It’s been a long time since I was here. Many things have kept me off blogging, but I guess most important of it was I forgot why I started blogging in first place. For if the motivation is strong enough for a task, we can find time to do it.

I recently happened to remember that one of the reasons of starting this blog was to keep in touch with writing. And so, in spite of the fact that a PhD pursuit can make demands on your life that make finding time for anything else criminal in some eyes, I am planning to read many books this year and planning to write a bit about them too. Here’s first of such entries.. By the way, the title (hopefully) translates to “Old and new ideas about living life”.

*Khalil Gubran – The Prophet

I did a presentation on Gubran recently and it would be sad if I didn’t read one of his books. This is a nice read; written so long ago but I can relate to it, parts of it at least! The book presents his thoughts on myriad of topics relevant in day to day life. Thanks to a friend who recommended that I read it.

I am not sure I want my mom to know I am reading about marriage but here is an excerpt on his thoughts on marriage:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love;
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

*Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

I cannot claim to know many books which talk about women in (or not so in) workforce and their challenges. So it would be difficult to rate this one. But being one of “these women” still in workforce, I am glad I read this book. More glad the author took time to write about this.

She succinctly points out what keeps women from gaining equal footing and I would be lying if I say I don’t see/face these challenges. So in all, its good we are talking about this. I hope anyone out there who sincerely cares about scanty women representation in workforce finds time to read this book. Finally, hoping to employ all that I learned from this book.

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First of all many thanks to a friend who took the pains to mail me that she happened to read my blog and that I should keep writing. They say ‘a friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words’. Thanks to her that I finally felt like posting this one. So many things have happened in the past 2 months that I guess it took some time for me to come to terms with myself. Here’s a quick list:

  1. I finished my engineering studies with static colors :). So now I can claim that I am an Engineer. Shaizeen Aga, BTech IT (COEP) happens to be my new designation :).
  2. We, which means (Akki, Swati and me) won Imagine Cup Parallel Computing Award. I really want to thank some people without whom this achievement would not have been possible.-Niks: For suggesting to me that I participate ( I had better mention Shira’s name here for inviting us to her birthday party and coming late herself 🙂 which gave Niks and me, the time to start chatting). He not only suggested that I participate but also wholeheartedly believed that I would win :). Niks, do let me know how you developed this foresight:).

    -Sudhir: For answering all my silly doubts with his immense patience and helping out.

    -Jinson and Kumbhar Sir: For helping us arrange a quad core machine for getting our test results.

    -And last but not the least Swati, for having a dual core machine, almost killing it for getting the results we got and for converting herself into a anthropomorphic debugger for almost over a month to make our code run with atmost precision and Akki for being at a ‘missed call’ distance from me for last four years and  bearing up with PRETCT who almost used to throw up (or faint) when fed with our code and large datasets.

  3. I had my first press conference for winning the Imagine Cup which was arranged by our college. Here’s a short list of various  newspapers covering this:
    Pune MirrorIndian Express

    Times of India

  4. I moved out of Pune and I am back at home now. I definitely miss the city a lot… esp Smokin Joes, Corn Club, Horn Ok Please, Krishna Juice Center, ABC, J-Block and most of all C-O-E-P… The last four years have been some of the best years of my life and they wouldn’t have been so had it not been for all my beloved friends who made it so for me. I miss you all a lot… 😦

Life at home is good.. Rain gods are pouring their hearts out and it rains cats and dogs out here… I have never been a devout  Sun Fan  nor a Rain Fan , but I surely am  missing  Sun a lot 😦 . If any you guys happen to see him please let him know I am heart-broken and that he should try striking some sort of pact with Rain and show up atleast for a few hours everyday. I am waiting for the hegemony of Rain god to end and for my mornings to be welcomed by the dulcet sounds of birds instead of the constant clamor of incessant rains.