The Editorial

From the Editor-in-Chief

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BufferedReader has entered its fifth year of existence, and the progress made by this magazine is testament to the hard work and vision of every single student and faculty member who has been associated with the magazine.

Not only has the standing strength of the Editorial Board grown in size, from just 7 back in 2014 to over 20 members today, but we have also kept improving on the content and design quality with each issue. The articles have kept getting more insightful, and the design more beautiful. The magazine has inspired other departments to start similar endeavours. And while all of us in the Board would make the case that the magazine is the crown jewel of the Department, we really just hope that our work is doing justice to the dreams of our founding members.

This edition’s cover story sheds light on the high-risk high-rewards realm of Cryptocurrencies. The article offers a view of what goes on behind the scene - details which are often shrouded in the fog of complexity and a general lack of curiosity in the invention beyond an investment standpoint. Because when the dust settles after the crazed gambling on this new groundbreaking invention in financial-technology, it won’t be long before they become stable enough to make a very suitable candidate for a truly international currency.

We spoke to Mr. Ashish Gupta, the gold medalist from the very first batch of the department (Class of 2002), about his journey after graduation and on how far the department has come along since then. We sincerely thank him for sharing his views with us, for the benefit of our readers still in the institute. Learning from the experiences of our alumni offers us a source of illumination as we walk into the often poorly-lit path that can be life after college.

We would also like to express our sincere gratitude for the support and guidance from the Head of Department, Dr. Haider Banka, the faculty supervisors of the magazine, Prof. Chiranjeev Kumar, Dr. Soumen Bag, and Mrs. Tanusree Kaibartta, along with all our faculty members.The magazine could not have come this far without your efforts in making sure that all members of the team are able to do their very best work, year after year. We are all very grateful for that.

Lastly, our next edition will be the tenth issue of the magazine. Needless to say, we are all very excited about putting in a great deal of work to make it a memorable one. So, in order to create the best edition of the magazine till date, we invite all our readers to email us at bufferedreader@iitism.ac.in with their thoughts and suggestions for the magazine. Criticism is especially welcome - The tenth edition won’t be the best if we don’t get your honest opinion on the magazine. And every member of this team won’t have it any other way.