Notes to Myself


August 2016

Interesting talk by Gaurav Agarwal, IAS 2013 Rank 1

Interesting talk by Gaurav Agarwal, IAS 2013 Rank 1. Innovative example of Cricket to make a point about Politics (watch at 24:0 minutes)
I stumbled upon this by chance and then watched few mock IAS interviews. I’ll write a detailed post about IAS later (couple of them who I have met and many more I have heard)
Meanwhile, check these mock interviews:

On Counterfactual Thinking

Information on Counterfactual Thinking!!!

Have you noticed Sakshi (Bronze medalist at Rio Olympics) was more happy than PV Sindhu (Silver medalist) at the end of game😳.

It’s not incidental finding but proven fact in many research after studying reactions of silver medalist vs bronze medalist!

Ideally, silver medalist should be more happy than bronze. But, human mind doesn’t work like mathematics.

This happens because of phenomenon of Counterfactual thinking – A concept in psychology in which there is human tendency to create possible alternatives to life events that already happened, that would be contrary to what happened.

Sliver medalist thinks:” Ohh 😌 I couldn’t win the gold medal”

Bronze medalist thinks: At least I got a medal😀

Silver medal is won after losing but bronze medal is won after winning…

This happens daily in our life too…


Courtesy: My friend who has done Masters in Psychology 🙂

How Usain Bolt Can Break His Own Record…

If Usain Bolt is given this math problem just ahead of race he would run even faster and break his own record!

So don’t doubt if Maths can help in life…

Now go solve the problem!

Olympics Maths

“Ego per unit of achievement”!

This is a very interesting metric – “Ego per unit of achievement”!
Both are qualitative measures…not sure how you quantify both and convert into a measurable one… 🙂
And hope Mr. Murthy has applied it to himself…
Indians have highest ego per unit of achievement: Narayana Murthy
Read more at:

The psychopath test …

Read this question, come up with an answer and then scroll down to the bottom for the result. This is not a trick question. It is as it reads. A few people have come up with the correct answer !!

A woman, while at the funeral of her mother, met a guy whom she did not know. She thought this guy was amazing. She believed him to be her dream guy so much that she fell in love with him right there, but never asked for his number . Much as she tried, she could not find him. A few days later she killed her sister.

Question: Why did she kill her sister?

[Give this some thought before you answer, see answer below]
She was hoping the guy would appear at the funeral again.

If you answered this correctly, you think like a psychopath. This was a test by a famous American Psychologist used to determine if one has the same mentality as a killer. Many arrested serial killers took part in the test and answered the question correctly.
If you didn’t answer the question correctly, good for you. If u did, time to visit a doctor … … …😳


P.S.: I answered this correct the first time 😱 so I’m a psychopath🙈

So I tried the test again and this time, I couldn’t answer it…!

Now I’m a psychopath and a liar 🙈😷

Statistically speaking…

My friend called me average.

I said he was just being mean. So we were equal.

He said: “We can not remain friends in this mode.”

We are looking for a median way to resolve this.

‪#‎Statistics‬ ‪#‎Humor‬ ‪#‎MyMeanModeMedianStory‬

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