Announcing NaNoWriMo-2019 Novel


In less than two days we are going to hit November and November is all about writing. Not just writing, but writing 50K words.

If you are new to National Novel Writing Month, you can check out the starter pack post HERE. This will be my third year working as ML for India.

This year the theme of NaNoWriMo is time travel and sticking around, I am writing a novel titled – “The Art of Ageing Gracefully“.

I could get a temporary cover ready, however, the contents from word 1 to word 50,000 or more are saved for November. I am already excited! Are you? You can also connect me as a buddy on NaNoWriMo site and my id is prakash_hegade.

Yay!

Pour Your Heart Out


In the world which continually judges you, Gazes to invent and appreciate your negatives, looks beyond all your works to find your weaker points, to the foe acting friend, pour your heart out.

In the world that judges you by your appearances, rips you apart from your color and way you breathe, from the way you talk and behave, from the way you dress and present, in the world that wants to find and celebrate your flaws, pour your heart out.

While the world has its expertise, in the world which evaluates you by the world’s expertise and not by yours, the world which tells you what is correct when it thyself does not know what is, the world, decently corrupt and faithfully immoral, pour your heart out.

In the world which wants you to fall, fall because you will cry, because when you cry the world feels good, because when you cry you feel low and that is precisely why the world feels good, pour your heart out.

In the world where one person in the chain spoils the entire, lets down clan as the whole, shows up as a leader, a bad one, messes up with the whole process, destroys the culture,  questions your unprejudiced actions, pour your heart out.  

In the world where ego thinks while what others have is ego, gives advice because just like that, always stays one-sided, never sees the bigger picture, judges and judges and cries, and shouts, supports weird things, acts random and biased,  pour your heart out.

In the world which does not allow you to celebrate the little things of joy, tells you its cliché, while they can, but you can’t, while whatever you do always has a pinpoint, pour your heart out.  

In the world where you are broken into pieces, all messed up, have no direction, the ugly pieces as the world calls it, the nasty parts as the world sees it, pour your heart out.

In the world which is made up of weird rules and protocols, makes you make mistakes, tells you to be unique and tells you not be when you really do, the world which then asks you to follow the masses like another ass, pour your heart out.

Pour your heart out, because that makes you happy and no one can take that happiness away from you.  Pour your heart out because that is the way to satisfaction. Pour your heart out because that is love. Pour your heart because you are you, and you are away from judge-mentals. Pour your heart out to stay away from the lows.

Pour your heart out!   

5 Years of Blogging


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And following is the blog summary:

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This year has been slow like last year. But, the good part is that I have not given up on writing. Managing 3 jobs (1 full time and 2 part time) and writing has been a challenge from past 1 year. But, writing is what keeps me sane.

I hope to get better and regain back my writing frequency with time.

My heartfelt thanks to every blogger and friends for keeping up the support. It truly means a lot to me. It would have never been possible without all the love!

P.S. I have also been writing short poems on Instagram at prakash.hegade.

Who will Educate the Education System?


The Schools, the modern ones, aren’t like the ones before. I had to get my son admitted to Nursery and it was more challenging than my Master’s admission. I did reach out for some schools nearby and here is long story short!

  • There are schools that have entrance test
    • What do they really test from a three year old? I am adding some yay’s, as parents have entrance test too
  • There are schools which mandate to use their food, bus service, etc
    • What’s the agenda?
  • There are schools that claim to follow Blooms’ taxonomy in teaching learning process
    • That’s insane! we follow it so-so at engineering
  • There are schools that have regular tests and exams
    • Aren’t they supposed to be playing and learn few things on the go?
  • There are schools which don’t take kids who aren’t rota-virus vaccinated
    • Its costs 10k+ and is not a mandatory vaccine in India

The hilarious part is that I was almost petrified hearing the fee structure as it was more than what my entire engineering degree costed. No, it’s not about money. The question is – is it really worthy for a Nursery Education? Aren’t Nursery kids supposed to play, get social, make friends and sing some rhymes? When did education get this formal?

Well, with no guilt, my son is admitted to a nearby government school where the fee including school, books, uniform, etc is less than five thousand. No, like I said earlier, it’s not about the money.  It’s like a play school. They have a simple uniform. There are kids from all kinds of family backgrounds. It looks like a play area. They have seats which get four students seated per bench. There are peers who help each other. Most important of all, my son is happy! He loves going to school. He will be in the same school until he finishes his UKG atleast, for the next three years.

We want him to learn that life exists in its simplest terms and conditions. It’s not a competitive environment. It’s not about exams and results. Education exists beyond books, exams and protocols.

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The rush in the morning to get him ready to school, he kissing bye to his little sister before leaving to school, dropping him to school in the mornings, he being clueless during prayers (prayers also include regional songs, day details, birthday song if any celebrating), he running around corridors in the school, that different face when at school, being excited to talk to friends, well, truly said – Happiness is in little things!

We read and talk and discuss and complain and cry over modern issues but when will we take action against it that makes sense? Are we constrained by our own temporary solutions and limitations? I know there are lot of things that hold us back, but do we need to stay back? I have not been able to answer to a lot of my neighbors on asking why we not got him admitted to a better school. Well, we all have our own definition of ‘better’, don’t we?

While my daughter is curious enough to understand the world and people round her, her brother understands it enough and now has a hundred questions on per day basis to comprehend.  Amidst all the professional and personal commitments, life moves on. At the end of each day, I ask myself,

“Did I hug my kids enough? Did I love them enough?” I don’t think am ever going to find answer for that.

Are YOU in the Game?


We all have varied interests and pass times. Some of us find sports exciting, some of us prefer a couch and a book, some of us music and some like that, something else. It’s usually and actually that which keeps us moving ahead in professional life. The personal interests take a major space. It builds a community and provides a culture to dwell.

In the time lapse, there has to be something that you crazily wait for. That you go mad over. That you cry for. That you don’t mind breaking your routine protocols because it’s an intense deep love.  

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When I started watching ‘Game of Thrones’, it was season 3 on air. Though my friends had recommended right from season 1, my professional works were stopping me to get that space. I remember completing all the episodes in a week stretch once I started. I had to pause my works. Nothing else mattered to me. I was hooked.

It’s rare that one gets to see a perfectly crafted plot. Heaps of characters speaking of numerous human traits and qualities, the story-line, the internal details, the character building, the background score, the theme songs, the connect, the direction, the actors, the list would go on. Why would someone miss something like that? No wonder there is a major world population glued to it.

The Virus
It’s like a virus. A celebration virus. A virus that will make you put your hands on your chin. A virus that will make you cry. A virus that will put you in a different universe. A virus that will put you in a different zone. A virus that gives you a composition which you can never explain in words. It’s just there, with you! You know what it is! You know how you felt! It made you speechless! It made a minuscule ‘different you’ in ‘you’! Something that you proudly carry.

The Craze
My Monday (IST) early mornings have been different. Different enough to bother at nothing else in the world. Stupid enough to stare at the screen when the episode completes not knowing how exactly to get back to real world. Snooping enough to discuss in family WhatsApp group on what just happened in the new episode.

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With only three more episodes left, there is still time to catch up and celebrate the finale along with the world (if you are not at it). We can always debate bringing up our thoughts and conclusions, but, let’s do that over an episode of Game of Thrones. Period.

P.S. This very well applies to every perfect piece ever created. For this time period, it’s GOT.

Yin and yang


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Its April of 2019 and Day 25 of A to Z Challenge. I am doing Foreign word/phrase a day and 8 line poem for it.

Word/Phrase: yin and yang
Language: Chinese
Meaning: is a concept of dualism in ancient Chinese philosophy, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.

Poem:
the day light parse,
the night deep crawls,
it wasn’t sure,
in the cycle of cycles,
what was yin,
what was yang,
for they both,
perfected each other.

Interpretation:
Amidst the ‘day you’ and ‘night you’, ‘you’ matters the most! The ‘yin and yang’ here already carries a deep philosophy!

Note: below is the iconic representation of ‘yin and yang’ and you must have sure noticed it somewhere before.

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A to Z 2019 – Theme Reveal


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April brings happiness for various reasons. Though my schedule is keeping me away from blogging for a while now, I don’t want to miss the A to Z challenge, for whatever it takes to be a survivor.

This will be my third year of A to Z Challenge.
In 2016, I had picked an Idiom for an alphabet and then an eight line poem for it. In 2017,  I had selected the theme Emotions and Expressions for life, where everyday there was a thought and an eight line poem.

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Clearly, an eight line poem has got into my A to Z. This year I will be picking words and phrases from different foreign languages and give an interpretation to it with an eight line poem. 

Are you doing the challenge as well? I would certainly like to read and follow-up!
Well, I am excited!

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Working Out 2019



Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers

There is something distinctive about this day – December 31. Though it’s yet another day, okay, it’s sure not ‘yet another day’. Like we all celebrate our birthdays, individually, this day is like a birthday which everyone wants to celebrate and that is what makes it special. The whole world as a crowd becomes part of it. It’s not about whom we want to dedicate this day. A calendar or earth or goals or life or something that can make to the list, but it’s about the aspirations this day brings.

The celebration takes its ways.

Some dance, fireworks,
Some read, social networks,
Some family, blog, sleep,
Some something else, beep,
A cake, a celebration, a peace.

It does not matter how we welcome. We have our ways and our ways are always the better ones (of-course to us). What possibly and probably really matters is how we wish to see ourselves for future 365 days and how we evaluated ourselves for the past 365 days. We all need metrics. We all need evaluation. Not to rank or measure but to increase the happiness and satisfaction factor. Time will always bring the new but how good was the old to cherish?

Apart from those greetings, wishes and forwards, most of us try to bring out a new version of ourselves and that is what matters. I started having resolutions since 2017 and it has worked for me in most amazing way. Here is what happened in 2018.

Here is what I want to see in 2019:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts on itsphblog
  • Post 120 technical blog posts in itsphbytes
  • Read a minimum of 100 research papers and document them
  • Read 20 novels taking up Goodreads Challenge
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo (Work as ML in November, Camps in April and July)
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April
  • Get 20 top posts on IndiBlogger
  • Write 10 ebooks (smashwords)
  • Conduct atleast 5 workshops on various domains (writing to research)
  • Finish 5 new courses
  • Get 5 papers published (with collaborated research)
  • Get hard copy published for ‘i 4 you’ and release ‘things in Nothing’ as ebook.
  • Build atleast 10 workable components for Knit Algorithm
  • Build a better profile for our company – Knit Arena
  • Work in an entrepreneurship environment to get better insights in Hubballi
  • Get a better Coder Portfolio
  • Teach a new course
  • Always try something new, often and more

Walk, Run or Stop, the plan is to ride along 2019.

2019-greetings

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Wrapping Up 2018


I had set several goals for 2018 and here is the end result:

  • Make atleast 150 general blog posts – Did only 66
  • Post 120 technical blog posts – Did 100
  • Read a minimum of 150 research papers and document them – I don’t know what went wrong here. I read only 7 out of 150
  • Read 40 novels – Read 10
  • Participate in Camps and NaNoWriMo – Done
  • Take A-Z blogging challenge in April – Done
  • Write 10 ebooks – Did write 1 ebook
  • Finish 10 new courses – None
  • Get published – Did not
  • Progress with research work, measurably – Done
  • Make and keep a strong step in establishing own firm – Started: Knit Arena
  • Always try something new, often and more – Done

I am happy with the way 2018 passed by. There were a lot of things that needed my energy. I did slow up in blogging too in 2018. Hope to make the most of 2019. New Post with 2019 plans Coming Soon!