October 2006, and only 1 in 20,000 made it to this list.
Visualizing Cliques amongst your Professional LinkedIn ConnectionsJul 19, 2015 • 2 years ago • 10 min readWe often add connections on LinkedIn that we distantly know and eventually forget about them. What if you could leverage the information in your professional graph to cluster connections according to their experience and interests. In this post, I used some techniques to visualize my LinkedIn connections and find latent professional cliques between them.
Hacking into the Indian Education SystemJun 4, 2013 • 4 years ago • 18 min readIt turns out that one the biggest boards of education in India, the CISCE, which holds two examinations for students - the ICSE in the 10th grade and the ISC in the 12th grade has fundamental unexplicable grading anomalies. Every year, these examinations decide the fate of 200,000 young students.