Blogging & Travelogue…. December 8, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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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, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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It’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, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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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, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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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, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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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.
A Lot Said In Just Two Lines…. August 23, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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I am sitting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport right now waiting for my flight back to home. It’s still 2 more hours before the boarding would start but thanks to the stupid staff of the hotel. who didn’t let me do a 2 hour late check-out, I had to come at the airport VERY early. Anyways, I just read an awesome piece of poetry which just made me recall a lot and at least I can say, what is said in the poetry is completely applicable to me and my life. Have a read,
Waqt leta hai karvatein naa jaane kaise kaise.
Umar Itni toh nahin thi jitne sabak seekh liye humne!!
And it’s translation in English is,
Just how many different twists and turns this fate takes,
Why life has taught me so many lessons already when I am still so young!
It is so often said that life is a journey and in it, you always learn and improve yourself. But trust me, at times, life and fate both make you learn lessons about topics which you never before knew did even exist!
PS: I know the translation is not up to the mark. If you can correct and improve, please do so and post in the form of comment.
Travel, Thoughts,Once Again-After A long time…. August 22, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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It’s been a whole month since I have written anything here. Though there are three sessions that I have finished since the last time I updated my blog and I wanted to write about all three of them, for different reasons but some how, I got struck in many many other distractions, tensions, whatever you want to call it! No, I am not going to mention those things in this post and thinking about it, probably not in the near future as well. But yes, I shall mention about the sessions, briefly, in this post before anything else.
I deliver mostly very senior level sessions, where the modules talk about quite a bit of fancy tough. Since I like this oracle database stuff so very much, its not a problem. What one thing that is very hard to tackle, for me, for probably anyone who does even the least amount of public or any kind of speaking, is the handling of the people. Its tough to make people listen to you and when the audience is more experienced and if I may say, filled with pride, the job just becomes so more challenging. This challenge once again came in front of me three weeks ago when I had to do a session for a very very large multi-national company. A pool of their probably most senior folks were coming to the session and they had their doubts about the workshop and also they wanted to get to know the instructor. The talk went on for a long time and though it did end on a good note, it left me worrying about the whole session this much that I had to call my delivery manager to ask for suggestions. He being very kind, mentioned that do what you do best and its going to be all right! That was a big boost for me and I decided to go ahead with whatever little I know about that module. As expected, the guys were very senior and not just that, very knowledgeable as well. Some how, we got started and from minutes, it turned hours and finally the first day got over. In our industry-education and training, its a well known fact that if you get past the first 3 hours, you should be doing fine for the rest of the week as well. Since I had passed the entire day, successfully, I was now a little hopeful that the next remaining days would go fine as well. And fortunately, that’s the same what happened as well. Not only the session did go very well, I got to hear very very kind words from all the delegates. One delegate mentioned to me while leaving on the last day that not only that you(me, Aman) have excellent technical skills but also, I am a very nice, down to earth and friendly person as well. After him, there was one very senior delegate was there(who was also within the con-call) who was just so kind! He mentioned to me that its been 20 years that he is in the IT business and he had worked with Oracle Corp as well before for many years and was an instructor many years ago himself. According to him, this was not one of, but the finest training session that he ever attended till now! He also said that there are a lot of people, in his team and those whom he know very well, who are quite vocal about their expertise level but don’t really go that deep into the technology as they speak. He was very very glad to see that I somehow was able to go a little closer to those standards which he considers very high and essential, if you are calling yourself a SME(Subject Matter Expert). I am not sure that you will believe or not but he was standing there after the session got over and for about 10 minutes just was saying, again and again, that he is not able to find words to say how happy he is to be in the session and he would go back and recommend my name only for the next trainings! If you know me, these words are far more bigger than I deserve but to be honest, I was just so so happy to hear them! I did say to him that you are saying more than I deserve to hear but you have made my day, not just this but probably many more to come as well! Hearing from someone who himself is an experienced and knowledgeable person, is just something that can’t be explained in words! I am too small and know much less than he actually said, many times! All I can say thanks, from the bottom of my heart to him and to all the delegates who came for the session. It was a pleasure to meet you all and share a words of my little knowledge with you. I sincerely hope and wish that we meet again, in some other session soon.
After that I got my next session, very close to my home, at Noida! And the session was a very basic session for the fresh hires in the company. TBH I feel very scared to go for this module now. You can say whatever but when I lost my dad, at that time, I was in the middle of the same module. So I am now always very sceptical about going to deliver this basic session.But on the other hand, its quite exciting to teach the fresh brains because they haven’t got their brains already filled with (wrong) information. But some times, even though all sounds and looks okay, it doesn’t go like that. I had very high hopes about the training but right from the beginning, it had issues. The very first issue came when I showed up for the session and was stopped by the security saying that they have no information about the training and I must wait for their superior lady. Only when she would come, she would check, confirm and would grant me an entry. Okay, I said and I started waiting. I checked for her number and called her. Don’t know what she was up to, she just didn’t bother to talk nicely. Very rudely, she said , I am coming in 15 minutes. When it already was an hour since the last I spoke with her, I called her again. Well, she again gave the same reply. It was now 1.5 hours and I was visibly very upset. I again called her and this time she said that she has reached and coming to the reception area where I was sitting. When she came and I approached her, she told that there was an email already with the security and there shouldn’t had been any issues at all! WHAT! SO COULDN’T YOU JUST CALL THE DAMN SECURITY AND TELL THE SAEM TO THEM STUPID WOMAN!!I was just so mad! That idiot guard now promptly checked some email which now, magically, had my name and he said sure, you can go in! Of course, I said and I went in! The students were already waiting for me and I apologized to them for this delay. Now, when I was about to start the session, there were no markers. I again went to the reception to check for the facilities inter-call number and spoke someone. He came back after 30 minutes with two markers. In all this, it was almost the lunch time and guess what, we hadn’t even started yet. I somehow started of the session and for two days, it worked okay. On the third day, without any prior notice, our training room was blocked by some other team for some conference even when we had it booked for the whole week. So we had to find out an alternative and what we ended up at was a meeting room which had no connecting cables, no water, heck, even no markers! But that’s what we had and we were told to manage in that only! In between of all these issues, the delegates seemed to be nice. There were about 10 gals and 2 guys in the session and since they were all just came out from their colleges, they all seemed to be very excited. But I had noticed a phenomenon that they were more interested in anything else than Oracle database. For example, about their salary, about the dance performance which they had to put together in the coming week etc. On 3rd day, all the gals told me that they need to go at 4pm since they had to practice for their dance routine. Well, go ahead , I said since I had understood that they were not much keen about oracle database anyways. In all of these days, I was there way before anyone would show up(at about 8:15/30) since I was staying very close, would leave by 5:30pm after everyone would leave and in the lunch breaks, for all the days, was helping the participants to create test environments on their laptops. And on the final day, got some good comments from few participants. And guess what, even after doing all this, finishing the training on time with nothing left, I got a very poor rating from the delegates. I can still digest it but when I saw that they have marked me as unpunctual, it just blew me off, completely! Heck, even the security registers are there as my proof that when I was coming, leaving and I did finish 5 days of work in 5 days so how can I be not punctual? But as in our profession, we have to digest whatever we get and move on. So that’s the same what I did! I moved on and was looking forward to finish have a week off from the work which was really required to cool me off.
After being away from the work for a week, I had an online session. No drama happened in that session. All the delegates were very senior folks and despite that it was an online session, we had lots of discussions. The course ended with a very good note. This comment(out of many given by others) just made me forgot the last week’s sourness completely “Instructor was a standout.. Very good and communicative. Good course Aman thankyou for hosting it. “
So these were those 3 sessions which I mentioned I would talk about. Now, something about the current week!
Now, I had a day off before I was supposed to fly to Malaysia. Yes, you heard it correct! There was a session and since there was no instructor over there and I believe at Singapore, so I was asked to fly there. And I am sitting in my class room right now writing this
I won’t talk about the trip or anything else related to my travel over here. But I would mention about the session though for the reason that I am not sure that why some times, some delegates fail to say the right despite that it’s been repeatedly told to them? The same happened just now when two participants have mentioned about a point which I not only mentioned to them in a separate document that I shared with all but also just now. Still, they have mentioned “disagree” for it and that has caused a major mess up in the overall rating. Not sure what to say when the very last week you finish the same program with such a high score and this week, you are barely meeting the minimum rating bar and that too, when you have changed nothing in both the weeks,neither the way nor the content, nothing! Guess just have to swallow this one too which is much hard to do than to say, trust me!
I shall be moving towards my hotel in a while. Too bad that I have got the flight for the next day. Yes, I can change it but it would cost me extra charge and I am not in a mood to explain anything further since already the rating issue, I may have to explain! Signing off now!
Another Week, Another Travel…. July 7, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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I am sitting at the airport right now waiting for my flight to be announced. Actually, waiting for my flight’s boarding gate to be announced because I reached on-time but thanks to the stupid Air-India, the flight is delayed for more than an hour. So there is no gate announcement done yet and I have about 3 hours to spend waiting before the boarding would start.
This past week has been a mixed kind of one. I had been on road for 4 weeks before I got a week off and I really really wanted to get back home as soon as possible because my mom wasn’t well at all in the last week of my travel. By the time I reached home, she was a little better but again in the last two days, she was having issues while eating anything. Any time she was having something, she would be feeling restless and nausea was there too. Fortunately, yesterday she was a little better and I am so hoping and praying that she is going to remain fine. The next 3 days were spent preparing and writing about two technical articles that I thought to post much earlier but didn’t get time at all to finish them. Finally, I completed and posted them as well. This week’s travel wasn’t really confirmed till 3 days ago so i had some other plans in my mind but now, since it’s on, I would require to change my schedules again. Even for the travel, I have mixed feelings.
This week’s travel is exciting for me because I am going to a place where I haven’t been before. I am not traveling to an overseas location but within India itself but still, I had never been to that place. So that’s one reason for being a little excited to see the place and as I have heard good things about it so I am keeping high hopes as well. The second reason for being a little relaxed is that the module is not a tough one and though I don’t know the audience yet but I have a fair guess that the audience also would be also okay. But I have a very deep fear in my mind as well, something that is making me so restless. When I got the news that my dad has left us, that week also I was taking the same module and was very relaxed thinking that I shall have a good week and probably a less hectic one. But everything changed in just few minutes and from being a relaxed week, that week’s date became that black date which brought just so many cries, tears and sadness for my whole family. I know I shouldn’t be thinking anything negative and most likely, the very idea of connecting a module with a wrong happening is probably a very absurd one but what to do, I have this feeling in my heart and no matter how do I try to console me, I can’t make myself feel relaxed. I have tried to make myself calm and brave-hearted but I don’t think I would ever be able to conquer this fear feeling ever!
Exhausted But Contended As Well…. June 28, 2013Posted by Aman.... in Random Stuff.
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I have finished my this week’s session today. If you are a regular here you would be aware that I was traveling to Cambodia the last week before coming here and how tough that entire trip was! This week also was not of any difference. Though the module that I had to deliver this week was the one which I knew already but it is such a kind of module that every time when I step in the room to deliver it, I feel a chill in my spine. The reason for it is that the not only the module is very tough but also that there is a LOT of the content in it and because of these two things, I have to speak a lot, at times even without taking any breaks for a very long time. And this happened in this week as well. The level of complexity became even more higher because of the delegates that I had in my session-very experienced and techie group! But that’s what make the module interesting as well because if the delegates are not able to understand what you want to convey to them, your interest dies and that’s not a good sign.
There were a lot of discussions and as I said that the whole group was very experienced, there were few very tricky questions raised by them as well! I hope I was able to give my best to ensure that the delegates had a good session and it was worth of their time spent there! Today when we finished the sessions, I came to know from few of them that they had been knowing about me already and were told by their colleagues and friends that if he(me) is coming for the session than don’t be worried, it would be indeed a good one! Now, that’s a big compliment and are very kind words! I felt very humbled hearing such kind remarks. All the delegates met very nicely after the end of the session and mentioned that they would be looking forward to meet me again next time in some other session. Now, that’s a good sign that the session did go well indeed! Thanks a bunch to all of them for coming to my session and for hearing me out and also for being so kind, friendly and respectful towards me! Hope I would be able to meet them soon.
I finished the session a little early than I expected and of this miscalculation of the expected timing for the session’s ending, I would need to spend a little more time over here (few extra hours) before I would be able to start the travel for home. Not sure what’s the reason but I am feeling so restless. I can’t think of any reason for such feeling but yes, it’s there and it’s very strong too!Also, I am having a really bad mood as well at the moment too. So it’s going to be a long night and with such an internal state of mind, a long travel as well! Just hoping and wishing that I reach home asap and also this that my mind gets a little bit of relaxation as well! Not sure it would happen or not though!