An image showing a seating section in 080 Terminal 1 lounge at Bangalore airprot.

Subtle Patriarchal Patterns—As Noticed from an Airport Chair

In the 080 lounge at Bangalore airport, a pattern of gender bias emerges as Amex salesmen exclusively approach men, overlooking potential female customers. This selective strategy raises questions about underlying biases in marketing tactics within cosmopolitan settings.

January 26, 2024 · 4 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
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
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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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How Verizy Handles over 1M Resource-Intensive Requests Every Month?

Verizy efficiently processes over 1 million complex monthly requests using a dual-service infrastructure called Crust and Core, handling customer interactions and intensive data processing respectively, ensuring 100% uptime in 6 months with auto-scaling, load-balancing, and continuous updates. This architecture guarantees no request loss and maintains high performance and reliability.

September 30, 2019 · 4 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
A image showing the iOS Mail app icon with a zero notifications badge count.

The Biggest Problem in Striving for Inbox Zero (Iz)

The pursuit of Inbox Zero (Iz) demands excessive attention and diminishes overall productivity; instead, prioritize email content over inbox neatness for better productivity and less distraction.

March 17, 2018 · 5 min · Vishal V. Shekkar
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An Apple Music Inconsistency

A critique on the inconsistent placement of the ‘Apple Music’ vs ‘Library’ filter in the search function across the iOS Music app and iTunes on Mac, and questions the lack of a handoff feature between these platforms.

February 9, 2018 · 1 min · Vishal V. Shekkar