Monthly Archives: October 2017

Did it actually SNOW today?

Hey Folks!!!!!

It’s been quite a busy week with exams. Now that exams are done, I feel super awesome!! Yesterday I had an amazing time at the Tentapub at Nymble, the student union house. An open dance floor is all you need to prep yourself for the new period. Haha!!

So, coming back to the topic. Did it actually snow today?!!! The white dust that was falling down was SNOW?

When I arrived in Stockholm, it was bright and sunny at 10 PM! yes 10 PM! It was a very strange experience for me, coming from southern India where the sun sets sharp by 6  all around the year. And, today the sun was almost down by 4.15 PM! The weather is changing every day and it’s getting colder..well like they say,…Winter is coming!!! But is winter arriving too early? LOL!

It was around 12.00 in the noon, I received a message in the Whatsapp Lappis group. Someone posted asking if it was actually snowing outside. And, when I looked out of my window, I did see really tiny flakes of white dust flying around. The cold October winds were gusting through the trees carrying the red and golden autumn leaves, and along with it, floated the white dust! ❄️

Not believing my eyes, I turned to my phone. The weather app cannot be wrong you see… and this is what I saw…

See the tiny snowflake? Looks like it was indeed snowing 🙂

I wouldn’t count this as my first snow. That’s when I can make a snowman and play with snowballs! You need to wait for that post! This is just October! Mild snowfall in October! It’s still crazy anyway

Quite contrasting to the afternoon, I saw an amazing sunset today. Well, I see every day, but today Dhruv had come to my place to click pictures. The perks of living on the fifth floor! My place has an amazing view of the city and my room is attracting visitors ’cause of that. LOL! Here are few pictures shot by Dhruv today 🙂

Yes! This was taken from my window!

The colours!!! God! I totally love my room and the view from here <3 🙂

The red Lappis buildings are gleaming brighter!

And did I tell you that it was also raining today? Rain, mild snow and a spectacular sunset! What more can I ask from this beautiful city?

Alright guys, its almost 5.30 now and I am going to catch some evening Fika, I have fallen for the coffee here!

From being lost in the smell of Indian curry to

falling for the aroma of cinnamon buns,

From relishing South Indian filter coffees to

enjoying Fikas every two hours,

Fom sunshine to snowfall,

From cheers to skål,

I have come a long way, indeed..

But the journey has only just begun…. 😛 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take care,

Sindhu 🙂 ❤️

A Chat With Flavourz!

Hey Folks!!

Whenever I see an Indian walking past me, we exchange smiles. Before I even realize, My mind goes zingy, it just happens, especially in the Metros or at the supermarkets. I am from southern India and the other person might be from far north, might speak a different language, but still, when I see an Indian, I’d feel like I have met my family. It’s very strange. I never felt that way in India. but now it all feels so different. You really start to feel the unity in diversity and realize the love for your people. Well, its such a pleasure anyway. Do you feel that way too? or is it just me?

Last month, we had this awesome opportunity to meet the Indian community at KTH, not just the present students but also the Alumni. An evening filled with fun and food was organized by Flavourz, the Indian International Student Group of KTH. It was an open BBQ and mingling session, a welcome party by the Indians for the Indians. Well, not just Indians, I came across many students from other nationalities who were perhaps drawn by the Indian Josh 😀

 

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet all these amazing people who were so willing to guide us and talk to us during our initial days here. And, that’s when I got to know more about the Flavourz group at KTH. They had been organizing so many events to connect us with the Indian community. Be it celebrating an Indian festival or a national day or just some Bollywood music with dinner, these guys are making us feel at home here 🙂

So today, Let’s have a chat with the Flavours team

Who are you guys?

We are an International student organization at KTH, that promotes and celebrates Indian culture at an international level. We organize cultural shows and festival celebrations all around the academic year. We aim to connect students with the Indian community at KTH and we work towards global cultural integration.

When did this all start and how has it been since then?

It was started in January 2016. The first event was Holi. And since then, the organization and the celebrations have just been growing! It was started with the aim of spreading culture across borders. It’s always fun to learn new cultures and traditions, and share it with students from all over the world! Since then we’ve been actively organizing events, like India Day, barbecues, lunch lectures and so on. So it’s been an amazing journey so far!

Tell us about the organizing team? 

We are six of us in the main core team who are mostly in the second year of Masters and this year we have an amazing set of new recruits from the first years. So now we are over 20 students in the team!

What are your future plans?

We plan to have a membership system, where anyone can become an official member of Flavourz, be updated with events, and can be as involved in the events as they like. We also plan to expand into other events as well! We have exciting plans for the upcoming year and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

Do you have anything coming up shortly?

Indeed! Right now, we are in the middle of planning one of our biggest events- ‘India Day’. All the participants are in for an evening filled with a cultural bonanza! There is dance, music, food and more! Be ready to be flooded by everything Indian!

Do you invite participants from other nationalities as well?

Of course! we’ll be so glad to have people from other nationalities 🙂

So, how do we participate in these events?

Easy! just sign up here! 😀

And, here are some pictures from the past events…

 

Well, that was all about our chat with them. They are all Interesting bunch of people and the pictures sure look exciting. Besides, there is free food too 😛 Can’t wait for all that fun!

I have signed up for the India day and Diwali celebrations. Have you? Hurry up before they get booked! Click here!

Do you wanna know more about Flavourz?

Do visit their Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thinking of joining the team?  email them at flavourzkth@gmail.com.

See you again soon!

~Sindhu

Patacones with my Costa Rican Bestie!

Last evening, I had an amazing time with my friend from Costa Rica, Rebecca. She had invited Dhruv and me, for a dinner at her place to taste the most amazing Patacones.

I should probably now give a quick intro about Rebecca and Dhruv. Rebecca is one of the most energetic souls I have ever met. She is super-super cheerful and lively at all times, I wonder how?  and she has a marvelous sense of decorating room space, you will soon see what am talking about. Dhruv is a proud Gujju guy (Gujarati Indian), an amazing photographer, he was so kind to let me edit one of his photos for the cover picture of my blog. Yes, the glittery cover picture of our campus was originally taken by him and I edited it with all the twinkle to make it look like that. All of us study Electric Power Engineering and that’s how we know each other 🙂

Patacones is a very common dish in Costa Rica.  It is made with green plantains. The unripe or semi-ripe plantains are microwaved and pressed into sheets and then deep fried. Fried plantains are then seasoned with salt and served with layers of mashed beans with sauce (Frijoles molidos), guacamole, and salsa (Pico de gallo). We were very lucky to have gotten a chance to taste the authentic Patacones because Rebecca’s parents had parcelled her the bean paste and the sauce. Rebecca had even ordered the plantains online for us <3

So here are the pictures from yesterday…

  

Rebecca has an amazing ambiance at home. The twinky lights and aroma candles made the home feel super cozy and warm.

That’s Dhruv and Becca prepping the plantains for the oil bath 😛

We even shot a video!!! LOL!

Apparently, we dint resume video shooting after the commercial break 😛 we were quite held-up with cooking. Anyway, here is the rest of the story …

She is a perfectionist!! Look at how the table was arranged for us!!

A happy family!! We wanted to give Becca a taste of Indian Cuisine, so we had cooked few Rotis and gravy for her. Do you see that on the table?

And, that’s how you relish a Patacones. A simple, delicious, Costa Rican delight!

So the day ended with fun, laughter, food, and love. She has an extremely beautiful home to leave it messy, so we left her place after cleaning all the mess we made.

When we live in a new land, few thousand miles away from home, we often times crave for that warmth and love. With such lovely people around, it’s definitely a home away from home. I can’t wait to have Rebecca come to my place for an Indian dinner. Also, she is gonna be the interior decorator of my room. The transformation to a cozy room is in the making!

Want to know how we celebrated our Diwali, the festival of lights? stay tuned!

~Sindhu

We hit a century, and counting!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of KTH campus and yes, it’s celebrations time at the university! You would have probably read and heard a lot about the events in many other social forums, here is a little more!!

Do you know that the roots of KTH date back to the times as early as 1697? You’re right, its almost 320 years!

Anyway, Long story short…a timeline makes it easy you see. And, also, we have a pretty long history, it’s important that we know it and take pride in it 🙂 So here we go….

1697 –  Christopher Polhem, who is considered to be the father of mechanics in Sweden had a collection of mechanical models for teaching mechanics which was then called – Laboratorium mechanicum.

1798 – The School of Mechanics (Mekaniska skolan) was founded, which marks the beginning of teaching technology in Sweden. This later became a part of KTH.

1827 – “Teknologiska Institutet” was founded. The focus was set on offering education in applied technology to meet the growing demand for engineers during the period of industrial revolution.

1840‘s – The institute trained students in Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical engineering and Chemical engineering. During this period, an entrance test and a minimum age of 16 for students were also introduced.

1851 – Courses were extended from 2 years to 3 years!

1869 – The School of mining was merged with the institute.

1871 –  Civil Engineering course was added.

1877 – The name was changed from Institute (institut) to University (högskola), Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan. Some courses were extended from 3 years to 4. Building architecture was also added to the curriculum.

1901 – Electrical Engineering was added to the subject areas

1912 –  Naval Architecture was added to the subject areas

1917 – The first buildings of KTH’s new campus were erected on Valhallavägen which constitute the core of our main campus. 

1927– The final academic recognition of KTH as an establishment of higher education arrived when its right to confer the degree of Doctor of Technology was promulgated.

Today, KTH has about 20,000 active students with campuses spread across Stockholm comprising a land area of about 250,000 square meters in all!


THE EVENTS !!!!!!

 

The events are broadly grouped into three categories- Exhibitions, Hikes, and Lectures. Find the link below to all the events 🙂

Exhibitions

 


Lectures

Seminar Marathon – 100 speakers for 50 hours

Open lecture – KTH Campus – 100 years of development

Library anniversary lectures

 

Hikes

 


I am personally looking forward to the guided tours, Light show at the courtyard and of course the seminar marathon!

Guided tours are the best way to know about the campus and our history. Besides, I also read that over the 100 years, one or more buildings were built every decade and they stand today to represent the architecture of that time period.

Also, there are a ton of sculptures and statues on the campus. To go on an art quest on campus does sound like an interesting idea isn’t it?

Where you at the fireworks show on campus a month ago? Did all that dazzle enchant you as well? I definitely stood spellbound. I can’t wait to see the lighting installation at the campus courtyard by our master’s students. It is going to be magical!

Now coming to the best part!!! THE SEMINAR MARATHON!!!! 100 speakers are gonna flood us with knowledge and fill us with awe for 50 continuous hours, yes round the clock at the Dome of Visions! The night session about space with astrophysicist Mark Pearce is going to be epic! The night sky and space talks from such amazing speakers at the Dome of Visions is definitely something you shouldn’t miss. So pack some food, do good planning and make sure to attend the seminars that would interest you. Go open the event calendar right now!!!!!! 😀

Other interesting reads…

Guys, don’t miss any of this from 16th to 20th of October. The whole of next week is gonna be fun-filled and let’s celebrate our university! Hope to see you all at the campus, next week. Stay tuned for more updates.

Happy Centenary anniversary!

~Sindhu

KTH Formula Student Team – The Coolest Engineering Project at KTH!

Hej again!!!!

Getting to be a part of the KTH Formula Student team is undeniably the most amazing thing that happened to me at KTH! I want to do my master’s in Electric Power Engineering with a special focus on Electric vehicles and this is the best team to start the journey with! 😀

Who are we?

KTH Formula Student team is a project run entirely by students, where we build our own race car to compete in the Formula Student competitions. The team was founded in the year 2003 by Dr. Fredrik Westin, a former PhD student at KTH. Since then, years have passed, many versions of our car have been made and the project has witnessed many student teams every year, one thing that remained within us and has grown on us is the spirit to make the best and the Most Amazing Car! We are The KTH Formula Student Team- the coolest Engineering project team on the campus! Ever!!

What is Formula Student?

Formula Student is one of the most renowned motorsport competition in Europe that is entirely meant for engineering students. Student teams across the globe design and build a one-seat race car to compete with each other in several events- static and dynamic as we call it. The static events include judging the design, cost report and design presentation of the teams whereas the dynamic events include tests in acceleration, endurance, energy efficiency etc. We can talk more about the events in the later posts 🙂

The competition is based on the assumption that the car is manufactured for production and so it is important for us to design and manufacture the car in that perspective- an awesome car at an economical price! Formula Student is partnered by many acclaimed industry giants to encourage students to be innovative and to inspire them to take up a career in engineering.

What is so special about the team??!

Well, to begin with, we are a bunch of 80 students, from different academic backgrounds and of course different countries, and, we all work together to manufacture the most amazing super cool car ever! I’m not even exaggerating that! We design, manufacture and test every component of the car ourselves!  Most of the components are manufactured in-house at our garage on the campus.

That’s not all. The experience one can gain from being in the team is immense! We are much like a proper automotive company. We have multiple subgroups within the project that handle tasks related to Powertrain, Electronics, Vehicle Dynamics, Aerodynamics, Composites, etc. We even have a management team to handle human resources. We also follow standard industry practices not only in the making of our car but also in how we operate within the team. Considering, this is a project that was founded in 2003 and we make a new car every year, we maintain all the information and documents specific to each year’s car in our data repository for version control. We use standard communication tools and have web-based project management workspaces. Since I have two years of industry experience, I can tell you that this team and the practices within the team mirrors a typical industry work environment and this is exactly why it is such a great opportunity to be a part of KTH Formula Student Team!

The learning is immeasurable, not only do we gain the knowledge about practical applications in our own track but also end up learning about the car as a whole ’cause of the fact that we collaborate with all the other sub-groups within the project. Such a holistic learning experience is beyond comparison, indeed!

Also, we are not only backed by different labs at KTH but also by our awesome industry partners. Apart from providing us with monetary, hardware and software support, our partners also give us their valuable professional and academic guidance that has always been the shaping factor of the team and has made us who we are today. Also, the students in the team have the opportunity to do their thesis within the project, or also in collaboration with our industry partners and the team.

So, now, do you agree with me that it’s indeed a dream project for KTH students?  Definitely! 🙂

How did I make it into the team?

Everything in Sweden, in general, is driven by well-defined procedures, and KTH Formula Student Team is no different! We had a very comprehensive interview process to recruit this year’s new student members.

There was an application process that tested our knowledge through quizzes. We even had specific tasks assigned to applicants to gauge our knowledge and interest in our chosen track. For example, one of the tasks I had to do was to model a controller for the motor using Simulink. This was followed by a one-to-one interview process with the project leaders. And, cracking which, led me to be a part of the team 🙂

So, now I am working as part of the powertrain group in the project. Oh! wait! I am still in the probation period right now. We’ll be confirmed in a months time. Anyway, I am quite hopeful about it. Haha, I told you that we mirror industry standards. Believe me now?

Well, Let me not get the post too long, So stay tuned to hear more about the car, the project and our plans for this year. We are planning something amazing….wait till next week to know about it 🙂

Btw, don’t forget to visit our webpage – KTH Formula Student Team

And, do follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

See you soon!

~Sindhu