MJ - not the music artist, not the spidey friend!

:wave: Name: Mrityunjay Kumar, I go by MJ in my most recent incarnation, in different geographies and different epochs, kumar, ku-ma, or mrityu.

:speech_balloon: Pronouns: he/him

:hourglass_flowing_sand: How do you spend your time: Reading and writing that gets me closer to finishing my PhD, ideating about how I can significantly impact education in India, learning new words and concepts from my teenage daughters.

:earth_africa: Where are you located: Hyderabad, India

:nerd_face: What’s something Google won’t tell us about you: I used to write Hindi poetry in college, and one day, I will publish a book of Hindi poetry when I regain my Hindi language skills which has been battered, bruised and almost killed by my English.

:books: Tell us about a book that you frequently like to gift or recommend: Thinking in Systems, by Donnella Meadows. It has changed my perspective on how I see things around me (family, workplace, research, community) and I wish others can gain from a systems perspective as well; the book is a great primer for the topic.

:thinking: I am looking forward to CRiCKET because: As I embark on my next innings of my career, there are big challenges I wish to undertake. I am a novice with grey hair in this journey, and I wish to learn as much as I can from experts and passionate people in the area - CS education research is the foundation for me, and the way this has been conceptualized, I think it will provide me with great experience and learning around posing problems, looking from a research lens, and ultimately solving them by applying scientific methods - the prospect of a curated peer group and a spirited leader excites me no end!

:link: We can find you at (socials, github, website, substack etc.):my alter ego, LinkedIn (my professional self), Twitter (my daily dose of what is wrong with the world), Instagram (to talk to my daughter!)


Meadows’s book is very nice!


Ah, how cool — incidentally, I don’t know if you’ve meet Supreet Saini at IITB, but he has been writing short stories in Hindi for a while now, and there’s now a book too. You should meet Mubashir Ahsan when you are here, he runs a fantastic poetry appreciation course in Urdu at IITGN.

I feel the same way about my Hindi and Kannada: IIRC I was reasonably comfortable with both in school, and have almost completely forgotten both over time. I can still speak Hindi somewhat passably (thanks, Bollywood), but can’t read it any more, and with Kannada I can only somewhat understand if people are speaking slowly and enough English words are mixed in :face_with_peeking_eye:

Speaking of poems in Hindi, I really enjoyed listening to Sukoon :slight_smile: I’ll look forward to reading yours!


Thanks @neeldhara! Would love to connect with Mubashir Ahsan, please help make the connect when I am there.
Haven’t read Supreet, will go do it now.

Sukoon one is very well written and rendered, and it is so good to see literary content getting the popularity. I will wait for the day when I can render my poems through AI videos so that I avoid becoming a performer!

Losing touch with a language is painful, so is not picking one when one should. I have now spent 10 years in hyderabad in two innings, but haven’t managed to pick even basic Telugu, very shameful! Trying to correct this now.

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Yep, will do…

+1 — I come back to it often for whenever I need the calming vibes.

Heh, you might surprise yourself in terms of how you feel about performing over time :smiley:

+1. I am in the same situation w.r.t. Gujarati, despite having lived here for 8+ years now, also hoping to get better about this!

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