In conversation with Gaurav Kapoor | Waves 2018

During Waves 2018, we got a chance to interview Gaurav Kapoor, the comedian, known for many of his stand up performance videos on Youtube and his Amazon special titled Hahakaar . He talks about how he deals with hecklers, the role of online streaming services in comedy scenario of India and more. DoJMA: When should we take comedy seriously and when should we not? Gaurav Kapoor: One should never take comedy seriously. It is just for fun. Nobody can set a bar on jokes. You might get offended due to a joke whereas some other guy may get offended...

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In conversation with Cheers | Sandeep Balan & Ashwini Kulkarni | YClave | Waves 2018

YClave 2018 that was held during Waves 2018 witnessed a great lineup. Sandeep Balan & Ashwini Kulkarni from Cheers, popular Youtube channel known for web series such as Rise, What’s your status, etc and short films such as Half ticket, Born Free, etc graced Waves with their presence. DoJMA got a chance to interview them backstage and this is what they had to say:   DoJMA: How has been your experience at BITS? Sandeep: It was pretty good. We landed at 3 o’clock; and then we went straight into the auditorium. There was a dance competition going on. We...

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In conversation with Filtercopy | Nayana Shyam & Veer Rajwant Singh | YClave | Waves 2018

In the first edition of YClave BITS Goa that was held during Waves 2018, BITS Pilani Goa Campus. DoJMA journalists Divya and Ashmeet got a chance to interact with Nayana Shyam and Veer Rajwant Singh who were representing popular youtube channel Filtercopy in the YClave Panel. They talked about their experience of Waves 2018 and more.   DoJMA: How was your experience judging the event Strangely Familiar? Veer Rajwant Singh: It was very good. I was expecting something else. I was expecting it would be something formal but it was very chilled out. Very nice. DoJMA: Which part of...

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A Cartoon Network

College : A place where learning is rumoured to take place, however ironically, all the pragmatic learning takes place outside the classroom. Home : A place where you get the best food in town for free. These two places form an important part of each person’s life, thankfully converting them from their embarrassing selves in high schools to young ,practical adults ready to take on the world  ( as long as the world doesn’t have quizzes). Home is where you sleep, and college is where you create beautiful memories and never want to leave , except for the dyslexic...

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What’s in Store? Events and More!

Almost a month has gone by and most of us have settled into our daily routines by now. So it’s time to see what our departments and clubs have been up to! In the last article of the Winter Issue, DoJMA takes a look at the various upcoming events in the next few months. The Literary and Debating Club (LDC) The LDC is organizing the BITS Literary and Debating Leagues. BITS Literary League is where literary enthusiasts and casuals try out their hand at common weekly challenges, such as the MELA (Music, Entertainment, Literature and Arts) Quiz, the Word-Games...

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Semester 1: Freshman’s Odyssey Away from Home

Unless you’re part of the 1% or less of this campus population that lives in Goa, you probably made the tough decision of choosing a campus life away from home. Tough, mainly because your parents, well wishers and sometimes not-so-well-wishers would have alerted you about the difficulties of staying far from parents and managing life on your own. You notice a few changes immediately, but it’s only when one returns home that they realise how much truly has changed. Whether one blends completely into the mould of a typical college student, or manages to retain those hard-wired habits from...

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New Year Resolutions-Follow up

2018 came to an end. Like the old saying goes: all’s well if it ends well. We all hope to finish the year on a good note and begin the succeeding year, excited for new challenges, situations responsibilities and what not. The life of an average BITSian, however doesn’t seem to be affected with the passing of a decade, a millennium or even an era. You wake up one fine afternoon only to realize that you missed breakfast, lunch and also a MOW quiz at 11 am. When the room seems dark, optimism shows a spark of light, just...

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Bill Cooper: The Grand-daddy of Conspiracies

Many of us are somewhat adept at conspiracies. If one has even dipped toes in these waters, one may have heard the name “Bill Cooper”. This seemingly commonplace name has quite a few mentions in shady blog posts and conspiracy forums. Further digging into this just draws one into the myriad layers of Bill Cooper’s conspiracies. Milton William (Bill) Cooper’s origin is almost as murky as his stories. He alleged that till his discharge from Naval Intelligence in 1975, he served in the United States Navy, and the United States Air Force. This is in total contrast to the...

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[Explained] RBI vs Government : Does it make any cents?

It’s no secret that the Government and the RBI have been waging a cold war for some time now. With heated opinions from both sides and the resignation of the Urjit Patel (former governor of RBI, with the shortest tenure as Governor), this feud has surpassed any other standoff, that these parties have had. How and why did they fall out and what will be the consequences? Let’s try to analyse each of these points. The cold war erupted when the government made the Monetary Policy Committee  (MPC) operational. The MPC was established as an advisory committee comprising of...

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Are The Odds In Your Favor?

Sports betting and gambling are legal and pretty common in most of the countries of the Western world. In India, sports betting is illegal, except in the case of horse racing. However, we do find several instances of betting and gambling in Indian history, mythology and even the epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata. Yagnavalkya and Kautilya advocated that sports betting and gambling should exist but only under the control of the State. Manuscripts from different eras and parts of India indicate that betting was a common practice and rulers took measures to scrutinize it. The most common form of sports...

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Drawing First Blood – Forerunners in the Australian Open 2019 Title Race

Sweltering heat, zippy courts and colorful attire – the Australian Open is the most dynamic way to start off tennis in the new year. It’s a good leveler, too. You can’t serve, volley and slide your way to victory like at grass courts. Nor can you stall and wear out your compatriots as smoothly as on clay. All faculties are called forth here – offensive and defensive, physical and mental. Will the weary yet sturdy juggernaut of the game’s spectacular veterans plow through, or will GenNext make an emphatic statement in the year opener? Let’s have a look at...

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Tracing the Goan hippie trail

Goa is home to a unique hippie culture that assimilated the idealist beliefs of the original counter-culture movement of the 1960s, the introspective nature of Indian philosophy, and the synthesizers of the electronic era, to give rise to something that celebrates the freedom and creativity of the human spirit. North Goa, particularly the beaches of Anjuna, Arambol, and Vagator, and legendary venues like HillTop and Shiva Valley, still come alive with the sound of Goa trance – a unique genre that was born here. From October to May, every year, hippies from all over the world gather here, much...

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On Campus Internships: Nutanix

In the second of its series on this year’s on-campus internship season, DoJMA brings to you its interview with the interns of Nutanix – Deep Chowdhury, Ishit Jain and Nishantika Garg from CSE, CSE and EEE respectively, who were selected over approximately 200 students, by this prestigious company known for its excellent internship projects and work environment. In a talk with us, they gave us valuable insights into their preparation for the different rounds,the process of facing the coding test and the interviews and the reasons behind their motivation and persistence. Read our article to find out how you...

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On Campus Internships: UBER

The on-campus internship season began with a bang in the first week of August, with Uber being the first company to select 3 interns out of the 200+ candidates who participated in the coding tests. Offering the highest stipend, it was, needless to say, highly sought after. In a match to the high compensations being offered, the company was extremely selective in its screening rounds and selected 3 of the best coders on campus, namely – Ishan Garg, Mohit Kurani and Samarth Jain. In a conversation with DoJMA, they told us extensively about their interest in competitive coding and...

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All Guns Blazing?

Imagine that you’re a farmer in rural Idaho, living far away from civilization. The closest sheriff’s outpost is half an hour away. At 1 a.m. in the morning, you wake up to the sound of a window shattering, followed by barely audible footsteps. A gun suddenly becomes much more of a necessity, doesn’t it? Even when you live a few minutes away from a police station, a gun is still very useful to have. The difference between using a weapon and calling the police is that – unlike in the detective shows on TV – the police generally arrive...

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Off Campus Internships: Lohit Marodia’s journey to Microsoft

As the internship season continues to be a major talk of the campus and the Placement Unit has kept the better half of third year and fourth year students busy, there are a few who despite not being eligible for the internships, due to CGPA cutoffs, not only secured internships in some of the biggest names in technology, but were also offered a PPO (Pre Placement Offer). One of these names is Lohit Marodia, who is currently in his fourth year. DoJMA caught up with him to know more about his experience of interning at Microsoft, during the summer....

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FOUR YEARS WITH NaMo

The NDA came to power in May 2014 with a clear majority, because of two reasons, Congress’ failure to stand on their ground and to deliver the promises they had made, and Narendra Modi’s work in Gujarat, which attracted the Nation’s interest. “Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkar”, the slogan did prove itself when Narendra Modi was sworn-in as Prime Minister on 26th May, 2014. The following years did prove to be confusing, with the public not being able to decide if the NDA government was keeping up with their promises or not and the nation was divided into two...

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BAJRANG D’SOUZA: WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

No. This song not only addresses Arnab Goswami and his group of panelists on his ‘Debate’ (LOL), but also a slightly less critical issue as well.                                                                                                                                                               This beautiful song written and performed by the popular boy band, ‘Baha Men’ aptly highlights the current situation of dogs in our campus. Apparently, there are more than eighty dogs roaming around freely in the campus, with no in-time of 10:30 PM. Lucky bitches, literally. While their beautiful features and wobbling tails might give you cuteness goals, we have a bigger question to address, “After paying a sky-high amount as fees for...

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In conversation with Aman Srivastava (Founder and COO, Thinkerbell Labs)

Thinkerbell Labs is a BITS Pilani, KK Birla Goa Campus startup. DoJMA got a chance to talk to Mr. Aman Srivastava, founder and COO at Thinkerbell Labs. He talked about his journey from college startup to a business idea that has potential to increase Braille literacy around the globe. With investors such as Anand Mahindra (CMD, Mahindra Group) and Indian Angel Network on board, Thinkerbell Labs is credited with creating the world’s first smart classroom for visually impaired. Read on to know more: DoJMA: How was Project Mudra (now Thinkerbell Labs) conceptualised and Who were involved in it?  Aman:...

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Starting up with Fintech

The finance industry has witnessed a tremendous growth in the last few years and continues to surge forward with technology paving the path for providing faster and more convenient ways to facilitate various transactions. This has led to the emergence of a new area – “Fintech” which uses technical expertise to smoothen the working of the financial markets. The field is an especially booming one as it incorporates knowledge of exciting new fields like Block chain Development, Machine Learning, coding and their application in finance. In recent years, many students in our campus have also ventured into this field....

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