Things or two I learnt following James Altucher.

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A lot people like Peter Theil is not a big fan of Twitter, everyone has an opinion or belief and we should respect it.

About me, I have always been a connector & Twitter is one of the best things happened to me. A few months back a tweet from   landed in my timeline, it was a Eureka moment for me because I was going through turbulent times in my personal & professional life.

I made a small list which I have kept as a sticky note after going through his blog & podcast.

1. Be Honest with yourself.

2. Ask whenever you need something.

3. Fail fast & start something new.

4. Your health is key to your successful life.

5. Stay away from those who don’t respect you or are pessimistic.

6. Be Naked, always open to accept & exchange ideas.

7. Help help help others without expecting immediate returns.

8. Get into the habit of reading.

9. Being crazy is good.

10. You have an idea, work on it forget about the end result, give it a try to start with.

In case you want to know more about  James Altucher, please follow him on 

Twitter  

Homepage

Amazon Page

I will keep adding more to the list over time. I am hoping next year I will be in a position to buy all his books as am still catching up with all his blogs & podcasts.

 

 

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Crazy Dreams about my death

Okey, here i am in mid air writing about this experience of mine. It might appear hilarious/funny but every once in a while I get this weird dream of me getting killed in a  head on car collision or flight explosion in mid air. I would hope it never comes true.

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Am is scared of these dreams?

Fucking no, it keeps reminding me that death is imminent & I should better spend every single day of my life to fullest. Its working so far well. :)

What would you do if you were me?

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But we keep complaining !!

Its going to be a RANT, if you are interested please keep reading.

Found it in no litter zone at North Sikkim. Packed it & dropped it in a trash in Gangtok.

Found it in no litter zone at North Sikkim. Packed it & dropped it in a trash in Gangtok.

So every now and then i keep hearing, our government is not doing this, they are not doing that.

1. No water supply, this government is good for nothing.

Please ask yourself:

a. Your water tap is leaking but you have no time to get is fixed. That means you are wasting water. Can you fucking get it fixed.

b. Why every freaking day your tank goes on water overflow wasting many liters of water to drainage?

2. We don`t get 24/7 electricity, this government is waste

a. Ooh but are you paying the bills?

b. ooh and are you using electricity sensibly, do you close fans/lights when  its not needed.

3. Man see the city is so dirty.

a. Do you throw the garbage in bin?

b. Do you carry bags when you go out shopping or your dependent on polybag shopkeeper gives you.

Please ask yourself how we can fix the problems. I know our city & country is not perfect, but we can work together in making it better. :)

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Things I will miss if I die anytime soon.

This August month made me think what all I will miss if I die anytime soon,  You may call me stupid for this. I have made a small list of things I will miss incase I get hit by a truck or die in a plane crash or something else.

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Parents: I love my parents & want to be with them every minute of their life. It will be very unfortunate for them being without their son.

Love of my life: Ooh, I have fallen in love a few times before, but still waiting for that REAL LOVE which people claims, when it has to happen will happen.

World Trip: Ooh, I really want to see the world or in simple term all the known continents, I don’t want to die without seeing them all.

Beer oh beer: I love beer & so far have only tried 50-60 odd brands I want to try at most 500+ brands before I die.

Meeting Razique: I don`t want to die before meeting Razique, he is in Canada & we have  been interacting for over 3 years, thanks to OpenStack project. I want to meet him, hopefully sometime next year.

The Porsche: Well, when it comes to driving a  car, my saying is either ride/own a Porsche or don`t ride/own a car. I am yet to learn car driving, will do once i will buy Porsche.

Akshaya patra pledge: I want to donate enough money every year which will feed 20 street children, Akshaya Patra the NGO works on same direction.

PS: I am 100% in my senses & not stressed, so no need to call/ask/inquire why did I blog this. :)

 

 

 

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Notes from Sikkim Trip

I visited Sikkim in May this year. I liked every single day of my stay there. Every single day was full of fun & excitement.

I have tried to summarize my overall experience in simple notes.

1. People speak Nepali, Sikkimese, Hindi & English

2. Buddhism, Hinduism dominates the population.

3. Sikkim is natures paradise, especially north Sikkim [Lachen/Lachung], it’s mostly untapped and full of beauty.

4. Sikkim has beautiful monasteries, wide variety of flora & fonna.

5. People are soft spoken, hard working, honest & brave.

6. Smoking is illegal in capital i.e Gangtok.

7. Every 5th shop is a liquor shop in Gangtok, thanks to various tax exemptions.

8. A visitor should definitely indulge in local non-veg cuisine & local wines.

9. One of my favorite egg fry wai wai curry.

Network Alert: Vodaphone works well along with 2G in most part of the state. 

Some random clicks

 

Local Wine, made of maize & rice. Popular in Nepal

Local Wine, made of maize & rice. Popular in Sikkim & Nepal

On way to Lachen, North Sikkim.

On way to Lachen, North Sikkim.

Young Lamas from Rumtek monastery.

Young Lamas from Rumtek monastery.

 

Young school girls returning home.

Young school girls returning home.

 

An Old Shiva Temple.

An Old Shiva Temple.

Yaks & ice on way to Guru Dogmaar lake.

Yaks & ice on way to Guru Dogmaar lake.

Gure Dogmaar Lake.

Gure Dogmaar Lake.

Water stream created after heavy rain on way to lachen.

Water stream created after heavy rain on way to lachen.

Flag flying high with holy mantras on it.

Flag flying high with holy mantras on it.

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Samadhi of some Buddhist priest on way to Guru Dogmaar.

Mutton with thick gravy cooked by local chef.

Mutton with thick gravy cooked by local chef.

 

 

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Happiness

I spent quite some time wondering why some of us are always worried, tensed, scared.

1. Why can`t we all be happy?

2.What it takes to attain that state of happiness?

For me everything chalks down to a single thing “NEED”

To most psychologists, need is a psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a goal, giving purpose and direction to behavior. [Wikipedia]

Every human is different & hence our needs are different, we are happy as long as all these needs are on track.

That state of being happy.

That state of being happy.

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How not to be an ASSHOLE.

I am writing this out of my previous experience & yes, that makes me asshole at some point of time.

 

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Stop giving free advice : No one gives a fuck to your advice if you’re giving it for free.

No help unless someone asking for it : If you offer help without someone asking for it, you’re not helping him/her instead making an ass of yourself.

You don’t have to be good for everyone: It’s good to be bad at times, just make sure your actions are not hurting someone else & you have your ass covered.

Stop chasing : You don’t have to make someone else’s life miserable because you need help from him/her. Someone has to respond to you it will happen if it has to running after it every fucking day will not help.

Stop taking free favors: Pay for the service & someone else’s time.

 

 

 

 

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Notes from Rajasthan trip

I visited Rajasthan on many occasions, this is the first time am writing about the overall experience.

The state has one of the best roads & the state transportation system. [1]

Rajasthan tourism has kept  most of the palace & forts in shape. The tag line says “Padharo mare Desh” — Please visit our country. [2]

Best time to travel to Rajasthan is November to February, it gets hotter in summer.

I have spent most of my time in Ajmer, Jaipur & Jodhpur. I am hopeful of visiting Jaisalmer in November later this year.

Rajasthan is also famous for mouthwatering food, mostly made of milk products.

In Ajmer i visited Ajmer Sharif & also went to Puskar the only Brahma temple we have. :)

Jodhpur i visited the Mehranghar fort & spend good hours with the Flying Fox Zip Tour  & I  did not like Umaid bhavan palace. :)

Jaipur has always only been about eating, eating & eating, last month i came to know Hawa Mahel is there so next trip i will visit there.

Mobile Provider Check : Vodaphone works seamlessly & 2G works most of the places.

Some Random Clicks

Welcome to Jaipur.

Welcome to Jaipur.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dal Bhati Churma.

Dal Bhati Churma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalebi & Gulabjmun.

Jalebi & Gulabjmun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kachori

Kachori

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tired band troupe

Tired band troupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performers inside Mehranghar Fort.

Performers inside Mehranghar Fort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MehranGhar Fort

Mehran Ghar Fort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jodhpur city, as seen from Mehranghar Fort.

Jodhpur city, as seen from Mehranghar Fort.

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Dear Engineering Students, Comp Sc/IT from India.

A disclaimer:  This is not for you If

1. If you’re from IIT or XYZ or blue star ranked college with a 100 % placement [I mean really].

2. You have all it takes to get into companies beyond TCS/Infosys/Wipro or other c

shops from India without caring for campus placement.

Let’s begin :

According to Wikipedia India has a total of 5672 engineering colleges.

S.No State/Union Territory Number of Engineering Institutes[5]
1 Andhra Pradesh 900
2 Arunachal Pradesh 3
3 Assam 22
4 Bihar 30
5 Chandigarh 9
6 Chhattisgarh 75
7 Delhi 37
8 Goa 10
8 Gujarat 120
9 Haryana 342
10 Himachal Pradesh 54
11 Jammu & Kashmir 28
12 Jharkhand 33
13 Karnataka 400
14 Kerala 198
15 Madhya Pradesh 285-310
16 Maharashtra 739
17 Manipur 2
17 Meghalaya 4
18 Orissa 1000
19 Puducherry 21
20 Punjab 221
21 Rajasthan 338
22 Sikkim 3
23 Tamil Nadu 934
24 Tripura 2
25 Uttar Pradesh 466
26 Uttarakhand 4
27 West Bengal 155
- Total 5672

Now if we do a small calculation assuming every engineering college will have 60 seats for IT & another 60 for Computer Science. Every year we produce 120*5672= 6,80640 engineering graduates with degrees in IT & Computer Science.

Let’s do some more calculation:

Scenario 1

1. Who are the mass recruiters from Campus Freshers?

Infosys, TCS, Wipro Others..

2. What are their selection criteria?

60% through out 10/12/Engineering [Ask honestly, how many IT/Comp Sc engineer has it]

Appear in the Aptitude test

Appear in a written test

Appear in a face to face interview

3. Do these companies care about your majors while hiring?

Mostly NO

4. What does that mean?

Even mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronic Comm engineer can apply for these college placements.

Adding more numbers assuming only 25% of these departments are interested in joining these IT company so the number becomes (15+15+15+15) * 5672 = 340320

5. So the total pool of Freshers for chop shop becomes

3,40320+ 6,80640 = 10,20960

WTF these many engineers are waiting for campus recruitment.

6. Let me be more genuine

Assuming half of these students are not qualified for one or the other reasons, still will the Indian MNC by any means going to hire 500,000 Freshers?

NO FUCKING WAY, You cannot hire us all.

NO FUCKING WAY, You cannot hire us all.

 

Also

  • Our engineering syllabus is so outdated that we are still reading Fortan & other old age languages.
  • So once we are out of college on the basis of the college degree you are not getting a job.
  • Even if there is a job the pre conditions like marks or aptitude test will be another barrier
  • Some even ask for money like CMC computers & others to give you a job.

But their is a BIG WILD WORLD open for You.

Do it yourself

You can easily add your skillset while you’re in college, by enrolling in online courses from.

UDACITY

coursera.org

edx

codecademy

khanacademy

& Others.

Most of these classes are free of cost & you even getting certificates for participating.

Also get into Open Source Software

Get familiar with the tool chains needed to get into Open Source world contribution quora is your friend 

I have my own story how i got into the Open Source contribution, I have contributed a chapter to Open Advice Book, its free download.

Also

Your contribution will get you Internship like:

https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen

https://developers.google.com/open-source/soc/?csw=1

Also, most of these internship will end up with  getting you a  job where your recognition will not be determined on the basis of your marks, aptitude test, race, color but contribution upstream on  your github page.

Also

1. Blog

2. Tweet

3. Read, participate, help [how/where]?

— news.ycombinator.com [Keep updated with the latest technology trends, announcements]

— Mailing lists, Quora

— Forums, IRC channels

— Local technology Meetups, conferences

4. Recommended Readings

How to become a hacker

How to ask questions the smart way

Open Advice

Time is now!!

Time is now!!

Following Above steps will guarantee :

1. You will have sufficient time for your G/F or hobby without worrying for the campus placements.

2. You won’t end up regretting WTF I did engineering from this shitty college where no company is coming for campus placement.

3. You won’t end up making excuses for masters from abroad or wasting another 2 years doing MBA.

Still,some of you will not agree to what all am saying, still I will not stop trying. :

Some of you will not listen to what am saying. :)

 

 

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Notes from Srinagar trip.

I visited Srinager while returning from Ladakh. It was a frantic ride, crossing Drass, Kargil, snow filled road & rain. I reached Srinagar early morning & got a room right across Dal Lake. Most people are friendly & they know tourists are bread/butter for them.

I have tried to summarize my overall experience in simple notes.

  • Dal Lake is more beautiful during winter, although summer is peak tourist season.
  • Shikara ride is hugely recommended  & if you want more fun spend a day or two in house boat.
  • I was not lucky to enjoy Wazwan because none of my local friends were getting married at the time of my visit. :)
  • Spend one complete day visiting all the beautiful gardens.
  • Do visit Hazratbal shrine & feed the pigeons, if I remember correctly, you are not allowed to carry your cams.
  • An evening walk at Lal Chok is another great way of seeing and meeting locals.
  • Mughal Darbar at Lal Chok makes excellent kebabs.
  • Do drink Kahwah[local chai] from roadside shop.
  • I spent 4-5 hours at Shankaracharya Temple, its a good walk. The temple is very small & easily gets crowded so try visiting early morning. 
  • Also, thanks to Mir Nazim & iKraft team for Gulmurg trip I was unlucky so could not enjoy Gandola Ride. Although I enjoyed the whole trip. :)
  • Last not the least you can either take flight, train from Delhi to reach Srinagar or like me take state roadways bus.

Some Random Clicks

Dal Lake, romantic as ever. :)

Dal Lake, romantic as ever. :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mughal Garden

Mughal Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow capped mountains, on the way to Gulmarg.

Snow capped mountains, on the way to Gulmarg.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another pic from Mughal garden.

Another pic from Mughal garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They call this place mini Switzerland.

They call this place mini Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamal, my local guide, auto driver who took me around the city.

Jamal, my local guide, auto driver who took me around the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local horse pullers in Gulmarg.

Local horse pullers in Gulmarg.

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