I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the second post. Here I plot the books I’ve read across the year. I started noting down books using GoodReads in September so the data may not be perfect. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of books read that month.
It’s not a great feeling to realize you’ve read just 19 books and quite a few of those being graphic novels. I will persevere to read 50 books in 2019.
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flights taken in 2018
I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the first post. Here I show the flights I took across the year and which airlines I flew with. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of flights. I decided to visualize a few data points from 2018 in a quick way. This is the first post. Here I show the flights I took across the year and which airlines I flew with. The X axis is months of the year and the Y axis is number of flights.
I’ve realized that the number of flights is increasing every year. Once upon a time taking a flight was a luxury whereas now its become a necessity. Here’s to more flights in 2019!

Travel Diaries: Panjim on foot

I’ve been to Goa five times over the last 18 months. Everytime so far I’ve visited different parts of it and have come to love the feeling of being “home” that comes with it.

I have vague memories of visiting Goa as a school kid in the 90’s. I remember loving Puri Bhaji and playing at the Miramar beach’s playground during a pilgrimage with my family. This time I was here because of the Story of Space.

‘The Story of’ is a arts and science biennale that seeks to “open-up” education to the masses. Space was the theme of this edition and participants take up spaces within the city of display their work or utilize for their workshops and experiences. .

With the Old Quarter hostel as my base, I explored Panjim on foot(and cycle) as I went discovering what Story of Space had in store for me.

The Ex-Nihilio escape room at Sukerkar house made us remember our long forgotten physics skills and use those concepts of waves and particles to find the keys to the puzzles.

The ‘Cycle through the Stars’ taught us the secrets of our Solar system as we cycled through its scaled down version mapped on Panjim streets.

Hojun Song asked us to standout and be true to who we are deep down so that his video codec algorithm would have trouble compressing us. So that Saturday afternoon saw a bunch of us letting go of our inhibitions and ‘perform’ for his camera.

Nick Sayers taught us to make our very own pinhole camera and asked us to make sure they are not mistaken for a bomb if we put them up at a public space.

Hands down ‘Evolution of Stars’ was the show stealer of the festival. You are taken through the life of a star in a way that I could never do justice describing in this blog post. There is news that Instityut B61 would return next year to reprise this production in Bangalore and You shouldn’t miss it then!


In between this, I found time to gorge on some amazing goan food. Apart from the usual places like The Ritz Classic, Cafe Venite and Viva Panjim, I took every possible chance to step into the tiny chai shops to sample their fare. The following are three items I really enjoyed.

1. The complimentary Goan Breakfast from Anita Tea House by the Old Quarter hostel was just a yummy way to start the day.

2. The Rose Petal Icecream from Pure Icecream because we were burning in the hot afternoon sun was unlike any dessert I’ve had before.

3. And finally the fabled Ros Omlette on the road side carts near the Immmaculate Conception church.


And like that my 3 days were up and I bid adieu to the city of no traffic lights as I headed back to Bangalore.

Postcards from Thailand

Thanks to the Postcard party at Shreyas‘, I got my hands on some custom postcards that Tink had bought with her.

After some trials and an error, I decided to seek inspiration from the Thailand trip I was planning to create a series of Postcards. These revolved around the three islands I would be visiting; Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Samui.

The reason I chose Islands as a subject is because it would make for a wonderful series and its easier to make them as a postcard subject vs a mainland city. Initially I tried colouring the water blue as well but it did not turn out too well so I decided to keep it white and focus on the colour of the island only.

I posted them from the islands that they represented but as of writing this only 1 has reached its destination and that too surprisingly without the stamp.

I plan to do more of these as soon as I can get my hands on some most postcard stock. They do not seem to be available in India but I found some on AliExpress.

Other map related works of mine