Archive for September, 2016

What was the most magical moment of your life?

September 13, 2016

What was the most magical moment of your life? by @UMeNMactech

Answer by Manish Bhattacharya:

When Facebook paid me $5000.

Those people who say “Money can’t buy happiness” are dead wrong.

I did my 12th on scholarship. Got 65% marks in 12th and failed to qualify IIT-JEE and AIEEE. Dropped a year to prepare on my own, was not able to afford the extra financial pressure of coaching . Next year result was better but not good enough to get admission in government colleges.

My father said “we can’t afford engineering, join the local college for B.Sc”.

That was tough for me, I contacted few private college and got to know I can get admission on my present rank and 12th marks.

But “Where’s the money ?” dad asked.

“Give me 25K , that’ll confirm the admission and then we’ll talk to banks for education loan” I replied.

“I earn 8k per month, 25k is big deal but don’t worry I’ll ask my boss if he could help” dad replied.

Next day he borrowed 25k from his boss, asked one of his friend to convert that in DD (demand draft) . I got the DD by 5 PM and next day took a general ticket to Delhi.

I got the admission and later with little struggle got the loan as well.

From the 1st day there was this extra pressure of loan.

Somewhere in second year I came to know about this term Bug bounty program , where big company pay for reporting security issues in their website. It took me almost a year to learn in and out of security, meanwhile I got a cheap laptop.

And one Sunday afternoon I reported few security bugs to Facebook (notes and message).

Monday evening I got a mail from Facebook and Bang !

I was not able to sleep that night. $5000 (3 lakh) was a big deal, I had never seen that much amount in my account or even in my dad’s account.

Next day I took the day off from classes to calm down but one of my teacher called and asked me to come (It was all over my Facebook).

I made a guest appearance for 5 minute with a copy of W-8BEN form in my hand. (Someone clicked this pic ), whole class congratulated.

Next day it was in newspaper

After this I never stopped, I became financially independent. Paid my education loan that year, got clients from all over the world, contributed to security of 500+ websites.

Now Ranked #62 (worldwide) on Google bug bounty program > Vulnerability Reward Program

Made my first million in college and got covered by national/international newspapers and blogs.

https://yourstory.com/2014/11/te…

Meet the Bugcrowd – Bughunter profile of Manish Bhattacharya @umenmactech

Indians top league of nerds in spotting bugs for tech companies – The Economic Times

बग बाउंटी हासिल करने में अमेरिकियों से आगे हैं भारतीय – Navbharat Times

If you are interested in computer/web security, you can follow me on Quora 🙂

EDIT 1: I’m pleased, honoured and humbled for 5K+ upvotes in few hours.

Few friends asked “how to get started with bug bounty ?” , I guess first step will be this classic book on web application security Buy The Web Application Hacker's Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws Book Online at Low Prices in India

Edit 2:

There are other ways to make money as well, I can guide you with blog posts (as I have learned all these from other’s blogs) > what I'm breaking… but definitely can’t teach you step by step on this topic. Find something you are passionate about, money will come. Everything takes time, have patience.

What was the most magical moment of your life?

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What are some of the greatest innovative ideas?

September 6, 2016

What are some of the greatest innovative ideas? by @Petrichor_lover

Answer by Shivani Nalkar:

Aarambh converted discarded boxes into classroom furniture that can also be used as school bags for developing the nation.

Many of the schools in the rural areas of India lack the basic necessities like school bags and proper chairs and desks, which is why school children end up sitting on the floor all day just to learn. This kind of situation in the classroom does nothing for the kids’ posture and their concentration levels since they hunch their backs to do their work on the floor. The kids also end up with bad eyesight and bad handwriting from their awkward position.

To help solve this problem, New Bombay-based not-for-profit organization Aarambh came up with the Help Desk, a dual-function portable desk made out of recycled cardboard boxes.

They bought these

Then,

And made this,
 

Problem solved!
Congratulations to Aarambh for such an innovative idea.

Watch this video: Page on youtube.com

What are some of the greatest innovative ideas?

What are the all time best English songs?

September 6, 2016

What are the all time best English songs? by Ajim Bagwan

Answer by Ajim Bagwan:

Here are some of the (what I consider) best English Songs from my playlist:

  • AC/DC: You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, Back In Black, Thunderstruck.
  • Adele : Set Fire In The Rain, Rolling In The Deep, Someone Like You.
  • Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A Changin', Blowing In The Wind, Like A Rolling Stone, Things Have Changed, Thunder On The Mountain, Hurricane.
  • Bob Marley: Buffalo Soldier, Redemption Song, Stir It Up, Jamming, No Woman No Cry, Ganja Gun, Bum Bhole Naath.
  • Bon Jovi: Always, Living On A Prayer, I'll Be There For You, It's My Life.
  • Bruce Springsteen: Born In The USA, Dancing In The Dark, Born To Run, State Trooper, Fire.
  • Bryan Adams: Everything I Do, Best Of Me, Here I am, Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman, Please Forgive Me.
  • Celine Dion: Call The Man, All By Myself, A New Day Has Come, My Heart Will Go On.
  • Cold Play: Fix You, Viva La Vida, Paradise, Shiver
  • Eddie Vedder: Better Man, Hard Sun, Society, Guaranteed, Long Road, Rise, Setting Forth.
  • Elvis Presley: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Always On My Mind, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, It's Now or Never.
  • Eminem: Not Afraid, Stan, Love The Way You Lie.
  • Eric Clapton: Layla, Cocaine, I Shot The Sheriff, Tears In Heaven.
  • Frank Sinatra: It Was A Very Good Year, My Way, That's Life, Strangers In The Night
  • Guns N Roses: Civil War, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Paradise City, Sweet Child O'Mine, November Rain.
  • Jimmy Hendrix: All Along The Watchtower, Voodoo Child, Third Stone From The Sun, Purple Haze, Hey Joe.
  • John Lennon: Give Peace A Chance, Imagine, Jealous Guy, Mind Games, Woman, Instant Karma.
  • Linking Park: Breaking The Habit, Crawling, In The End,  Waiting For The End, Somewhere I Belong.
  • Led Zeppelin: Dazed & Confused, Achilles Last Stand, Kashmir, Stairway To Heaven, Immigrant Song.
  • Marvin Gaye: Ain't No Mountain High Enough, What's Going On, Let's Get It On, Sexual Healing.
  • Metallica: One, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, Unforgiven.
  • Michael Jackson: Beat It, Dangerous, Billie Jean, Earth Song.
  • Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit, The Man Who Sold The World, Come As You are, Lithium.
  • Phil Collins: Against All Odds, Another Day In The Paradise, In The Air Tonight, Sussudio, One More Night, Land Of Confusion.
  • Pink Floyd: Time, Coming Back To Life, Echoes, Breathe, If, Brain Damage, The Great Gig In The Sky, Us & Them, Comfortably Numb, Learning To Fly, Wish You Were Here, Marooned, Have A Cigar.
  • Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love, I Want To Break Free, Show Must Go On, We Are The Champions.
  • Radiohead: Creep, Karma Police, Paranoid Android.
  • Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer, Sound Of Silence.
  • The Beatles: A Day In The Life, Across The Universe, Come Together, Hey Jude, In My Life, My Guitar Gently Weeps, Obla-Di-Obla-Da.
  • The Doors: Break On Through, Light My Fire, L.A. Woman, Love Me Two Times, People Are Strange, Riders On The Storm, The End, When The Music Is Over, Alabama Song, Moonlight Drive.
  • The Rolling Stones: Gimme Shelter, Satisfaction, Sympathy For The Devil, Play With Fire, Thru & Thru.
  • U2 : One, With You Or Without You, Beautiful Day

  • Ain't Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations
  • Stand By Me by Ben E King
  • The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
  • Only The Lonely & Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  • That's Amore by Dean Martin
  • Hit The Road Jack & What'd I Say by Ray Charles
  • A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  • Oh Girl & Have You Seen Her by The Chi-lites
  • Smooth Operator by Sade
  • Johnny Be Good & You Never Can Tell by Chuck Berry
  • What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel IZ
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off of You by Frankie Vallie & The 4 Seasons.
  • Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
  • Have You Even Seen The Rain by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Ground Of Divorce and One Day Like This by The Elbow
  • Singing In The Rain by Gene Kelly
  • Hotel California by The Eagles
  • Never Tear Us Apart by INXS
  • You Are Beautiful by James Blunt
  • You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
  • When The Lights Go Down by Journey
  • Lowride by War

  • Solitary Man by Neil Diamond
  • Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  • Respect by Aretha Franklin
  • California Dreamin' by The Mamas & The Papas
  • Sledgehammer & Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel
  • Downtown by Petula Clark
  • Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis & The News
  • Where's My Mind by The Pixies
  • Carnival of Rust by Poets Of The Fall
  • Sound of Muzak by Porcupine Tree
  • Loosing My Religion by REM
  • Desert Rose by Sting
  • Every Breath You Take by The Police
  • Take Me Out Tonight by The Smiths
  • Time Of The Season by The Zombies
  • Dead Man Walking by The Script
  • Wicked Games by Chris Isaac
  • Wind Of Change by The Scorpions
  • On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
  • Against The Wind by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
  • Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Story of My Life my Marty Robbins

Also see:
What are the most beautiful lyrics you have ever heard?
What is your favourite lyric line from a song?
What films do you remember for their music/sound?
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What are the all time best English songs?

What are some professional (technical, soft, management etc.) skills one can learn and master in a couple of days or a week?

September 4, 2016

What are some professional (technical, soft, management etc.) skills one can learn and master in a co… by @rsinha819

Answer by Rahul Sinha:

Learning something faster is mostly about mindset. When you want to learn something, you’ve to focus on effective “HOW”. Because there is one effective way for doing something in least possible time with maximum results.

Now, it is necessary to find that “How”. Here are my tips

  • Make more attempts. This is simple yet effective way of doing something if you’ve no prior knowledge. The more attempts you make to do something, the less time you’ll take to master it.

We believe that there must be a hidden door to go to the mastery room. But, as such no door exist. You’ve to pass through the same ordinary door.

Why we stress on attempts? Attempts make you observant of your own actions and you analyse quickly that what went wrong and how can it be corrected. So, more attempts allow you to have an eagle eye on your way of doing something. That’s how you improve the way you do something.

So, if you’ve to learn something quickly, you’ve to manage your time to make more attempts to learn it. By doing it, you can learn faster than others because you making attempts at faster rate than anyone else.

  • Guidance is important. Probably, before you others also learned same thing and they know a better way of doing something. So, having a guide or teacher next to you is better than have none. If you’ve a mentor with you, your first attempt to learn something would be better than the first attempt of the one who has no information.

And, your attempts to learning something faster will be less than other.

All the gadgets come with guidance booklet. Why? Simply, to help you in your first attempt. If you won’t have that then probably you’ll mess up.

So, have someone experienced with you who can teach you to learn something in a better way.

  • Answering “Why” is important. Ask yourself, “Why”? Why do you want to learn something so quickly? That reason will keep you on track in learning it faster.

Because when you know why you doing something and what’ll be the likely benefits? You’ll give your best efforts in doing it.

So, give yourself explicit answer of “WHY?”.

  • Make small but consistent efforts.

When you start learning something new, you’ll have interest for a short period. After that you’ll lose your interest. And, when there is no interest, then you can’t learn it. So, to keep your interest alive and active.

Make small efforts in learning something. And, allow small breaks between two efforts. It will not only help to review your efforts but also to make a better effort next time.

Be smart with your efforts because when you’ve less time to learn something and you don’t have to lose interest.


Now, when you know how to adopt quick learning, you can develop the relevant skills quickly compare to others. To master them, you need to give more time.

Skills vary according to professions and industry. Like if you’re in computer programming, then you should know how to code and code in different languages. So, pick the skills based on your domain.

Here are general skills which one should’ve regardless of the field

1. Be an active listener. Just imagine how it feels when someone listening you and you’re sharing all your thoughts. You’ll feel amazing by the fact that the person giving you time to share your thoughts. Interruptions free!

When you listen to others actively, you reflect that they are the most important person in the room. They feel good and grateful to you.

This is difficult to master but at least you can try to develop. You just have to make other person that he really matters to you. And, he’ll share all his thoughts, ideas to you naturally.

2. Have an eye to distinguish between urgent and important. We generally find everything urgent and important. But, there is a fine thin line of difference between urgent and important. And, it happens because we’ve no proper schedule.

Have a proper organized schedule so that you can figure out what’s important or urgent right now?

And, to develop this skill, you don’t need years. Couple of days efforts will be enough to develop it. To master, it needs commitment.

3. Salesmanship. Persuading people to buy your ideas or products is a great skill and always in- demand regardless of the industry you’re in. If you able to offer your ideas in a ways that other can’t reject, you achieve great results. In your life, on many occasions you’ll be in a situation where you’ve to show the salesman in you.

4. Writing. Writing is just not about proper usage of grammar but presenting your thoughts in a coherent form. Expressing your thoughts in a lucid manner can help you in many places. Everyone has this ability but few master this art.

5. Positive Attitude. This is one skill one should learn and develop in his life. Because everyday we come across various situations and face struggles and challenges. And, to survive in those circumstances, you need positivity in your life.

When you learn to be positive, the world seems more good to you. Everything will seem interesting, and joyful. And, the best way to develop this skill is to practice it daily. Because you need it daily. Staying positive keeps you happy all the time and your mind stay active to find solutions of problems regardless of its size.

6. Being confident. This is just not a characteristic of a person but also a skill anyone can develop. And, what’s importance it hold in our lives. We are aware of it. In every thing you do, confidence required.

You can train yourself to be confident even if you didn’t born with this key trait. You just need to invest your time and efforts on it and this skill is yours. And, you can imagine the massive benefits it can provide you. To develop this skill, check this thread.


Keep learning, developing and mastering! You never know when and how, a skill can be proven as your life-saver.

What are some professional (technical, soft, management etc.) skills one can learn and master in a couple of days or a week?