January 3, 2016

New Laptop

Finally I emptied my old Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop and started using the all new Lenovo laptop which was gifted to me by Vijaybhai on my last birthday. I had used the previous laptop for the past 7 years. It had loads of data and scattered files which needed to be backed up.

The new laptop is quite light in weight as compared to the previous one. Moreover, it came with pre-installed Windows 8.1 which I later on upgraded to Windows 10. Also I created a partition for Ubuntu.

December 31, 2015

Important Events of 2015

1.    The year started by shifting home in Gandhingar as my landlord needed to shift downstairs and renovate the upper floor.
2.    After visiting many houses finally settled down in a pretty good house just a few meters away from where we were staying.
3.    Loved the new house and the neighborhood. It was a pleasant stay.
4.    However, we could not enjoy much over there as I decided to change college and shifted to a college in Vadodara.
5.    Students gave a grand farewell.
6.    Left Gandhinagar on 23rd March, 2015.
7.    Stayed in Vadodara college for about 3 months. Shuttled between Vadodara and Bharuch after staying for some time in Vadodara initially.
8.    Change college again and came back to my Alma-mater in Bharuch.
9.    Visited my Kutch and enjoyed a lot.
10.   Abhijit became Dad on 23 December, 2015.

As the year passes by and we move onto a new year, we need to reflect on the things that we did wrong. But this exercise seems to be meaningless unless and until we find a way out that could change us or else we are going to repeat the same mistakes again in the new year.
I have tried this “New Year Resolutions” thing many times but have always failed.

I don’t know whether to make new resolutions this new year or continue in the same way that has been all these years. Resolutions seem to be good initially but later on we forget them and again try to make the same resolutions in the coming next year.

So rather than making any new resolutions this year, I try to fulfil my old resolutions this year. Old resolutions include exercising daily, a few career oriented goals and try to read more books.
Happy New Year.

October 22, 2015

Happy Dashera

  • Waked up quite late after yesterday night's garba.
  • Had faafda - jalebi ;-)
  • A beetle kissed Kiran today which made Kiran yell. 

July 6, 2015

The Kalam Effect

Had been to Abhijit's residence at Birla Complex, near Kharach (Kosamba). Nice township with many amenities. Visited the Sports Complex, called as the Narmada Club and then to the Central Library situated inside the Club.

While browsing through the books, came across this book "The Kalam Effect" written by P.M.Nair, who was the secretary of former president, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Issued it and started reading it.

I have always admired Kalam Sir. Read his autobiography "The Wings of Fire" many times and still love to read more about him. The book is an insight into the life a scientist as well as People's President. 

It starts with how Mr. Nair was confused and his initial apprehensions on being selected by Dr. Kalam as his secretary. Mr. Nair would have thanked his stars after the initial dilemma.

The language of the book is quite lucid as that of Dr. Kalam's other books. The color photographs in the books are a treat to watch the former president during different occasions.

Some of the things that I admired while reading the book are:

  1. Dr. Kalam's love for the ailing peacock.
  2. Sending back the bills for reconsideration.
  3. He would never disturb his staff, unless it is really urgent.
  4. His communication with the Supreme Power, God, whatever you call and how it saved the staff members from worrying.
  5. His ability to remember even the minutest details of each everything he received on his table.
  6. For him, everything was important.
  7. His vision for India.
In short, a must read for all admirers of Dr. Abdul Kalam. Thank you Mr. Nair for writing this book.

July 2, 2015

Surprise gift from Shyam

Thank you Shyam Kotecha for this awesome surprise gift.



P.S. I first met Shyam during our interview at Babaria Institute of Technology, BITS Edu Campus, Vernama(Vadodara). And then we met after I joined the institute. I found him similar to me when I joined my first job, inexperienced and somewhat lonely. However, our frequencies matched and we had great time together. I still remember how my friend Lalit Pandya helped me during my first job at SVMIT. In the same way I tried to help him and guide him with whatever little experience I had of this job.

A great friend, a trustworthy individual and most importantly a true person. Good luck to you my friend.