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Do inauspicious days influence child birth date selection?

Part 0 Part 1 Part 2 We stir the data-pile a bit more this time around. We start with the question - does a certain portion of the population avoid inauspicious days through appropriately chosen C-Section slots? I did some digging and it’s pretty hard to map out all the inauspicious times over 2012-15. In any case we don’t...

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What Amit & Pooja decide to call their kids (Part 2) (Delhi Schools - 3/n)

Story so far: Part 0  Part 1 Getting straight to it: Girls vs Women 8% of girls in the 2013-15 cohort have their name starting with AA ~25% of all girls have a name starting with the letter A SA continues to be the perennial favourite (5.5% in the 2013-15 cohort and 5.2% with the mums) Names starting with NE and SH hav...

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What Amit and Pooja decide to call their kids (Delhi Schools - 2/n)

Story so far: Part 1 A recent article about Indo Anglians was doing the rounds on my FB feed. This piece, in turn, references an older piece about First World Yoga Names. I needed little else to be inspired to poke around with the DoE dataset which lists roughly 78,000 unique individuals of the 2013-2015 year of birth cohort (I could tell you h...

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Delhi Schools - 1/n

It’s admission season here in Delhi and kiddo is in the fray. The DOE does a pretty neat job of putting up registered applicants school wise here which is great if you’re querying by school but sucks if you’re querying by student name. I wrote a little scraper + data reorganizer for my personal use last weekend. I’ve tried wrapping it into a Go...

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Using Chinese Remainder Theorem IRL

In 1999 I had the privilege of attending the KRMO (Karnataka Regional Maths Olympiad) camp at IISc. While it didn’t do much to improve my math capabilities, it taught me a lot about how to preserve self-esteem when in the presence of materially smarter, sharper & more capable folks. One of the quaint bits of math that I did learn was the Ch...

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Poetry and Progeny

In terms of firsts, the earliest memory I have of a book that I self-read is this combo of “Whiskers for a Cat and Bilderoo is coming”. When I extend the same question to poetry there is nothing that comes to mind. Until today. Thanks to kiddo I rediscovered Eleanor Farjeon and Cats which we read and re-read until one of us had had enough. The...

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IIMA 2006 - 10y Reunion

An earlier version of this piece appeared in the IIMA Alumnus Feb 2017 issue. In Robert Pirsig’s seminal work, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a student of the protagonist Phaedrus who is looking to write a five hundred word essay on the United States, finds herself at a loss for words, not knowing where to begin. Trying to describe...

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What do you know about Warangal?

Hastily written, please excuse typos. First of all I would like to thank everyone who took the time to take this poll on Facebook. You guys are fantastic people for having taken the time to do this frivolous poll and I hope it was fun. Polling has been a topic of interest for a while and it has only been exacerbated by how wrong polls have bee...

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