A chit-chat with Dr. Srimathy Kesan, Founder of Space Kidz India Organisation

Behind every success is effort, behind every effort is passion, behind
every passion is someone with the courage to try. We found one
such person, Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder of Space Kidz India, an
organization involved in designing innovative concepts in the field of
space research. The entire team is deeply committed towards
inculcating a passion for space science, in the youth of our country.
KalamSat, the world’s lightest and first ever Femto satellite launched
by NASA, was designed by their lead scientist, Rifath Sharook – the
young boy hailing from Tamil Nadu, who made the entire nation
proud with his marvellous creation.

Dr Srimathy Kesan and her team of scientists were kind enough to
share their words of wisdom, in an interview conducted during the
Valedictory function of Vyuhaa ’17.

1. Your success is a huge source of motivation for us. We are
really curious to know what inspired you to start the Space
Kidz India organisation.
It is my dream and passion to start this. I love children and I wish to
do something for the country as well. And for an able country like
India, if you’re able to impart knowledge and create a platform, it
means everything. We need not be scientists but if we are able to
create scientists, this is my ambition and that’s why I started Space
Kidz.

2.Since you work with kids and train them, could you share some of
your funny experiences/incidents with them?
Everyone has this misconception that, when you’re building
satellites, the kids are going to be a bunch of nerds. But there is a total contrast here. We have a bunch of monkeys. I keep referring to
them as monkeys because they are very intelligent. There is a
synchronisation between aerodynamics and monkeys and that’s
what my kids are! For example we can say that the Kalamsat is a
culmination from a Gulab Jamun. Our lead scientist, being a foodie,
forced me to make Gulab Jamuns and while having those, the idea
struck us and that’s how Gulab Jamun turned into Kalamsat!

3. Which other project posed as a competition to yours, during the
Cubes in Space challenge conducted by NASA?
We generally don’t believe in competition. It is basically our ideas we
give importance to. Predominately what I want to emphasize is what
if these kids can do it, all can do it. It all starts with confidence. In
spite of doing aerospace engineering, people still believe in the
stereotype that if you have to go to space, it costs a lot, it’s huge, it’s
impossible and you probably have to work in a organisation in the
West or have to do higher education. But we wanted to break this
myth. So apart from the competition, we wanted to instil confidence
in every aerospace student that sky is not the limit. You can really
achieve anything!

4. When we went through the technical aspects of Kalamsat, we
came to know that every component was is nanometre scale. So
how challenging was it to design the components in this range?
It was pretty difficult. To identify and to procure components wasn’t
an easy task. 64 grams was a big challenge. The people at Colorado
Spacecraft actually flipped and said, “How can this happen? How can
you bring so many sensors? “. The other universities that
participated had just 2 or 3 sensors, but we being Indians thought,
“Anyway it’s going up, so let’s send all 10 sensors”.

5. One question to the team. How did you face the difficulty of
fitting your project within your budget?
It was definitely challenging. We are a self-funding organisation, so
money was a parameter. Our aim was to make it more economic as
well. So we searched for companies that manufactured sensors at
nanometre scale. But with the constant support from our
ma’am/mom, we made it happen. Moreover, we tried to be unique.

6. Records are usually created so that they can be broken, so some
words of wisdom for those waiting to break yours!
We genuinely want kids to break our records, so that would pose
another challenge to us. And with this pace, India will be number
one. So, the ultimate aim is that, all Indian children should go for it.

At present, Space Kidz India is one of the top five finalists in an
inducement prize space competition organized by XPRIZE and
sponsored by Google, called the Google Lunar XPRIZE, also known as
moon 2.0. As the old saying goes, the only impossible journey is the
one that you never begin. We congratulate Dr Srimathy ma'am and
her team of scientists, for achieving the impossible and wish them all
success in their future endeavours.

GST – Game of Taxes

This is the tax reform that shook the Indian Economy with its timely implementation and terrorized unsuspecting tax evaders. As our ‘King in the North’, quite literally here, Modi ji made sure that the country feels ‘Valar Dohaeris’ with respect to paying your taxes.

All degrading references here are applicable to tax felons and tax felons only.

The reform is simplistic in concept. Minimising the cascading effect of various taxes applied to goods and services and channelling them under a single umbrella, the GST is split into two – The Central GST and State GST. The nullification of indirect taxes such as VAT, Service tax and Luxury is attributed to this scheme wherein the consumption tax is added at the final point instead of all along the way.

A lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep and such sheep, screaming out against the terror of their forthcoming winter, have no option but to accept that they can’t shield themselves behind the Nights Watch anymore. Ensuring a corruption free regime like Tywin would have, to hold his falling fortress; this is yet another transparent and successful strategy devised by our not so Lannister-ish government. They do always pay their debts, yeah. They were a winning power, yeah. But were they utterly fair and impartial? No. They needed a GST sort of unity and transparency.

Apart from all said advantages, the bill also carries along with it a split in manufacturing and service taxes and reduction in costs of several commodities such as television, select automobiles, dinning in and a couple others.

What we have against the transformation is a spike in tuition fees, health care, mobile bills and sadly aerated drinks too.

A major concern was and still is, is the teething problem that a nation as large as Westeros would face.  You cannot guarantee a Tyrion Lannister level of adaptability in every citizen across the sub-continent.

Little finger knew well enough that Chaos was no pit but a ladder and Jon Snow is now slowly learning.

A gentle reminder to those trying to bring our economy down, The great war is here.

This is CEG TechForum wishing the world a Happy Game of Thrones weekend and not to subtly taking pride at the accelerating affluence of our country.