Personal Blog – Dushyant


2020 – the year that changed the world

by on Dec.31, 2020, under Personal

Every year, I spend some time to review and appreciate all the good things that have happened over the year. This is year is no different, and I would like to share my thoughts with you. This year has been difficult for most people, and all of us have gone through hardships due to circumstances beyond our control. The world was brought to its knees by a virus, but humanity grew in response – we helped people, we raised our standards, we fought back. The global economy went into a tailspin, but new ventures came up, we found new avenues for growth, we persevered.

Personally, the year had a lot to offer; some of the important ones being:

1.       Family Time. I was in London when the global lockdowns started; and while the lockdown was not as strict in India, offices were shut down and all of us were working from home. I saved time from my commute, we had all our meals together. Breakfast was a leisurely affair, instead of a sandwich on the train; lunch was eaten in peace with family, instead of on a desk with a computer in front of you. Instead of spending the evenings in packed trains, we spent our time walking, cycling and skating in the parks. We were able to appreciate the small things in life, that we had somehow missed in the hustle and bustle of life. We started a habit of reading books aloud to each other, and spent many enjoyable hours of quality time. I moved back from London, and was able to spend time with my parents – it was after many years, that I was able to stay with them for months, instead of days.  

2.       Healthier Lifestyle. We cooked a lot more at home, ate healthy foods, went for walks (still don’t exercise regularly though, and that’s on the agenda).

3.       Career-wise; I have grown over the year and am extremely lucky to work with professional team members

Globally, the world has gone through a transformation, and people have started realizing that there are different ways – maybe not better, but definitely different:

1.       Digitisation has played a huge role in the New Normal – things that required face to face meetings, and travel; are being done over video calls. Teams, Zoom, etc. have become a boon for most companies. Not only has collaboration and productivity increased, costs have come down as well. Working from home has become a part of life, even in cultures where being in office was always “required”. While some jobs cannot be done online, many people are saving time and money by not travelling. Whether it’s an hour’s daily commute or frequent business meetings around the world, that travel time adds up and can now be spent on more quality pursuits.

2.       Health – new ways to provide basic healthcare were found – telehealth, video conference – again technology led the way here. For the first time in the history of medicine, multiple companies pooled their resources to develop a vaccine. The speed with which the vaccines are being developed is nothing short of miraculous. Mental health challenges have reduced as it has become easier for people to communicate and reach out; a new mindset has developed where people don’t think twice before helping out.

3.       A greener earth – reduced pollution and carbon emissions, cleaner waterways, expanded green areas – all are leading to a greener, healthier world.

4.       Many people lost jobs; but turned this into opportunities that they would have never thought of otherwise. Innovative thinkers, no matter their education, came up with business plans at every level – whether it’s new apps, or a business selling tea and homemade food. People were thrown out of their comfort zones, but rose to the occasion.

5.       Even in our industry, we have had time to think back and reflect, to look at different ways things can be done more efficientlyHygiene and Safety have come to the forefront, smart workplaces are the need for the day. We have had time to upgrade systems that would have been impossible to do earlier.

It wasn’t all fun and games though, there were many difficult days as well – worrying about the future, recovering from COVID, dealing with meltdowns, leaving friends and colleagues behind; but those are things we don’t need to dwell upon. One of my favourite books by author Sir Terry Pratchett mentions an ancient curse – “May you live in Interesting Times”; unfortunately – or fortunately – we are living in interesting times, and how we deal with these times will mould our future. The year ahead would bring more challenges, and consequently more opportunities – we just have to be ready and willing. We need to be right at the forefront of innovative thought; we need to be ready.

It’s very easy to dwell on the negative aspects of life, but seeing the silver lining is more important.

Wish you a happy and blissful 2021

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Wave Lamp – Weathers and Alerts

by on Dec.29, 2017, under Personal

Not much to say here – I created an instructable with all the details:

3D Printed this wave lamp, controlling it with an ESP8266. It gets the weather from openweathermaps and changes colour based on the forecast for London. 

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Large 3D Printer

by on Nov.25, 2017, under Personal

I was reminded by a few colleagues that I have not updated this blog in years now. I guess, I’ve just been too busy playing to blog.

When I had moved to the US (2014), I had backed a kickstarter project called Cobblebot. I’m not even going to link to it here as it was a really bad experience, however it did get me started with 3D printing. With the help of fellow backers on Google+, I was able to build a decent printer that provided me lots of fun. I had never built it for anything serious and most of the things I ended up printing were downloads from thingiverse. But, it was fun nevertheless:

In it’s final version it was able to print a size of 14″x14″x14″; though I never printed anything that large. I built and re-built it multiple times with new upgrades all the time; mainly using ideas from the Google+ community

The first print was a hollow cube:

But went on to print lots of great prints once I had the settings and upgrades done. Some examples include:

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One of the best upgrade I did was change the controller from RAMPS that came with the kit to a Cohesion3D ReMIX. It’s 32-bit, runs Smoothieware and makes the motions so smooth and results so amazing, I simply don’t know why everyone still uses the RAMPS controllers. I also wrote a blog post for 3DPrinterChat that describes how you can use the Smoothie compatible boards to easily replace your RAMPS controller. 

Smoothiefy Your Printer

Finally, the printer looked like this, before I disassembled it while moving from the US to UK:

Now, in  London, I’ve started to rebuild it and decided to supersize it:

Don’t ask why I did it; even I don’t know 🙂

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Lessons while travelling in South India

by on Oct.18, 2013, under Adventure, Personal, Travel

Some lessons from my recent trip to Kodai Kanal:

  1. Do not underestimate Bangalore traffic
  2. RB1 is not a separate coach number – it means B1 with RAC seat – nearly missed my train because I couldn’t find the coach.
  3. Railway station with the same name as the city you wish to reach may not be in the city – Kodai Kanal Road station is almost 80 km from the city
  4. Do not trust google maps – shows Elephant Valley Resort right next to the Kodai Lake – its around 20 km from there.
  5. Do not book a non-AC bus – just because you do not think you’ll need AC – the bus was uncomfortable as hell.



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Replaced my macbook keyboard

by on Jul.20, 2013, under Personal

A couple of months back, I had “cleaned” my macbook with Colin and ended up destroying my keyboard 🙁

Also, my extended warranty had expired just a few days back; so when I went to the Apple support centre – they gave me an estimate of ~15,000 INR. Considering that the macbook is >3 years old, and that I have 2 other laptops at home, the cost was not justified.

I searched the net for options and finally came up with the following:

Keyboard from:

Tools from:

And Instructions from:

As these instructions are for replacement of the entire upper case – there were a few more steps and brute force required to pull out the old keyboard and replace the new one – in the process – I broke a few plastic parts – but the new one works like a charm 😀

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Brainbench Games

by on Mar.14, 2012, under Personal

Got the highest score in the WORLD for Financial Management (U.S.) in the Brainbench Games – check the link below… you’ll have to search for my name – but its there 🙂

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