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Valor on Wheels: Sarah Kashyap and Karun Chandhok talk motorsports…

  • January 12, 2017
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In a first event of its type, India’s second F1 racer, Chandhok, and Biking enthusiast and first and only Indian woman to complete the Raid de Himalayan on a motorbike, Kashyap, reveal their experiences with motorsports in India.

It is true that motorsports are based primarily in the western hemisphere, and India lacks behind, but why? A country of 1.2 billion has had only two professional F1 racers, and only one Indian woman has ever completed the trans-Himalayan Raid-de-Himalaya rally. They lacked support, garnered criticism, but they fought.

While Chandhok revealed to the axlr8r team leader Anubhav that he has always been a part of motorsport culture, with his family being automobile enthusiasts, Sarah had a completely different experience. Being five-feet-one, and riding a bike as heavy as the Himalayan, even the petrol pump staff usually goes ‘Mam aapke pair pahaunch jaate hain?’ (translation: Ma’am, how do your legs reach the ground?). She started riding early, however, discovered her passion while studying MBA in the United Kingdom, and even left her subsequent job at Google to continue riding.

Talking about motorsports, they revealed their interest in engineering behind it. Karun approximated the sport to be 70% engineering and 30% driver’s skills. He added how the driver’s feedback is required in the engineering process continuously, and further classified his sport as a team sport, contrary to popular beliefs.

He further talked about the motorsport scene in India, classifying it as a difficult time, perhaps in its inception. He claimed that they have to compete with popular sports like cricket and football for sponsorship, and sometimes felt the need to educate the people about this sport. It is apparent that his efforts might have started to pay off, as today at least the karting culture is on the rise.

Followed by public Q and A session, Karun introduced the students to the ladder of getting involved in motorsports. While, according to him, it is too late to become a driver, being an engineer isn’t that far from where we are. People usually climb through the ladder of multiple racing events, involving events like GT, to finally reach F1. However, certain engineers in F1 do get hired by teams like Mercedes and Red Bull directly after their masters.

Ending up with a note on following your dreams and traffic safety, Chandhok and Kashyap talked about how racing on the usual roads is not safe. ‘I never ride without a helmet’ exclaimed Kashyap, as Chandhok went on to talk about how he always drives under the speed limit on the roads, ending with a message of Traffic Safety and finishing the event on a good note.

 

GSec Review

  • January 05, 2017
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Well the title says it all, but for formality, this section covers the good, the bad and the ugly of the Student Heads of IIT Delhi’s various Boards. These boards form the mediators, the facilitators and arbitrator between the students and the administration. Another year, another semester but the same old General Secretaries. With half their tenure over, let us see how much they squirm under the microscope.

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The Dark Side of the Pursuit of Perfection

  • September 01, 2016
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“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

 

Are intense expectations causing students to crack under pressure? Why is everyone in the rat race to reach the summit? Why is the young blood striving for perfection? Is perfection the ultimate source of one’s happiness? These are the few questions that anyone who desires to become perfect must ask themselves before they blindly set out on the path to attain this elusive entity that the society calls “perfection”.

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“It’s like flinging a duckling into an ocean and hoping it’ll swim”:

  • August 21, 2016
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 A reflection on life as a first year student in IIT Delhi

The title of this piece was a senior’s description of learning to cope with life at IIT Delhi that I heard on my first day as a freshman. So here’s a list of observations, some mundane and some peculiar, that I made while staying afloat as a fresher at IITD.

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THE DELHI DILEMMA

  • August 21, 2016
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JUSTICE AT LAST, read the newspaper headlines. A college girl, raped by two men outside a call center finally gets justice. Chalo, finally something good in the newspaper. At last, the government realises the need to fast-track all pending cases of such horrific crimes against women to send out a message to the perpetrators. Or does it, yet?

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Need Funding?

  • August 07, 2016
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FITT Organises a workshop for innovation in Biotechnology and healthcare sector
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The pain and bliss of nostalgia

  • July 28, 2016
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Spending your childhood in Mumbai has a charm of its own. Where people complained of traffic and rush, I was too young to understand any of it. For me, that was the only way of living.

Places changed, people changed, situations changed through my stay of nine years, but one thing which never changed for me were the monsoons of Mumbai. It is of the monsoons which I hold the fondest recollections.

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A Critique on Reservation

  • July 27, 2016
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The viewpoints of the primary stakeholder on the need of the quota system.

The dominant view on reservation that we usually see is of an evil that takes away the seats from the deserving candidates in favour of the reserved ones, however it mostly comprises of the voices raised from the critical end of the spectrum. This end mostly consists of the general public, people who have not been subjected to various discriminatory acts in the past.

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