A Writer’s Dilemma A Data Scientist’s Decision

CAM00682Writing sucks as a way of paying money. You have to constantly ask for gigs and favours so you can pay the bills, till your publisher sends you the royalties for writing statistics books (which is not much)

Recently I was approached by someone to do research on Indian nuclear policy . I mentioned my billing rates as 80 pounds per hour, but said person wanted me to raise it to 110 pounds per hour.

Only one small hitch. The  sub part of Indian nuclear policy that I was asked to write a report on – was to locate , interview and find out India’s top nuclear scientists for small reactors.

India has of course a big research interest in nuclear energy but we seemed to be going in for big reactors and thorium reactors.

The only two small nuclear reactors in India- and one of them is in INS Arihant ( India’s nuclear submarine launched last year). In effect I was being asked to make a list of top 20 likely candidates who had helped India with a nuclear submarine reactor.

I have said no to the person, I have been subjected to verbal insults, threats and innuendo.

But Data Scientists trust in God. Everybody else has to work harder for the data.

I hope this is a lesson for fellow researchers , data scientists because as I said, writing is a lousy way of making money.

Was I wrong? Am I just living in a fantasy land? Do you believe I am a criminal and a thug?


What If India bans Facebook?

India bans Facebook for refusing to comply with Indian laws on sharing data to law enforcement and sharing data about Indian citizens to American law enforcement.

To fill the void left by Facebook, an Indian company decides to create Desibook- which quickly gains 300 million subscribers. Within a month life is back to usual for Indian users of social media, and a new hot tech startup is born which will be listed in Mumbai’s stock exchange?

What is wrong in the above scenario? What if —-

Cloud Computing for Christmas

My second book – R for Cloud Computing : An Approach for Data Scientists is now ready for sale ( ebook). Softcover should be available within a month. Some of you have already booked an online review copy. It has taken me 2 years to write this book, and as always I accept all feedback on how to be a better writer.

I would like to especially thank Hannah Bracken of Springer Publishing for this.

and I dedicate this book to my 7 year son Kush.


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Everything that is good in me, come from your love, Kush

Workspaces as a Concept


By DecisionStats Research Team

What if you don’t feel like working at home anymore or you think that you are not very efficient while working at home or your parents who are used to seeing you going out and working are not excited to see you at home throughout the day or you yourself want for some change and you long for human interactions? I myself had many of these questions and a desire for such a place which is not an office but a workplace where I can work at my own pace and socialize as well. And here it is the arrival of WORKSPACE, exactly what I wanted. Workspace is a shared space for a working style called Co-working wherein individuals from different companies work together. It is also known as Co-working hub. The term co-working was coined by Brad Neuberg in 2005 and he originally called this style “9 to 5 group”. The concept aims at creating a social, collaborative, less distracting informal work setting for start-ups, entrepreneurs, and freelancers. Since many years, the coffee shops all across the country have catered this need of individuals subtly but now the workspaces are formally inviting these people to come for work, idea generation, networking and discussions.

In today’s digital world, people are online most of the time and those who are working on their own need some tangible human interactions. Workspaces are an attempt to bridge social isolation and bring back the energy, the bonds, the happiness and the laughter of togetherness. Today, co-working spaces exist worldwide, with many locations all across the globe. The concept is fast catching up in India as well, especially in metro cities where it is quite expensive to own a private office space and this option is very easy on the pockets. Also the majority demographic profile of our country, of below 35 years of age, prefers this working style more than a serious office setting.

In terms of facilities, these workspaces are offering almost all that is available in regular offices – workstations, storage cabins, air conditioning, internet access, pantry, cafeterias, conference rooms with projector, movie or game rooms, lounge areas, administrative and technical support, reception area, day care for kids, events, DJ, music etc.

So what is positive about these workspaces is that this setting is easy on mind by being informal, relaxed and no competition among peers. The concept fosters collaboration, sharing, effective work, constructive thoughts, creativity, learning and experience.

Some of the Co-working Spaces in Delhi are listed below:

  1. socialoffline.in

Social Offline, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi. Price: INR 5,000 a month for 1 seat that is redeemable for food and drinks, hello@socialoffline.in.

  1. coworkable.com

The Studio, E Block, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi, India., Price: INR 5500 per month (1 seat)

Contact: 098 18 306050

  1. 91springboard.com

91Springboard, B-1/H-3, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate, Mathura Road, New Delhi, India, Price: INR 7499 per month (1 seat), delhi@91springboard.com.

  1. moonlighting.in

Moonlighting, 19 Hemkunt Colony, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi, India, Price: INR 6900 per month (1 seat), delhi.hosts@moonlighting.in, Contact: 097165 87873

  1. stirringminds.com

Stirring Minds, Central Delhi. One of its biggest attractions is its location right in the middle of hustle and bustle of the city. A-2/3 Asaf Ali Road, Next to Delhi Stock Exchange, New Delhi, 110002, Price: INR 7999 per month (1 seat), info@stirringminds.com. Contact: 01146105679, or at 9999105679

And some Co-working Spaces in Gurgaon,

  1. experiamedia.com

9JCM, Experia Media, 2nd Floor, 9 Jacaranda Marg, DLF City Phase 2, Gurgaon, Haryana, India. Price: Free for the first month, then INR 5500 per month (1 seat), info@experiamedia.com.

  1. 91springboard.com

91 Springboard, sector 18 Gurgaon, Price: INR 7499 per month (1 seat), delhi@91springboard.com.

  1. inhwabusinesscentre.com

Inhwa Business Centre, Gurgaon, Price: INR 11500 per month (1 seat), info@inhwabusiness centre.com.

Contact: 919818701326, +91 124 493 0777

  1. investopad.com

Investopad, Gurgaon, Price: INR 8000 per month (1 seat), hello@investopad.com.

Do watch out the upcoming articles, the authors will be reviewing these places and sharing their feedback with the readers on mostly all of them.