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.

Back to GJ16

Again moved back to GJ16 and joined SVMIT, my alma mater. Feeling familiar and comfortable as compared to the previous institute as I had studied here as well worked for a few time before joining M.Tech.

And the best part of joining here is, I am relieved from the to and fro journey to Vadodara.

June 21, 2015

Great Coincidence

This was my last Tiffin at Plot No. 1059, Sector 2D, Gandhinagar. Had it with Mahesh Gajera. Then I (actually We - Me and Kiran) shifted to L N Desai's house at Plot No. 1672/1, Sector 2D.

Coincidentally, today I am again at Mahesh's place. 

Thanks to Facebook for reliving those memories.

May 14, 2015

Disconnect to Connect

For the past couple of days I have been reading on Productivity Tips. Have been scouring various blogs on the same.

One thing that has caught my fancy is Digital Detox. To stay away from all kinds of Electronic Connecting Devices, especially Smart Phone.

I am constantly connected to the Internet via my iPhone. Even while working on stuff that doesn't require me to be connected to the Internet, I keep my WiFi on. And this in turn compels me to check my email or browse unnecessary stuff on the Internet.

This disrupts my thinking process or my work.

Although I love being connected to my friends and family members over Whatsapp and other social networks, I don't want it to be a habit where I check my phone even if there are no new notifications.

So here's my plan to Disconnect and be more Productive:
  • Use Whatsapp sparingly. No forwarding of that joke that you found funny or no unnecessary chit-chat.
  • Put your email in Fetch mode rather than Push Mode. Change settings to fetch mail hourly.
  • Stop multitasking. Focus on just the task at hand. If possible, put iphone on Do Not Disturb.
  • Read a book. Rather than surfing news on the news sites or reading facebook feeds. 
  • Write. Whatever comes to your mind on a piece of paper rather than updating it on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Make a list of tasks to be done. Write it on paper and keep it in your pocket.
  • Put the phone away so that it cannot be reached without getting up.
  • Watch. Whatever is nearby you. Rather than staring at your mobile phone and checking for new notifications.
I'll do this experiment for 2 weeks or so and keep writing my experiences.