Posted in Outreachy

Outreachy – suspense unfolds

I am happy to announce that I am one of the 39 participants selected into this year’s summer Outreachy internship.

Results were announced on 04.05.2017 at 4:00 pm UTC and my joy new no bounds.


I have been accepted into Mozilla’s Lightbeam project.


Initially, the results were scheduled to be announced on 28.04.2017. Anticipating a rejection, I had jotted down a Plan B for myself on 26.04.2017. But now, ditch the Plan B 😉

26.04.2017, Berlin

With two more days left for the announcement of Outreachy results, I have decided to go with Plan B. I think I am being too paranoid about the results this time, I am not able to concentrate on anything else. While I am being 90% optimistic, I want to have a Plan B to console the 10% pessimistic me. Even though I was a tad late to apply this year, I feel I have done a decent job with my application.

Here is my application.

And here is my contribution.

Best case, I will get the internship and the money. Worst case, I have the following Plan B.

I am an optimistic individual and it is very difficult to have me demotivated. While not securing the internship won’t be the end of the world to me, there will be a few obvious regrets; not getting the money to be one of them 😉

First let me make it clear to myself what this internship means to me:

I want to make the best use of my leave for this year. I have always wanted to be an active opensource contributor and this year I have the time to make this impact.


With this firm resolution in mind for this year, I was pretty happy when I found the debugger.html project in January and was able to make a PR.

I was keen on picking up a project from Mozilla because Mozilla has always been participating with Outreachy and it would fit with my forte of work. When the Outreachy’s participating organisation list was announced this year, Mozilla wasn’t listed and I was disappointed. I reached out to one of the programme’s coordinator via Twitter and she confirmed that Mozilla was participating and their project list would be up within a week’s time. The hope came back 🙂 When the project list was up, Lightbeam caught my immediate attention and I worked towards my contribution. I must say, web privacy is an interesting topic. There is so much scope to learn here.

I like to encourage women into technology. With this internship, I would be setting a real life example between managing work and home.


Plan B:

  • I can still contribute to Lightbeam because it is an opensource project and try to learn and understand about web privacy to the maximum. There is a lot of scope in this area!

  • I will get back to debugger.html and try to get some more PRs merged.

  • I want to do three courses from Coursera:

    • Algorithms (I HAVE to be very good at this)

    • Machine Learning

    • Data Scientist’s toolbox

    I have been aiming to take up these courses from a very very long time (from past 3-4 years). This year I have no excuse.

  • Ideas for fun projects:

    • Build a StackOverflow like platform for all the discussions happening at ExpatBabies Facebook group and Jutta’s idea of online midwife.
    • Build visualisations for some day to day life problems.
    • Cook, bake and blog
      The foodie in me is very excited about this one 🙂
  • I need to get better at the following and blog my learnings:

    • ES6
    • Web performance
    • D3.js, SVG, WebGL
    • WebVR
    • CSS layouts

As I conclude this post, let’s hope for the best 🙂

Posted in Random

If I Ruled the World!

Welcome to 2017! My first blog post for this year. However, I have been doing this here.

Anyways, I have an interesting post for tonight! This is an essay for my 9 year old niece – “If I Ruled the World”. She has a competition on 31.03.2017 and I am helping her with it. Prior to me writing this, I made her tell me 5 each of her likes and dislikes. This article is a compilation of her thoughts.

She had an essay competition last year around the same time. This is what I wrote back then.

I like today’s topic and the innocence it brings up from a 9 year old’s perspective.

If I ruled the world I would outlaw contests with themes of the likes of “if I ruled the world”. I would let people talk about whatever they feel like. I would accept each and every voice.

I’d sing and dance and see everybody happy. I would not make rules for anybody. No do’s and dont’s. “Live and Let Live” would be my mantra. I would like to see the world filled with love, fun, laughter and not to forget food for everybody.

I would actually, come to think of it, resign from my post as ruler of the world. If I ruled the world I would jump off the next bridge because, hey, who wants to rule the world?

I’d rather be Doraemon; to protect myself, my friends and Nobita from being bullied. I’d use Doraemon’s gadgets – from toys to medicines, for the needy. I would use Doraemon’s technical gadgets for our better future.

If I ruled the world, I would refuse to rule the world. I’d be a kind human being to myself, my friends and family, rather than a ruler to the world. I want a world without fear, sadness and wars. I want a simple and happy world.

If I ruled the world I would keel over from exhaustion and that is why I don’t rule the world, that is why I am standing here now hiccuping words and catapulting sounds and sights in front of you all and trying to be poetic, trying to talk, talk and talk. If I ruled the world my speech would win the prize of the “If I ruled the world” contest.

Thank you!