Programmer of the Month for July ’09: Keshav Dhandhania

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Starting this July we’re going to feature individuals that stand out from amongst the rest on CodeChef as the “Programmer of the Month”. Every month we will nominate one individual, who we think deserves a special mention.

And the Programmer of the Month for July is Keshav!

You must be wondering why Keshav is the Programmer of the Month without winning any of the CodeChef Challenges. He was surprised as well. : ) The reason why we’re so impressed with Keshav is because he is all of seventeen years old! Without a formal degree this young programmer has stood 7th in the June Algorithm challenge. Well done, Keshav!

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Name: Keshav Dhandhania
Age: 17
Institute: Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, Kolkata.
CodeChef Userid: keshav_57

Brief introduction about yourself (under 140 characters):
Nothing very special about me. Just a usual school kid I guess, who was fortunate enough to receive some good guidance from people around him.

How/When did you start programming?
A cousin of mine introduced me to TopCoder in 2007 when he saw some of my prizes in math Olympiad. Since then, I have pretty much given up math for programming. 🙂

What do you do when you’re not programming?
Spend time with friends, watch a movie or a sport, listen to music and play some online games.

What do you like most about CodeChef?
The prizes top the list. The problems which I cannot solve come next!

How many hours a day do you program?
Depends. On a usual basis I program for a couple of hours a day. Currently, I’m putting in more hours because I need to practice for IOITC.

What’s your favourite book and why?
No favorite. I like books on neurology, and novels are always welcome!

If you could eat dinner with any famous person (past or present), who would it be and what dish would you have?
Person: Chuck Norris?
Dish: Anything from the Chef would be great. 🙂

What are your plans for the future?
Have not thought about it very seriously. I won’t leave competing for sure.

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37 Replies to “Programmer of the Month for July ’09: Keshav Dhandhania”

  1. Congrats! Keshav. Well done.
    As for age, as far as I know Yash ( IIIT Hyderabad ) is even younger than him!(though 17 only.) and he stood 9th and 8th in May and June Contests!

  2. Congrats! Keshav. Well done.
    As for age, as far as I know Yash ( IIIT Hyderabad ) is even younger than him!(though 17 only.) and he stood 9th and 8th in May and June Contests!

  3. Congrats keshav both for being the coder of the month
    And for making it to the Indian team at IOI
    All the Best and bring India a Gold this tiome

  4. Congrats keshav both for being the coder of the month
    And for making it to the Indian team at IOI
    All the Best and bring India a Gold this tiome

  5. Hi,

    Actually, the age must not be a factor for judging the result. It’s sad that in our country ( India ) people discriminate in terms of age and sex. This discrimination is rather glaring when one tries to take up employment. Mental faculties must not be judged depending on either of these factors.

    Rather, the quality of the code in terms of cohesiveness of the functions / methods and classes and their intercoupling / dependencies and others could be a better factor.

    Warm Regards,
    Ganesh

    1. Hi Ganesh,
      Thank you for your comments. Please note the Programmer of the Month is just a way for us to recognize talented individuals, not necessarily highlight the “best” programmers. Keshav’s story is unique because of his abilities in combination with his age. In the future we will choose others whose stories we believe might inspire others. We will leave it to the contests to judge who the best programmers are.
      Cheers,
      The Chef

  6. Hi,

    Actually, the age must not be a factor for judging the result. It’s sad that in our country ( India ) people discriminate in terms of age and sex. This discrimination is rather glaring when one tries to take up employment. Mental faculties must not be judged depending on either of these factors.

    Rather, the quality of the code in terms of cohesiveness of the functions / methods and classes and their intercoupling / dependencies and others could be a better factor.

    Warm Regards,
    Ganesh

    1. Hi Ganesh,
      Thank you for your comments. Please note the Programmer of the Month is just a way for us to recognize talented individuals, not necessarily highlight the “best” programmers. Keshav’s story is unique because of his abilities in combination with his age. In the future we will choose others whose stories we believe might inspire others. We will leave it to the contests to judge who the best programmers are.
      Cheers,
      The Chef

  7. very well done Keshav,wish that in future you can develop ur programming skills so that bring much glory to u and ur nation.As I am also a kolkatan,I do feel proud for u.

  8. very well done Keshav,wish that in future you can develop ur programming skills so that bring much glory to u and ur nation.As I am also a kolkatan,I do feel proud for u.

  9. Congrats! Keshav. Well done. As for age, as far as I know Yash ( IIIT Hyderabad ) is even younger than him!(though 17 only.) and he stood 9th and 8th in May and June Contests!

  10. Congrats! Keshav. Well done.
    As for age, as far as I know Yash ( IIIT Hyderabad ) is even younger than him!(though 17 only.) and he stood 9th and 8th in May and June Contests!

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