Tuesday, 3 July 2018

An Open Letter to Sundar Pichai

Hi Sundar Pichai,

My name is Avathanshu Bhat. I am 13 years old and live in Mumbai, India. After a challenging set of assignments, I was privileged to be selected for #SummerCampWithGoogle Thanks to this wonderful opportunity, I traveled to Hyderabad on a full expenses-paid trip to visit the Google India Office. It is a great feeling to know what is behind the plain color logo which we all see every day! I got a chance to see where Google's services actually function. The Google Team handled the entire event excellently, from the airport to the stay to everything! Hats off to them!

 The thing I admire most about Google is how they introduce such vast ranges of products, all of which are extremely useful. Another is how products such as smart phones and smart speakers are all dominated by AI, Voice Control, Bio-metrics etc. all of which are giant leaps in the tech-world in quick succession. (I have seen all of the existing AI such as Google Assistant, Siri, Alexa, Cortana and Bixby and I still think Google Assistant is smarter than them all by far. It is my personal favorite too!)

 What amazed me the most was the environment you provide to your employees; I haven't yet seen your HQ in Mountain View, but everything is so 'user-friendly'. Stressed out by work? Grab whatever you want at the cafeteria. Didn't get sleep? Take a nap at the Sleeping Quarters. Laptop forgotten or stopped working? Here's another one for you to use from the spare! What with the game room, gymnasium and much more, you make sure that no employee fails to work because of any of the reasons above. I admire that! I just want to thank you for creating something without which the world would stumble. I hope the Google Alphabet continues to expand and collaborate with other companies around the world.

 On a personal note, Google has been part of my life since as long as I can remember. When I grow up, I too want to contribute to society in the same way Google has been doing for the human race. To repeat what I put at the end of my fourth assignment, "Thank you Google, never stop to amaze us!"


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

A letter from 2050

Hey everyone!
Sorry for the long gap. I know I haven't written in a long time. But look at the bright side! Your 'tapasya' is finally over. Here is one of my latest articles, called 'A Letter from 2050'. It's a fun and fictional one, for a change. I hope you all enjoy it!

A brief introduction follows:

The year 2017 came to an end and it was filled with some amazing moments for the Indian chess fans. But what will chess be like in 2050? 33 years from now will chess be the same? Would Pragg have become the World Champion? What would be the prize fund of Delhi Open and what would ChessBase India look like? In this amazingly fun article, our youngest author 12-year-old Avathanshu Bhat has predicted and constructed what the future holds for us. A fun-filled, light-hearted article. Enjoy!

Here is where you can read the full thing! The comments are still accepted here though :)

Side note: The reason why I haven't put it here is because it's been published in ChessBase India, and it's now has their copyright. And there is no way I'm going to plagiarize my own article from another website, right? I am allowed to put the introductory paragraph here and the link though, so that's what I'll be doing henceforth.

That's all guys! Have fun reading!