New Year resolutions and other upadates

First of all, a very happy new year to all the readers. I know its been 19 days post-New year, to be exactly. I have been keeping busy lately, especially from the start of the year! I want to take this opportunity to give you some updates (yes, yes, manager’s style of starting a meeting ;))

New Year resolution

The tradition of new year resolutions started as a moral favor- mostly to be good to others. In the course of time, these moral intentions were replaced by prayers and fasting. And now they are replaced by TODO list!

Every year I used to make New Year resolutions, only to find them being forgotten within some days. So this time I decided not to make any. Yes you read it rightJ. As Akshar has said, only thing that changes in the new year is the CALENDER; nothing else.

I am hoping to have a fantastic year ahead, both personally and professionally. Instead of resolutions, I am taking concrete steps to contribute to bridge the digital divide, work on tutoring and start working on a product/service.

Spoken Tutorial

This is an initiative by MHRD to pass on the knowledge of technology and free and open source software (FOSS) through the website to the masses that do not have the access to learn any software. This site provides videos and notes on FOSS in Indian regional languages.

I have actively started contributing to this project. I would urge you to participate/contribute in this effort to take software education to the masses and to bridge the digital divide!


I love tutoring/teaching. I am not sure how, but that’s something in my blood. I have been helping my brother, sister, cousins and neighbor’s kids in their homework. It might sound very easy but its easier said than done, when compared to giving advice to others. Just ask a parent and you would know!

During college days, I wish I knew how to prepare myself before entering the industry. I want to help the current students to make them aware of the industry, be prepared and mould themselves accordingly. I hope this would bridge the industry-academia divide to some extent.

To practice myself, I have started technology sessions for team members. Soon I would be starting giving sessions on technology and programming to students; I am sure this will help the students immensely while starting their career.

New Product/Service

These days I have been thinking, discussing with friends and colleagues, brainstorming about creating a product or a service. Being in the IT industry, my thinking (and I am extrapolating this from my experience, that others in the industry too are thinking this way) has been restricted to creating only software products/services. But there are many possibilities/opportunities out there that are yet to be tapped. If you are thinking of creating a start-up and are want to have some ideas, do visit these articles written by Paul-

I would like to hear about your ideas for new products/services/startup and engage, if possible.

I am currently accessing a possibility of creating a software product/service and its in the very early stages. More will follow as the idea materializes.

Swami Vivekananda

12th January marked the 150th birth anniversary of a person who dared to say “Give me 100 youths and I shall transform India”. Despite many odds and poverty, he visited America in 1893 to participate in the Chicago Parliament and got a standing ovation there.

I revere Swami Vivekananda, whose life and works remains an inspiration to me and the many.


I will be going back to Pune within weeks. It was a good time spent here in the Maximum City.

QnA site for patents

You must have heard of the recent patent infringement case between Apple and Samsung, which Apple eventually won. From the recent developments related to patent cases it appears that, the patents are used by the inventor or assignee to sue their competitors, rather than for new inventions.

Being from a software background, I have distanced myself from this area, especially because of the jargon used and the process involved. However, now its much easier to learn about it, thanks to StackExchange (a community-driven Q&A site) which has come up with a site for patents – in association with US Patent and Trademark Office.

Go and check out about the patents and the prior art.

Thank you Teacher!

When he became President, some of Dr. Radhakrishnan’s students and friends requested him to allow them to celebrate his birthday, 5 September. He replied,

“Instead of celebrating my birthday, it would be my proud privilege if 5 September is observed as Teachers’ Day.”

His birthday has since been celebrated as Teachers’ Day in India. (Reference

An authoritative of comparative religion and philosophy, he wrote critical interpretation of India’s religious and philosophical literature for the English speaking world. He was the first Indian to speak at the Hibbert Lectures; the only other Indian to speak here was Rabindranath Tagore.

I remember – during school days, our seniors (10th class students) used to take the responsibility of taking classes for the juniors, on the teachers’ day. When I was in 10th class, the senior students organized the full-day events along with conducting the classes for the juniors. It was a wonderful experience.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every teacher who has been a part of my academics and life, in general.

BTW, Hindus and Buddhists have another day to commemorate teachers i.e. Guru Pournima.

Programmers and reading

A few days back, I was looking for good videos/links to interview questions on technical topics specifically for .NET. Unfortunately Google didn’t help me much to search for the required content. In the end I bought the book of questions and answers and found it useful to go through it, rather than spending time in searching for the content on net.

I was an avid reader during school and college days.I would spend the days and nights reading a novel-be it historical or a classic. However the reading habit slowly died out as i started working for the employer. Lately I have been trying to read Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, but I am stuck in the first chapter itself:(

Jeff Atwood (he is my favorite blogger) points out that programmers don’t read books, largely due to

  1. Programmers are addicted to computing devices, be it PC, laptop, tablet or a smart phone, and with the inefficient but relatively available internet connection, they prefer to find things online.
  2. The whole bunch of technical aspects are packed in the book, whereas the programmer would be interested to find out about the problem at hand.
  3. it does take a fair amount of time to read the whole book- and people don’t have time in this digital era.

I found stack overflow the right Q&A site for technical questions. Quora is a great Q&A site if you want to look for some specific content or if you are looking for an answer to a specific question.

I am professional member of ACM

I few days back i became professional member of ACM. The membership for one year just costs $20.

As a member I got permanent ACM membership card. I also got access to a ebooks of Books24x7, safari books and Element K Courses and loads of other resources for professional as well as personality development.

Do become a member of this society; the resources are truly useful.


What Are Patterns? by Nello Cristianini

In the above video, the speaker talks about patterns, its history and the significance and usage of patterns.

Wikipedia quotes for Nello Cristianini-

Recent research has focused on the evolution on gene families in mammals, the automatic detection of reporting bias in media content, and the development of a unified framework for pattern analysis algorithms.  has a collection of good videos on a variety of subjects.

if you are interested in patterns, read Turing pattern on

Yahoo! Big Thinkers India Series in Pune

Yahoo! Research conducts a series of lectures quarterly under the Yahoo! Big Thinkers India Series. The lectures are conducted in Bangalore, however for the first time Yahoo hosted the April 2011 lecture outside Bangalore, in LeMeridian hotel in Pune. The lecture titled ‘web retrieval: The surprising role of users’ was conducted by Yeolle Maarek -a senior Director of Yahoo! Research.

Yeolle explained the role of users in a pretty nice way-it reminded me of film 21 in which Professor Micky Rosa (Kevin Spacey) puts up a stupendous job in his opening scene of the class.

Although the session was scheduled on a weekday (yersterday), we went to attend the session. The session proved to be a catalyst to think about something that we as web users should care about and was a good lecture in terms of content as well as presentation rather than those boring  meetings. Apart from this, the attendees got a nice and heavy snacks-the snacks in LeMeridian was really tasty, a key chain and a Yahoo! diary:) I know some people came solely for these things ;)

I hope the video of the session will be available on Bigthinkers site soon. The recorded sessions of previous lectures are available in the archives.