Hello, it is wonderful to see you here. My name is Prathmesh Thakkar and I am current studying Audio Acoustics at The University of Salford, Manchester. I’ve always loved science! I first discovered science was the thing for me when I was 5 years old, I tried joining random wires to get an LED to work, I thought it was the perfect circuit and my favorite LED would shine. But it didn’t, heartbroken I told my dad about it. He said maybe my wiring isn’t correct and I was like, wait, “Do these shiny metal threads have to be in a particular way for it to work?” I was so shocked, those tiny wires had come out from my favorite toy car which I had lost only a week ago. I loved that toy car so much, my dad said the car loved me too but it had to go so that it could find rebirth at my best friends house miles away on the other side of the globe. Yes, I knew what a globe was when I was 5. So if my toy car actually loved me, its hair (that’s what I called wires back in the days) wouldn’t care about its orientation and would just light up a green LED! And hence began my first electronics lesson, my dad sat down next to me with a mug of coffee and said “We are gonna play a new game today, and it’s called CIRCUITS”
Years after years as I grew up, these lessons became a ritual. When I was 11 I changed my first light bulb, when I was 13 I made my first lego vending machine (which worked, haha!) and when I was 15 I made a fascinating discovery. This was when my dad had just bought us a new home theater system for the living room. It took forever to install, and I am a very impatient person. I kept asking him why was it taking so long to which he always said “Wait for it son, you are about to be amazed” And yes, I was absolutely amazed!
It was a surround system and the whole movie watching experience was dynamic. After the movie when I looked around, I saw tiny speaker units on the shelves running just under the ceiling, that was a very unusual place for speakers to sit given back in the days the most popular way of watching a movie was to pop in a CD/VCR and watch it on screen with minimal audio distorting out from the sides of a TV unit. By then I had known enough electronics to do a small experiment without my dad’s assistance, so I went round the back of the DVD reader and changed the speaker inputs. And it sounded pathetic!
So basically, by the age of 15 I had been betrayed by tiny hairs of my toy car, electrocuted by a light bulb and lastly ridiculously tiny speaker units just backed out on my expectations. Maybe I was getting way ahead of myself, or maybe there was something in everyday life I wasn’t paying necessary attention to. That was when I realized if done the right way round, science could make life beautiful.
Ever since that day I have been reading magazines, web posts, books, news columns and a lot of other things which always made my day beautiful. Now I am taking this step to share whatever I have learned so far with everyone who would like to engage in this exchange of knowledge.
I appreciate your time and I hope you always have fun every time you visit my blog.
The Passionate Psychopath 🙂