Winding Up 2017


2017

It was for the first time I had Resolutions in 2017 and it sure did not suck. May be for the reason that they were not actually resolutions, instead were a plan of action. Yes, I did not meet them all, but, Satisfactory? Hell yeah! Here is quick summary post of the list and yes, all this along with professionally tied works!

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1. The More Bucket:

1.1 General Blog posts:
The plan was to have 120 blog posts and ended up with 149 (including this). I know you all agree that blogging is definitely fun!

1.2 Reading Novels:
The plan was to stop at 12 and could not. It went to 20. The Year in Goodreads sums it all. Touched a lot of classics and definitely made my year.

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2. The Equal Bucket:

2.1 Technical Blog Posts:
120 was the goal and 120 it is! Questioning the quality of posts, I agree they were not to the expectation and got to improve.  They will in 2018.

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3. The Less Bucket:

3.1 Reading Research Papers:
The plan was 120 and I could go till 86. I still consider that as a good number but 120 should have not been difficult to achieve.

3.2 Coursera Courses:
Was supposed to complete 10 but the model changed and most of the courses were no longer free. Now the model also has a subscription fee as well. I could only manage to complete 3 courses this year. However overall I have managed to complete 31 by far.

3.3 Writing Ebooks:
07 out of 12 were completed and 03 are work-in-progress. I missed on this one badly. 100 Haiku , See, Say, Market Recommendations , Poem Shop , A to Z – Poem for an Idiom , The Web Circular , The Void and Hashing are the published ones.

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Others that made the Year memorable:

Apart from winning few prizes in the contests, getting a poem published in an anthology and teaching a class of super enthusiastic students, here are other things that kept me happy through the year:

  • Completing A to Z challenge in the month of April
  • Completing Two NaNo camps (April and July)
  • Working as a ML for NaNoWriMo India (November)
  • 4 version releases of my research work
  • My NaNoWriMo 2016 novel went through the first editorial review and I still have hopes of getting it published
  • Completing most of my technical text book
  • An hour long exercise everyday (with a break on sundays and when sick!)

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It’s been an year which I am thankful about and to a lot of people as well! A year that has given me hopes that much better things can happen in 2018. I am going to set my goals high and better.

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IBMC Challengers – December 2017


This is a summary post of challengers who have completed or on-going with the Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge for the month of December 2017. The challenge was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016 and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE.

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Rekha from the blog Amore Natura is the Forty Fourth blogger to complete this challenge. Her words speak experiences and wisdom. I have enjoyed reading the challenge prompts, thoroughly!  The first one can be found here: The Cool and The Fool.


Ritwik from the blog SCRIBBLES has completed two challenges so far and the first one can be found here: Tick Tock Tick Tock.



‘Thank you’ to all who have taken/been taking the challenge and to all who have liked them. Feel free to take up the challenge if it excites you!:-)

A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE

 

Lost in Time!


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For no one would know,
How much I loved you,
Because,
I will never be the same old me,
A version of me,
Lost in time!

My imprints in you,
My flavors in you,
All that made you, from me,
You decided to let go,
A version of me in you,
Lost in time!

Another you,
I would never find,
Another same me,
Would never exist.
Yet another unique love story,
Lost in time!

Talking of Books and 2017


Yayy!  and here is why!

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I know 20 is lot less but with the workload and things that go into my plate, I am pretty excited to complete my Goodreads 2017 challenge.

Here is how I am going to put the 20 into different buckets!

Bucket 01: The Top-Notch – Exceptionally good

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Bucket 02: The Gems – loved and enjoyed reading them

Bucket 03: The good good reads

Bucket 04: The good reads

Bucket 05: Could have ignored them!

Well, I have decided to double the number for 2018 and I am already excited.


Note:
We all have our own interests and reading habits with respect to books and genres. If your classification matches mine, I would sure love to hear some recommendations.

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Kafka on the Shore – Book Review


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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translator).

Wild!
Brilliant, Splendid, Glorious and every other word that describes the category. Wow! Just wow! All I question is, “How could some one put up something so beautiful?”

I ended up with a lot of questions. A lot to seek. A lot more than just a riddle. But that’s the beauty of it. I was taken away to the different world – I just sit and think, but mostly blank.

I guess this book surpasses every other book I have read so far and may never find an alternate equivalent!