I hope the readers know about the online platform called Quora. For those who don’t know, Quora is an online platform where people from all over the world can pose questions from any topic imaginable. Those questions can be answered by anybody who wishes to provide an answer. Sometimes the users are also graced by answers from people well established in the field of the question asked. The best part of my experience has come from them. I have had the pleasure to learn about views of such people. Reading those answers is absolute bliss.
I have also gathered a lot of knowledge in various fields which may or may not lie in my interest zone. A lot of misconceptions I had earlier have also been cleared. I also wrote an article based on one such clarification. I can’t stress on the beauty of such experience. Think about it, a question is nagging you for quite sometime and you have tried almost everything to search for the answer. Then, you get to know that there is a place where you can find answers to the difficult
That is mainly because I love gathering knowledge about different issues.
On the other end of the spectrum, I have also seen people who think they are smart but are actually walking, talking arses. Let me give an example. It needs a little background. When you are adding a question on Quora, you are given an option to check whether it already exists. Any sane person would not add the question if he or she finds out that the question already exists and has been answered. However, in the case of people I mentioned above( the walking, talking arses) they would add a question even if it exists earlier. As a matter of fact, I see same or similar questions being asked everyday or sometimes more than once a day. One such question is: “I have such and such months left before JEE Main (it is an entrance exam for admission into some of the best engineering colleges in India), can I clear the exam?”
My point is, would the process of preparation for an examination change if the next guy has one month more or less than the previous guy who asked a similar question?
Now comes the awful part of my experience on Quora and unfortunately, it overshadows the good experience. I’ll explain in a while, how.
Back to the topic of repeated questions, it is quite irritating when you are asked the same question over and over again even though the answer lies there itself. There are people who use Quora to solve a query when they should use Google.
A few days back someone asked about the requisites for teaching position in IITs. The information is clearly given on the webpages of the respective IITs. Am I expecting too much by asking them to search for the available information first? No, I don’t think so. It is the moral responsibility of a person to do so otherwise his or her brain is just a vestigial organ.
But, if you point that out to that particular person, Quora moderation team will send you a message that you were being extremely disrespectful and such repeated actions may lead to blocking. Believe me, I was much more polite when telling him and I believe I have the right to dissent if someone irritates or insults me beyond a limit.
So, it got me thinking. How come Quora, which is purported as a wonderful background allow such nonsense?
After a little pondering I reached a certain conclusion which answered all the observations. Quora is based on a simple concept. People always have questions but they don’t get the answers due to limitations of contact. Quora administration built an online platform which removes these limitations to a great extent. Curious people can post questions and tag the related topics to the questions. Someone else who knows about the topics would provide an answer. There’s also a follow button in case someone finds the given questions interesting or had similar questions in mind. The idea in itself is beautiful. The structure of the platform is not. There are a few policies which are not only asinine but also extremely irritating.
For e.g. 1. There is a policy where the answer should be descriptive in order to understand better.
Yes, I agree. Answers should be self explanatory. But you can’t expect one to describe one word answers. There are certain questions which can be answered with a simple yes or no, no details required. Quora moderation expects you to describe the yes.
2. There is another policy which says Quora users should be respectful.
Again, I agree. But sometimes there are people who will ask the same question again and again even though the answer is already present in Quora. How long can someone be expected to keep his patience in such scenario?
Then I had an argument with someone who was not ready to do it logically. Following which I got blocked. I have attached a picture for the readers to calculate the situation.
I hope the readers can understand what exactly happened and how Quora reacted. It feels that the platform is more of a leftist dictatorship where your opinion is shut out if it is not coated with sugar
On top of it, the moderating team never replies to or acts on complaints. They do have an email address for user support but it works like an office filled with clerks. If you send an email to the provided address, they will revert back in sometime with three more email addresses. The content means that the moderating team is too busy to sort out complaints. So, the user should send the complaint to one of the three email id’s which is more appropriate. My question is, if the email address provided on Quora is not the appropriate one, why can’t they mention the email addresses there itself. Why force the user to waste his time to write a mail which won’t work at all?
These observations have led me to believe, the Quora team is actually filled with people who have much less sense than is required to smoothly run such a platform.
They have assumed that the idea and basic maintenance of servers would keep the platform running. I understand that unhappy customers sink a business. I believe the Quora moderation should respect that too.
I used to be very fat. In class 10th I weighed more than 60kg at 5’2″ height. I didn’t care much at that time though I never realised that I was not confident enough. I lost some weight when I moved to class 12th but that didn’t change anything much. After 12th I prepared one year to get into IIT. It was then when I started seriously working out. I had a pair of dumbbells at home and I started with them. Every day in the morning. I was amazed at the energy I had while studying. I had also gained a lot of confidence. I had not joined a gym at that time. The next year I cracked IIT. It was difficult finding time for exercise the next two years. It was third year when I seriously felt the need to join a gym. So, I went ahead and joined the gym in the campus.
It was difficult lifting weights initially. A few weeks later I started liking it. I looked forward to workout sessions. I had my gym instructor make me a workout routine and I stuck to it. My strength increased along with my confidence. Then I switched to weightlifting. I started doing heavier deadlifts and squats. It always brought me a sense of calm. Then I got to know about this online trainer from Canada, Omar Isuf. He changed the way I looked at workouts. I followed his routines and benefitted from them at a massive scale. He made me feel good about myself. I will remain indebted to him forever.
Now, whatever I do, I do with confidence. I don’t shy away from risky ventures. I have started my own educational institute and regular workouts give me the energy to do my job efficiently.
This is a pic from last year:
At that time I could deadlift 110kg and could squat with 90kg on my shoulders. This year hasn’t been very good regarding workouts but I have continued with it as much as possible. My deadlift did increase to 120kg and squats to 100kg. It still feels great whenever I do it. It calms me down a lot. The health benefits? I fall sick rarely. I can work sometimes when I am sick. I can feel that my body has become much stronger. Last time I had an accident, I ended up with scratches, some deep. At an average, people break their bones in such cases. Exercise has even helped me heal faster than it used to take prior to the time I started lifting weights. This is all I can say regarding my experience with gym. However, on the other hand, you have to be very careful about your posture in the gym. Bad posture can lead to very serious problems. One of my juniors slipped 3 disks in his back. I almost slipped one. Now I am fine thanks to strict discipline. The featured image shows me deadlifting 110kg. That was a good day. Thank you for reading.
The other day, I was asked by a student to explain thermal equilibrium. I told her to guess an answer. So she said that thermal equilibrium between two bodies means they are at equal temperature and there is no flow of heat between the two.
I said, “you got the first part correct and second part wrong. There is equal heat exchange between the two bodies”
I added, “the electrons carry heat and the amount kind of depends on the body’s temperature.”
She asked, “if the other body is at the same temperature then why would the electron carry heat there?”
I answered, ” it is because electrons don’t have phones.”
This day will always be memorable for me. Something happened to me and it was amazing. I’ll get back to it. The morning started like the earlier one and our ride reached exactly before the scheduled time.
First stop was to a temple filled with monkeys who thankfully were, not mischievous. Here are the pics from that place.
It was a usual January morning in a suburban area near Kolkata. I was sitting on a small wooden bench in front of a small shack that sold tea and other tidbits. I could see people wrapped in their woollens hurrying about with their daily activities. Their queer antics were amusing as always. After realising that my glass of tea was empty, I got up, paid the bill and left the place.
I continued walking along the canal as the morning breeze blew upon my face. Weirdly it didn’t feel cold. I thought it must be a continuing effect of the scotch I had last night.
Last night was one of the best I had spent except one little incident. I had been invited to a close friend’s birthday. The arrangement was beyond expectations, overflowing with booze and food. The deejay had quite a collection which made everyone dance as if there was no tomorrow. I am no dancer but even I couldn’t stop myself last night. The party ended almost at dawn today.
I was a long way from home but the scotch forbid me from realizing it. I started in my car just before sun started to rise. It was open road, I was driving fast and it happened. A calf came out of nowhere. I swerved my car to save it and the rest is kind of hazy. That reminded me, where the hell is my car. And why am I walking? Where am I exactly?
Then I looked down and I realized I wasn’t exactly walking. I was floating over the ground. I wanted to find my way back to the highway. The car had to be somewhere on the way. As I neared the highway I could hear ambulance sirens and loud chatter on police radio. I followed the sound. In a short amount of time I reached the source of the noise. There was a car crash. I heard someone say it was a case of drunken driving. I moved ahead oblivious of the surroundings.
Then I saw my car, crashed into a tree and me on the driver’s seat behind a shattered windshield, a branch impaled in my chest.
When we were close to Phi Phi island, the tour coordinator told us the tourists on the boat will be given 45 minutes for either scuba diving or snorkeling. Scuba diving was costly and I am poor, so I went for snorkeling.
I have an acute phobia of my legs leaving contact of solid ground. We were dropped off at a depth of more than 10 feet. I was terrified and I held on to the ropes. I realized in a while that hanging on to ropes won’t defuse my fear. So, I let them go and started swimming by myself. It felt liberating.
Later we were taken to the beach. An organization was collecting 20 baht for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in and around the island. I felt glad to see the awareness about environment among the local people. I wish the average Indian was so concerned about our country. We were led to an open space for having lunch. There were some local cuisines and the experimenter in me called to check them out. The food was lovely. Here are few pics from Phi Phi. FYI the 7 Eleven outlet on Phi Phi has terribly incapable and unfriendly staff. I strongly suggest the readers not to visit the store.