Team outing- South Holland and Amsterdam

Last May, my friends at PHYSEE and I took a day off from work for a team outing! PHYSEE is an exciting start-up I was working with, that strives to make electricity generating ‘power windows’ (http://www.physee.eu/). The kick-ass team consists of: Tower of Babel Ferdinand, Triathelete Willem, Stuurman Thijmen, Ruby ruby Ruben, Junior Willem, Exit room expert Kubra, Chefin Magriet, our in-house celebrity YOLO Georgios and yours truly. The team is expanding fast, so it would have added more valuable members by the time of this post.

Ruben and Willem were in-charge of organizing the team outing and they did a great job of that! I was really hoping for a dutch-style sport like sailing and we indeed went blokarting! This was followed by an escape room and an evening out in Amsterdam at one of the most serene, easy-going cafes I have ever seen. The destinations were a complete surprise. So much so that up to the D-day, the beach Ruben had in mind was different from the actual booking, so even he did not really know where we going till the last minute!

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Blokarting is a simplified form of sailing, but on wheels. The beach at Ouddorp has a ‘clinic’ which can teach you how to catch the wind in your sails. We steered with our legs and used the sails to navigate around an 8 figure perpendicular to the direction of the wind.

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The sail flows with the wind like a big flag, unless you pull it against the wind and transfer some momentum to the kart. At the turns, you temporarily go against the wind (thus, at a fixed speed or decelerating) and after the turn you are again along a direction of the wind. The switch is quick and if the sail is pulled on too hard, then it’s very easy for the wind to exert a sideways force on the kart and topple it! It was the final evaluation day for our instructor, so I hope she did not mind us driving on two wheels or toppling over the karts from time to time!

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After a long drive north on smooth Dutch highways, we were in the big city of Amsterdam. Problem solving and innovative thinking is something we do everyday, so an escape room puzzle with such good team members was lightening fast and a lot of fun! Since we were 9, we divided ourselves into two groups and both teams finished within 35 mins out of the 60 mins given to us! No photos were allowed in this room of a ‘mad scientist’ so you just have to take our word for it.

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From this escape room near Amsterdam centraal we walked over to the Hannekes Boom cafe. In the 17th century, ‘Hannekes Boom’ used to be the Northern most tip of Amsterdam and one of the few ports of entry into the city. At that time, it was a dark place, far away from civil society and even in the 20th century, it remained as the city outskirts. Today, thanks to the cafe, the NEMO science museum and other initiatives, it is one of the most happening spots in the city.

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This cafe is one of the busiest that I have seen in Amsterdam, but it still manages to keep its charm and warmth. Visitors to the cafe can sit under a tree, on the sunny balcony, by the pier or drive in with their own boat and use that too! I would definitely recommend this place for a real Amsterdam experience.

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The drinks were followed by a  dinner at which I missed because I had a flight to catch. A short video of the day is available here: https://goo.gl/4Lj1uI

Watch out for this team as they are undoubtedly going to do great things in the future!

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P.S: I learnt some dutch too that day: Ik het Siddhartha, hoe het ben jij?

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My happy place: Templehofer Feld (Berlin)

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In our ever expanding concrete jungles, it is important to have some breathing space and greenery. A place where we can escape from our computer screens, glass buildings and city cacophony and instead; play, run, jump, fly and be human. For Berlin, this is templehofer feld:  An old airport in the middle of the city converted to an open space for everybody to use! It’s story is one of war, politics, peace and humanity.IMG_7327

My fascination for this place begins with my personal interest in aviation. This endless landscape still has its old, tar runways intact, along with the terminals and some old planes on exhibit. Its the perfect place for flying RC planes, helicopters or kites! The space is used by Berliners for cycling, skating, kite landboarding, jogging, pets, skate-boarding, yoga, gardening, barbecues and much more! About 80% of the fields is also an important habitat for endangered birds, plants and insects.

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It was one of the most iconic airports of Europe in the pre-World War II era. Under the nazi regime, it underwent heavy reconstruction and expansion as a display of power. After the victory of the allies, it became a part of West Berlin.  The war was followed by rising tensions between the USA and Soviet Union.

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West Berlin was physically disconnected from West Germany and was surrounded by East Berlin and East Germany. In what turned out to be one of the first major international crises of the cold war, the Soviet Union attempted to cut all land transportation to West Berlin and choke the citizens with the lack of food, water, electricity  and other basic supplies. The ‘Berlin blockade’ was implemented to force the Western allies to withdraw the newly introduced Deutsche mark currency. There were also rumours of Soviet occupation in West Berlin and all sides feared that a direct confrontation would lead to another war. In order to retain their control in Berlin, the allies lead by the USA decided to fly in all supplies from West Germany to West Berlin in a tireless effort to keep the citizens safe and alive. Thus, the airlift was created which provided 2 million Berliners with upto 8893 tons of necessities each day. The cargo mainly consisted of coal, wheat, cereal, meat, potatoes, sugar, milk, yeast, vegetables, salt, cheese and other necessities.

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The logistics of such continuous and seamless air-traffic was an engineering marvel in itself. Each cargo plane took flight merely 3 minutes after the previous one and would fly with a 1000ft difference in altitude. This ‘block system’ is illustrated in the photo below taken at the Deutsche museum.

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The block had started in June 1948 and ended in May 1949 when it became clear that the airlift was working and that the allied powers were determined to keep it running. The cost of the airlift was estimated to be around $500 million USD and was shared by the USA, UK and West Germany.

The airport served commercial traffic in Berlin upto 2008 when it was decommissioned in favour of a larger airport outside the city in Schönefeld. Since the airport was so close to the centre of this ever expanding city, there were plans to convert into an airlift museum, business space, houses, or an industrial area. Fortunately, it was converted into a public park and whenever its existence was threatened (as in 2014), Berliners have fought hard through referendums and protests to retain it.

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I know at least three Indian cities (Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi) which went through the same transition of opening new, larger airports outside their cities. They could have also created a public space for sports, art and relaxation. However, other needs dominated and they are now used for military aviation, research and training schools, but also as private landing zones for the rich and influential.

To me, these vast fields and closed terminals mark the end of war, the beginning for a more peaceful time and the victory of common good over politics and money. We are creatures of this planet and we deserve living spaces which keep us connected to Earth; and which embody freedom, creativity and the human spirit.

Currently, the field serves as an emergency refugee center, hosting at least 1200 people in two hangers.

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Hollandic water line!

What is the best line of defence for a kingdom? Hills? Strategically located forts? Great walls with armed soldiers and canons? How about water?! The history of the Dutch and water bodies gets more impressive as I learn more about it! During the Easter weekend, a friend and I set out to explore a lesser known tourist attraction: the Hollandse Waterlinie.

Picture a network of forts and flood gates running along the Netherlands-Germany border that could transform Holland into a virtual island within hours! The line runs from the North starting at the Zuiderzee (sea), to the south upto the river Waal. It served as a defence against the invading Spanish, Germans and the French. Armed forts were placed at strategic locations along the line and flood gates were built to flood the low lands around the forts and across the kingdom. The water level was designed to be deep enough to slow down advancing troops but shallow enough to prevent the use of boats! Under the water, traps (trou de loop), ditches, barbed wire and land mines were installed.

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The construction on what is now called the old waterline, began as early as 1629. It was used during the Franco-Dutch war in 1672. The French were able to surpass it in 1794 during a season of heavy frost which froze the flooded regions. After the battle of Waterloo(1815), the line was expanded further east to protect the city of Utrecht. This lead to the formation of the new waterline as we see it today. In the photograph below is our first destination, Slot Loevestein, and the Waal river.

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A model of the working mechanism of the line was on display by this castle. Loevestein is located at the confluence of two rivers: the Maas and the Waal.

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It was used as the one of largest storage bases for gun powder along the line. At one point it had so much of it, that there was fear that an explosion at the fort could affect the Woudrichem township across the river Maas. The fort now has highly interactive displays of bomb shelters, living quarters, a gun powder tower, an archaeological  museum and the Castle itself. It is always enjoyable when such effort is made to showcase history and technology. Seen below is a chamber of the gun powder tower.

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Thanks to modern bridges over the rivers, we were able to drive around to see the glorious, fortified towns of Woudrichem, Gorinchem (Binnenstad) and the smaller forts at Vuren and Giessen(not visible on the map below).

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At Giessen, it is also possible to rent rooms and stay inside the fortification for a few nights. Living there would be a strange mix of old, 6 feet thick walls and modern amenities on the inside.

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The towns look marvelous in aerial images.  The star-shaped layout is because of bastions designed to attack enemy troops from a great distance and all angles, with guns and cannons. Fortunately, the wikipedia archives has an aerial shot of Naarden, another such town on the water-line:

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Even up close the fortifications are impressive and the inner towns still have beautiful buildings, statues and docks reminiscent of the old era.

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The new waterline was used twice; once in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 and during World war I. It served well into the 20th century when the use of fighter planes and modern artillery finally gave the Germans power to cross the borders effectively. Modern warfare finally caught up with the tactics of the waterline and started to surpass it. Even during the second World War, the Dutch persisted, but with the water line acting as secondary defence. Their main defence was further east, closer to Germany: the Grebbe line. This new line was also based on inundation and could flood areas between Spakenburg and Grebbeberg during an attack. It was more modern in its construction and artillery.

There is nothing enjoyable about war stories, but examples of human imagination and ingenuity can be interesting all the same. While reading about the Grebbe line, I think I already know where my next weekend historical outing is going to be.

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Special thanks to Doreen Fielder for taking all these nice photographs during the trip. She too blogs at: https://delhiencounters.wordpress.com/

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Museumnacht: Rotterdam!

Museum nights are wonderful collaborations between museums and city municipalities (among other numerous parties). Rotterdam, with its rich maritime and cultural heritage, naturally had an abundance of amazement to offer with 30 museums open all night from 8pm to 1am! The singular ticket also covered free travel in special buses, trams and car services. I had planned my night well in advance but could still only see 5 museums in the detail that I liked!

The Maritime museum and the Natuurhistorisch (natural history) museum were my destinations of choice to satiate my hunger for technology and science. They had ancient maps, historical ships, dinosaur fossils and a morbidly funny selection of preserved animals and their tales of death! It was fascinating to learn that there are sights of paleontological interest in submerged land masses by the North sea and also further in-land on the Germany-Netherlands border.

The Kunsthal museum has no permanent collection and it only houses temporary exhibits. This makes the museum perfect for multiple visits! This night it hosted ‘Jump’ photographs by the legendary photographer Philippe Halsman. He believed that when people are busy with jumping and landing safely on their feet, their ‘masks’ fall and their true self is reflected on their faces and body language. During his illustrious career, he convinced many people to take part in his personal project including Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, the Ford family and Salvador Dali. The halls were full of ‘jump’ photographs and an enthralling spectrum of personalities and emotions captured in them.

In this blog post, I would like to focus on the museum that was on the top of my list for the night, the ‘Boijmans Van Beuningen’. It boasts of a diverse collection of art over the ages and some of the biggest names in Europe. The chambers were arranged chronologically from the 15th century christian patronage to 20th century surrealism. This order told a great tale of the evolution of art in the Netherlands and each painting was accompanied with some background information written in both Dutch and English. This was a great feature for me since I am as captivated by the stories behind historical paintings as by the art itself! The themes covered in the museum encompass the European churches, roman mythology, history paintings, caravagesques, impressionism, cubism and expressionism, with a special emphasis on the dutch golden age. In the photos below I want to highlight some of the most iconic works I saw. Of course, a simple camera cannot have any impact compared to how these paintings do, but I can at least convey what to look forward to when visiting this museum.

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One of the three famous ‘tower of Babel’ paintings by Pieter Brugel the Elder. The tower comes from a tale in the ‘book of genesis’ wherein all humans spoke one language, worked together and prospered. They decide to build  a city and a tower high up into the heavens so as to ‘make a name’ for themselves. God struck down on their vanity and created multiple languages so that they could no longer understand each other (hence the name ‘Babel’). As a symbol for human pride and persecution, the tower in this painting was based on the Roman Colosseum and drawn with great detail.

Titus at his desk by Rembrandt
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Rembrandt is possibly the biggest name in Dutch art and his portraits never cease to amaze. Each one has a brilliant contrast of light effects and a viewer’s eye is instantly drawn to the subject. It’s easy to spot ‘a Rembrandt’ even from a distance.

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‘The portrait of Armand Roulin’ and ‘A weaver’s cottage’ by Vincent Van Gogh. He drew a series of paintings on weavers who he deeply sympathized for their poor life and harsh work conditions. Some experts speculate that the man drawn in this painting is in the image of Vincent Van Gogh himself. As anybody familiar with the artist’s tragic life stories would expect, there is great pain and suffering reflected in his thick and heavy brush strokes.

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I was very excited to finally see Monet’s art in real life and rightly so! Impressionism focuses on capturing a scene in its spirit and emotion. This is done with the use of light brush strokes, the impressive depiction of movement in the scene and a use of shades unlike anything I had ever seen before! Paintings like this one here are often made fast so as to accurate capture the light conditions. The colours, details and movement of wind through grass and water stayed with me for a long time.

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Pablo Picaso often depicted couples as a fusion of two beings as can be seen here. This painting was created by him in the last few years of his life.

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The museum also has a special section dedicated to works by Salvador Dali. The surrealism in his work reflects his strong believe that we need more fantasy and bizarre imagination in our lives! Shown here is my personal favourite, ‘a couple with their head full of clouds’. It is said to be modeled after Dali and his wife Gala and is indeed, thought provoking imagery. Aren’t we all like that sometimes?

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Pardon my french!

In the run-up to Christmas last year, I got the opportunity to travel to Paris and Versailles for a weekend and finally see a bit of French culture, heritage and food! A trip to Paris is usually an expensive affair given the number of tourists it attracts each year, but fear not as there are providers like the Wanderlust team who arrange for travel and accommodation, all for 90 euros! Appreciation must also go to ‘Métro de Paris’ as it provides 4 euro day passes for unlimited travel on the weekends to passengers less than 26 years old (le jeune)!

My weekend began with the Palace of Versailles (château de Versaille) which you might have heard of as the place were the Treaty of Versailles was signed to officially end World War I. It is a symbol of the ancient monarchic reign which was ousted by the french revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte. Today it stands as a truly impressive museum of french art and history. It also hosts some iconic paintings which you perhaps have seen in popular culture if not in a museum. An example is here below! The museum also constantly trades paintings across the other world and offers new displays for frequent visitors. There is much to say about this palace and its best to simply recommend a visit, especially in the summer time when the endless expense of gardens are in fully glory!

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Back in the city, the marvellous ‘Arc de Triomphe’ on of course, Champs-Élysées stands tall close to the Seine river in honour of those who fought in the Fench revolution and the Napoleonic wars.

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Next destination: The Eiffel tower! This magnificent structure is all that it is hyped up to be. An ever lasting symbol of Paris and love. A visit to the top is a must and I would recommend taking the stairs as they are not too difficult and infinitely cheaper and faster than the cable car queues.

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If you would like to see the romantic city with the tower in the backdrop, then I would recommend going to the top of the skyscraper, ‘Tour Montparnasse’ on the other side of the city. The tall building sticks out like a sore thumb with the neighbouring landscape and has understandable angered many Frenchmen for that. But the view it offers is breathtaking and guaranteed to be one the best places in the world for a date! 😉

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Another spot offering a great view is the Basilica of the sacred heart of Paris (Sacré-Cœur), perched on top of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. It’s less frequented as a tourist spot since Paris has so much to offer as it is, but the walk up the hill to the beautiful basilica, the interesting mix of french houses and markets and the Espace Dali museum nearby are enough reasons for me to recommend going there before and for the sunset over the city.

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My post about Paris would not be complete without the Notre-Dame cathedral. It is a truly grand display of French Gothic architecture dating from the early 2nd century! The ceiling inside is so tall, imposing and magnificently made, that it feels like a second sky. Even as an atheist I could not help but admire the grandeur of this cathedral and the power of the atmosphere within.

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Paris has infinite stories to offer and it is today, as it has always been, a true world centre for history, politics, literature, religion, science, philosophy and art.

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Azuur hemel

It’s always fun to contrast my new home with my old one, often leading to an increased appreciation for both. Today’s topic is visually beautiful. Yet, its explanation remains somewhat of a mystery to me!

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It’s a common site in European countries, to see jet-planes constantly cut across the azure sky, leaving behind a white trail of thin clouds. It’s a beautiful sight and hard to miss! Even in the Netherlands where it rains every other day, clear, sunny days are marked by jets making white stripes across the sky. I have not seen a lot of this in Indian cities. When I do hear or see jet planes back home, they are often barely visible and contrails (condensation trails) are even more rare. I tried to get to the bottom of the reason why.

The contrails are easy to explain. They are usually formed by water vapour leaving a jet exhaust and quickly turning into ice crystals because of the low ambient air temperature. They are indeed much like clouds in their composition. They can also be formed by humidity present in the air and the pressure changes caused by the engine, the wing surface or vortices created at the tips of wings. Their size, lifetime and spread mostly depend on temperature and humidity in the surrounding air. Thus, they may or may not exist in different countries, or even at different altitudes in the same sky! It’s certainly possible that these meteorogical conditions are satisfied more often in European, cold, humid skies.

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As for the planes themselves, the first opinion I heard about this was straightforward but noteworthy. Europe has roughly 5 times the air-traffic of India and we simply see more airplanes in the sky. The navigational regulations are tighter and the allocated air space (horizontal and vertical) is lesser, further increasing the air-traffic density.

But the mystery does not end with the trails, or the frequency of airplace sightings. The jet planes are also very clearly visible from the ground! I can often see features on the metallic belly of a plane, gleaming in the bright sun-light. These planes (judging by their size) are clearly high up in altitude and yet so clearly visible. It’s a wonderful sight. Perhaps the differences in sky temperature, humidity and (i hope not) pollution, lead to this increased visibility.

If you have better answers for this question, then please do leave a comment. Its one of those rare situations where the internet does not readily have all the answers. In any case, I like both worlds. Air-planes here create an animated painting on the blue canvas of the morning sky, but I still miss the warmth of the Indian sun on these cold, winter days!

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What to expect when in the Netherlands (Part2)

In part2 I would like to talk about my observations on the academic life here. While part1 might have painted a rosy picture, this part will highlight the efforts expected from a good student.

Self study: The education system is such that only a few hours per week are dedicated to lectures. This might give a misconception that the work load is low. The syllabi are followed in a quarterly system and the coverage of each course is extensive even if it spans only two months. The professors are well-versed with their fields and can easily speak about their topics within the limited time they have. However, it is then up to the students to grasp everything on time and appear for the exams. A good command over the concerned topics is expected in order to even pass a course. All this means that a lot is left to self-study by a student. They are responsible for sharpening their skills and moving from a basic understanding of a course to a complete mastery. This freedom is great for a master’s program as anybody in this stage has already narrowed down their specialization over time and would prefer to learn further at his/her own pace. However, it also calls for a lot of self -discipline and self-motivation!

Competition: Engineering is generally a very competitive field and TU Delft is no different. However, grades are awarded on absolute marks here and all that matters is your performance when compared to the questions asked in an exam. Thus, in order to pass or get high grades in a course, a thorough understanding and several weeks of practice of the course are required. In the absence of relative grading, there is no real competition. Everybody can do bad or everybody can do exceedingly well. I have also heard that when it comes to future prospects, corporations and institutions do not ask about grades. They are more interested in knowing what courses and projects you have committed to while at TU Delft.

Tech savvy: Most electronics students here are comfortable with LaTeX, MATLAB, LabVIEW and other popular engineering tools. They put a great amount of effort in every lab report or deadline and are very professional in this regard. They take their work very seriously and hence, the bar here is naturally set high.

Electronics at TU Delft: This university is gathering an ever increasing name in the field of electronics. From a first hand view of the academics here, it is easy to see why. TU Delft has had a long history in this field with the likes of Dr. Bernard Tellegen, Dr. Jaap Haartsen and Gerard Philips. The university has its own methods for circuit analysis with unique circuit design elements such as the ‘nullor’. This is a 2 port device used to model feedback circuits in place of a less versatile, and error-prone op-amp. This tool helped me avoid practical design errors which were going un-noticed even after two years of education and work in this field. Similarly, there are other in-house tools such as the ‘Delft innovation method’.

The university’s approach to semiconductor technology is comprehensive and impactful. It has intelligent designers/scientists and fabrication expertise for MEMS, smart sensors, analog RF/wireless circuits, digital IC design, microactuators, photovoltaic cells(1st to 3rd generation), semiconductor materials, single electron devices and so on. It has several technological partnerships and close ties with private players such as DIMES, ASML, TNO and the Kavli institute of nanoscience. TU Delft is thus, producing high quality research and technological start-ups in these fields.

I conclude this part with a photo of the picturesque library at TU Delft. It’s a nice building but do also remember that you might spend most of your waking hours there, studying very hard if you want to excel at TU Delft! 🙂

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What to expect when in the Netherlands (Part1)

In this two part series, I would like to cover some basic aspects of studies, work and personal life in this country. This can give readers a good idea about why (or why not) they should consider putting the Netherlands on their radar and conversely, invite the dutch to their country for work or study relations.

In part 1, I will start off with simple topics about the life and society here. Part 2 will be a more serious reflection centered around my own profession.

Stereotypes:  A little of what you might have heard is true. Yes, the dutch are extremely punctual and professional about meetings, be they work related or personal. They respect your time and expect the same in return. Personally, I feel that this a great way of going about daily life!
You may have also heard that the dutch are very direct and no-nonsense in their communication. They are warm and friendly but they do not like to beat around the bush. This contrast takes some time to understand, but ultimately it makes sense.

Society: As a society, they are collectively humble and down-to-earth. Their prime minister for example, cycles to work and it would be unusual if he did not! Most people cycle to commute here, regardless of whether they are young, aging, with kids, shopping, or out for a formal party! The rain or cold does not stop anybody and in fact, braving the elements and being well prepared for them is an inherent part of the dutch way of living.

Global: Almost all dutch people speak functional or fluent English. International students and working professional face no major language barriers in work places. The global mindset of the citizens is not only reflected in their linguistics skills, but also in their thinking. They look within their borders as well as outside for business and opportunities. While you might hear them call their country small in size, they also know their strengths and outreach. It is hard to not be impressed by their engineering prowess in dykes, water ways, city infrastructure, renewable energy usage, electric cars, robotics and automation in warehouses, supply chains and ship yards. When it comes to technology, they are often at the forefront of experimentation and implementation.

Lifestyle: Most of the people I have interacted with believe in living a balanced life. They like to work efficiently and leave for home at a fixed time. This is easier said than done and needs drive to accomplish, especially in an academic scenario. Sports are a normal part of life and many people participate in one activity or the other. The most popular ones are running, cycling, rowing, hockey, soccer and fitness training. Schedules are a bit different here as many people like to workout after dinner and before sleeping! Cultural activities such as music, theater, visual arts and dance are also popular here. Jazz in particular, is extremely loved!

I conclude this part with an advertisement for the local buses here. The dutch need some hard convincing to forgo their bicycles and take something more ‘comfortable’ like a bus!

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Going Dutch

In this blog, I will give personal accounts about a student life at TU Delft. This will encompass the world of academics, sports, travels, cultures, languages, funny stories and more!

In this first post, I would like to give a brief introduction about myself. As of this writing, I am a first student of an MSc program in Electrical engineering (microelectronics track). I completed my undergraduate education in 2013, through a dual-degree program of Electronics & Instrumentation and Physics at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani) in India. It was focused on VLSI design and semiconductor physics. After my graduation, I worked for two years as an R&D engineer with Synopsys, designing low power and high speed, finFET based SRAM memories. I decided to seek MSc programs across the world when I felt a need for a specialization which could unlock deeper learning, career jumps and an exposure to my field in other countries. My research interests include photovoltaic cells and smart sensors.

I ultimately decided to pursue my studies at TU Delft as I was impressed with the quality of research produced from this University. During my work, I often came across engaging scientific literature sourcing from TU Delft, particularly in the field of Nano-electronics, sensor systems, semiconductor materials and analog circuits. As the academic quarters progress, I am learning about the academic approach at TU Delft and the reasons for its long-standing history and continued success.

On a personal level, I am a big fan of the ‘art of motion’. Parkour has been my favourite outdoor activity for the past two years. I dabble in Yoga, Calisthenics and Karate. I also do a bit of social dancing (Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba). At the TU Delft cultural centre, I am taking lessons for Tango.

I would like to end this post with a photo of the daily bike ride that I enjoy on my way to the University (at least when the sun is out)!

Tot Ziens!

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