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Greetings! Welcome to Anvesha, the official science club of IISER Thiruvananthapuram. In research institutes such as IISER, it is paramount to have a platform where a free exchange of ideas is possible; a platform that delves into the depths of the scientific method. Thus, the Anvesha blog was created!

We also have a monthly science newsletter called ‘Exhibit A’ where we bring to you the latest in science! Our goal has always been to make these platforms as collaborative as possible; we would love to share your content! Send your submissions to anveshacontent@gmail.com (external submissions are more than welcome.)

So, what are you waiting for?


Our Team



Balaram Vishnu Subramani

Editor-in-Chief, Batch '17

A small town boy from Vellore and shampoo connoisseur, Vishnu grows out his hair just to avoid eye-contact with people.

Read more He loves sharing and exploring different musical styles, and often dabbles in song-writing as a guitarist/vocalist; there's a 100% chance he’s going to judge your music taste and make you a custom playlist before he bothers to learn your name. When he’s not headbanging to Led Zeppelin’s ungodly jams, he’s most probably attending a protest or pursuing his hedonistic dreams. His talent in FPS games as Mr. Bayangrasamy has earned him quite a notorious title in IISER and neighbouring colleges. He likes to live his life by a quote from his favourite comedian, John Cleese, who said, “You do realise as you grow older that almost nobody knows what they are talking about.” After graduating, Vishnu would like to pursue a PhD in mathematical biology and further explore science journalism.

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Shreya Venkatesan

Editor, Batch '19

An avid reader who’s always on the hunt for the next great book, Shreya never quite got over the disappointment of not getting a Hogwarts letter. Fortunately, her magical talents in writing poetry and short stories make up for that loss! Her love for the arts is beautifully portrayed through her ethnic dancing and singing. A passionate biologist, she wishes to make a real difference in the world with her research.

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Ira Zibbu

Editor, Batch '19

Although she’s primarily interested in biology, Ira also enjoys reading things from all disciplines. She’s very passionate about social justice and feminism. When she’s not scrolling through the internet, you can find her looking for frogs, reading novels, drinking coffee and petting stray dogs.

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Hari Krishnan

Editor, IPhD Batch '18

Hari is an integrated PhD student doing research in condensed matter physics. He likes learning and discussing about technology, politics, philosophy, video games, anime and music. Particularly, he likes writing long essays in chat that literally no one would (and should) read because it is a complete waste of time.

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Yashas Ramakrishna

Editor, Batch '16

He’s your everyday introvert, quite affable, but super comfortable by himself. When he’s not binging on books (digs dystopian, horror, sci-fi and thriller), movies, TV shows or anime, he wanders off into his fantasy realm, pulling out stories which he pens often.

Read more He currently spends his free time playing and experimenting with paint, learning to play the keyboard and to code. What he does otherwise is explore and learn new topics that better his understanding towards his goal of delving into evolutionary developmental neuroscience and neuroregenerative medicine. If you want to single him out, find a person who checks all of the below – walks like Fred from Scooby Doo, punctuates each text, is obsessed with small particulars, sleeps in a single position and wears a beanie in all seasons.

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Akshita Mittal

Editor, Batch '19

A proud Punjabi, Akshita has an entire list of quirky habits: reading plots before watching shows, brushing teeth with the non-dominant hand, and humming self-made and often displeasing tunes while studying.

Read more Much to her friends' annoyance, she relishes making bad jokes and laughing at them until she turns red. Here's a guide to getting on her nerves: Honking, buttinskies, half-assing, tartuffes, token supporting and lip service, 'coaching culture', fashion trends and spam mails. She enjoys reading surreal fiction, fastidiously tidying and organising, spending hours admiring powerful women, and breaking her head over puzzles. Something that recently brought her joy was finding new sustainable methods to adopt, and listening to Noise Making by Hozier.

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Hemamshu Ratnakaram

Editor, Batch '17

A Bangalorean who’s into cars, motorcycles, house music, analytical psychology, gritty espionage thrillers, rom-coms, Assetto Corsa and having a good conversation with anyone who is interested and open to exchanging ideas and perspectives.

Read more “I try to maintain a relaxed approach to life, and I'd say I'm mostly successful. Perspective is important, and I try to approach whatever I'm faced with from as many perspectives as I can before sticking to one when necessary.” He would like to specialise in genetics and developmental/cell biology.

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Ananya Aravind

Content Creator, Batch '19

An ambitious and bubbling personality from TN, Ananya never fails to amaze you with her drawings, dancing and singing. These talents are brought alive by her fascination towards Indian mythology and historical dramas. She is keen on pursuing genetics as her primary research interest.

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Ravikiran Hegde

Content Creator, Batch '19

An aspiring physicist and a natural leader from Karnataka, Ravikiran is just the man for you if you want something sorted out! He enjoys math and coding, and has a particular interest in fusion music such as the Indo-western genre.

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Nikitha Srinivas

Content Creator, Batch '17

An Otaku who even learnt how to speak Japanese for her love of anime, Nikitha brings with her the culture and grandeur of her hometown, Mysore. Although she mostly just daydreams, she also likes to bird-watch, read, and is often lost in the night skies thanks to her passion for space.

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Vishwathiga Jayasankar

Content Creator, Batch '19

A plant and ecology enthusiast like none other, Vishwa will dazzle you with her vast knowledge of flora. Don’t be surprised if she can identify and name (even the scientific name) of every plant on campus! Her love for Carnatic music is elegantly displayed by her Veena skills, and she also loves writing poems and articles.

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Aiswarya PS

Content Creator, Batch '18

An aspiring creative scientist, Aiswarya is interested in physics, neuroscience, and everything in between! Truly a nomad flitting between Mumbai and Kerala, she exhibits her flair for the arts through her favourite modes of self-expression: photography, art, dancing and writing.

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Megha

Content Creator, Batch '19

An exceptional sci-fi writer, Megha enjoys reading, stargazing, retro Tamil culture and staying up at owl-hours. She hails from a beautiful village in TN, that is blessed with lush green fields and cuckoos.

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Kratika Mazde

Content Creator, Batch '18

She loves traveling, reading classics, watching thriller movies, and drinking coffee. She's passionate about human rights, feminism, politics and social justice.

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Subrabalan Muragesan

Content Creator, Batch '17

Have you ever wondered what you’d get when you cross Stephen Hawkings with Rajini? That’s right, you’d get Subri. A sports enthusiast and an aspiring theoretical physicist, Subri juggles around various duties and responsibilities while singing along to old Tamil songs.

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Nikhil Alex Verghese

Newsletter and Social Media Designer, Batch '17

Existential crisis-ist                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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Abhay Hegde

Website Designer, Batch '16

A Kannadiga from a tiny town with lofty ambitions. He loves traveling in trains, passionately plays simulation games, and enjoys designing in his free time. Beaches are amongst his favorite destinations. He considers himself a student forever, and is always open to meaningful conversations.

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Shubham Chury

Website Designer, Batch '19

Shubham likes to play around with origami and other crafts in his free time. It usually centers around making WWII replicas. He is also currently working on expanding his NatGeo magazine collection.

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Adarsh Karekkat

Content Creator, Batch '17

Raised in Saudi Arabia till he was 15, after which he entirely shifted to Kerala, life has been a blur for Adarsh since then. He enjoys football, video games and competitive sleeping.

Read more His research interests include high energy and gravitational physics, not that he knows much about them though.The Eragon series by Christopher Paolini really caught his imagination. Other great books he loves are the 'Three Body Problem' and 'Chaos'. Instrumental music, like Rain by Simply Three, really brings the calm to his chaos. Character sketch: Not very amiable, rude without meaning to be and manages to get on the bad side of every professor he meets for more than 45 minutes.

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Gokul Prabhu

Content Creator, Batch '17

At school, Gokul was that kid that seemed never to be paying attention; he was always found to be lost in his own thoughts and ideas.

Read more He’s had insanely crazy ideas ever since he was in diapers. Things never change, though he’s no longer in diapers now. Currently, he’s brainstorming ideas to help understand flora and fauna better. Volunteering for Zooniverse and Smithsonian, listening to podcasts while sipping some filter coffee are his favourite ways of spending time. He enjoys talking to interesting people and hence ended up having more boomer friends than millennial friends. In his downtime, he relishes one-sided conversations with my friends Ellen and Casey. Sometimes, he opens up Uber and watches the cars move around, that’s when Hozier sings to him. His post-retirement plans include disappearing into a thick rainforest or a tropical island and listening to some good ol’ Jazz.

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