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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


Some of my favo(u)rite scenes

December 25, 2010

Pirates of Caribbean : Elizabeth’ s Speech

The Brethren will still be looking here to us, to the Black Pearl, to lead.
And what will they see?
Frightened bilge rats aboard a derelict ship? No.
No they will see free men and freedom!
And what the enemy will see is the flash of our cannons.
They will hear the ring of our swords, and they will know what we can do.

By the sweat of our brows,
and the strength of our backs,
and the courage of our hearts.

Hoist the colors….
Hoist the colors!!

=> At the Brethren Court Meet: Prepare every vessel that floats, at dawn, we are at war.

When all 6 of them come face-to-face

Step Up3: The background score- There’s this girl


Project added to Visual Analytics Benchmark Repository

October 13, 2010

Our project got added to the Visual Analytics BenchMark Repository.

Weblink for Repository


Entry to be refered : College of Engineering, Pune

About the repository:
The Visual Analytics Benchmarks Repository contains resources to improve the evaluation of visual analytics technology. Benchmarks contains datasets and tasks, as well as materials describing the uses of those benchmarks (the results of analysis, contest entries, controlled experiment materials etc.)  Most benchmarks contain ground truth described in a solution provided with the benchmark, allowing accuracy metrics to be computed.  When the use of the benchmark is described in a paper, the paper can be linked to the benchmark(s) used.

Managed by HCIL, University of Maryland

Top 10 movies of 2009

December 16, 2009

The following list is of my favourites. It doesnt not involve any reference from any damn sites called – TOP MOVIES of 2009!!!

Since, 2009 is almost coming to an end, I just thought that I ll list my favourite movies of this year.

1. Ugly Truth

2. 2012

3. Twilight Saga: New Moon

4. UP

5.Dil Bole Haddippa

6. Hangover

7. HP6

8. Reserved (3 Idiots/Avatar)

9. Angels and Daemons

10. Yeh Mera India

All time favourites:

– Titanic, A Walk to remember, Kal Ho Naa Ho

A smidgen of lines from the song from Lagaan

July 9, 2009
My Heart, It Speaks A Thousand Words
I Feel Eternal Bliss
The Roses Pout Their Scarlet Mouths
Like Offering A Kiss
No Drop Of Rain, No Glowing Flame
Has Ever Been So Pure
If Being in love Can Feel Like This
Then I' m In Love For Sure

Life with a rewind button

June 16, 2009

If God asks me what do you want from me, i will surely ask  him to give me 25 hours day and a REWIND BUTTON in life, so that i could re-live all the moments in my childhood. This idea prompted me yesterday, when i had been to Sarasbaug, a place where i used to enjoy the most when i was a kid. Really I have many memories associated with that place. The best place there was the fountain at the entrance, it was really superb. I always used to enjoy standing there, looking down at the falling and flowing water and feel as if i was on the Titanic.

And conincidently, one of my best friends had given me a Titanic fact book in last week, and after reading it i was desparate to go to Sarasbaug and re-live the moments that I used to enjoy in my childhood. And since yesterday had ample time after college hours, had gone there after almost 5 years. Unfortunately, yesterday, I couldnt spread out my arms and feel that joy again, coz, now the water doesnt fall and flow anymore. Rather the fountain place there remains, just a memory to me and lakhs of other people, who used to enjoy it. And one more thing, if it existed now, it would seem awkward to enjoy it with arms spread, coz now if we do such things there, people around might think why is this guy doing such crap things here (in front of the temple)!!!  Why did we grow up 😦

People, just imagine, life having a rewind button. We could hardly spot anyone who wont like this. Who on this earth doesnt wanted to re-live his childhood? Imagine, we enjoying the same moments again;  the same innocence, the same stupidness, the same bicycle, the same wounds and the same fights over lame reasons.

Ironically, we are ‘grown up’ and ‘mature’ now. Now, bicycles have turned to bikes, fights to deadly competitions, and innocence to ????….

We now are busy in building our careers, but I think that having a glance at the past can always be rejoicing. Then we realise that, wounded knees were better than broken hearts!