Monday, 25 May 2015

Celebration of Grad 2015 by Bowling Game

On 22nd May 2015, After intensive work of the week, all personnel of CMU were invited in small celebration of Masters Class 2015 at Bowling Centre in Kigali. We, (Students, faculties and staffs) went for bowling in the evening by bus. It was fun even in the journey since I was excited for bowling as first time. During journey, I had chat with one MIT alumnus PhD student regarding various fields.

It feels great that CMU-R has some event every weekend which refreshes all of us. We reached at spot and introduced each other since many students weren't present on previous trip. We got ready by putting on Bowling shoes. Few of us were also first timer like me. And we started in different teams of six people. I played very well considering first time experience.

In first game, I performed getting 3rd place with other Pro students after obtaining one strike and one spare ( which was awesome with 8+2 pins ). In second game I played in place of other friend, and improved her game by getting the 4th position with one spare. I loved the game but it makes your fingers in pain. And Awesome experience !!

Here are few snapshots. I am sorry for blurred images.

After trying hand with Bowling, We played Ping Pong (Table Tennis). It was different name and I heard first time. We played and I lose both games of 5 points. It was also good since other friends cheered continuously for a small game.

Thanks again for visiting this Public Diary of Ashok Tak. 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Visit to Lake Muhazi, Rwanda

Last Saturday on 16th May, We all the students of CMU-R and few students from CMU Pittsburgh, visited the Lake Muhazi, a small but beautiful lake in eastern Rwanda.

The trip started in morning at 9 a.m. CAT after packing all picnic luggages. During travel of just 2 hours, We all enjoyed listening local music in the bus running in the raining weather. We introduced each other first time since this was my first interaction with most of CMU-R and CMU-P people.

After reaching to Muhazi Hotel near the Lake, started having fun near the bank of lake. We played Titanic Cards, Monopoly game (Business game) and few local card games.

Since one of the friends took Cricket bat, We tried our hands on Cricket game on the bank taking care of every shot so that ball shouldn't fall inside the lake. I played well with respected to others since all were new to this game. Also, We played volleyball which was also awesome fun.

We enjoyed boating by encircling in the lake and seeing different flora and fauna. After that we had lunch in the hotel. Regarding food, I would say it's kind of difficult survival for me being a vegetarian. But It's fine.

We returned back by the bus travelling through villages and few streets. Few experiences moved myself and broaden my horizon. We reached to CMU-R building and then had supper with all. It was great day and first experience in the team and I enjoyed complete day including having pain in arm due to excessive bowling in cricket.

These are few snapshots of the lake. I hope you'll like it.

This video is taken by fast circulating chairs near lake. Awesome clip with beautiful landscape and great people.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Culture of CMU Rwanda

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Rwanda is one of the international campuses of CMU Pittsburgh, USA.

I feel fortunate to be hired as Intern to pursue Research in Microgrid development and applying Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to energy systems.
    Regarding Culture of CMU, It can be figured out by single quote of its founder 'Andrew Carnegie'.
                                     My heart is in the Work ~ Andrew Carnegie 

 Every person at CMU is so diligent and dedicated to his/her own work and enjoy doing every single job but at same time all employees and students don't miss any chance to have fun during working hours. I enjoy each and every moment of being in office during day and meeting new people during breaks. Here, everybody is like a friend irrespective of age, position etc. All CMUrns are being called by his/her first name, weather he is either director or student. I was shocked by this but I like this culture.

There are a lot of facilites for students, employees and faculties in the single building. The office rooms, student launge, food center. And all different rooms of the building is fully secured with access gates opened using personalized access cards. It's bit annoying but necessary too.

Telecom House (CMU-R Building) during evening

Outside View of Kigali from my office room at Telecom House

Being a student cum employee of CMU, I enjoy each and every moment with people around here. The faculties are much friendly and also very knowledgeable in his / her own interesting areas with great research depth. I enjoy the time talking with them in every meeting. Also, acedemic staffs are very helpful for solving any problem instantly.

Really, I am pretty sure that this summer will be awesome and enjoyable with CMU family in the land of 1000 hills ~ Rwanda.

I also wish you great time with full of happy moments.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Flight experience

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On 10th May, I started my journey to CMU-R from IGI Terminal 3, New Delhi. It was my exciting and new experience to go for Check-in, Immigration and flight on my own first time. At the 3 a.m. in the morning I was struggling with time to get boarded in Qatar Airways.

Boarding Passes 
IGI T3 Before Check-in
After reaching on Window seat, it was all set to see the world from 12000 m above the earth within clouds having temperature -50 C and in the moving plane at speed of 900 kmph. It was awesome moment to see the horizons in the night above the Arab sea.

I reached Doha, Qatar at around 6 local time and transferred for next flight to Kigali by Qatar Airways only. Landing at Doha airport was beautiful in the early morning and with Sunrise. Plane circled in the air moving above tall scrappers on the touch of desert and sea.

Flight swirling on Doha, Qatar

At 5 am above 12000 m of Arab sea 

Above Victoria Lake