About Siddhesh

I am Siddhesh Prabhugaonkar from Goa blogging on various topics since October 2007. I am a Software Engineer by profession and passionate about any form of art; blogging being one. I am writing this blog to provide an outlet to my expressions, feelings and views. I have keen interest in listening to music, movies, literature and photography.

Keith Jarrett Solo Concert

Keith Jarrett is a pianist who performs both jazz and classical music.Here is a performance of Keith Jarret playing piano -a footage from “Keith Jarrett: Last Solo”, Tokyo ’84 Encore. Notice two distinct streams of music-one playing in the background. Truly genius.

I listen to this I feel low or when my morale is down. It lifts up my spirit.


Marathi Short Stories ‘बहिर्मुखी’ by Prasad Shirke

My friend Prasad Shirke is an independent and extremely popular author in Marathi literature. Unlike the traditional authors, Marathi books and novels written by Prasad bring a far modern and fresh perspective towards the world.

After huge success of 2 novels, he has brought out a collection of short stories in Marathi. It contains some life moments and experiences the author has experienced. The stories are heart-touching and will definitely teach you a lesson or two on humanity.

Do read and share. You can read on BookStruck or download Android app.

Learning programming

Note: An old unpublished post; publishing now…

Every day a new technology or a programming language emerges in software industry. Keeping an eye on them, learning them and being an early adopter is an immense task; especially if you are in the software development community. Google does help me in finding the relevant links, however either they are specific to the subtopic or they cover the topic partially. (just a thought – Ganapati Bappa Morya is a popular slogan these days on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. For a software professional Google is the new God – Google Bappa Morya!)

http://www.w3schools.com is the best when it comes to knowing about the new technology in a nutshell. I would strongly recommend it to students and the beginners.

One thing I particularly like about w3schools is they have a Tryit Editor where you can edit and view the results instantly on the same page. For example, in this link http://www.w3schools.com/html/tryit.asp?filename=tryhtml5_video_bear you can edit the source code and view the results instantly.

Being a Microsoft .NET developer primarily working on C#/VB.NET, you can tinker around these languages online at https://dotnetfiddle.net.

Online .NET Trainer/tutor

If you are looking for an online training/tutoring class in Microsoft .NET technologies, then you have come to the right place. I have 11 years of professional experience working on Microsoft .NET technologies in banking, education and software MNCs. I have also given training to students and employees, both in class and online.

Subject/topics could be C#, VB.NET, .NET framework, Visual Studio, SQL Server, ASP.NET, Win Forms, Design patterns, ADO.NET, web services, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), LINQ, Entity Framework etc…

If you are looking for the online trainer/tutor, contact me on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Image reference: https://www.parenting.com

Returns vs increments

Its better to look for and reap returns on investments (be it time, money or effort) rather than wait for that increment, bonus or promotion?

Rather than just being frustrated and having vendetta against your boss or co-worker, why not start/create/build something of your own?

Are employees so fearful to leave the job? What are the parameters that hinder an employee from leaving the job from India perspective. This is a potential subject for research:)

Of course, it varies from person to person but just read this story of chaiwala earning a million in a month!

What do you think?

Marathi novel ‘Valay’ by Nimish Sonar


My friend Nimish Sonar works in IT field, same as me. He is a multi-talented person, I must say. He has kept his interest in writing, drawing/cartoons alive, along with a high profile job and attending to family. He has written many books in Marathi, be it mystery, thriller, horror, comedy or SciFi. Read his books on BookStruck and other digital platforms. Read his drawings, cartoon’s at https://artimidis.blogspot.in.

Recently he published a Marathi novel on the shadow life of actors in TV/Film industry. And it was my privilege to write Foreword for the book. Congratulations to Nimish Sonar on such a wonderful book and we hope to cherish many more refreshing novels in Marathi literature, in future.

It is an entertaining novel, yet a thriller one. Do read and share with your friends and family. You can read the novel as Android app or on BookStruck .

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Note: I wrote this post years back and it was still unpublished, as like many others. Now that I have got time off the job, I have started investing time in health and happiness, listening to podcasts and start writing again. I will start putting some words together….



As a child I dreamed of becoming a soldier and did not miss any TV serial regarding patriotism. But as we grow up, our innocence gets diminished and rationality plays a vital role in our day-to-day life. How many of us are happy in our life? And to be specific ‘Am I happy now?’ Ask this question to yourself for introspection.

Randy gave his Last lecture titled ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams’ in Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 shortly before his death.

The Last Lecture is a memoir, a celebration of life, and a testament to the power of childhood dreams. But it is also, perhaps most of all, a book of lessons.

The book is filled with all the ideas and observations that Randy Pausch wanted to share with his three young children. “These are the things I won’t get the chance to tell them over the next twenty years,” he said. “I’m trying to put myself in a bottle that will one day wash up on the beach for them.” After the book was released, Randy was most moved and pleased to learn that educators — middle- and high-school teachers, as well as college professors — were showing the video of his lecture to their students, and then using the book as a companion teaching tool. Randy was also thrilled to receive countless emails from parents saying that the lessons in the book were resonating in their households, too — that they were using the book to spark a dialogue with their own children.

Many educators choose to first show their students the lecture, or clips from it. That way students

are familiar with Randy, the cadence of his voice, and the humor and heart to be found in his

delivery. When students then read the book, it’s as if they can hear the Randy they saw on stage.

The basic questions students might want to think about while reading the book are these:

Why has this lecture/book struck a chord with so many people?

Where is the speaker/author “coming from”?

What are my childhood dreams? How might I achieve them?

What were the dreams my parents had and how did they fulfill them?

Who are mentors I can turn to? What lessons have they taught me?

And what wisdom would I choose to impart to the world if it was my last chance? What are the

lessons of my own life?


Randy Pausch describes his cancer as “an engineering problem.” How was this a helpful way to look

at his illness?

He talks about the lecture as a means of expression, and a way to reach his kids: “If I were a

painter, I would have painted for them. If I were a musician, I would have composed music. But I

am a lecturer. So I lectured.” There are so many ways to communicate. What are your own avenues

for self-expression?

Randy has always recognized the importance of time management. What did you think of his

decision to work on the book while riding his bike?

Chapter 1: An Injured Lion Still Wants to Roar

Randy almost didn’t go to Pittsburgh to deliver his last lecture. His wife Jai had wanted him to stay

home with her and the kids. What did you learn from his discussions with her about this?

Randy chose “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” as the topic for his lecture. In what

ways would this allow him to tell the story of his life, and to enable the dreams of others?

Chapter 3: The Elephant in the Room

Randy decided to begin his talk in a specific way – showing his CT scans, introducing “the elephant

in the room,” assuring everyone he’s not in denial, and doing push-ups. What made this effective?

What were you thinking watching this for the first time via video?

Chapter 4: The Parent Lottery

Randy said he realized many of his dreams because he had terrific parents. What details from his

childhood do you think led to the successes he had later in life? Are there lessons in Randy’s story

for people who’ve had less-fulfilling childhoods, or absentee parents? What advice might you give

to those who didn’t win “the parent lottery”?

Chapter 5: The Elevator in the Ranch House

In his talk, Randy encouraged parents to allow their children to paint on their bedroom walls. “As

a favor to me,” he said, “let ’em do it. Don’t worry about the home’s resale value.” The real message

he says he was trying to give was this: Find ways to help your kids be creative. Nurture those

instincts in them.

What would you paint on your bedroom walls if you were given permission to do so? What

other creative outlet would you like to pursue, if your parents gave the OK?

Chapter 6: Getting to Zero G

The chapter ends with the line: “If you can find an opening, you can probably find a way to float through

it.” What’s the lesson to be learned from Randy’s attempts to get onto that “Vomit Comet”?

Chapter 7: I Never Made It to the NFL

This is a chapter about football, but so many of the lessons in it can apply elsewhere in our lives:

Talk about ways fundamentals are important off the playing field, too.

Randy believed our critics are often the ones saying they still care about us. How in your own

life has a critic helped you become a better person?

Randy loved using “head fakes.” What are some other head fakes that teachers and parents

have used?

Chapter 11: The Happiest Place on Earth

Throughout the book, Randy says: “Brick walls are there for a reason. They’re not there to keep us

out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”

What are the brick walls you’ve faced in your own life? How did you get over them?

Chapter 12: The Park Is Open Until 8 p.m.

In this chapter, we see Randy as an advocate for his own medical care. We also get a sense of how he

decided to adopt a positive attitude. Have there been people in your own life who’ve faced the challenge

of serious illness? What did you learn from them? How has Randy’s journey made you consider

how you’ll approach your own mortality?

Chapter 14: The Dutch Uncle

Randy credits his professor Andy van Dam with telling him the tough-love things he needed to hear.

What was it about Dr. van Dam’s delivery and message that resonated with Randy? Who in your own

life has told you things about yourself that made you reconsider your actions or behavior?

Chapter 15: Pouring Soda in the Backseat

Throughout the book, Randy makes a distinction between “people” and “things.” What did you

think of his decision to empty that can of soda in the backseat of his car?

Chapter 17: Not All Fairy Tales End Smoothly

In this chapter and chapter 19 (about the birth of his son) Randy reminds readers that even wonderful

life events – such as a wedding or the birth of a child – are fraught with unexpected dangers. What

did you learn from the way Randy and Jai handled the problems before them in these chapters?

Chapter 18: Lucy, I’m Home

Was Randy right? Was there no need to fix the dents in those two damaged cars?

Chapter 21: Jai

It is clear in the book that Randy and Jai have a deep love for one another. And yet, like other married

couples, they’ve had to work hard on their relationship. Randy’s illness created additional challenges.

By reading about how they’ve faced the issues between them, what did you learn about getting along

with others, about mutual respect, and about the power of love?

Chapter 23: I’m on My Honeymoon, But If You Need Me…

What do you think of Randy’s time-management tips? Would you have walked out of that grocery

store, knowing you overpaid by $16.55? Do you have to-do lists?

Chapter 24: A Recovering Jerk

Randy believes the number one goal for educators should be helping students learn how to judge

themselves. How crucial do you think this is in the learning process? Have you relied on feedback

loops in your own life? Has anyone ever told you that you were being a jerk?

Chapter 27: The Promised Land

Randy and his colleagues tried to attract girls into the field of computer science. He’s proud of “The

Alice Project,” and calls it his greatest legacy. What advice would you give to his colleagues, as they

go about trying to carry on Randy’s vision?

Chapter 28: Dream Big

Randy missed the 1969 moonwalk because he was sent to bed by camp counselors. Have you ever

wished adults in your life were less rigid? What advice would you give to adults about helping kids

to dream big?

Chapter 29: Earnest Is Better Than Hip

Do you agree with Randy? Is earnest better than hip? Is fashion truly commerce masquerading as

hip? Or can fashion be a way in which people express themselves?

Chapter 32: Don’t Complain, Just Work Harder

Randy admired Sandy Blatt and Jackie Robinson because they didn’t complain. As Randy put it:

“Complaining is not a strategy.” Do you agree?

Chapter 35: Start By Sitting Together

Have you ever had trouble working in groups? How might Randy’s tips help you get along better

with others in the future?

Chapter 39: Be the First Penguin

Randy writes that “experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” How do you

think his First Penguin Award was able to inspire his students?

Chapter 41: The Lost Art of Thank-You Notes

Do you agree with Randy that handwritten thank-you notes, even in our computer age, can offer a

kind of magic? When was the last time you sent a handwritten thank-you?

Chapter 47: A Bad Apology Is Worse Than No Apology

Randy describes two “classic bad apologies.” Have you ever given someone such an apology? How

did it turn out?

Chapter 55: All You Have to Do Is Ask

What would you like to ask for that you haven’t been able to find the courage to articulate? What

do you think will happen if you “just ask”?

Chapter 56: Make a Decision: Tigger or Eeyore

OK. So which one are you? And why? If you’d like to be more of a Tigger, how might you go about


Chapter 59: Dreams for My Children

Randy says parents don’t realize the power of their words: “Depending on a child’s age and sense

of self, an offhand comment from Mom or Dad can feel like a shove from a bulldozer.” Have you

ever felt that way?

What are the vital messages to be drawn from the way Randy is saying goodbye to his kids,

and from the tangible things he is leaving behind for them?

Chapter 61: The Dreams Will Come to You

Randy realized that he didn’t give the lecture because he wanted to. He gave it because he “had to.”

Are there things inside of you that “need to come out”?

As you read this final chapter of the book, what were the emotions you were feeling?

How would you describe the legacy of Randy Pausch?

The video and the presentation is available at http://www.TheLastLecture.com.

As Randy said, the book was written for his children, but it has been incredibly meaningful for him that young people are finding it both useful and inspirational.