Ashutosh Sonawane

Nashik, India

About Ashutosh

Languages

English, Hindi, Marathi

I'm passionate about

Physics, Astronomy, Mechanical Enggineering, Thermal sciences, space sciences

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Phsics, Astronmy, Mech Engg

People don't know I'm good at

Poetry

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Comments & conversations

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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted about 1 year ago
The Internet: Has it made us more or less social?
I agree internet is a double edged sword. But about social networks its more of show-biz. Why the need to say "I am bored" or "I am tired" as facebook status. Aren't their people around us to listen to us. Why can't we reach out to them, and share these feelings? Cause, we have isolated ourselves in a way. We cannot reach out and trust people present around us. Facebook could be used in good way. Think in this way, that people from different fields, diverse cultures come can connect. Now, it remains in our hands to how to use this connection. If we take some problem and try to find some solution to it via discussions on this platform, then its a good usage. But, sadly majority people use facebook only for trivial things. Things which we can share with people physically present around us. Personally I am part of some forums on facebook. Which provide help about design softwares, or which provide research papers to those who do not have it. But after a time I have found the interest of members is found to dwindle. Queries questions largely start to go unanswered. Compare it with forums like Cr4, or cite communities etc. These are found to be doing a real difference in terms of usage of social media purposefully. The time we spent sharing photos and mundane status updates, the same time egypt created a revolution in Tahrir square, all via the same medium.... So, blaming the platform or the internet is not the solution. Its we who need to change our attitude!!!
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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted almost 3 years ago
We can all be heros! We share many of the same insecurities and fears, so why do some people take action while others continue to look away?
Personally, i feel that we humans have a tendency of being lazy and trying to find the easier way out of the things. People fight out when circumstances come to strangle them. Its like this an empty stomach makes you search for work. While if we are full, we think of resting and sleeping. Generally we as teenagers always have lots of hopes and optimism towards life. We plan a lot about a very bright future. However, once we get a good job, start earning we get settled. This feeling about settlement, being in cyyontrol of our life make us lazy. We slowly and unknowingly build a frame around us which we hardly dare to cross. then we have a person who won't take new challenges, some calculated risk, some new venture. We remain self satisfied about our life. That is what kills or rather hibernates the hero in us. We need to constantly provide challenges to our hero so that he can show his heroism. As said, necessity is mother of invention. I would say adversity is the spark that ignites heroism.
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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted almost 3 years ago
How can today's youth get involved and help initiate change in the world?
Hi Grace, I am a 21 yr old boy, studying engineering. Even I want to do something of that sort, because personally I believe that we youth have the potential. For days I wondered about the right way. I am presently studying, so generally anyone elder around asks me to focus upon studies. I know that they are not wrong because that should be my first priority. That's why for many days i kept waiting for the right time to come. I kept thinking that once I start earning and be off my studies then I would look towards such things. I expected then, to find some organisation to like some NGO. In effect I was just putting everything in terms of money. Like the only solution to this problem was the availability of money. One fine day i realised that then I may have money but I will have more responsibilities too. Now, even if i don't have money I have an important resource that's time. So I just started looking around myself for things that need to be improved. Or the the things that are lacking presently. I am studying engineering, and we have different entrance exams to opt for courses of post graduation. This is the world of technology. i realised that there is one exam that doesn't have any sort resource for the students. In college we used to complain that we don't have proper guidance for this exam. The college doesn't support us. But what am I doing for it? nothing. So I thought of creating database of questions that can be used by my juniors to prepare for this exam. Its actually a tedious job since it requires feeding of lots of data. I then put up this idea in front of few friends who liked this idea but were reluctant. I convinced them for it. Now we have a small group that has started the work and are slowly moving in the right direction. We intend to give this software to our college for free. This requires no monetary investment. Just our time which we were previously wasting. so i suggest look around you n u will find ur inspiration.
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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted about 3 years ago
What you think about Nuclear Power plants in the world...They are Good or Bad?...
Well in the current scenario with depleting fossil fuels and the inefficient harnessing of renewable energy sources nuclear energy is the cleanest source of power. I would like to put some light on the recent incident.. World over a lot of hue and cry has been raised due to the Fukushima incident. However we must pay attention to the fact that Fukushima disaster was not a direct consequence of Earthquake. Actually every nuclear reactor design is capable of sustaining earthquakes. Fukushima incident was triggered by the Tsunami that was caused by the earthquake. Even the Disaster due to Tsunami could have been avoided however unfortunately the electricity supply to the coolant pumps failed!! That increased the inside temperature and resulted in explosion of the reactor shell. Another fact with Fukushima is worth noting. In the half an hour after the earthquake struck all the fission process had stopped completely. All the radiation that leaked was due to the spent fuel. This implies that the radiation leak was a consequence of radioactive decay of spent fuel and not due to the radiations from nuclear fission. The radiations from nuclear fission are more hazardous. So Fukushima reactor design did a fair good job to avert the crisis. Worth mentioning is the fact that this particular reactor design was almost 40-50 years old. So what i think is nuclear power will be the solution for the energy crisis. If proper procedures and safety considerations are followed it will help a lot in our pursuit of a greener Earth!!!
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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted about 3 years ago
Is human's ability to "Think" really a benefit for the only planet with life!!!
Ok going by the scientific way its difficult to comprehend why we are like that.. I agree about evolution and the way in which we have gotten our ability. But can't we see man being utterly selfish. Don't we see a society tailor made by the rules as defined by humans. We have our own rules. Just forget for a moment that we are humans on this planet. Lets say we have come to visit earth from outside (just imagine) what we will see is humans as intelligent species having his methodologies, rules and ways by which he is defining every other creature's life. Now the animals, insects cannot say "Hey, this is wrong, you can't put us in a small area you people call as forest. You have no right to stop us from straying in your residential area...." etc etc. These animals as someone of you mentioned act on their instincts. Take any animal when it feels hungry then and then he will search for food, kill some other animal or eat some shrub (whatever). Otherwise he is little bothered. But we humans even with our hunger satisfied, crave for more. We don't think of just this moment but we try to make provision for tomorrow's food then day after tomorrow etc etc. This selfishness is causing harm to the earth. Agreed we are making progress in science. Even I am proud of that, since i am a student of science. But seeing from the animal's perspective there is at least some injustice meted out to them. Its our duty i think, to care more about some such creatures around us. Give them a place in our society. That doesn't mean creating zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Since we have brains and can think rationally then we should think about the animals too. But the question still remains are we humans ready to think about them and keep our selfishness at bay??
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Ashutosh Sonawane
Posted about 3 years ago
Is moving out on moon for Space exploration a wastage of money and time instead of which we can develop the country itself.
i don't think its a waste of time and money. Agreed there are problems in our country like corruption, poverty, unequal distribution of basic amenities but we cannot focus on one thing at one time. Our students, engineers, require lot of opportunities and diverse platforms to use their skills. Taking the case of India, we have different courses ranging from nano technology to space sciences and a student can be interested in any of them. It will not be appropriate to deny these opportunities to our students just because we have many burning problems to be solved. Other wise we will again go back to the time when students of IIT Delhi after taking a course in nuclear technology used to go to CERN and other nuclear research institutions abroad. That's brain drain. Now are going to stop our bright minds from going for such courses? Are we going to stop such courses in educational institutions? That will be ridiculous. We can't expect a 'rocket engineer' to start working on a effective public food distribution system. Also these recent advances in space science is the result of human endeavour to know more about universe and is commendable. What can be done is make people contribute towards the problems of poverty, naxalism, terrorism etc in their own way. Make it a compulsion to give back something to the society in their own way, may be finance, may be infrastructure, service, anything. Just as Infosys leads in IT sector which was unimaginable 20 yrs back. Its one of the founder is working on UID project. That is what i mean by giving back to the society.!!!