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Barcamp Bangalore 2022

Barcamp is something I appreciate a lot. There is literally no other event which is anywhere close to what Barcamp is. I may be saying the cheesy line from the Maggi hot and sweet sauce ad, but "it's different". I dont know about any other event where we have people come and talked about so many varied topics with enthusiasm, other than Barcamp Bangalore(BCB). During the pandemic it was shutdown. I think each one of us had our own share of troubles with the pandemic. Everything was quiet on all channels during the pandemic till Dr. Sanjay decided to ask " Any plans for next barcamp? " in April 2022 on BCB Telegram group . No one replied to that. But then he persisted and was more direct with his offer in July 2022. Any plans for next barcamp? Let's do it in RV University in September. Next to Pattanagere metro station I could not help but not reply to that message and people just joined in. Let me tell you that of all the folks who replied, only Bibhas a

My current thoughts on starting up

In case you are intrigued by the words, 'current thoughts' well I don't know anyone who has changed their thinking more in the last decade on various different things than me. I think it will be changing as things do and as I evolve as a person. So that's me right now. Starting up on my own venture has been on my mind for a long long time. But it has not really taken any real shape till now. My mom still jokes that I wanted to start adda.com while in school. You know it never started. I had ever since thought of different things but never made them into real life. Closest I ever got was to get a prototype built and showcase it but then again never pushed it. Of late I realise that I have a very crucial element missing which leaves me directionless after some time. I don't have a clear goal and mission for myself while building anything. The only goal at times is to build something. Guess builder culture is ingrained in me. So I gave myself some time to think about

My Adventures in buying a washing machine

I bought my first washing machine in 2008-09 while I was a bachelor. It was a very basic top load automatic one from Videocon. I have fond memories of using the machine as a single person living alone, setting it up at night with the delay-wash option. Before going to work, I would just hang the washed and partially dried clothes. Recently after years, its parts began to fail, mostly due to natural wear and tear. My trusted electrician refused to fix it anymore and asked me to buy a new one. Left with no choice but to look for one, I replaced it. RIP my dear Videocon, you did good while you were around. Researching and finding the "perfect" appliance online is a mess. Trust is a scarce resource and things get deprecated soon. So, basically, the model recommended is no more available in the market. I decided to go the old-school way and check with the local dealer. Among the available brands, I had decided that I would either get a Samsung or an LG one. So I went and checked t

40 things to do in my 40s

I recently turned 40 and this post was long due. I was trying to come up with what I want to do in the next decade and here are the 40 things I want to.  Do a sky dive Bring a product idea to reality Start a company Make a difference in at least one unknown/unrelated persons life Learn Esperanto Write a book  Go for a trek in the mountains Spend a night by the beach Build a crazy stupid social media only alter-ego which no one can link to me Make plans for the next 20 years Make our ancestral home in Bikaner back up to reasonable standards. Get myself a good electric bike which can take me atleast 100km without a fuss.  Watching planets had been a kids dream for, maybe this is going to be the decade that I do it. Take a class/session for college students and they should like it :)  Make myself debt free and family financially secure for the next 40 years Figure out a solution for a problem which ails the rural India and help improve their lives  Get my kids of figure out their strength