Category: Towards PhD!

Writing a behemoth

My thesis currently stands at a 304-page of a behemoth! Like many others, my journey did come with its own set of struggles. I think I was pretty lucky compared to others: I have the capacity to take a break from full-time job to pursue a PhD, I am blessed with a supportive academic supervisor […]

Then what?

I have been away for a few days to travel to attend a friend’s convocation — of which he kindly asked me to accompany him — which also lead me to think of two things with my impending thesis submission myself (I have submitted a notice of submission which basically means I have given my […]

How to mail a package from space

I have only one chapter left to write, and that’s the final chapter: Discussion and Conclusions. After that, I am going to spend 2-3 weeks more for editing before the whole thesis is polished for final submission in October / November. It feels so surreal. Just two days ago I was lying down, almost debilitated […]

Currently

Currently reading: Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds. Mary Shelley’s 1818 story of Victor Frankenstein and his nameless monster — the creature, the wretch, the daemon, the fiend — has long served as a cautionary tale of one’s work born out of unethical practices that could turn its back against its […]

Three words where you are

Just some recollections of what I was up to today and over the weekend. There is this book so beautiful I didn’t want to finish. I only have about 50 pages less to finish. I am sitting here and I can see the tip of the bookmark protruding out of one of the pages, and […]

Allegro con brio

I was never a musician, and was never trained as a musician. Which is why when I heard about the word allegro con brio today, which means ‘at a fast tempo, and with spirit’ (literally, ‘with brilliance’) my heart swells. It is not because it is a foreign word, although I have an affinity to […]

How to ask good questions

I think the biggest thing that put me off presenting on conferences or talks of any kinds is not about the presenting part — which, despite self-claiming to be struggling with stage fright, is something I have managed to deal with this year — but more towards dealing with the Q&A session. I presented at […]