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From Table Tennis to Algorithms

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From Table Tennis to Algorithms

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Those who first encounter  Professor Rajiv Gandhi, with his steadfast composure and characteristic solid-colored polos, may find him simple and quiet. However, Rajiv has a hidden energy - one that allows him to memorize all students’ names across 200-person classes. . .

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