Don’t be afraid.The world today doesn’t allow that !

Recognize and embrace your uniqueness.Shine a light on inequities, things are not going to change. — Ellen Pao , former CEO Reddit.

I always start my blog with a quote. It’s a norm for me. Because reading that quote has inspired me to write (or open my mouth :P). So yeah.

I wouldn’t exactly call myself a feminist , rather someone who would like to share a small story (Well, don’t fall asleep or at least try not to) . The issue of women and girls being a minority in technology and their fear of taking the next step is really something I would like to add a little voice to.

Today , I see girls around being afraid and frightened looking at complex code. Forget about looking to build something, they are just way too lost and doubtful, questioning themselves whether they are really fit to join the league of developers. That exact same person was me , well, a couple months ago. I started my engineering in computer science two years ago. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I took it up . A year passed beating around the bush. Another passed trying to do something , but everything half fulfilled. Well it wasn’t that bad as the first one . I remember going to a hackathon trying to build something related to health care. Well , my idea was not so bad. There I met a guy , a developer. I made the mistake of telling him, “Dude, I am kind of lost right now , from everywhere ” . He said , “Maybe you should try being a housewife. Anyway, you just told me you cook well ! .” and laughed. So girls, we meet perverts like him all the time. Don’t we ?

We must learn to ask for things. I am the last person you would want to hear this line fromย  ( and I rarely kid, so yeah) . Someone who doesn’t believe in opening the mouth , unless one has something to sayย  (Don’t do it , the human race will lose the power of speech if you become like me ๐Ÿ˜› ). Give computer science a shot. You might not like it that much or end up doing something else, and it’s totally alright. But you have to know. So dedicate some time and give it a serious shot.

With this post, I didn’t really mean to inspire anybodyย  or say great things. But just a simple message to the girls from the truth I realised lately is that, women can no longer afford to question, ” If I can”. Rather it’s “How I can”. Don’t be afraid , the world today doesn’t allow that. After all , everybody needs a damn job that pays the rent. Also, we need make-up ๐Ÿ˜› (last I checked it’s getting more and more expensive, but we can’t really do without it, can we? :P). You will anyway figure out where to start gradually, because computer science is too vast to be left only to men ๐Ÿ˜› (yeah yeah, you got me. I read the last line somewhere ๐Ÿ˜› ) .




FSMK Camp’16 @SIT Tumkur

“Give what you possess, that’s the beauty of life. And if it has to be done, take the responsibility to do it ” —Pearls of wisdom.

“Yeah. Nice line ๐Ÿ˜› “. This is exactly what I thought when I signed up for volunteering at camp’16. I would like to keep this short .My journey with FSMK began at Camp’15 . I was a participant then , and seeing how different and marvellous the environment was, the people were , I became an active member. This year I returned as a volunteer. Initially I was quite reluctant , thinking whether am I fit for this or not . But seeing it as an awesome opportunity to get away from college (yes,I am a loafer and I couldn’t care less ๐Ÿ˜› ) , I signed up and got in.

The camp this year, was in Tumkur, a district few kilometres away from Bangalore. When I got there, I was kinda disappointed looking at the facilities.The hostel was quite traditional. No buckets, not so good food (or is it just me ? ) , Indian toilets ( yes , that would very much concern me ๐Ÿ˜› ). But somehow I had to gear up for the next day after a long journey (so I slept off with a frowny face ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ). I met the participants the next day, seeing girls as a majority, I was now glad that I was here. Web Front end ( yeah ,I was a volunteer for that)ย  might seem not so hard, but it is hard when you start to figure things the first time. In the participants I saw ME, the exact same face at camp’15 , not knowing what to do , where to go , who to ask for help!. That exact same feeling , I was quite familiar with. I tried my best to help out and tried to make sure they got comfortable with me (yes, this is very important and I am quite familiar with this feeling as well ๐Ÿ˜› ). Last two days were the most amazing ones. Abhinav Jha, Farhaan , Ram thank you for the amazing talks. The camera man, Rakesh, Shijil, my amazing co-volunteers , the camp leads and everyone who did their part for the camp. I can’t help myself , but I have to mention the flash mob by the girls. That was one of the most amazing moments for me.

So yeah , like I said I would keep it short , thatโ€™s pretty much it . The FSMK camp’16 , where I spoke a little too much, got out of my so called “comfort zone” for a while , almost became a zombie,made amazing friends and learned to strike with precision,was pretty amazing. So , yeah , until next year, if they would have me ๐Ÿ˜› .