In conversation with the team of ASCE (Encastrer ’16)

The Fest season of DTU has officially begun with American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual Techfest- Encastrer being held from 27-29 January. DTU Times interviewed ASCE regarding their Techfest.12657841_1333778136637559_3352149505319346241_o

DT:      How is your techfest different from other techfests in the college?

ASCE: Every member has a fair chance of approaching seniors, and modifying the events as per their desire. This is what sets us apart from other techfests. If anyone has an idea, we make sure that their idea supported and executed well.

DT:      What kind of crowd are you focusing upon?

ASCE: No such prohibitions on the type of crowd. But yes, surely we want the Learners!      We focus upon each type of crowd. We have events for everyone. And if not technical, we have non-tech events also for those who think tech events are boring. (Wink)


DT:      What all difficulties have you faced in finding sponsors for your fest?

ASCE: The fact that it is the fest period in almost every college, finding the right sponsors is a tough task. But our hard working corporate team was successful in bringing in not only previous sponsors but many new ones too.

DT: What is the ideal time to start preparing for the fest? When did you start preparing for yours?

ASCE: Ideal time is a myth. The preparations for the fest goes on throughout the year and takes full swing from 10th January.

DT:What is your publicity strategy? How do you make sure that people are talking about your fest only?

ASCE: We made 3 large banners and placed them at strategic locations of college such as OAT,CRP and the college gate. For our flagship quizzing extravaganza, INTELLISENSE,       we distributed flyers containing G.K. facts around classrooms. Online and offline publicity was done extensively to create just the right amount of buzz.


DT: Many People consider Techfests to be “All work and no play”. How do you plan to include the fun factor in your fest?

ASCE:  We set up a projector at Civil Raised Platform and live streamed the Indo-Australian T-20 match !

DT: Is your fest bigger than last year? If so, in what respect?

ASCE:  Yes, it is ! Because it has more working members. More working members means more fun and experience! More experience and fun means – ” The fest is bigger ! “

Non-Verbal Form of Communication & Art of Detecting Lies

-Alok Ranjan Kesari, 2nd Year, EEE

I shall look at you out of the corner of my eye, and you will say nothing. Words are the source of misunderstandings.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Since the day we were born, our intellects develop and mind specializes in the ability to pretend characters by reading the faces. Communication on an average has 7% verbal interaction and about 93% non-verbal interaction. Isn’t a large portion of our communication non-verbal? Yes it is!

Stimulation of neurons while communicating releases energy and this energy needs to be eradicated from the body. A major part of it is used in verbal expression of the feelings and the rest is utilized in non-verbal form of communication.

Talking about body languages, activities like grabbing hands while hand shake signifies the power of holder, moving out of a door at last signifies a winner, a fighter ,giving way to ladies highlights chivalrous conduct and self-touch gestures like both hands behind the back and interlocked flaunts the comfort of the speaker.


Talking about facial expressions, they generally express one’s conscious or unconscious feelings.

Some use it to detect lies of the speaker. Now, I must tell you people that the knowledge of detecting lies is what attracts me the most. I have been practicing it for a long time now and believe me I feel like I have become a good face reader.

Strains on forehead, Adam’s apple moving up and down ,mismatching common phrases etc. All show up a great deal of story which I am going to tell you people.

  1. Starting from eyes, a right handed person when sees to his right in a conversation he is trying to remember something which has actually happened in the past, while the same person if sees to his left in a conversation is a warning for you that the person is trying to frame a story of his own, for the situation. Beware of such people. Vice versa for a left handed person.


  1. The skin under the eyes of a liar get stretched when he lies. (This symptom can’t be detected by all and needs utter practice)

  1. An honest person can make a strong eye contact with you but a liar cannot do so.



  1. When a person speaks lies, the adrenaline pump produces an effect of thirstiness and hence Adam’s apple moving up and down can be easily seen.

  1. Rubbing of hands on eyes and nose while talking is a clear sign of lying as it is due to stimulation energy release which is being eradicated in this form.


  1. Some very smart and suave people do try to hide their expressions while lying by easing and sitting leg crossed. But due to stimulation energy release they twitch their toe portion up and down –> A clear sign of a liar.


  1. While communicating if a person hides his legs and hands, he is trying to control his stimulation energy release and hence can be a liar. To open up the body language of such a person present them a cup of coffee that would open up his body language and hence judgement about him can be made.


A liar might be very smart but a good listener and observer can outwit his wittiness by catching up his expressions, changes in verb tenses, Liar’s habit of answering with a question and the habit of deriving answers from the questions itself.

Howbeit, I must tell that all these symptoms are conspicuous in common people, when they are lying. I must add that a person who has mastered his senses can still hide his identity and lie truthfully.

Just another ‘maggi-cal’ tale

-Radhika Dang, 2nd year, ECE

As I laze around at home, reading a gripping Sidney Sheldon novel, while my younger brother rushes out to the market to grab a couple of packets of Maggi for our evening snack, I cannot help but ponder about what is it about these noodles that has the country mooning over its return.

Sure, it’s tasty. Cooking it requires basically no skill at all! (Though I have seen people who can make ordinary Maggi heavenly, but that’s a story for another day.) Slurping on its noodle strands with the corners of their mouths dripping with its soupy liquid, many people achieve what they call the “ultimate ecstasy” (believe me, that’s how a friend described it *sigh*). But never was it such an enigma before that catastrophic event (read: the Maggi ban). And ever since the ban on it lifted, its glory has touched new highs!—hostel students hold it again with reverence, tired moms heave a sigh of relief as their kids bother them no more about making new and more innovative meals- truly, Maggi fell down only to rise higher than ever before.

The hum of some ad (and NOT a song–no surprise there) playing on the radio makes it easier to think some more about this two minute snack that has recently gained the status of ambrosia in the minds of the people of this country. The moment my brother enters our front door, as if on cue, the radio starts playing, “Dil khush, khush, khushaam!………smile ko salaam – aa gayi maggi, maggi, MAGGI!!” –i.e. the new Maggi ad. Clearly someone just turned a really long ban into an excellent business opportunity.


Since we had a pact that one of us has to get the Maggi from the store, while the other one prepares it, it was my turn to head to the kitchen and showcase my excellent culinary skills. Great! More time to analyze (or maybe over-analyze) this phenomenal come-back.

Basic economic theory says that when the supply of a commodity falls in the market, its demand rises. In Maggi’s case, this rise was almost exponential. The social media had a huge role to play in this propaganda. Before that lead sample test tuned out to be positive, Maggi was the one constant thing everyone could rely on. Sure, it’s not healthy. But when you’re staying up late watching season after season of HIMYM(How I Met Your Mother), hunger is bound to strike right smack in the middle of the night. That’s when Maggi comes to the rescue. So when it was taken away, for many people, it was as if their way of life had been snatched away from them. They tried everything they say. Some stocked up on Maggi discreetly like the state of emergency had been declared, while others tried out different brands, though they claim that nothing beats the original taste. It’s not like the other players in the instant noodle industry didn’t take advantage. Patanjali, for one, did lots of quick business-their primary fans being parents who were sick of seeing their children devour Maggi and it’s other “maida” substitutes for years. Blessed by the baba himself, the product would have done really well had it not been for that tiny bug that found its way into one of the packets. Other brands too did some nice business. Our very own Maggi baba had to resort to being “Yippie-Baba” for quite a long time. But none of them could establish a monopoly until the reigning champion returned.

Before the ban, too, I was no huge fan of Maggi myself. I didn’t crave it like most of my hostel friends did. So it was no big deal having it only once in two months. Part of the reason why I didn’t like it as much could be their slightly ridiculous ad campaigns- how the irresponsibly lazy ad-mom feeds her children a bowl of trans fat and sodium and calls that a healthy breakfast. Or how one packet of Maggi is equivalent to a 3 roti meal and is wonderfully nutritious. So when it was marked unsafe a few months ago, it didn’t really affect my world by that much. What did bother me a little, though, was the hype around its return. Two days before Diwali, it hit the market again, only to be cleared off the shelves in a flash, starting the Diwali celebrations early. There was a sudden craze among people for getting their hands on Maggi as quickly as possible, now that it had been marked safe temporarily. Somehow, people have forgotten that even if it is safe, it’s anything but nutritious, contrary to what Nestle claims. Yet, it has become the latest fad among people. And Maggi is completely encashing on this opportunity. A new series of ads campaigning its safety, welcome back songs (thanks to that one, we get to hear some music on the radio.)- What not? And why shouldn’t they? No company should have to go through what Nestle has had to face in the last few months. They faced the worst kind of PR disaster and sales crisis. Their stock prices dropped, sales dropped, their factories were shut, and people who worked in those factories were suddenly jobless. Nestle is only doing what any company would to recover their losses. So great job, nestle. The Indian obsession with Maggi will surely help you recover your losses soon enough.

I don’t, however, think that it’s just about economics when I examine the possible causes of this sudden hype around “the Maggi returns”. Apart from a few people for whom their sole reason for existence is getting enough likes on anything they post on Facebook, the support that Maggi has gathered both online and offline is probably not because of its so called superior taste, or its “nutritious value”, but the emotional value that people have attached with the product. How hostellers ransacked every room in the night hunting for the last packet, or how one sibling stole a couple of bites when the other wasn’t looking, or how children prided over having prepared a better meal than their moms, while their mothers played along with them in good humour—Maggi has indeed been an integral part of our lives for a long time, and it is clearly here to stay. Too many memories are entangled in its noodle strands. I am reminded of some of my own as I ladle my now prepared Maggi evenly into two plates. I am not a Maggi loyalist, but every once in a while, being reminded of how our dad would entertain us both on Friday afternoons- with him assuming the role of the head chef, making us his faithful sidekicks, and getting us to eat all our veggies with Maggi while narrating wonderful stories of his childhood (for that’s the day he had his weekly off, and that same day every week, my mother’s shift ended later than usual.)- That small memory is priceless.

So this is where I stop analyzing the enigma that is this definitely-not-healthy-yet-strangely-lovable snack, for I have my own plate of Maggi to focus on before it goes cold. Because everyone knows there is nothing worse than cold, clumped Maggi.



-Namya Bajaj, 3rd Year, ENE

We generally prefer a place which serves us with delectable food, offers a nice ambience and is reasonably priced but people are content shelling out a few thousand rupees to celebrate some special occasions at an upmarket restaurant.

So, if it is your father’s birthday and just to make him feel a little more special and loved, you decide to take him and of course your mom and your siblings to a five star restaurant or maybe a seven star for that matter. * Wink*.

Sit back in amused relatability as I begin to share the kind of reactions we have when we’re presented the menu.

Not to forget, a check-in is a must. As soon as you make yourself comfortable amidst the live music in the background and elaborate live counters for food like grill and kebabs, a waiter very nicely dressed up comes up to you and offers you the menu which in itself is a puzzle to solve if it is a multi-cuisine restaurant. No doubt, the menu would acquaint you with some of the most acclaimed local and international specialities found in Delhi and across the world.

The first look at the menu and the column on the right, in particular, makes you just flip the pages for the first minute.  There is always one member in the family whose heart might skip a beat if you stay at the Soup, Salads and the Appetizers page for more than two minutes. Although there was some space in the belly for a paneer tikka but 1400 rupees filled it up. Trying the main course directly is what is preferred because we’re not that hungry, right?

Just after you order the paneer (with a fancy name) or dal, the reaction on the breads is worth noting. A 200 Rs naan, roti or ‘the’ parantha makes me wonder, do they sprinkle gold flakes on the tava? *skeptic grin*.

Let’s order a dessert? Shall we? The meal is incomplete without a dessert but would this saying be applicable to a five star cuisine too? Why not eat a Cadbury five star, eh? I would hesitate paying 475 Rs for a gulab jamun when I can have a 1 kg chocolate ice cream for Rs 150 at a nearby mother dairy.

Anyhow, they would easily manage to orchestrate a fantastic meal for you. The best part. Fancy (read: expensive) though!

Money can’t buy everything but can surely let you have best signature dining experiences.

Most Anticipated Gadgets – Coming Soon!

– Nisha Yadav, 3rd Year, MC

Want to try out trending clothes and accessories virtually, before buying them?


Wait no more! Samsung has launched the industry’s first Mirror and Transparent OLED panels at the Retail Asia Expo 2015 in Hong Kong on 9th June 2015. When compared to the other mirror LCDs, it has self-luminance (doesn’t require back-lighting), is clearer, sharper, has vibrant colours, higher contrast and faster response time. To include gestures and voice control, it contains Intel developed Real Sense 3D-rotatable viewing systems.

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If reading about this huge step taken by Samsung towards the advancement in technology interests you, read further to know about more such news.

  1. The Dash

Earphones like never before!1 dash

Features: Wireless earbuds for listening to songs plus an embedded 4GB/1000-song music player, microphone and a fitness tracker (bio sensing).

Release: Shipping from July 2015

Estimated Price: $299

  1. Project Ara

Afraid of getting the one-slip-away mosaic-wallpaper on your smart phone’s screen? Or ever wished if you could somehow make the camera in your existing phone better, without having to buy a whole new set?2 project-ara

Features: Allows Modular upgradation – users will be able to replace the phone parts they want.

Release: August 2015

Product company: Google, Motorola

Estimated Price: The basic piece or ‘Gray phone’ will cost $50.

  1. Smart Rear-view Mirrors

Features: LCD Screen enhances the visibility in even different weather conditions, allows toggling of view (as per the driver’s preference).3 nissan's rear view

Product Company: Cadillac, Nissan

Release:  August 2015

4.Zwipe MasterCard4 zwipe

Say no to the worries of periodically changing your ATM-Pin and then memorising it, to prevent unauthorised excess.

Features: World’s first contactless card with a fingerprint sensor, stores securely, the users’ biometric data, allows safe payments with a quick fingerprint scan.

Product Company: MasterCard

  1. iPhone 7

Well who is not excited about the latest iPhone?

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Features: Side-mounted wrap-around display, Sapphire glass for the display and Liquidmetal for the chassis, Force Touch screen technology, with metal alloy dubbed Liquidmetal.

Release: September 2015

Product Company: Apple

Estimated Price: between $649 to $849

  1. Oculus Rift virtual reality headset

    An attendee wears an Oculus VR Inc. Rift Development Kit 2 headset to play a video game during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. E3, a trade show for computer and video games, draws professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment as well as to see new technologies and never-before-seen products. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images
    An attendee wears an Oculus VR Inc. Rift Development Kit 2 headset to play a video game during the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. E3, a trade show for computer and video games, draws professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment as well as to see new technologies and never-before-seen products. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Want to control gaming movements with a tilt of your head? Be it gaming, tourism or the entertainment world, Virtual reality is creating a market of its own.

Features: head-mounted virtual-reality display which will give the user a full 360-degree view of the virtual world they inhabit, allows interaction with objects in the game by simple hand and body movements, lightweight in terms of power and physical size.

Release: Early 2016

Owned by: Facebook

Estimated Price: $1000(approx.)

Massive Tininess

-Satyarth Praveen, 3rd Year, COE

So you haven’t seen the movie, Fantastic Voyage? I haven’t either. You’d probably like it if you are a fan of cinema from the 60’s or 70’s. In the movie, some people shrink to the size of human blood cells to travel inside the body of dying people and save them. A heroic attempt one must say. Science doesn’t allow people to shrink. At least not yet. So, to carry out the life saving mission, we have nano-bots!

This article will tell you all about the latest on goings in this field!

Nano-tech is no longer a figment of imagination of movie directors and writers of the science fiction genre; it’s also the vision for all current scientific researchers.

There are a lot of things going on in this area and when it comes to research and innovations, the field has so much scope. A recent news inspired me to look deeper into this area and I’ve got some really interesting stuff to share. I’ll save the piece of news for the last. This fascinating invention deserves the build-up of suspense.

Till then, let me tell you about a few ideas and projects that scientists, physicists and chemists are developing together:-customDNA

  1. The Parabon NanoLab researchers have developed a new drug for combating a lethal brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme. Why is the drug so unique?

It was PRINTED, right, printed using a 3-D printer – molecule by molecule – using a DNA self assembly technique. And that’s not it, the DNA was CUSTOM DESIGNED using a drag-and-drop computer program. Amazing huh?

  1. Bradleeyey Nelson heading the Institute of Robotics and Intellegent Systems at ETH Zurich with his team, managed to design a Nanobot which can be injected inside the eye of a visually impaired person. It can then be controlled by a person to inject the exact amount of drug at only the required location inside the person’s eye. And this is supposed to cure the eye. Genius isn’t it?
  1. A team of Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have figured out how to genetically engineer viruses to convert pressure force into electrical energy.


These materials are called piezoelectric materials. Current piezoelectric materials are difficult to manufacture and typically contain toxic metals like lead and nickel. The virus engineered by the researchers, self-assembles into a film. When pressure is applied, helical proteins on the viruses’ shells twist and turn, thus generating charge. Tapping a postage stamp size swatch roughly produces 400 milli Volts of electricity or enough to power an LCD screen. I’m pretty sure you could fit at least 30 stamps under your feet!

Paint these viruses on a dance floor and you got a power source for your club! Cool right?

  1. There’s even more. How does Self-Healing Material Sound? Nanofabrication has the potential to make a material just like that. These materials are expected to bleed and heal themselves whenever they are broken or cracked. Some polymers for example already have the ability to knit back together when torn or damaged. Researchers are more intently looking into designing something that could be sprayed on or put on the existing items like a protective coating that would save the item from getting damaged permanently by healing itself even if it gets scratched. Something like magic eh?


Ok now the news that made me research all about nanotechnology:-

Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of Applied Physics at Columbia Engineering, with her researchers has designed a technique to create a Single Molecule Diode.

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This diode performs 50 times better than any of the previous designs and is the first singular-molecule design that might have real-world technological applications for nano-scale devices. It has a high (>250) rectification and a high “on” current(~0.1 micro Amps), as per the details     provided by Venkataraman herself. A single molecule capable enough to do that!

I don’t know if this research amazes you or not but I am pretty sure it does make it easier for you to visualize all the Nano-Tech knowledge I just bombarded you with!

Recalling Maggi: Our 2-min Little Liar

Here’s saying goodbye to ‘Meri Maggi’

-Nisha Yadav, 3rd Year, MC

Waiting for the clock to strike twelve, a bunch of girls lurking around the hostel gate waiting for their mid-night snack to arrive. After studying furiously for their upcoming exam for hours when pangs of hunger hit, who doesn’t want a good tasty mouth – watering break. Maggi – our midnight “breakfast” cum all-nighter – not just served as a stress buster but also as a mean of energizing the students one last time prior to exam, saying “Abhi toh puri raat bachhi hai……(aur syllabus bhi!)”

When studying turns into merely staring at the same two lines for the past half-an-hour or so, students or rather boys- the luckier half of the college- share a look of understanding. It’s time for a break, it’s time to visit MAGGI BABA!

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Whatever your age-group is, we all have fond memories of living on Maggi and loving the instant noodle, until now! The recent news of excessive Lead and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) in Maggi noodles has caused a crisis in thousands of lives. Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra, New Delhi and Assam have banned its sales and several other cities await test results to confirm or deny the sale of the popular snack.

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Though we all know the violation of safety standards in various sectors isn’t new in India, the real leaden feeling is that of betrayal! Recollecting the Coca Cola instance, a company which only marketed itself as “Life Tastes Good” not as “Life Tastes Healthy”, Maggi on the other hand claimed “Taste bhi health bhi. Its false 2-min claim made us laugh and  because of the main ingredient being maida and the tastemaker containing high salt and calorie content, we knew it was too good to be true, but causing serious health hazards was only  a nightmare.

The weak implementation of law and regulations in India resulting in too many culprits than the handcuffs is the issue which has been raised yet again and again. Despite being aware of such violations, the government allows domestic and foreign food manufacturing companies to have a free reign? To ensure product approval and the quality label, proper testing and regular inspections of the major brands should be done. As of now the FSSAI officials and the state governments are simply pointing fingers at each other for this blunder. The brand ambassadors Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Preity Zinta who endorsed the product are also liable for action for the misleading advertisement.

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With Live larvae found in Nestle’s milk powder the following may also face the heat :-

  • Smith and Jones Chicken Masala Noodles , Reliance Select Instant Noodles and Wai Wai Xpress Noodles
  • Complan Pista Badam
  • Heinz’s baked beans
  • Kellogg’s Oats and Honey
  • Kurkure and Lays
  • Pastas, sauces, soft drinks

On the other hand, talking about the filthy street food, which is not even tested for matching the standards and is probably unhygienic and harmful for our health, it is neither banned nor discouraged by us. The Most Probable Number (MPN) of coliform bacteria has been found as high as 2,400, whereas the permissible limit is only 50.

Only time will tell whether this issue is going to be a serious curtain raiser OR just another breaking news headline. Will we have to suffer with the hostel mess food? Or will Maggi Baba turn into Yippee Baba? Though there is hope that the summer vacations might heal things, who knows what’s more to come!

Good Bye Meri Maggi!

Stats Courtesy – Times of India, Indian express and Business-Standard