Meet Kedar bc: Wisdom and Wit All in One

This long time contributor – he joined in 2008 – is a Bronze Contributor. He is most active in the Maharashtra Schools Colleges and Universities and Senior Secondary Certificate categories, both topics related to the school system in his native India. Recently Kedar bc has become a prominent participant in our AnswerThons, winning 4th place in the summer contest and 3rd in the spring contest. Valedictorian of his class, his passions include his native country and ghazal music. Read on to learn more about this very intelligent and wise contributor!

What is your first name?

My first name is Kedar.

What is your occupation?

I am a 17 year old student.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I am from Pune, India. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and its origins can be traced back to the 6th century. Pune is considered to be the cultural capital of India. Also it is turning into a major research and educational hub.

How did you discover Answers.com?

Once I googled a physics homework question. Imagine the joy when I found that the same question was already answered on Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I always wanted to do community service. I thought that a great way to do so, in my capacity, was to answer other people’s questions and in the process also increase my understanding of things.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

I would be an eagle because it is the one who sees it all as a free and distant observer of the bigger picture. If you can be anything, why not be the free, king of the skies.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

My favorite thing is to just browse through the questions asked in my favorite categories and answer as many as I can. The satisfaction of answering questions is indescribable. Many times, I come across a question about a topic I recently studied. Trying to answer that question helps me learn new things and also make my concepts clearer.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Off the top of my head, I am proud that I was the valedictorian of my school. I hope in the future I will have a very long list to answer this question.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I have to confess; one of the most daring things was asking my crush on a date. ;-)

What is your favorite type of music?  

I love Indian music but ghazals are my favorite, and Jagjit Singh is my favorite ghazal singer. I am a big fan of A R Rahman’s music, too.

What is your favorite song?

My favorite song changes every month or so. Currently it is ‘Let it Be’. I recently downloaded the Beatles box set and I love this song. Before that my favorite song was The A Team.

What is your favorite poem and why?

My favorite poem is “The Race” by D.H. Groberg. This is a simple yet very inspirational poem about perseverance and finishing something you have started, even though you may have downfalls along the way. It tells us that winning is nothing.  More important than winning, it is ‘to rise each time you fall’.

What makes you unique?

I try to look at things differently. For example, in the proverb:  ‘A rolling stone gathers no moss’, I think moss indicates lethargy and stagnancy. So in my eyes, being a rolling stone is a good thing as you soak up new experiences. And then there is always my DNA to prove my uniqueness.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

I really want to say something like…saving the world, but if a genie really pops out and asks what I want, these are the things I will ask for.

  • Money…lots and lots of it.
  • Life till I decide to die.
  • And the ability to freeze time.

The only challenge would be to frame the requests such that the genie cannot trick me.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  Why?

Definitely I view it half filled. I try to acknowledge the presence of something rather than its absence. At the same time, I remain aware that there is still a lot of space to be filled.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

The most challenging thing is to answer vague questions. I have to try to interpret what the person is really asking or what he really wants to know and answer that. I try not to give vague or incomplete answers. This becomes challenging because, for this, you have to know a lot about a topic.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I love debates and elocutions. I act in dramas. I am learning to play the Indian flute called the ‘bansuri.’

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am most passionate about my country, India. I want India to be called a developed country.

What is your favorite quote and why?

I personally don’t think that quotes have to come from great personalities. A good thought is a good thought, no matter who says it, but in the real world, unless you become ‘Someone’, ‘No one’ is interested in what you have to say. So MY quote is:

‘Be so successful that you are quoted in other people’s quotations.’

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

Florence

Florence

Right now, I want to visit Italy, especially Florence because I am reading Dan Brown’s Inferno and I want to see all the piazzas and various paintings mentioned in his other books.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I don’t think it’s very interesting or uncommon, but whenever someone asks me something or in general conversation, I have a very funny (sometimes a bit sarcastic) remark ready in my mind, and sometimes I smile even when it’s not expected.

Check out some of Kedar bc’s answers:

What is the effect on the speed of light when temperatures rise in the medium?

What vitamins or herbs promote good circulation?

What are facts about Hubble?

What vitamins or herbs promote healthy lungs?

Meet Mehtamatics: Wisdom and quality of life rolled into one!

MehtamaticsIt’s an honor to have Mehtamatics on our site. His total contributions exceed 113,00 and of those, 75,000 are original answers. Our community of members certainly appreciates and values Mehtamatics: he has over 4,000 Trust Points! His favorite category is Mathematics and he provides excellent answers to math-related questions. Originally from India, today he resides to the southwest of London, where he enjoys both nature and city life in this privileged location! He is a bit of a philosopher, in addition to being an excellent mathematician. Read more and get to know this thoughtful and interesting member of Answers.com. Continue reading

Meet Jenny1988: A Blogger from India who Loves to Answer Questions!

This week’s nascent entrepreneur, Jenny1988, is an avid blogger from India who wants to build her own online business. She believes in following her passions in life and has great sensitivity to nature and helping others. On our site, she was a Runner-Up in the recent 2012 Leap-to-Win AnswerThon, and she states that one of her many hobbies is answering questions. Read more to learn about Jenny1988 and her keen perspective on life.

What is your first name?

My first name is Jenny.

What is your occupation?

I am a student.

What is your Answers.com username?

My username is Jenny1988.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I’m from Pune, India. Pune is a city which has given me a whole lot of different and special memories. I’ve seen ups and downs, so it has taught me so much.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

Helping people with knowledge and experience is the best thing that can be imparted. Sometimes it is comforting to know that other people have also faced similar situations.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I recently participated in an AnswerThon and became a top answerer. It was overwhelming.

What was the last song you listened to?

I listened to “Touch my Hand” by David Archuleta.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  Why?

I view it as half empty because there is always room for more. There is always a possibility of improvement. A positive attitude is a good thing, but since it often leads to a laid back attitude, it cannot be applied to every walk of life.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

I would choose a butterfly because I love nature. The pain and hard work that it goes through to become a butterfly is not a cake walk and that shows that if there is “no pain, no gain”.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

The biggest challenge is not knowing the details that lead to making assumptions. This means that the askers get inaccurate or wrong advice and information.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

My hobbies include blogging, coin collections, philately, painting, and reading.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

Right now, I am most passionate to start something of my own, online, and to do this for a living.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Though it’s not my favorite, I chose the quote that I try and love to follow: “Do what you love and love what you do.”

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

There is no one specifically. My parents have always been there providing all the inspiration I need when I’m not in high spirits. But I try to see the good qualities of a person. It just gives me more insight and shows how much I can improve upon.

A Prince of a Supervisor: Vishal!

This expert in technical writing lives in tech savvy Bangalore, India.  He has a flare for dancing (salsa and freestyle) and a heart of gold.  His multiple talents are great assets to the site: Special Project Assistant, top graduate of the Mentoring Program, Copy Editor and a Wiki Guide.  In short, Vishal is a total Wikiholic with more than 100,000 contributions and counting.

What is your first name?  Vishal

What is your occupation? I am a Senior Technical Writer.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My Answers.com username is Vishal: It comes from my full name, Vishal Gundu Rao. Gundu Rao is my dad’s name.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I hail from Mysore, the city of palaces! It is in the state of Karnataka in India. I currently reside in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India!

What is your favorite activity on the site? Least favorite?

My favorite activity is working on Special Project Assistant (SPA) tasks and especially the batch re-categorization which I am in love with.  My least favorite activity is to warn/block users. In fact, I hate to do it.

What enticed you to join our community?

I thought of giving back to Answers.com in return for the answers I have received from the site.  Also, being a technical writer, I feel uncomfortable whenever I find bad or nonsense answers in one of the best Q&A sites I have seen.  Additionally, the friendly environment that the users create (including Supers, Program Coordinators, Community Assistants) lured me in.  That is how I became a Wikiholic.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com Supervisor?

As they say, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’  Being a Supervisor, sometimes it is challenging not to warn new contributors who commit mistakes intentionally!  However, I end up posting an unofficial warning.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?

The main reason would be the knowledge they can gain about random topics.  In fact, I recommend Answers.com to many of my friends.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am most proud of the following:

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

  • I graduated and received my diploma with a double major.
  • I learned salsa and freestyle dancing.
  • I come from a “normal” non-royal, non-noble lineage traced back six generations. I was able to create my family tree at Geni.com.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

  • Health: to live longer and enjoy life with my family and friends.
  • Wealth that I can share with my family, friends and the needy.
  • Happiness, so that I can spread that around.

What is your favorite food?

My favorite is South Indian Cuisine and my mom’s homemade food!

How do you most enjoy using your creativity and why?

When doing community service, it makes me happy to see the poor, orphaned and physically challenged children smile when we closely interact with them and spend time with them.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“Time and tide wait for no man…”  This is a very simple, clear and self-explanatory proverb.  Time and tide are natural phenomena and have neither regard nor consideration for anybody.  Time and tide symbolize valuable opportunity and occur without any notice.  No one can command or foretell their occurrence or recurrence.  They are generally short-lived and pass quickly.  No one can say whether or when they would come again.  So one should be fully prepared to make the best use of an opportunity as and when it presents itself.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, U.S.A. because it is the happiest place on earth!

Any final words about the site? Your role? The community?

Answers.com Rocks!

Meet Saurabh, our teen contributor from India!

From the fascinating country of India, I am pleased to introduce Saurabh, an outstanding teen who is a great Q&A contributor on Answers.com.  Saurabh loves to learn and finds she gains knowledge by asking and answering questions on our site!  In fact, in a year and a half on Answers.com, Saurabh has written more than 1,200 answers! Keep reading to find out more about Saurabh.

First Name: My name is Saurabh.

Occupation: I am 14 years old and I’m still in school. I repair appliances for my neighbors and I draw and paint art on weekends. I also babysit sometimes.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

My username is Saurabh mukherjee. I just typed my name and it was accepted. I was lucky that there wasn’t any other person with my username.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I live in Darbhanga (India) which has been an education center for decades in this region.   Students have always travelled to Darbhanga to study, not only from our own District but also from nearby areas. Education is a fast growing industry in Darbhanga and as a result it has hundreds of primary and secondary level schools.

What enticed you to join our community?Answering and asking more questions.

What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

My favorite activity on Answers.com is to ask and answer questions.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

My reason would be that anyone can share and gain knowledge in the form of Q and A.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

Well, I am not really proud of anything yet, but it was a wonderful moment when I received an offer of admission to FIIT-JEE for free.

What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

Until now the most daring thing I did was to rescue a boy in my neighborhood whose home was partly destroyed during an earthquake that recently occurred in Darbhanga.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

I’d choose a babbling brook because nature attracts me.

What are you most passionate about in your life?

I am passionate about my future career and my family.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is my father who encourages me to achieve goals by struggling to reach a major dream.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would like to visit Burj Khalifa because visiting that place costs a lot of money.  My dream is to earn more than the money required to visit the place so I can help my country and its citizens to walk on the path of development.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I become witty when I’m in trouble.

Ten quotes from Mahatma Gandhi.

This past Sunday, January 30th, marked 63 years since the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary leader of India’s independence movement. Gandhi’s message of non-violent political resistance still resonates across the world.

In Gandhi’s memory, here is a selection of ten of his collection of most memorable quotes from Answers.com:

“Where there is love there is life.”

“I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”

“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“We must become the change we want to see.”

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

“A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, Nothing else.”

Check out more quotes from Answers.com on Holy Kaw.

Introducing His Excellency, Technogomzi.

This week’s Featured Contributor, Technogomzi, really does deserve a royal introduction. Not only is he an amazing Answers.com contributor, but outside of our little wiki world he continues to stand for all things excellent. First off, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence when his thermal power plant idea opened the door to a college internship. Cool (um, hot), huh?

He also possesses a strong ability to deliver the best in any situation and notes that he “measures experience with work not money”. During his college years, he took part in a robotics automation work shop. The project (Electrical Distribution Control System) his team made was acknowledged by the director of the college! Wow! And last, but not least, he firmly believes that smiling is the key to success.

Yep. There’s no shortage of excellence when it comes to this brilliant and dedicated Answers.com contributor. Here’s more:

What is your Answers.com user name and the history behind it?

My Answers.com user name is Technogomzi. I chose this name because I am very much interested in reading/discovering facts related to science and technology. “Techno” is derived from the word technology itself. I have some ideas for generating power (electricity); however I have been unable to find people with whom I can actually share what I have in my mind!

What is your first name?

My name is Gautam Gupta.

What is your age?

I am 22-years-old.

Would you care to tell us about your family?

My mother is a homemaker, my father is lawyer and my sister is research analyst.

Where do you live, how long have you lived there and why do you like the area?

I have lived in Delhi (India) for the past five years. I like this area because of its greenery; there is plant and tree life everywhere. That gives me a sense of refreshment whenever I feel low.

Where did you grow up and do you have any special memories of your childhood?

I was born in Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) India. I have lots of memories of my childhood. First, I was a known player of football (which I absolutely loved), although it has been five years since I have been to the field. If given an opportunity, I would surely play for my team.

What educational information would you like to share?

I have my bachelors in electrical (electrical engineering) and currently pursuing a CFP (Certified Financial Planner).

What are some of your past or present occupations?

I have worked as a graduate engineering trainee in a steel plant. Then I joined Transweb Education where I worked as a Junior Associate of Operations. Right now I am currently studying for the CFP examination. I’d surely work for Answers.com if ever presented with an opportunity!

What are your key areas of knowledge, interest or expertise?

From the beginning (I mean from high school), I was much interested in missiles, aerospace and space exploration (astronauts). I bought many games, made motors and fans in my school days and also participated in polio campaigning at the school level.

Do you have any collections or hobbies?

I love reading books, playing chess, carom (board game) and Answers.com.

What do you like to do for recreation?

Listen to songs, sleep, meditate…but it really depends on my stress level at any given moment.

What are some of your special goals or dreams?

I want to have my own firm and to earn a quality life. I want to make my parents and everyone proud of me. I want to work with top organizations so that I can gain maximum experience which will help me in building a strong foundation for my firm.

How would you describe yourself or personality?

I am sincere towards my work. I get along with people very easily, because I know how to make things flow smoothly. I am always happy to motivate others to do well in their fields and have a firm set of rules for everything I do.

What brought you to Answers.com?

I have a habit of searching for things. One day I was searching for GRE questions, so I went through the site. I was in college at that time, just starting to prepare for my MBA. I found the site quite useful and finally joined. Now I am a happy user of Answers.com!

What keeps you coming back to Answers.com?

Earlier on it was just for fun. Now it’s going after that Number One position for answering questions!

What is your favorite Answers.com activity?

My favourite activities are editing questions and giving answers!

Do you want to be interviewed for the Contributor corner? Just leave a comment below and we’ll get to work.