Beautiful Gothenburg!

Posted in: Life in Sweden on 17 June, 2018 by Sharan

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Now that all our exams are over, I am free to enjoy the summer without a care in the world! 😉 On the top of my list of things to do now is travel. Gothenburg was one place I was meaning to go ever since I came here so I gathered a few friends and decided to spend a weekend exploring the city.

We boarded the late night bus and reached our destination early next morning. This is the most economical way of traveling to Gothenburg from Linköping. Since, there were five of us, we booked an apartment through Airbnb, which was also reasonable. After freshening up, we were off to explore the archipelago. The best way to get there is to board a ferry from Stenpiren, in the city center. Before that, we bought a travel pass which would cover all modes of transport in the city for 24 hours since the time it is activated. The pass costs 95 kr. Ferry no. 281 took us right from Stenpiren to Vrångö, the last big island on the archipelago.

Views of the city from the waterway:

..And then, we moved on into the open crystal blue..

The island of Donsö is was bustling with fishing and other shipping activity. There was a few cafes for tourists. We took a stroll around by the docked fishing boats and explored the island before settling by a cosy spot by the water.

We  then came back to the city and explored the central districts. It was a typical Friday evening in the summer. Lots of people had come out and were having a great time. I loved the atmosphere!

It was easy to get into the evening mood and we too started enjoying ourselves starting with a lovely meal at Pinchos.

On the next day, we decided to visit The Universeum, the biggest science centre in Scandinavia. This place is paradise for science geeks! It has a massive “Ocean Zone”, where you can witness the beautiful marine life. It was like were we on the ocean bed!

And, what’s more? There a forest with actual tropical animals within a huge green house! This place is insane when you think about the astronomical cost required to maintain this place!


After spending the morning and afternoon in the Universeum, we had some more time to kill before we headed back to Linköping. Right next to the Universeum, the Swedish Museum of world culture caught our eye. This place was amazing too! There were a lot of interesting stories in there with the display of some really cool artefacts as well. I am not posting pictures of them here as it wouldn’t do justice to the musuem. You have to visit the place, read and hear the stories.

Gothenburg is a city that I will definitely visit again. There is so much to see and do! So until next time..




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Course Review – Product Modeling

Posted in: LiU on 16 June, 2018 by Sharan

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In the second study period of the spring semester (VT2 – 2108), I had taken up Product Modeling (TMKT57). This was by far the most fun course till now and also the one where I worked most hard on. The objective of the course is basically to learn and execute design automation through CATIA, the 3D CAD software by linking it with the Visual Basic Coding Macros in Microsoft Excel.

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For me, this course was always going to be a challenge because I was neither familiar with CATIA nor coding in Visual Basic. So I had a lot of catching up to do. Fortunately, this is the case for many students who enroll in this course so we were given time and material to touch the basics and proceed into the more advanced concepts in quick succession.

I also have to give special mention to our professor, Mehdi Tarkian. The introduction he gave to the course was very enthusiastic and encouraging. The university could do with more professors like him, who gets students excited about what the course has to offer. The most interesting part of the course was the project. Each project group, comprising between 3 to 5 people each, could choose a project of their own choice, provided they met certain requirements of the course.

Our group, as a whole, had no experience with CATIA or coding. But it didn’t stop us from choosing an ambitious project. We wanted to be among the top project groups at the end of the course. We knew right from the start that we need to work for long hours tirelessly. Initially, we took our time to get the basics right before we met to decide what project we were going to choose.

We had to think of a project which would be challenging and at the same time be applicable to design automation principles. We decided that we were going to model a roller coaster, which could be customized into many configurations by the end user. And thus, it began. As we worked everyday, all weekend from morning to evening, through every weekend, our progress was riddled with obstacles. It was never smooth. This was quite understandable since we were all amateurs. The lab assistants were of great help during the scheduled sessions. But when they weren’t around, it was like we were left in the open wild to fend for ourselves!

Most of the time we spent for our project was to solve problems that we faced rather than divided work flow. In retrospect, this is where we learnt a lot. We not only learnt a lot about CAD modeling, and coding but also problem solving. After a lot of skipped meals and overnight sessions, we finally completed our project, within just a few hours before our presentation.

Although, we had a few thing missing, the professor was kind enough to grant us a good grade as he recognized the colossal amount of work we put through. We were clear in stating the things we learnt and what we would do differently if we could start over.

To sum up, this was a course where we were out on a steep learning curve and I personally feel I have upgraded my knowledge in many aspects. That’s all that matters at the end. I’m sure I will keep at these concepts and learn more. If you are a student thinking about specializing in Engineering Design, do not think twice about choosing this course and make the most of it! 🙂




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Campus Valla in the Summer

Posted in: Life in Sweden, LiU on 3 June, 2018 by Sharan

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Is this really Sweden? That’s what I felt at times lately when I ventured outdoors. It is so bright and warm that I felt like I was home! Work-wise, the month of may was absolutely crazy! I spent most of my time in the university working on a project for what was really a fun course, Product Modelling.

But since I was a novice in Computer Aided Modeling, I often had frustrating sessions. I started working quite early in the day and was usually exhausted by the end of the day.But stepping out for a some fresh used to calm me calm. Who wouldn’t feel better after stepping out from a lab with no windows in this atmosphere?

To unwind, I turned to mother nature. Everyone knows Sweden has a lot of natural beauty but it gets all the more better in the summer. The University park opposite to Campushallen is now my favorite place to relax.

I’m also enjoying the really long days. Sometimes I just step out around 10:30 pm just to watch the sunset.

The combination of this sight and the music of Pink Floyd is hard to beat! 😉





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Vintage Classics

Posted in: Life in Sweden on 9 May, 2018 by Sharan

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Who knew Linköping had a vintage automobile club? I didn’t until last week, when the club wanted to mark the “Grand Opening Season of 2018”. I suppose many things are springing to life during the warmer months.

The venue for the occasion was the flygvapenmuseum or the Swedish Air Force Museum. The museum alone is astounding. I have written a separate post about it a few week earlier. Do check it out here:

The combination of lustrous American hot rods with the backdrop of old commercial aircrafts was a sight to behold.


It was great to see such passionate people who have clearly taken great care to acquire and maintain these beautiful machines! It was yet another refreshing evening for me. I have been using that term quite often now. I guess I will really enjoy my first Swedish summer.





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Posted in: Life in Sweden on 5 May, 2018 by Sharan

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On the 30th of April, Sweden celebrates one of its biggest annual festivals, Valborg. In the middle of spring, when the summer is right around the corner, it is Swedish tradition to light a bonfire and basically just chill in the warmth. In Linköping, the local municipality organized the festivities at the downtown park, trädgårdsföreningen. Although there was no bonfire, people had gathered there in big numbers, with their portions of beer. Oh yes, Swedes love their beers!

                                              Is there a better indication of springtime?

I loved the tranquility of the park. Though on this particular day, there were a lot more people than usual, we found calm areas because of the vast size of the park. After exploring the park, we came back to the festivities which were happening all day.

A small stage had been set up where a few university bands played their music. It was great to see the whole town excited and full of life. Most of the students went on partying the early hours of the following day. Yes, the party scene among the university students is quite crazy!

        Those who haven’t yet, really ought to taste the ice cream at Glassbar. Scrumptious!

I unfortunately did not plan well for this day. Hopefully next year, I will buy tickets for the parties well within time. Well, at least I got to eat at the newly renovated Glassbar.




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Sharan Sargur

Sharan Sargur
Hello there! I am Sharan, a passionate Masters student, pursuing Mechanical Engineering. I have come all the way from Bengaluru, India not just to study but also to explore. Watch this space where I will be sharing all my exciting experiences in Sweden. Cheers!

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