• A Layman's Guide to Buying Contact Lenses (2017). As 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. Almost 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. In 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 Dataset NFHS-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. On 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.
    Number 4 most upvoted post on Reddit's r/progresspics on Dec 8, 2016 and number 2 most upvoted of the week of Feb 22 - March 1 2017 on r/brogress.
  • Which Delhi University colleges will I get into? The 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.
    Featured in University Express, a popular college covering news portal, and the Delhi University Admissions Portal.
  • Why are Adults so busy? As 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.
    Peaked at number 1 on Hacker News with 508 points, and tweeted by author Jodi Ettenberg, iOS Developer }Peter Steinberger, IEEE Spectrum editor Erico Guizzo, former Y Combinator Partner and entrepreneur Garry Tan, and more.
  • The 50 Most Popular Party Spots in New York City It'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 Grad School Admissions Statistics We Never Had GradCafe has 372 thousand graduate school admissions results. I scraped 93% of that data, including 80 thousand GRE scores and 75 thousand undergraduate GPAs. I also extensively deduplicated the user provided university names to over 98% cleanliness, and compiled a hyperclean Computer Science specific set of 28 thousand results. Let's dive into these never-before-seen numbers!
    Retweeted and liked by UTexas Biology Professor Zen Faulkes, Mount Holyoke Physics Professor Kerstin Nordstrom, UVermont Math Professor Chris Danforth, UChicago Psychology Professor Bill Goldstein, data scientist and Reddit /r/datascience moderator Chris Albon, WIRED author Aatish Bhatia and more.
  • The Top 100 Hacker News Posts of All Time A 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.
  • Looking back at 9 years of Hacker News Hacker News, the Y Combinator tech forum, has exploded from its humble beginnings in 2006 to one of the primary sources of news in the tech community. Looking through the data, we can see how HN grew, the things people talked about, the most shared domains, the most influential contributors and more.
    Peaked at number 4 on Hacker News with 207 points, and tweeted by popular HN bloggers and contributors Zach Holman, Patrick McKenzie, and Reginald Braithwaite as well as Credo founder John Doherty, veteran Guardian journalist Jack Schofield, and Google developer advocate Felipe Hoffa and more.
  • Visualizing Cliques amongst your Professional LinkedIn Connections We 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.
  • The Perks of Interning at Google Hollywood exaggerated what interning at Google is like in The Internship (2013), and having been interning there that very summer, I wrote about some of the Google interns' actual perks.
    Originally published on Quora, received over 125k views, and then published in Business Insider.
  • Hacking into the Indian Education System It 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.
    Originally published on Quora garnering nearly a million views, and written about in The Times of India, Scientific American, The Sunday Guardian, The Daily Mail, NDTV, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, and reached the frontpage of Hacker News. Also has an associated TED talk and was shared by the Quora India Facebook page.