Life in waiting…

The life at Vadodara is going pretty dull these days. Nothing much exciting is happening and we are just trying to figure out from where the new bomb is going to attack.

Life never remains this dull for me and I am just waiting for the next rocking moment. This is bad. This is just plain bad. I always run into something way to unexpected after such lull, just like before the storm.

Now for more prominent things, I went to BITA, the Baroda Information Technology Association’s fair this 26th January with Lokendra Dongre. Lokendra is a long time friend and a Chemical Engineer currently working with Reliance Industries at Surat.

Tree things, which I found way to cool in the fair, are namely: 1. 3D Monitor, 2. Touch Screen white board, 3. Intel i7 Processors.

I will write in details about them in later posts as now not feeling in the mood.

Goddamnit! Why on earth at this place they do not sell some hard drinks. I am dying for some alcohol here! It’s been good 2 months since I had some good chilled can of beer or a glass of whiskey.

Am I doing right thing by writing about THAT here?

My Mother-in-law and her son are coming to Vadodara for a visit tonight and the weekend will go with them. It is going to be second visit from Tony since I am here.

Rest all is waiting….

Good God!

Advertisements

Makar Sankranti at Gujrat

Makar Sankranti is the only Indian festival which comes on a Roman calendar date i.e. 14th January each year. Traditionally, in my part of the country, it gets celebrated with married women gifting each other the symbols of marriage. While kids do enjoy the sweets made of sesame seeds and fly kites.

Now, in Gujrat, this is as wild as it gets. From kids to adults, from businessmen to the unemployed, everyone get down to one business only. That being flying kites and flying some more kites. This is an amazing experience for me as there are no people at office today, busy flying kites even after the festival.

I too got some kites but was unable to fly in the overloaded skies in the city. My kites never took off! Someone or the other cut it before it could actually reach its intended height. It was so funny to realize that people have bought kites in 100s for this very same reason. They cut 4 of my kites, I lost 2, 1 got stuck and I accidently tore 2 of them. Then last patience and returned inside.

I am not feeling like writing anymore. See ya later!

Report cards

After watching the movie ‘3 Idiots’ on my birthday last week, I still cannot stop thinking about the fact or the statement made by the movie. Go to college or school for the sake of learning, not for the degree. This is certain that the educational system in practice by most of the nation on the planet is based on the pupil’s ability to remember what is written in the books in those 2 hours time in the examination hall then his ability to think or caliber. The pressure loosing the 3 percent, 91% from 94%, is practically considered as a crime by many of the parents.

Sitting on the verge or time when I have to start a family of my own, makes me wonder as to how I can explain the rules of the game to my child and also make them follow their heart?

Either expect those BIG grades by just memorizing what is written in the books without understanding a word from them or doing what one wants to do. If I failed in making this balance, either I’ll be called the irresponsible parent who never made the kids finish their education or encouraged them for it or someone who just killed what was so dear to the child for his/her life or future.

This is all so confusing and makes my head go full of questions.

While over the years, considering myself as a victim of the educational system, I tried to figure out a way between.

The closest to the answer for this question came to me in International Baccalaureate, an international educational foundation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. IB has several schools in India and by the looks of it, it offers ample opportunities for the kids to learn and choose the way they want to be in the journey of life.

That said and researched, now come to the monetary part of it. How much is the fee? isn’t the annual fee in these schools much higher then what we paid for the graduation to the college? How many parents can actually afford it?

Leave IB, even the ICSE or CBSE schools are getting way too out of range.

Can’t we have a minister of education or a government who can seriously think of educational reformation and adopt the structure of IB into more and more schools across the country so the education gets more practical in life than just piece of papers with future written on them?

He was a 90 per center in schools, scored 80 in graduation and 78 in his masters before some MNC picked him for some annual package which was higher than his fathers entire life’s salary.

He never had friends in school, he was a loner. Whenever one saw him he was always on the way to or back from his tuitions. He got ragged in college, scored in the highest brackets, was teacher’s pet. Always an outcast, but happy to the fact that his parents were happy and proud to talk about him socially.

Sitting in his personal cabin in a far away country where his new job took him, he was crying.

Wondering what has he done wrong?

I am not going to complete this story because this is not mine and I am no one to justify someone else’s life.

My Story…

As Mr. Steve Jobs said in his speech at Stanford University, life is about connecting the dots. One cannot connect the dots of future but can join the dots of the past to see whether it was a life well lived or not.

My drawing is going good…

All the dots in my drawing are well placed and defined all the way to here. Mistakes, achievements, hopes, tears, smiles, love, pains, understandings, arguments, misunderstandings, fights, laughs, friends, parties, awkwardness, tight corners, failures, success…. It was a masala script!

I am not complaining.

I am just making the point that what if, there was a more comprehensive educational system present which concentrated on humans than report cards.

Projects, weekend, life

We are almost done with small module and another patch in the contact page in another module. QA for another project is done and bug fixes are in proceedings. One is live, another will go live EoD tomorrow and the last is slated for a 1st January release. Just don’t know what will befall after these projects are over.

I always dread it when projects get over and there is nothing substantial to look at. All these years experience tells me that in such situations all the web designers, however experienced they might be are called to design the company’s own website. This is where the darkest hour of the employment starts. The client, i.e. company management thinks they can call for of as many changes as they wish to as there is nothing of the importance is on the cards and designers must be kept busy. It is hardest to design when doing it for the management.

This is not a new thing and I have done it so many a times that it is now understood that until it is of prime emergency, the layout, however good it may be, rarely goes live. The process for the company website takes it own root which starts from the point of just-design-3-samples-and-send-over than information architecture or usability design.

This is really bad practice to do. As I said in one of my previous posts, the end result never hits the mark and makes a mess out of the situation blaming the designer for the blooper.

I am just hoping to not jump in the same thing all over again and getting my hands on some new client project where the rules of projects are written, agreed upon and settled before we spell ‘layout’!

Tomorrow, as they tell me, there is a party which is organized by Advait, Murli naidu and me for the other two’s respective weddings and my birthday. Don’t know how I got in the organizers list, but it is on. Though the party idea was initiated from another project team where I work with the developers for one specific client, I have invited my Design team in the party too.

I hope to have a good time.

Weekend was nothing much to quote of, we made fresh beans collected from my back garden and got some plum cake to enjoy the Christmas time. On Sunday, I went to see Dharmesh’s family. Dharmesh and I are friends from my Westbase days in Pune. He is now in the USA from some company in Pune and I am here in his home town.

All is fine and that’s all for now!

Birthday and future plans!

So the day is almost over and I am happy to be the Birthday boy. Got lots of calls, messages and mails for the day and many in office congratulated in person.

Yesterday, Priyanka went to IIM Ahmadabad as due to lake of internet connection at home, we missed the FPM application’s last date which was 15th December.

She got a cold shoulder from the staff there but it was a fantastic experience for her to be able to feel the number one institute of India. Better luck next time!

Tonight’s plan includes ‘3 Idiots’ and hope we’d get tickets for the late night show.

I have contacted the ISP Company here at Vadodara and hope to get the internet connection at home working over the weekend.

There is a lot to do in the coming years and B’ days give you tremendous opportunity to think over all the stuff and reorganize your life. And as the occasion owns it, the year also comes to the closer at the same time around for all of us.

So! What are your plans for the next year Dushyant?

Umm… Primary plan is to get Priyanka’s career on track for the PhD Fellowship thing. Second priority is getting a good bank balance this year. There are no prime expenses are in process so this must be done or pronounce it a flop.

Third priority will be to analyze if all this can be done in a foreign country.

So, does it mean that you are not happy at Vadodara?

No, this has got nothing to do with Vadodara, but it being a plan of the future since last 2 years.

What else do you mind achieving when you will be 27 or in the course of 2010?

A nice ‘Team Lead’ or ‘Head’ or ‘Manager’ added to the designation won’t hurt!

So, no ‘Papa’ addition to the profile in picture?

Don’t think so. Baby plans for 2011.

Why you are so sure dude?

I don’t know… The sure fire thing is, life never moves the way you wish it to be but making plans certainly makes one know where east is!

So! Best of luck and have a good life ahead!

Thanks dear! You are so very welcome!

B’day Tomorrow!

In just a few hours, I’ll be 27. I always thought this as a big number age wise, but to be here is so weird. I am not at all feeling like running in 28, I mean, this is just a number, isn’t it?

Oh! Come on… Stop shouting like a teenager…

Hummmm…

So, what you did when you were 26! Did that number owned you or you lived to your heart?

A freelance business, a new car, a new job, a new city, client site visit, a few new friends, a few wedding parties, holidays at new places, a new life and some new dreams.

Yes!

It was a good year and I lived it the way I wanted to.

Just cannot wait for the next year!

YeY I am happy(ier) now!

The Social Circle

Yesterday I got a tremendous opportunity to attend the ND Gujrat Annual Function at Vadodara where almost all the ND families residing across Gujrat were present.

NDs from Vadodara, Ahmadabad, Surat, Vapi, Anand, Valsad and what not took part with tremendous zeal and participated in all the activities.

The function was a grand success and going-on from breakfast, Aarti, Narmadashtakam, formal proceedings, Lunch, words from the elderly, cultural program, quiz and dinner made the day as complete as it could be.

I was at the function with my wife, Priyanka, father, Mr. Mahesh Kanungo and cousin, Mr. Aashish Badole and could feel their happiness to greet and meet some old and some new faces.

The team at Vadodara organized the entire function so successfully that management was the keyword of the event. Mr. Katyayani was nominated President for the next three years for Gujrat ND Samaj unanimously.

I want to pass my heartiest congratulations and greetings to everyone who made this event successful.

This is Dushyant Kanungo reporting from Vadodara, Gujrat, India.

Avatar and Office

Howdy Life!

I am having a super busy schedule with work and family life. After return from Gurgaon, yesterday I was designated module lead for a project to enhance the current client site with additional module in .Net with team.

This is a good thing to do as the other project I am managing is almost done and there is no prominent activity to talk about.

Pure It from Hindustan Unileaver is a fantastic product as I realize now after getting it installed at home. It filters almost yellow tap water into clean, smell free drinking water with such clarity.

Yesterday, me and Priyanka were just riding on bike in the night and came towards the multiplex to find Avatar preview to start in 15 minutes. Without thinking twice, we bought the tickets and were in for a very special film.

Though it was in 2D but to tell you the truth this is not just a film, it’s an experience to have!

I can’t wait to figure out where in the city I can see it in 3D.

Later!

Happy Birthday Papa!

It has been a crazy time. After Amit’s wedding, I was at Gurgaon and in process took 5 flights in one week. My ears are still blocked due to air pressure change and cold and cough.

Priyanka and Papa came this Friday with all the things for the house I rented and this saved me a trip to Indore.

Once the house was in place, we decided to visit Rajesh bhai at Kalol and then to Akshardham, Gandhi Nagar. It was a beautiful place. We also went to see the Adalaj ki Vav, a five-storied steep well built in 1498 on our way back.

My father was so thrilled when he drove the car at 130 KMPH on the National Expressway number 1.

Today he is celebrating his 67th birthday and I am planning to take him out to watch a movie if he agrees to go out.

Rest later!

The Busy Schedule

It is time to accept this week as a dull some and do not talk about it anymore.

I was suffering from cough and cold since the storm and wanted some medicine for it. I went to the nearest pharmacy yesterday morning and in very clear words asked for syrup without any side effects such as drowsiness etc. The store fellow assured me for that and gave me a medicine which I took as first thing at office. Till lunch time I was almost asleep at my desk. After that, I moved home for a quick nap with a promise to return in a couple of hours.

It was 9 in the evening when I wake up. I was asleep for almost 7 hours. Next thing I did, had my dinner, another dose of that drug and again, I slept till 8 this morning.

My head was buzzing all day long and in the noon time I went to the pharmacy and complained about the situation, he just said sorry and that was it.

Ashu is coming tonight for his interview at my company and tomorrow we will leave together to Indore. He does not have any reservation as for now and we have to share the return seats after all.

By the looks of it, I am having a very busy calendar ahead. It is Ashu coming late tonight, and then tomorrow’s travel and then Kunal’s post wedding attendance, then move to Sanawad for Amit Jain’s wedding celebrations, on Sunday its Dhamnod where the wedding will take place. I will be going to visit Aarti at her hostel and may be to see Priyank’s kid.

On my return journey to Vadodara, Brijesh will be coming with me as he has got appointment as a fresher in my company.

Before things settle down, again I’ll be moving to Indore to take Priyanka with me to Vadodara for the house as the week will be gone in checking up if everything is all right.

Phew!