Musings of Vishal

A collection of writings covering the topics of philosophy, travel, tech, policitcs, and more. See more here.
An illustration showing a fisher-person underwater. A metophor on Phishing, a kind of cyber attack.

Why Checking the Box Matters—Juspay's Possibly Risky Shortcut in HDFC Net Banking

The blog post examines how Juspay’s auto-checking of HDFC Bank’s anti-phishing ‘Secure Access ID’ could undermine user security. The author argues that this action, while not immediately dangerous, could condition users to be less vigilant against phishing attacks. The post contends that third parties like Juspay should not alter a bank’s security measures. The post also questions if HDFC’s anti-phishing measure is effective, in the first place and discusses who should be responsible in defining and mitigating a site’s threat model.

August 30, 2023 · 8 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
A midjourney imagining of a busy Bangalore street where the story takes place.

Beautiful Routines

A story on routines and their beauty told using an interaction of a couple I observed in Bangalore traffic.

August 18, 2023 · 1 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
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Musings—My New Blog Site

Introducing my new blog site, Musings. The post discusses how I used to mainating my own blog earlier, and why I decided to move on to a static site generator like Hugo.

July 4, 2023 · 4 min · Vishal V. Shekkar

The Search for Privacy-Friendly Website Analysis

I recently decided to start writing regularly and publishing what I write on this blog, Musings. While I mostly write for my contentment—to allow myself to think about a topic, research, and form a meaningful thought about it, I’d also like to know if others are reading what I put out and what posts and topics have the most views. Most people would end up integrating a popular option like Google Analytics, Mixpanel, or similar....

July 3, 2023 · 5 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
Onsen with an outdoor pool

Onsens in Japan

Reflecting on my experience of using Onsen in Japan — covering the various aspects of dealing with and enjoying being unclothed as a foreigner in a traditional Japanese setting.

July 2, 2023 · 3 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
A cover image showing alight from a lamp reflecting off of a smooth surface.

Home—The Details Matter

A walkthrough of my home where I concentrate on the tiny details that make it my home.

October 11, 2020 · 5 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
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The Importance of Moving Forward

This is an essay on why it’s better to not get stuck with just what works now, and how embracing change leads to better outcomes.

October 28, 2016 · 8 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
A Macbook Pro with Touch Bar

Touch Bar

Thoughts on Touch Bar—the new multi-touch strip on the new line of MacBook Pros

October 28, 2016 · 6 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
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Finite State Machine in Swift

SwiftFSM is state machine implemented in Swift as a library library. You may import this into your project. This post goes into explaining it’s functions and features.

October 26, 2016 · 7 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
Cover image showing the sea from Kizhunna beach

Kerala — Kizhunna Beach

A photo-filled travel log about the Kizhunna Beach in Kerala.

October 17, 2016 · 4 min · Vishal V. Shekkar