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Proper preparation yields good results…

The saying that “proper preparation yields good result” is one that can be applied to all aspects of our lives. So, my supposed “first” exam at KTH was for Renewable Energy Technology (RET).  The day before the exam was spent reading (obviously).

I am someone who likes to spend fifty percent of my reading time alone and the other 50 percent, reading with people. In the sustainable energy engineering programme, we have a lot of work that requires being in groups. This has helped to grow the team spirit amongst us. So, it was no surprise that the day before the exam, most of us went into smaller groups to read.

For me, these two amazing girls – YIngrui  Hao and Lian Yi formed my small group for the preparation ahead. So, we went to Nymble to read because we wanted to have lunch there also at lunchtime. Funny thing was, I actually planned to go home for lunch but the menu at Nymble on that day made the better choice for me. So, we read at Nymble till it was time for lunch.

During lunch, spoke to Elaine’s (Lian Yi) mother. It was cool using the only Chinese word I know (Ni hao-hello). One of the wonderful things about this environment is you meet so many people from different international backgrounds and become friends in a very short time.

After that, we moved to the library. Am I the only one who likes to eat at least once when they read?

kannelbullar for the win!!

Did I enjoy the preparation? Absolutely! We shared our summary notes from the course; discussed various questions till we agreed on the same answer; helped each other when we got stuck; solved various past questions and then, called it a day! (More like, the library made that decision for us) .

 

We were the last to leave but we decided to take pictures of our first day before a supposed exam because memories matter and pictures preserve memories:)

 

 

Empty library- last set to leave!

 

 

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

Let there be light!

As I mentioned in my last post, this week is the celebration of 100 years at the Stockholm Campus at KTH! There are different activities taking place this week at KTH and this post is focused on one of them. Keep reading to find out

So, on Tuesday evening, was the light show at the courtyard and I am beginning to think I have a fascination with how different types of light bring out the unseen beauty in seemingly mundane things. So, with this growing love for lights, going for this exhibition was one of the things I looked forward to this week.

The lighting installation was done by the international students from the master’s programme in Architectural Lighting Design and the event started off with a presentation by these students at the KTH Entré and then we were guided by these students through the courtyard. You can still go this night to experience it live!

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EVENT

The students divided the courtyard into sections and worked separately in different groups and each group had their own theme but in the end going through the courtyard, you could sense the unison in all that they did. (Talk about collaboration without collaborating )

Without further ado, let the pictures do the talking!

People getting seated before the presentation begun at KTH Entré
Some Fika! (this was good!)

 

 

Let the presentations begin!

Recall I mentioned we went round after the presentations?

 

First stop: So we all stood at a vantage point and looked through a frame to make out “KTH” using the lights. So, this form of art as I learnt is called “Anamorphosis”. Anamorphosis is the art of creating a distorted projection that can be reconstituted as an image according to the viewer’s specific vantage point.

This brings me to the school of thought that we can understand the next person’s seemingly distorted idea if we look through those ideas from their own vantage point!

What do you see? I see KTH! #youmakeKTH

Second stop: Courtyard tower.

Did not take a picture going through this because I wanted to notice the difference. The idea is going through this path, you move through the past. The lights give you a sepia look-taking you back in time!
These were the lights used in the section described above
The Present!
Parabolic view of the courtyard
This is my stage!
A Master student explaining the concept of the lights
Playing with shadows! A Performer on her stage!
Who do you think he is looking at as he performs? hmmm
His audience! Spot the balcony effect!
When the photographer becomes the photographed! This is me!
The light responsible for the effects above

You can tell I spent so much time playing with shadows, so my next stop was the secret garden

The Secret garden full of light!

FINAL STOP: From the library to the courtyard – transition from white light to the RGB effect and after that step into the colourful scenery of the courtyard!

I had a good time and you could tell the students spent time thinking of the different ways to come up with various concepts to ensure the audience had a good experience.

Personally, I also liked the way they had a short feedback form for us to fill. It is always so good to receive feedback from people, that’s one of the ways we improve!

Ready, Set, Go!

What’s better than celebrating your birthday?  Well, Stockholm will be having some celebrations due to KTH’s main campus 100th anniversary starting today! Stockholmers, are you excited? KTH will bring you the party as its own unique way… 100 experts talking for a 50-hours-long marathon seminar from a wide range of topics!

  • Urbanism
  • Life Science
  • Space
  • Mobility
  • Energy
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Communication
  • Environment and Resources
  • Arts
  • The Future

Click here to see the complete program and schedules for the seminars.

ATTENTION

For all of those readers abroad, if you are interested in any particular topic, I can try to manage myself and attend the seminar. I’ll be most probably covering some lectures form “Environment and Resources” section and next weekend I’ll be telling you all about it! If you find the time, you can watch them streaming as well in the link I posted above 😀

Remember to subscribe and leave a comment or contact me if you are interested about any other lecture!

KTH & Chill

How would you feel about watching a movie… at KTH’s library! Well peeps, it is possible thanks to the support of our Sustainability Office with the collaboration of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at KTH and Arena Idé. The movie called Disobedience (2016), presenting on October 25th

…talks about the story of a new phase of the climate movement: courageous action that is being taken on the front lines of the climate crisis on every continent, led by regular people fed up with the power and pollution of the fossil fuel industry.

As the second part of the Stories and Seeds film-forum, I would like to invite you Stockholmers to register here and enjoy this amazing movie, where you not only going to share your thoughts about it, but also you are going to receive a refreshment :D. Motivated much?! See you there! 

Click here to know more about our Environment Humanities Lab!

Click here to know more about our Environment and Sustainability Goals at KTH!

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Take me back to the Fireworks Orchestra…

In the spirit of KTH 100 years celebrations starting this week, as I look forward to the unfolding events of the new week, I would love to share one of my unforgettable nights at KTH!

So, KTH’s motto is “Vetenskap och Konst” which means Science and Art; KTH has treated the whole of Stockholm since 2005 to the same good music enjoyed by Handel’s audience in 1749.

The fireworks concert was well publicised round KTH that it was hard not to remember that something big was taking place on the 6th of September. In my programme, some of us were writing a report due on the same day at 23:59 pm. I recall myself and a couple of others ensuring we did all things possible to finish before the concert time just to ensure we were present * whew* Was it worth it? Absolutely!

I grew up listening to good classical music at least twice a year(lol). So, the love of a good orchestra is etched in my veins somewhere. It was shocking to see everywhere was full; it felt like the whole of Stockholm came to watch- young and old included. I got there at 7:30, (a little late because of the said report) and the first set of songs I listened to was a Coldplay medley from a youthful band. I said to myself, “you are in the right place!”

Five bands merged into one for the Fireworks Orchestra 2017; consisting of wind musicians, percussionists and double bass players from:

  • Immanuel Brass
  • Nacka Symphonic Band
  • Stockholms Musikkår Tre Kronor
  • Upplands-Brosextetten
  • Kongliga Teknologkören

It was super cold! Did it stop us from enjoying good music? Absolutely not! I look forward to going next year and if you’re in Stockholm too, you should ensure you have it checked on your list of things to experience. When the fireworks finally started, it was very nice to see that the fireworks were in synchronisation to the music played. One might choose to describe it as lights playing to the tune of the orchestra and it was beautiful!!

While KTH celebrates 100 years this week, let us go back to September for a while in pictures to remember this beautiful event!

Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung
Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung

 

Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung
Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung

 

Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung
Photo Credit: Jarturun Sukthoung

 

For me, these were the best pictures I saw after the fireworks and they were taken by a friend, who is also very good photographer named Jarturun Sukthoung (a KTH student studying Sustainable Energy Engineering).

Thanks, Ja!