The concept of the self is a very interesting one.

On the outset, it seems like the easiest thing to define — what is the self but who you are: the sum of all your experiences and assets, including your body and mind? It’s a fair definition of an entity…


Some unsolicited advice on writing a compelling statement of purpose (as with any other advice, take it with a pinch of salt):

Depending on your field, an SOP and a resume may not have a big impact on your chances of getting admitted to a particular program. In most of…


“It’s Mo Salah standing over the ball. His eyes glow with the desire to give Liverpool the lead in this tightly contested tie.”

Both the commentators went silent, waiting for the inevitable to happen.

“And he dispatches it home! As confident as ever. Liverpool have the lead…”

Liverpool beat Brighton…


This is the third and final part of a series on Transitions.

Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong.
— Country Roads, John Denver

Memories are tricky. Most of the time…


This is the second part in a series of short texts on Transitions. These texts are not explicitly connected in plot.

In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear…


The Hikers’ Guide to the Valley (#1)

“It’s the edge of the world and all of western civilization
The sun may rise in the East at least it’s settled in a final location.”
— Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers

“If we go ahead from here, we won’t be able to catch the next train back,” I said.


It’s hard to keep up with life sometimes. It changes quicker than you can adapt, and takes you on a ride you are not quite sure you wanted to go on. A human is always inertial, but certain choices and circumstances force him to come out of the inertia and…


I used to wonder sometimes why the history books in school always stopped at the independence of India, as if that was the ultimate achievement, and nothing remarkable happened after that. …


One fine Saturday afternoon, I was standing in the doorway of my kitchen. My eyes were fixated on the bowl in my left hand, while my right hand clutched a spoon and was whirling it inside the bowl, trying to grind a brown mixture. …


(originally at asnaninishit.wordpress.com)

You could be a curious soul wanting to know about machine learning (ML) at IIT Kanpur. Or a current IITK student wanting to get into ML. Or a prospective undergraduate / graduate student. Or someone else with a keen interest in this subject. If you want to…

Nishit Asnani

Graduate Student at Stanford University. Interested in Machine Learning, entrepreneurship and literature.

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