Moving my blog to new location

January 13, 2014

I have moved my blog to a new location:

Will not be using the old one Jan 2014 onwards.


2013 in review ~ Courtesy: WordPress Report

December 31, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 340 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

From Picnics to Daily Commutes

March 31, 2012

The sole reason of writing this post is my office relocation from Koregaon Park to Ambrosia. Today was the last day at Oracle’s Koregaon Park office; an office which is at a stone’s throw distance from my place. The office is now being shifted to Ambrosia, out of city limits! Just pondering on these things, an  interesting datum popped up in my head.

When I was in school, Chaturshingi temple and Rahul Theatre used to be picnic destinations; and that too once in a span of six months! But, Diploma college took away those picnic joys from me, and I had to commute daily to that locality.

Then in graduation college, Chandani Chowk and Lavasa were the favorite picnic destinations. But, today, this office relocation is again taken away my picnic joys, and coercing me to travel almost 53 kms daily! With only one day to go for the protracted daily commute to begin; this thought itself gives me goosebumps, lets see how it goes!


2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Understanding Nostalgia; PUNE – HYD – PUNE

August 9, 2011

This was the first time that I was staying away from my home for such a long time. For the mere purpose of garnishing my above quote, I would say that that was the first time that I would have been away from the city in which I was born and brought up. Indeed, Pune is a darling place for me. A town which has taught me everything, right from toddling to giving the confidence of hanging out without fear in any metro. For this lame reason or so, I was not at all nervous that I will be staying in a completely new city (?) Oops, I guess, I shall not term HYD as completely new coz, it being my native place. My ancestors had migrated to MH almost a century ago; so by the virtue of the fact that HYD blood still runs in my veins, I can’t term HYD as a completely new city to me.

An interesting stat popped up the day before I was gonna join Oracle. My dad said, ‘look the city has brought us back; our ancestors had also started earning their bread and butter from the same city, and now, after years together, you will also start to earn your living from the same city’. An interesting calc and observation, but the Punekar in me, shoved me back from imbibing this fact. Then, I had just regarded it as a co-incidence; obviously this might be coz of the ‘puneri’ in me; but I didn’t know what this city had kept in its secret treasure, that has now made me fall in love with it!

Day one at Oracle was challenging; with all the IITians and NITians around, kept me on the edge of my chair. Lateral hires were adding to my anxiety. Their experienced and professional talks made me a bit worried, that will I be able to sustain professionalism. But, in due course of time, I did start feeling comfortable and resting in my chair. Not to mention, my bolster in
this circumstance was an inner voice that kept on screaming, ‘Aawaj konacha….’ 🙂 With a two day induction programme, my corporate life had got a kick-start. Suddenly in a matter of few days, responsibilities start putting their heads on your shoulders. The corporate world always keeps you reminding that you are out of college now. But, nonetheless, it also has many similarities. Thanks to the Campus to Corporate programme! Many of our hidden talents were showcased during the same. After those invigorating HR sessions, technical sessions were the ones that fell in line. They were very informative and flawlessly designed. And in this way continued a series of weeks with sessions on the weekdays and hangouts on weekends. Friday excitements and Monday blues are somethings that have become so very well imbibed in me now 🙂

Today, I am running out of words to express my joys and sorrows for Hyderabad; truly ineffable! Now, I feel homesick, not for Pune, but for HYD. The city that has shown me so many different aspects and facets of life, the city that has introduced me to some great friends, the city that has given me the first-timers. First-timers, then it might be corporate talks to hanging out with friends, from bowling in malls to go-carting and playing in the snow and from daily morning rushes to the office to late-night hangouts on streets! Just by retrospecting, I discovered the reason of my attachment to this city; its only the fact that in all these days, reality was more beautiful than dreams, and this made all the moments so very special and dear ones.

Now, with less than two days left here, I want to live every moment that I have in this city. Right from going to the terrace of the guest house to the campus courts, from office to shopping streets. Will really miss the folks around here, the ‘laambi gaadi wale’ jokes, the pidgin chats with Manikanth, Prashant & Rajat, the short breaks with giggles at the pantry, Kwality and our food courts, the entire campus premises, the rainbow in the sky, the potato festival at the guest house, the story telling moments, the STD truthful moments, Anup’s brotherhood, Priyadarshini’s on-the-spot jokes, Yogeshwar’s determination, Nikhila’s chats about HYD, and most important of all, the chats with Prashant and Rajat; somethings that I had not even told to myself. To put in the simplest words, HYD has taught me how important it is to respect the people around you. I now understand that it is the people around you that are your real wealth!

Mumbai – Pune – Mumbai: A movie that shows Mukta’s quest for happiness. In my case, it has been Pune – HYD – Pune. No words to do enough justice to joys that I have had here, so just encapsulating, “Bandha julte he pritiche, goood naate janmantariche.”

Cheers to the Spartans and the Devils
Pune – HYD – Pune

One of the meticulous and benevolent review of my email.

August 4, 2011

The review in this post is given by one of my friend named Harshada, on :This Post: My Last Email

Gr8 work..!!
The sweetest attempt I hav ever seen to show the gratitude..By hiding
all bad but focusing on the best things of the journey..!!

we keep on saying – “All well that ends well”..!! But from ur letter
the best thing I got to learn is :-
“Most of the times it is in your hands how to end the thing..!!”
(Grab the ball in your court before anybody else gets it when you know
u r the best person to hit the last shot..!!)

No doubt it will make u stand differently..!! but I know it was not
written from that intention..

This kind of small deeds can make someone feel so good that he can
think of himself as a spcl person ..!!And the kind of satisfaction the
receiver n the sender gets cannot be expressed in words..!! I guess a
MAIL is the only thing that gives satisfaction to both – the sender n
the receiver..!!

( There will be ppl who wont bother to reply.. but b4 they do so,lets
say-  “It ws not for u dude.. it was wrongly sent .. but u must have
got the thing before reception of this mail n reading  that its
wrongly u knw u dont deserve this..:)”

some of them may just reply for the matter “….we all are planning to

have an informal get together for dinner at some hotel at Deccan or Jm

Road…..”..he he LOL 🙂

but really thank these ppl who make us different n highlight every
good thing we do..!! think if we all would have been same..? Its their
wrong behaviour which makes us do gr8 job..!!

the quotes in between have really garnished the stuff..!!
“no words can really do justice ..” ..guess has got bcm ur favrt
quote..!! u r really a quick learner..!!

Its the best way to make GOOD memories out of (some)bad experiences..
Its all on how we take it,isnt it..?

– Show quoted text –

-Harshada Kshirsagar.

I really appreciate the efforts that she has taken to write such a magnificent, benevolent and open-hearted review.


Author: Harshada Kshirsagar

MIHIR KULKARNI: “Leaving for UCI on 3rd September! :) :( Visa done! British Airways flight booked! I’m really getting d feeling of being homesick now.. Feeling both happy and sad”

July 2, 2011

The title of this post is a facebook status msg., dated: 30th June 2011.

Last night I had a dream of the scene wherein it is my last meet with this guy named, Mihir Kulkarni, before he flies to the US to pursue his post graduation studies. Mihir, someone who has been really close to me in CoEP. An invigorating teacher, an impeccable love guru and someone who had panacea to all my problems in college. I fail to recollect the whole dream, but when I was awake, I did find tears in my eyes; for countless reasons to mention. Good heavens! it is probably the last time that I could meet him in person. I know that gmail, fb, skype,etc. have ended the tyranny of geography, but what misses is, the essence of vis-a-vis meeting. The situation indeed shoved the thought in me, that I will really miss him here in India.

I vividly remember my first day at CoEP. Everything was new to me, and  I had to adjust in a class where everyone was already friends with each other. All the anxieties of joining an entirely new class indeed made me weep for some timeless moments. But, as time passed on, things started changing and it was the summer lab course that gave me new friends; friends with whom I could be myself; one amongst them was Mihir. With his happy-go-lucky nature to support, we were immediate friends and later on became best friends. To abbreviate it, I would say, BFF: Best Friends Forever!

I understand that this is not the time where we all should get sentimental. Just for this reason, I won’t mention anything emotional further in this post. I don’t know if going to the US is written in my destiny or not, but I will surely like to meet him “asap”(the acronym that differs from person-to-person), hope fate supports 🙂 Now, that in few days time, he will fly to California, I wish him all the very best for his future studies and life. May the almighty render him with all the things that he desires in life.

Wishing him all the best!

– Ashwin.

@Mihir, if you remember, we have planned something similar to the scenario in 3 Idiots. After few years, we will meet  on the same table at Comesum Restaurant, Pune Station at 2:30 am; the same scene as it was on the day of our night-out. I whole-heartedly wish that the plan materializes 🙂

Teachings 2010-2011: An Updated Version

May 12, 2011

This post is in an annexe to: Teachings 2010

Indeed, the last semester of CoEP did inculcate loads of values; I have now understood: **

– that one should never opt for an elective course merely by analyzing previous statistics.

– that one must never take a project in a domain which you were never taught.

– that one must always be a proud owner of a grandeur heart and understand others.

– that one should never weep for those who don’t deserve your tears, one must always fight back dauntlessly and fierce-fully.

– that one must always possess the masculine quality of forgiving people.

– that one must never hit the front brakes of a bike when you see water scattered on the road, (and that too in the midst of the square)

– that one must never ponder whilst riding a bike, atleast not when there are no lights on the highway 😀

– that one must always be immediate friends with strangers, wherever it might be, might a bus transit, might be in Bangalore 😛

– that one must understand that some people always have the right to bounce on you, anytime, anywhere, but when it comes to your feelings, you will always be assaulted.

– that one must not be a rascal at seminars and presentations (IT industry presentations to be precise)

– that one must respect the organizers of events.

– that one must, with due diligence, appreciate the efforts of your fellow members.

– that one must by now have got the hunch that to hide one lie you need to lie more than a thousand times.

– that one must always abide by one’s privacy (and at times anonymity as well).

– that everyone in the world has their own problems and issues, one needs to learn from others mistakes and tack-ticks.

– that trying to be someone else is an insult to yourself, you are denying the fact that “you are somebody”.

– that one should “try and trust” others for the work they are assigned to.

– that one should “try” and be a good listener.

– that one must not ditch others, by giving ad hoc excuses atleast the one’s who adore you and respect you like a god.

– that one must not give birth to new “issues” while solving the previous ones.

-that one should never get aroused in life, and take decisions under the pressure of relationships ***

and last and the most important of all:

– that one must always learn to keep relations and professionalism as two different things in life, and you should own your deeds.

** N. B.: The above mentioned incidents are not entirely my experiences, they have their origins from varied sources. From friends, from profs., from teachers, from trespassers, from strangers, from “crushes’ :), etc.

***: There are many more teachings, but right now I fail to remember them 😀 😀

My last email as a PM

May 10, 2011

DVSSS, expanded as Design and Verification of Secure Software Systems was indeed a memorable course which was successful in inculcating the security values in me and which gave a lifetime experience of being a Student Project Manager!

Following is the mail that I had sent on the last day of the course, when we all were done with the presentation of our system.

Hello all,

This mail won’t be like my usual mails of meetings at so n so time, or any reports to be given to the PMs. This is just a mail of gratitude and to congratulate all of us. Thank you for being such a nice team. I might have been rude at times, but please don’t take it personally. I remember a quote from Pirates movie: “Capt. Jack Sparrow, its only good business!!!”. I hope everyone understood what I meant to say. In past months, I have really learnt that being a PM, obviously, you have to take the responsibilities on your shoulder and face all the consequences. Its your job to manage the team. On this note, I remember an email signature that one of my friend has: “An army of sheep led by a lion can beat an army of lion led by a sheep” !!! Its the lead who should have the strength to face the problems. Our leads have also worked flawlessly! Thank you for it. Their corresponding teams also co-operated well with them. No doubt there were issues, but still this was our first time, and has given us a nice trailer of what we are going to see in our near future. Also, no words can really do justice to the amount of inspiration that Manish sir has given all of us! Hats-off to him, for his dedication and devotion towards us. He has taught us to push the boundaries of engineering and think out of the box!  To salute the same, we all are planning to have an informal get together for dinner at some hotel at Deccan or Jm Road, on some day which is convenient for all. Details will be communicated later. I wish all my buddies a prosperous life ahead, and once again, do not take any of my comments or mails personally. It was only good business! Last thing to mention, undoubtedly DVSSS has taught me to keep relations and profession as two different things in life !! Thank you DVSSS.
– Regards,


Ashwin Tumma

B. Tech (Computer),

College of Engineering,Pune

Registered Linux User #496418


My Experiences with Web Services

April 5, 2011

Following is the PDF file explains the procedure to deploy Web Services using Apache Tomcat 6.0.29
[File Size: 219KB; Number of Pages: 04]