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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.