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Happy Father’s Day….. June 15, 2014

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Not sure what to say except that do take care of your dad, love him, respect him and all the efforts that he makes to make your life better on the expense of leaving his own comfort and remember, once there would be a time when he won’t be there. On that day, no matter how hard you would wish, you won’t be able to hear from him, not even his scolding that some of you probably hate too much right now! And for me, I don’t know that anything more I can than what is said already in the following pic,

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Feeling Exhausted, Completely…. May 30, 2014

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At times, no matter how much you feel strong or push yourself, there comes a moment when you feel like really really exhausted and burnt out. And that’s exactly the same how I am feeling right now. I have finished this week’s work and now sitting at the airport. There is going to be a long delay in my flight( 45 minutes) which is not a surprise as the airline is Air India . If they are able to fly on-time, than it’s a surprise but being late is just so normal for them. Just one more thing to make me feel irritated. What’s the other reason that I am feeling irritated? Well, without any reason, I have got fever last night, that’s why!

Last few weeks were really hectic and tiring, both physically and mentally. I had a back-to-back travel from Cambodia to Hyderabad and then from Hyderabad to Banglore. I was somehow managing but I guess, my body gave up on one day when I just collapsed. Took some rest and got my momentum back. Got a small break but I couldn’t get any rest as my mom wasn’t well at all. Her sugar levels got so very high(350-400) and doctor asked us to take immediate action. He changed some medicines, started some new ones and asked her to be really really careful with her health. She does takes a lot of care of herself but still, the sugar level got so high somehow. Since she is a heart-patient as well, it’s even more important that her sugar levels remain in control. I had to come to work this week as it was already scheduled long time back. Just when I was having a little bit of relief seeing that the session is going well, I got fever, don’t know how? All of a sudden, last night, I felt like my throat having so much pain and I felt so much cold. I switched off the air-con, took a tablet for the medicine and barely was able to get some sleep. Now, the fever is not there but still, feeling like so much tired. Just had another tablet and a cup of tea. Hopefully, tea would show its magic and once I get down from the flight, I shall be feeling better. Fingers crossed!

Despite that the fever and all the other tensions gave me so much tough time, one good at least did happen-my session did go really well! The delegates were really good , friendly and co-operative and we had quite good discussion rounds. In between of all the techie discussions, we also managed to squeeze-in great deal of laughs as well which kept the whole session really light and lively. All the delegates left with a smile on their face which is always a great sign that they liked the program and the person who delivered it-which is yours truly! Not only they gave an excellent rating but also they took snaps with me and I am so thankful to all of them for being so kind and friendly. Hope we shall again get together in some other session soon. I also met my very close friend Senthil whom I don’t see very often now as he doesn’t travel much now-a-days. But it’s always a pleasure to meet him. Luckily, this time, he was delivering a session in a room next to mine so we could spend some time together. He took me to show the new office as well. I met him for few minutes today and since I had to leave today for the airport in the evening so I said bye to him in the afternoon only. Hopefully, we would be able to meet some other time soon.

So the session went fine but it doesn’t seem like I can say the same about the travel tonight. It’s going to be another 2 hours before I would come to know whether the flight is taking off or would be further delayed. Traveling, at times, becomes really tiring and boring and when somewhere Air India is involved, the phrase “bad experience” achieves a whole new height.

Signing off and going to get lost in the waiting-zone!

Weeks Is Over But Not The Tour…. May 10, 2014

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So it is Saturday here at Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and I am done with my work of this week here. It was a tiring week and at some instances,  I got a really upset as well. Tiring because of the module-Oracle Security is a really difficult module to deliver if you ask me. There is a lot of concept that goes into the Security contrary to many who thinks when it comes to Oracle database Security, Auditing is the only thing to remember. Anyways, let me not bore you with what is Oracle Security. The other reason I found the week tough was the language. At the customer site, just a few delegates spoke English well while others did try very hard but not really able to do it so well. And that makes it really really hard to communicate with the people sitting in front of you when you have to look at their facial expressions, body language along with whatever they are saying to understand the context of the discussion. This proved to be the hardest part of this week’s session. I hope I managed it okay as the final rating is “really good” (won’t mention what it is though but take a guess if you can) . And lastly, as I mentioned, I got a little at some moments as well. I can understand when someone has difficulty in understanding the vocal language but what about the reading and following the written text? If almost all the chats, emails you are doing in English, it does mean that at least when it comes to reading the written text, it’s okay for you to do so. Then why it is so hard to follow so simple instructions? More than the real issues to solve in the sessions, I had to solve the issues like when someone hadn’t bothered to read that he/she has to be in a particular folder(directory for those who use only Windows) to open a specific file? How hard it is do and that too when you are already supposed to know the bare minimum of Oracle database anyways? Well, seems like this was also a difficult task for few delegates but giving them the benefit of the doubt, I guess may be they were pushed into the program simply because it was happening. It wasn’t checked properly that whether they were really a good fit for such an advanced program or not actually. Anyways, as it is said that all is well that ends well so I guess I would say thanks to all who attended the session and I hope it is going to be useful for you. Despite of the things I mentioned, all the delegates were really nice, friendly and tried their best to understand the module and tried to take care of me in the best possible way. One delegate even made coffee for me twice despite that I asked him so many times not to do it. So a big thank you everyone! I hope we shall be meeting again soon in some other program.

So this week is over but it’s not the same for the travel. I have another program at a different location at India and for that, travel will start in about 2 hours from now and it would be a LONG and tiring travel. Besides almost 6 hours of flying time in two parts, I would need to wait for almost 13 hours at the airport to catch my  connection. It’s time to start packing the bag and getting ready now. See you latteeeerrrrrrrr!!

Traveling Is Fun…. May 4, 2014

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Many times, I am asked that how do I find traveling, tough, easy, enjoyable, boring, tiring( that’s not something to be asked but anyways) and whatever one can think of at the very moment. To tell the truth, except of boring, traveling is everything. But some times, besides being tiring, it can be a little frustrating as well. And the same happened with me just now when I came for check-in. I was told at the check-in counter that I am in a “RR” list which is a list of the people selected randomly for custom verification. Well, not sure why my name was in that list but it was nonetheless and that means, I had to clear the customs before I could be finally called “cleared” for flying. Now, it wasn’t that I was wearing tons of gold or was carrying loads of cash but still, the procedure had to be followed. So after I cleared my immigration check I was sent to the customs. The custom lady asked me couple of questions like where I am going , what do I have in my hand bag and the checked-in bag etc. But the interesting thing happened when she asked that what do I do for living? When I replied that I work as an instructor for a software called Oracle database, she immediately understood and guess why, because her son was doing the same thing for about 3 years before he got settled down in a more 9-5 job. That was a life saver as after that, the conversation was very casual and she cleared me of just like that. Nice isn’t it? You never know when doing Oracle database can bring you out so smoothly from a tense situation like sitting in a customs interview. One more reason to do Oracle database eh :=) ?

Now, I am waiting  for the flight and hopefully, all would go fine from now on. Fingers crossed!

Traveling With An Unstable Mind…. May 3, 2014

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It’s been quite a while that I have written any post and updated my blog. Not that I don’t have anything to say. On the contrary, there is a lot that I probably could share like how I travelled to KL and did deliver a very tough module and how I managed to survive in a recording session(it was an Oracle related one , just for the record), how I fell sick and was being so unwell in the past few days and many such incidents. But I couldn’t or probably, I didn’t for one reason or the other. Anyways, I hope that I shall be able to remain more active form now on. But still, it’s not certain cos I am not really in a pleasant state of mind and the reason of that is that my mom is not well since the very starting of this year. I have been at home for a week and in all these past few days, she has been able to sleep for just a day or two peacefully else at every night, she was having just so restlessness. And the worse thing is that it’s affecting her mentally. My heart shattered into pieces when the other day, she said to me with so much sadness, aman my health is not keeping well. I tried to kept as much brace face as possible and also tried my level best to make her feel strong. All I am praying at the moment that she must remain fine and healthy. I am supposed to travel to overseas tonight and to be honest, I am just feeling so scared and missing my dad just so very much!

An Initiative-AIOUG North India Chapter…. April 6, 2014

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At times, just a little idea and support can do just wonders for a very large community. And that’s the same happened this year when I was talking to Murali Vallath about the user-groups and participation of Oracle professionals in India in Oracle related events organized in India by All India Oracle Users Group(AIOUG) (formed and managed by Murali only). As India is such a large country, it’s not possible for everyone to come from they are residing or working for attending some Oracle conferences happening at a city very far from them. So Murali mentioned that how he started organizing a local user event at Charlotte with just very few people showing up for it initially. But with constant efforts, finally he was able to make the event a success and continued arranging it on Charlotte on monthly basis. And on the same thought, he suggested to start of a chapter representing North India and initiating an Oracle related event for it on monthly basis. That was just a superb idea and needless to say, I immediately started to work upon it and I called my friend Navneet to talk about the same.

Me and Navneet had few initial talks about the event, number of talks etc. Since he is based out of Chandigarh and it’s being the twin-capital for two states, Punjab and Haryana and even being very near by from Delhi, we decided to host the 1st ever meet-up at there. We decided for two talks, both given by us thinking that this should get the ball rolling. Navneet found a venue and also spread the news in his circle about the event. We decided to host the meet-up on monthly basis, on every last Saturday of the month from 10am onwards. The day is picked thinking that it’s going to be a weekend so it would be easy for most to attend the meet-up. So finally, we were all set for the event and eventually, the day of the event also did come up. Fortunately, we had a very good number of the attendees, even when it was just the 1st ever meet-up of it’s own kind at Chandigarh. We planned for about 3 hours for the talks but we ended up doing it for about 5 hours, thanks to the enthusiasm of the attendees. And not only this but we got really very positive feedback from the attendees and they were very excited already for  the next month’s meet-up-which would be now this month, April! Great isn’t it!

This month’s meet-up is scheduled for 26th April. For making sure that we have one stop-location for the latest updates, we have made(without any surprise), a Facebook page AIOUG-North-India-Chapter and you are most welcome to like it :=) .  We are also on Twitter. We shall be using these social sites for announcing updates related to the event and also about anything that’s worth sharing with the Oracle community.

Before I sum up this post, my heartiest thanks to Murali for giving his complete support and guidance for this initiative. Not only for this, he also helped so much to include Jallandhar this year as one of the venues for OTNYathra and even better, let that Yathra(journey) started from Jallandhar itself. Also, a big thanks to Navneet, Deepak, Gaurav for helping so much for the meet-up. Without their support, the meet-up wouldn’t had got such a great start.

A Beautifully Written Song, Saaiyaan (Gunday)…. February 3, 2014

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It’s been a while that I have posted any song and it’s translation. Though I had mentioned that I shall be doing so, but still being struck up in tons of distractions, it hasn’t happened by now. But today, I thought, let me start doing it again as I have been listening to a song since two days non-stop. Surprisingly it’s a Hindi song(though it has few words of Punjabi) and even more surprisingly, it’s a song from a movie. Yeah, I know, not really a common thing for me but still, a good song is a good song. I can’t say that this has got the best of the poetry woven in its lyrics but still, its a very meaningful song and few words, makes you sit back and want to applaud the writer for his choice of words.

The movie’s name is Gunday and song is titled as Saaiyaan. The word Saaiyaan may have different meanings depending on the context where it is used. When one is mentioning about god, it refers to god. And when it is used by a lover, like it is done in the song, it points to his/her beloved. The official video of the song is not having the complete song. I am posting two videos below where one is the official video and another video, which is actually just having a poster of the movie, containing the complete song.

And this following video contains the complete song,

Following are the lyrics of the complete song, firstly in Hindi

Kal Meera tadpi kanhan ko,
Sab laaj samaaj gawayi re!
Ab prem mein tadpan tarsan ki,
Hai baari kanhan ki aayi re!

Mori jaan gayi, tohra khel hua!

Mujh se main rootha, mujh mein main toota!
Mujh ko maine ishq wafa mein khud hi loota!
Lut lut ke, jeena hai marna baanke yaar bina!

Saaiyaan, hun main ki karan saaiyaan!
Jee laan ya maraan saaiyaan, rabb mujh se khafa saaiyaan!

Mujh se main rootha, mujh mein main toota!(repeat)
Saaiyaan(repeat)

Sapno ke sheeshe toote, dukh ki daraar se!
Chah k bhi nikle naa mann majhdhar se!
Koi bhi na bole aur koi bhi bulaye na!
Fir bhi aawaajein sune baadlon k paar se!
Russ russ k, mann se man jaana khud hi yaar bina!
Saaiyaan, hun main ki karan saaiyaan!
Jeeyan ya maraan saaiyaan, rabb mujh se khafa saaiyaan!

Saaiyaan….(repeat)

And the translation in English of the same is as following,

In the past, Meera yearned for Kanhaan,
She lost all of her respect!
Now, to year and ache for love,
Is the turn of Kanhaan!

I lost my life but for you it was just a game!

I became sullen from myself, I shattered from within!
I pillaged me from love by myself!
Living ransacked without beloved is just like living dead!

My love, what I am supposed to do now!
Should I live or should I die!
Seems like almighty is angry with me!

I became sullen….(repeat)
My love, what I am supposed to do now….(repeat)

Dreams, like glass, got shattered from the crevice of grief!
Despite wishing so much, mind doesn’t come out of dubiety!
No one speaks and no one calls!
Yet, I can whispers coming behind from far away clouds!
Despite being sullen,I yield by myself in the absence of my beloved!

My love, what I am supposed to do now!
Should I live or should I die!
Seems like almighty is angry with me!

My love….(repeat)

Yes, it’s again love which is mentioned in the song and which is probably killing the guy (portrayed in the video). Not sure why most of the people don’t realize, love is not a four character world but it signifies a life-long bond. It is not a liability but a commitment which when one makes to someone, gives him/her the right to either make that person’s life filled with just the joys or destroy the every possibility for him/her to ever feel truly happy in his/her entire life. As it is said, when you are in love, you give someone just all the means to destroy you , trusting that he/she won’t ever do that! True, isn’t it?

Enjoy the song and if there are any corrections possible in the translation, feel free to mention it.

Better Late Than Never, Happy 2014…. January 15, 2014

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So I am probably very late in saying this but better later than never, right? And since it is still January of 2014, I believe it is okay to wish everyone a very happy 2014 still :=) .

A very happy and prosperous 2014 to you, the reader! May god makes this year a really good one for you and fill it with just joys, happiness, success and good health for you and for all of yours nears and dears. I hope the year has started of well for you. If for some reason, you think it didn’t, don’t worry, it’s just the starting of the year and I am sure, as the time would move on, things are going to get better!

Oh and before you are going to ask why I got so late, I am doing many things(writing this post sitting at Yangon(Myanmar) when the delegates are doing their hands-on lab) and despite that I wanted to write about many things, I just either forgot or thought to do so later. Hopefully, I shall be more active over my blog this year-at least that’s what is the plan!

Poetry Revealing Life’s Truth…. December 19, 2013

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Today, one of my friend, when asked by someone that how is he, replied using a short poetry. When I read that poetry, it just appeared how beautifully, truth about life of an ordinary person is depicted via it! Have a read,

Havayein sehme hue charaghon se keh gayin thin ke,
Aane waali rutton ke aaghaaz tak!
Tumhare naseeb mein roshni ka koi safar nahin hai!

And its translation in English, in best of my understanding, is given below

Winds told to the nervous lamps while leaving,
That till the commencement of the subsequent seasons,
You have no luck of seeing any lights!

So true, isn’t it!!

Blogging & Travelogue…. December 8, 2013

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I have got a lot of emails and few have asked otherwise too that why there are no frequent updates coming up on my blog? Have I become lazy or blogging just doesn’t interest me anymore? Well, the answer for both the questions is a big no. Neither I have become lazy nor I have lost interest in blogging. The only reason for the less updates is that there is just too that I try to handle and manage, now after my dad has gone to God. And when I have a little time, something happens that just makes me occupied completely. I shall be getting back to my blogging regime and hopefully, this post should be the ice-breaker.

I am sitting at the Chhatrpati Shivaji International airport, Mumbai and am en-route to Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International airport. I had started from Chandigarh in the morning and the travel from my home to Chandigarh was pretty much uneventful. Everything was fine, I took the bus and then the auto and finally reached the airport. The flight was also not so bad. There was a co-passenger sitting besides me , also a Punjabi guy like me and we had a blast. Probably, there was nothing that we didn’t talk about. A good fun it was. Interactions like these just makes me feel so happy and makes my belief in the spirit strengthens from time to time. And guess what, that guy’s name was also Aman :=) .

Now, I have a two hours of wait for me to be done before I shall start my travel again to  Hyderabad. I am not sure what’s the reason but since last 4 days, both of my knee joints are in just so much of the pain. Those who know me well, are aware that I don’t mention being in pain easily and when I do, it means that I can’t bear the pain anymore. That’s the same  condition of mine right now, I am just not able to bear the pain. It’s this much bad that I am not able to even walk properly. I shall see if I can get some time and see some doc at Hyderabad.

It’s going to be a tough week coming ahead in front of me and this unbearable is going to add more troubles for me. Life is just so hard at times, truly!

Off to get a cup of coffee.

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