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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.

Speaking @ Sangam 2013…. October 27, 2013

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ImSpeakingIt’s that time of the year when the “meeting of  minds” is going to happen, yet again. The location is at Hyderabad and the venue is Sangam(meeting of the minds) , annual Oracle conference arranged by All India Oracle Users Group. Just as like the previous conferences, this one is also a star-studded one with just so many world renowned Oracle experts coming from all over the world-Arup Nanda, Syed Jaffar Hussain, Gaja Krishna Vaidhyanatha, Murali Vallath and many many more! So IMO, this is not a conference that you want to miss!

And guess what, yours truly is presenting there as well. Yep, my abstract about What’s new in RMAN of 12c got accepted so if you are interested to know about RMAN of 12c, do come on 8th November!

So since it’s 11 days and counting before the event to start, if you haven’t done already, do register and hope to see you there!

An Excellent End Of The Week…. September 21, 2013

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It’s a great relief to see that people have appreciated you and the efforts that you have put in the work. That’s the same feeling which I get, almost every week, when I am able to finish my session on a good note. Nothing is more satisfying to see that the delegates are able to understand that particular module, which we have finished in the session, in a little more better way. There must be satisfaction and interest in whatever you are doing and if these two factors are there, you are always going to like what you are doing-like me!

That’s the same what happened this week as well.

I had come to here, Kolkata, straight from my last assignment which was at Singapore. The session at Singapore got concluded on a very good note but I was really concerned about this current week. The reason for this was that the module which I had to take on this week is probably the most toughest ones to deliver. And on top of this, the delegates that were expected to come, were supposed to be all very senior folks. So if you have to deliver a very tough module to very experienced guys, it can’t be called walk in the garden in any ways. And guess what, just the day I landed here, I got fever and it is still here, till today. It’s so tough to speak, concentrate when you have body ache, fever, cold and headache but somehow, I managed to not let all of these effect me. Probably, another reason was that the delegates were really good and friendly, who all the time kept the environment in the session very warm.

As I mentioned, the delegates were really kind and friendly, there were a lot of fun moments when we were discussing,in the off times, about many other things besides database. For example, politics was one topic which kept on popping up again and again, followed by many other things. But besides all these, there were lots and lots of technical discussions, some thing which I really like to see happening. When you see the people sitting in front of you interested to hear, you automatically push yourself to share more. So overall, it was a good lot of technical knowledge sharing. The delegates left with a smile on their face and also gave very-very kind comments in the final rating. Thanks so much everyone! It was a great week spent with all of you and I would really like to meet you all in the future for some other session.

Now, it’s time to get ready and wait for the cab to arrive and take me to the airport so that I can start my travel back to home.

I Miss You Dad-So Very Much…. September 20, 2013

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Today was a tough day, a very very tough day for my family and me. It’s a special day when for my dad, prayers were supposed to be done at temple. In less than a month’s time, that date is going to come when my dad was taken by god to him. I try to pretend all the time that I am very calm and composed but the fact is, I miss my dad so much, more than anyone can imagine and know.

My mom told me few days ago that today, I must go to temple some time and pray at temple for my dad. I am in a session right now so I mentioned to the delegates yesterday that I shall be coming an hour late for the session, which they kindly accepted. I bought some stuff required for the prayers yesterday evening itself. I asked my guest house cook about any temple near by and he did mention to me about one too. So in the morning, I took a rickshaw and started for that temple. It wasn’t very far but it wasn’t an appropriate one as well. I asked the rickshaw puller to take me to some other one and he did take me as well but I didn’t like that too. Finally, some one told us about another temple which was located within a colony. It was a good one as I did find a priest there who helped me in getting the prayers done properly. Fortunately, all went fine and I got back to the guest house with a satisfaction that I was able to complete the ritual in a good way, despite that I am not at home.

They are very lucky whose parents are alive. There is no other joy, nothing more assuring to see that you have your parents with you. The confidence that you can have to know that your dad is there and is going to handle everything and everyone in the family, is beyond what words can express. Nothing hurts more than this when you see others with their dad and you hear them saying, no worries, my dad would handle it, he is there! It hurts so much, just so very much! I hear from all, death is a fact, we all have to die one day, our nears and dears also would die one day, this is how nature works and many more such kind of comments. It’s very easy to go to someone’s home, attend the condolence prayers, tell them to be strong and accept that this is god’s will, destiny and all that. But you know what, nothing helps. Nothing makes you strong when you live with this cruel reality every day that your dad is no longer in this world and doesn’t matter how hard you would wish, how loudly you would shout, he won’t come back, you won’t ever get to see him again, not even for a moment too! And it hurts, it hurts just so damn much!

Once More, Just Two Lines But Saying A Lot…. September 8, 2013

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I was going to post a song but before that, I just read the following lines and I changed my mind and decided to share them first. Don’t worry, the song is coming as well-very soon. In fact, not one but at least 2 songs are there in my list from a long time that I want to post. Anyways, have a read of the poetry first,

Kitaabon Ki tarah bahot se alfaaz hain mujh mein,
Aur Kitaabon ki tarah hi mein khamosh rehta hoon!

And following is the translation of the same in English,

Alike books, so many words I have within me,
And alike books only, I stay quite!

This is the 2nd one,

Kaash woh laut aata kabhi mujh se yeh kehney,
Tum hote kaun ho mujh se bicharney waale!

Following is its translation in English,

If only he ever had returned to say this to me,
Who are you being separated from with me!

Awesome isn’t it!

It’s time now to come back from the poetry island and get back to the real world-in which I am scheduled to travel for work from today. Time to get ready for it.

A Tech-Day At Punjab-For The Very First Time…. September 8, 2013

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There are many things which when get done, you feel really happy and more than being happy, you feel contended. I felt the same on this 31st August when for the very first time, an Oracle technologies related conference, finally got scheduled and successfully got completed within my state Punjab. This was a mammoth task since never before, such kind of event was organized before at Punjab. I want to express my gratitude to the team of Al India Oracel Users Group(http://wwwAIOUG.orag) – Murali Vallath, PS Janakiram and Satyendera Kumar for making it possible. Satyndera Kumar travelled all the way from Hyderabad to speak at the conference along with the other speakers – Rohan Walia, Jitendera Chittoda and Shekhar Gulati. I also presented two presentations of mine at the conference.

In addition to AIOUG, I also want to thanks a ton to Lovely Professional University and its entire staff, especially Mr Mandeep Singh and Mr Naveen Juneija for making this event possible. All the arrangements were of top-notch quality and also, we experienced a great interest and enthusiasm in LPU staff and in the attendees. There were about 450 attendees and out of them, those who were present in the main auditorium hall for the database track were about 300(others were listening to the Java track in a separate conference hall). It was a huge gathering and it was a really great experience for all of us who presented, to speak in front of such large number of people!

In conclusion, it was a fantastic experience, in every possible way! And I personally was very happy because I wanted it from a long long time that such kind of events must be happening at my own state as well. I am using Oracle database from quite some years now and despite that I always wished so much, I never witnessed any such kind of technical conferences being arranged ever! I hope and really wish that now, after the first step has been taken, the momentum would keep on going and even more bigger Oracle related conferences would be happening at Punjab in the future! Fingers are crossed, let’s see what happens!

Following are some moments captured from the event-thanks to LPU for them. I shall be posting more images and videos very soon.

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