I know I am late for the resolutions party and I want to rationalize by saying “better a little late than too late.” 355 days is definitely a good number and so what if I haven’t announced yet, the plan of action was in go from day 1 of the year. This year, I wanted to be a little more careful while I chalk out my plan. Off-course to be more ambitious and push through limits is the Plan A. My everyday planner has already been colorful for the first ten days and both of my Sundays, including today, have been working and the weekdays appropriately have been enough refreshing to move ahead. So, I hereby finally announce my list to keep up for the year, to make every day count, hopefully.
By the way, I started having resolutions, in a proper format and monitoring since 2017 and it has worked for me positively. Here is what happened in 2018 and then here is how I wrapped up 2019. 2020 has been nothing less and here is how it went: 2020 Highlights. All that said, here is a list for 2021:
Task Set 01: Writing
1.1 Write at least 100 blog posts (around 8 per month) on itsphblog 1.2 Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes 1.3 Take up A to Z Challenge in April with a theme 1.4 Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July 1.5 Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2021 1.6 Post 35 short poems on Instagram
Task Set 02: Reading
2.1 Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels 2.2 Read 60 articles on web
Task Set 03: Publishing
3.1 Publish the novel – The Art of Ageing Gracefully 3.2 Publish the ebook – Between Blue and Blue 3.3 Near publish edit the book – Things in Nothing 3.4 Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords
Task Set 04: Research
4.1 Read atleast 50 meaningful research papers and log the summary 4.2 Publish 6 research papers from various domains (conference + Journal) 4.3 Build 6 new models for Knit Algorithm
Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)
5.1 Look out for a new/similar career on high priority basis 5.2 Improve coding profile 5.3 Take up and complete 6 courses online (MOOC) 5.4 Design and propose a new elective 5.5 Build a training module 5.6 Work and aim to complete the textbook
Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)
6.1 Provide 30 meaningful internships fromKnit Arena 6.2 Host 2 events from the company 6.3 Grow technically for industry (Transil and Knit) 6.4 Have the first release of Knit
Task Set 07: New
7.1 Conduct 3 workshops on various topics 7.2 Travel to two new places 7.3 Complete at least 3 new series/soaps 7.4 Do 31 days movies challenge 7.5 Exercise and continue to stay fit and get better 7.6 Symphony of words 7.7 Write one amazing article/post that I will be ever proud of 7.8 Do 10 new things
Well, That is me. More or less. What resolutions do you have for yourself?
What makes year end special, most probably, is that it is a representative day for what we were last year and the changes we want to see in the upcoming year. For some, it is a reason to party, for some an opportunity to resolute and start afresh with new beginnings, and some-some so on for the remaining rest. It’s a birthday of ‘hope’ and gives all the reasons to celebrate. I guess it won’t be wrong to say 2020 was the most unexpected year of all. Since March, we all have been hoping that things would be back to normal next month, but then, its’ December already, and the hope continues to January of 2021. We have been living amidst uncertainties.
Resolutions have been working great with me. They keep me on track and remind me of the things I have on plate. Here is a quick evaluation of 2020. I am sure that it is going to be a long post and for the year that passed by, I think it is well justified. I want to start with worthy mentions from the year first. If you want to read my resolutions that I made for 2020, you can read the post here: Going Through 2020.
The Glows and Glitters
My new year started with travels. I was at IIM Bangalore for a conference and then from there to Hyderabad for another. In February I was at Punjab for another conference. In December to Kerala for a wedding. This is what Google maps have to say. I think I did good for a Corona year.
The workshops I conducted, one on poetry writing and another on computational thinking, both being from diverse domains, gave me a pathway to lead and follow. Also, to build a community. I was extremely delighted to see a banner of the workshop with my photograph in the university campus and the audience that turned out for the workshop were enthralling.
Computational Thinking workshop was part of a conference at Chitkara University, Punjab. I as well won the best paper award (IEEE) for one of the papers. I am not sure why, I was more happy with the workshop than the award.
I released out my much awaited NaNoWriMo 2016 Novel ‘i 4 you’ as a free ebook through smashwords. The ebook is available here for download i 4 you and has gathered pretty good reviews so far. Here is one:
My year had THE best project teams. We did a research school together. We published two papers in a conference and two in journal (the processing of journal is in progress). I could not have asked for a better one.
Coursera offering free courses was the best thing that happened this pandemic. Yes, I did manage to complete 103 courses and as an individual, I have grown with learning from around the world. I cannot thank enough for this.
Here are the books I managed to read this year:
This year’s NaNoWriMo was warming and soothing. I did win for the 5th time with 50K words and the ML experience this year will stay for long. It was the most satisfying season ever. There were many such appreciation comments like the one below.
Delivered 3 guest talks at colleges from Pune(2) and Chennai(1), online
Attended 4 Faculty Development Programs
Attended 23 Webinars (with certificates)
Attended 1 Winter School from IIIT-Bangalore
I did do a 31 Days 31 Movies Challenge in August and the detailed post can be found here: 31 Days 31 Movies.
Following up next is the summary of the year as against the set goals.
Task Set 01: Writing
1.1. Write at least 100 blog posts on itsphblog : This is my 42nd post. I could have done better. 1.2. Post 50 technical blog posts on itsphbytes : I did end up writing 11. I Seriously need to work on technical posts 2021. 1.3. Take up A to Z Challenge in April : Done. Did two. One on blog and another on Instagram (you can reach me on Instagram at prakash.hegade). 1.4. Participate in NaNo-Camps in April and July : completed both the camps successfully. 1.5. Continue working as ML for NaNoWriMo 2020 : It was an amazing year and had the best wrimo’s ever. 1.6. Post 30 short poems on Instagram : I did make 46 posts, and I am happy about that.
Task Set 02: Publishing
2.1. Give final edits and get NaNoWriMo 2016 novel titled i 4 you published : published. Link shared above. 2.2. Revise, edit, revise, edit and NaNoWriMo 2019 novel titled – The Art of Ageing Gracefully published : I still need to work on this. 2.3. Publish at least five ebooks through Smashwords : did 4. You have to check out: I Fell in Love with an Asshole and I Fell in Love with a Geek.
Task Set 03: Reading
3.1. Take up Goodreads challenge and read 20 novels : I could complete 9. 3.2. Read and explore two new domains in-depth (Life Sciences and Digital Society) – Attended winter school and nothing much on life science.
Task Set 04: Research
4.1. Read 50 or more research papers : read only 12. 4.2. Publish 5 research papers (academic, research, management) : yes. 6. 4.3. Build four new models related to research area : the same were published as papers. 4.4. Implement 5 workable components for Knit Algorithm : not one was in releasable format.
Task Set 05: Profession (Academics)
5.1. Design and deliver two new courses (Semantic Web and Functional Programming) : Semantic web was successfully delivered and Functional Programming was proposed and was not delivered because of pandemic situation. 5.2. Improve Coding profile (complete Basic CodeChef DSA certification) : could not reattempt the certification. But did manage to complete basic problem solving certification on HackerRank. 5.3. Take up and complete 5 courses online (MOOC) : this is where a significant difference happened. University got free access to coursera and I managed to complete 103 courses. 5.4. Design and deliver courses in unique environment (DSA, MT, APS) : with corona, this did happen in unexpected way.
Task Set 06: Profession (Industry)
6.1. Provide 30 meaningful internships from Knit Arena : we did have 32 interns 6.2. Host Knit School 2020 : this did get cancelled because of we all know why. 6.3. Host 2 events from the company : we did host one competition. 6.4. Grow as Technical Lead at Transil (Internships, design, research, consultant, technology etc. ) – I credit the fall here to corona.
Task Set 07: New
7.1. Conduct 3 workshops on various topics : did 2. 7.2. Travel to two new places : Punjab and Kasargod (Kerala). 7.3. Cook 5 new dishes : done and dusted. 7.4. Work on building meaningful components for kids growth and development (dedicating to my kids) : started home schooling. 7.5. Start and complete at least 3 new series/soaps – Dark (All 3 Seasons), Mirzapur (2 Seasons) and Money Heist (Season 01).
I am already late for the theme reveal party but better late than never! This is my 4th year of A to Z challenge and looks like 8 line poem is definitely my thing! Here is my year wise theme from 2017:
An idiom for an alphabet and 8 line poem to it.
Emotions and expressions for life and 8 line poem to it.
Words and phrases from foreign languages and 8 line poem to it.
Here is 2020 Theme:
Metaphors from movies, idioms, celebrities, paintings, songs, etc. It’s going to be diverse as well challenging. But who is not up for it!? I am already excited for April 1. I am rushing out to work on metaphor for A and a 8 line poem for it. What are your plans? Let me know. Hope to reach many from April 1.
I had been to a conference in Thiruvananthapuram, and it was my first visit to the city, though I had been to other parts of Kerala several times. After the conference, I had a day off for myself, for I had my plans not knowing yet on where to make it happen. As strange as it sounds, but truer. I had carried my printed novels for editing with a highlighter, colored pens, pencil, scale, small cards and everything else that is required. I checked out of my room (I had to by 11.00 am) not knowing where to head next. I had a bus to catch at 9.00 pm and I had all day waiting for me to throw in some excitement.
I had expected it to be a sunny day like the previous but the rain had surprised me. I had to surprise back to maintain the natural order. I checked out with small luggage that I had carried and run towards the nearest shelter. I could see that it was a coffee house ( Turf Café and Bistro ) but looked like nothing that from outside. I, however, took steps inside with no further thoughts standing there in awe for what I saw.
I really did not want a coffee. However, hoping that the rain would stop, I started looking for something very minimal from the menu, something for 30-45 mins. I ordered a vanilla cream coffee (not sure if that exactly was the name) and sat there with balminess, looking at every corner, which gave welcoming hospitality to the much-needed stranger like me. Then, after around 10 minutes while when the order is almost about to arrive, I have this lighting moment.
“Sir, can I sit here all day long, maybe till 7.00 pm and do my works?” “Yes, sir. You can take *that* seat!” “Thank you.” “I hope you will order something!” “Definitely. I am going to have my lunch, snacks, and everything else here!” “Sure, sir.” “Thanks a lot!”
That is what led to one of my best days ever! I spent my whole day, working with my novel edits. There was also Mr. Bean series being played on a large screen which for me, was incredible writing support. The food was delicious and so were the staff around. I liked the menu and the smiles they offered. That day, for me, was a bliss. I am sure that every writer or a reader like me would agree that there is nothing more beautiful than this.
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.
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.
What is NaNoWriMo? It is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote writing and creativity.
What is the Target and Timeline? The writing begins from November 01 spanning for the entire month (ends Nov 30th midnight 11.59pm). One needs to tackle the writing goal of 50,000 words.
Yes, 50K. 50,000 is definitely a huge number but if seen as 1667 words per day, definitely doable. Weekends, constant support and motivation from NaNoWriMo and buddies, pep talks, lots of resource materials and daily writing sprints make this target exciting and easier.
However if you have your own target, there is also NaNoWriMo Rebel where one can set individual writing targets.
What can I Write? Anything! Anything that makes you happy and you want to write. It’s not about the bothering and worries of editing and giving the final touch. It’s about writing and just it.
So, What Next? Are your words ready to celebrate? Do you have a project? Hope in! Register at National Novel Writing Month. It’s about cherishing that write-cravings and dedicating the month November to write, write and write more.
What after Registration? Select the appropriate region from where you are writing, look out the regional forum for introduction and other threads, create a writing project, make some new buddies and get started! The writing officially begins from November 01.
– Prakash Hegade, Municipal Liaison for India
You can add me up as your buddy. My Profile id is prakash_hegade
IBMC was instantiated in the early second week of April 2016(It’s been more than two years now!) and a part of WordPress Event which can be found HERE. So far 55 bloggers have completed this challenge.
A list of all the completed challengers can be found HERE.
There has been no activity in last two months and hence this summary post.
Here is what IBMC is:
The IBMC is a series of ten tasks. All the ten tasks are different, to prove the versatility in the blogger.
The blogger can start the challenge at any point of time but the constraint is that it has to be completed within 15 days of the start. So, plan well before starting.
There are 10 challenges and 15 days to complete (in other words, you have up to five “buffer” days).
One cannot complete more than three tasks on the same day.
The tasks have to be taken up in the same order as they are numbered.
Every task is associated with a logo which will have to be used along with the prompt.
On completing all the challenges, the IBMC logo can be added to your blog.