The Adventurous Chronicles of 2014

Last year around this time, based on my trips to Dehradun, Bangalore, Chennai and Puri, and getting to interact with so many interesting people and receiving awards from IT giants, I thought that 2013 had been the most eventful year. And, I was right…. until 2014! Continue reading “The Adventurous Chronicles of 2014”

The Great Mind Challenge 2012 – An Exciting Journey

When I saw an update today on the pages that I had been monitoring for the last few weeks, and realized that it had been an entire year since we conceived the idea of our project, an indescribable feeling ran through me. It was roughly around 15th September last year when four students from our college had come together and decided to participate in IBM TGMC 2012 and test our skills against teams from all over the nation. At that time, it was merely a concept, slowly taking its shape before any actual work could begin. And today, it has been a year, and only a week since the final round results of the contest were announced, and to our extreme delight, we were declared to be amongst the winners! Let me start from the beginning… Continue reading “The Great Mind Challenge 2012 – An Exciting Journey”

Deciphering Sherlock’s Hidden Messages

I have always been quite a fan of detective and suspense stories. Be it Hercule Poirot created by Agatha Christie, or our very own Feluda conceived by Satyajit Ray, they all bring new flavours and styles in crime fiction. Nonetheless, Sherlock Holmes created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is my top favourite. I read most of Holmes’ stories during my childhood, and his ability to deduce so much information from the tiniest of clues leaves us speechless. Recent Hollywood movies starring Robert Downey Jr. were quite an excellent tribute to Doyle’s famous detective.

We all know about Sherlock Holmes of 221 B, Baker Street, and his adventures in the Victorian period. But could he be able to showcase his talent in the modern world where information about the remotest corner of the world is available at our fingertips? Steven Moffat and Mark Gattis came up with the idea of adapting Holmes’s stories in the backdrop of today’s high-tech world. Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Sherlock uses modern technology, such as texting, the Internet, and GPS, to solve crimes. Sherlock has his own website The Science of Deduction,

Among the various posts he makes on the sites to interact with clients and criminals alike, Holmes writes on a section called “Hidden messages” where he apparently shared some encrypted messages sent to him. In this post, I’d like to share my analysis of how to decipher the secret messages from this ciphers.

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