Archive for February, 2011

Woh this was breath taking stuff.. The match between India and England ends in a tie. This is only the fourth ever tie in World Cup History. No winner, no looser amazing. Which team will be more disappointed in not winning the match? I guess both, but if you actually see, India has just thrown it away, by not winning this one.

It started of very well for India; they scored 338 which was a target that would have taken something to be chased down. But i am not sure if actually India would be happy with the score. India was past 300 in the 45th over with 7 wickets in hand, but still they managed only 338, losing 7 wickets in the last 25 balls. Though it must be said Sachin batted beautifully, getting up his 5th World Cup hundred, his 47th ODI, and his 98th International hundred. He was well supported by Gambhir and Yuvraj who scored half centuries each. But what cost India the win is that they did not play the complete quota of overs, got out with a ball to spare. And to top it when Zaheer got run out in as the last wicket trying to get a double, the run was called a short run, which meant a run wasted and so a wicket. I guess that run cost India the victory.

In the second half England started off well. I must say Strauss played one of the finest world cup innings to almost get his team home.  His knock of 158 will be regarded as one of the greatest in the history of world cup cricket. Just when they were cruising with 61 required of 54 balls to win, it was Zaheer’s spell which turned things around, he picked up 3 quick wickets, leaving India ahead. With 29 required of the last two over 3 wickets in hand, it looked as if India were to reach home finally. But they just threw it away and gave away 28 in 12 balls, to end this match in a tie. Now, should we call this as an escape for India, or should we call it a chance thrown away is something that I am confused of.

Another big concern is that the batsmen have played really well so far, but have the bowlers done that. Today the bowling was tested, and it almost failed. When the opposition is set a target of 339 to win, one expects a big victory, not a tie or a loss. I think India needs to pull their socks in this department or a world cup win will only be a dream. How long can one just rely on Sehwag and Sachin to fire? How many times will they be able to score 300 plus runs? And even if they do that what is the guarantee that the bowlers will bowl well. I really think India needs to reassess. They definitely have the strongest batting line up, but also one of the weakest bowling line ups. Today also except from that exceptional 3 over spell from Zaheer, the Indian bowling was nowhere close to a decent one, leave aside a good one. If it wasn’t that spell Zaheer, india would have lost the match badly. India really needs to work up this or they would be exploited badly in the later stages of the games. Do not forget that this time there are three knock out stages, and I am not really sure if the Indian bowlers are up for it.

In the end I hope that Indian team would definitely think about it, and also I would like to wish the team all the best for the coming matches. Also I would like to wish Sachin for another gem of an innings and how luckily it is not gone in vain. Hope they do not play any lack lustre cricket and come up victorious.

I have always dreamt of working with Microsoft since I joined my engineering college almost 7 years back. Well Microsoft is brand I guess any person would want to get associated with, and I am no different. Even after dreaming all time to be a part of the elite organization, I never really worked hard enough to be able get in there. In fact by the time I reached the pre final year of my engineering I realized that my interests do not lie on the track that would lead my dream organization.

By that time I had developed a keen interest in topics like Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. I believe Microsoft does not work in any of these fields. So I guess I was a little disappointed but definitely moved ahead. And late I joined Cybage here, but surprisingly I was not working in the field of my interest. Phew… that made me a lot more disappointed then ever.

After 9-10 months of the boring job, when I got an opportunity to change my department in the same organization, I readily agreed. As I thought that this new work could bring in some new energy in my current job profile. And it did somewhat happen like I had thought of. I started to like the new work and since then, I really don’t know how 20 months flew by working in the same project. During all this time I have been working for MicroStrategy (I was initially very happy to join this project since it had he term “Micro”, similar to Microsoft, in its name). I have worked in that project for almost 20 months, but to be honest I would never regret working there. In fact MicroStrategy is very close to my heart (this time not because of the “Micro” term).

Then last month, I got to know I had to move out of the project, as a new assignment was already lined up for me. I was a little disappointed this time since I had started closely relating myself with MicroStrategy by then. But to my big surprise, I was about to work for MICROSOFT this time. And the even bigger surprise for me was that I will not only be working for them, I would be working as a part of their team. A part of Microsoft…. amazing…. something I had always dreamt of initially. Many of my friends and colleagues said that probably the term “Micro” is not going to leave me easily, and will be associated with me for a little more time. To which I could only reply with a smile as I was not complaining at all.

My profile now is that I work as a part of the Microsoft Visual Basic team, where I have to blog about the various samples that the team has created. These posts are in a form of walkthroughs where I demonstrate how to go about the create a certain application.

Finally I get to be a part of the elite organization somehow.  And now I also believe that dreams definitely come true, maybe not in the way you had initially dreamt of, but they do happen especially if one does not give up, and yes the luck factor should also be there.

I wanted to write about my Microsoft connection earlier itself, but I have really been very busy blogging for them in the past one month. That’s one of the major reasons why I have not been able to write much here as well.

Also I would like to request everyone to have a look at the blog that I write for Microsoft. Those are available on VB Team’s MSDN Blogs site. I probably cannot put the link here at the moment, as I might end up breaching  one of the company policies. Though I would love to put the link here, and I might do it as well in some time, but definitely after the confirmation from my seniors and the client of course.

Till then please keep reading my posts here, and if possible on the MSDN Blogs as well.

Yesterday (Saturday), I visited Mulshi Dam and Lavasa city with three of my friends. The original plan was to go to Mulshi Dam, Tamhini Ghat, and then Lavasa city, but due to the time constraint we had to drop the idea of Tamhini Ghat. Maybe I will plan out for that sometime during the monsoons this year.

Me, Raman, Vishal, Tanmay, and Mulshi Dam

A long trip on the bike with friends is something that I always have loved to go on. The first trip with my office group of friends was 8-9 months back, when we went to Sinhgad Fort. I guess all of us enjoyed that trip a lot, and we all decided to plan such a trip every month. But since then we have only been able to go out twice (NDA and Mulshi), and not even once in the last 3 months. Though we had made a lot of plans in between, but nothing could materialise. As always this time also I sent out an email to friends for a trip. But luckily, the response was good, and I really thought that we could have some plan in place this time.

Me and Vishal, a nice pic taken by Tanmay

But as like all our trips face a lot of problems in the initial phase, this was no different. On last Monday, I sent out an email to all friends (I thought would come for the trip) asking them for the trip. Initially I got a decent response, with five of them agreed to join, but on the other hand, four of them also said that they could not. As usual Mihir and Najim were two of the four people, and as every time it happens, both of them were going home. Bhadre, also said he could not, but I guess I always knew of that, since he really cannot join in on Saturday, and just because of him I had put the plan for Sunday as well. But since he said he was unable to come on both the days, we confirmed the day to be Saturday. As the days approached, by Thursday, we had a couple more casualties. Sandip had work and had to come to office on Saturday as well, so obviously he was out. But then due to some strange reasons and circumstances, Umesh too had to back out. Now that decision of his really hurt me, as I had never thought that he would back out. Because of this we were left to only four of us (Vishal, Tanmay, Raman, and Me), and for once I even thought of calling off the trip. But since we had called off a number of our plans recently, the four of us (we four are generally there on all the trips) just wanted to go, get out of the frustration of having to get the plan cancelled. And since then all things fell in place (well almost all, except for the start of the trip).

A nice picture of the sun at Lavasa

Lavasa city is known for its scenic beauty during sunset, and so is Mulshi Dam known for during sunrise (skipping the sunrise part, as both sunrise and sunset cannot be practically done, without having a night halt somewhere).  After a lot of discussion and debate, we planned our meeting points and the timings for the trip on Friday evening and were looking forward to Saturday. But unfortunately Tanmay’s bike got punctured, and we got delayed by almost an hour. I and Vishal had to wait for an hour almost at our respective points. The plan was to start at 8 AM, but I and Tanmay set out from our point, at around 9-9.15 AM, and reached the point where Raman and Vishal were waiting for us by 9.45. Since we were already late we decided not to waste any more time and leave for Mulshi immediately. The roads to that place are very good, and we really enjoyed riding the bikes on them. Finally we reached our destination at around 11. We thought of having lunch first, and then going to Tamhini Ghat, but as we saw the customs shop open, we all went in for some shopping. Both Tanmay and Raman, bought some shirts for themselves, after a lot of selection definitely.

After that we all had lunch as we were all hungry (in fact none us had breakfast, so we were really very hungry). And then after having lunch we decided to go down towards the lake. It was very hot as it was already past noon, and I and Tanmay  also decided not to get into the water as we did not want to take any risk, as it looked very deep and dangerous. Though Raman followed Vishal into the water and had some good time in there. I and Tanmay also had a nice time outside clicking pictures. At about 2-2.30 we decided to go back to the cafe and leave if we wanted to go to Tamhini Ghat. As we reached back, Raman saw slides and see-saw there, and for fun all of us went there for some fun, and trying to remember childhood games. Though I must say that was the most exciting aspect of the Mulshi part of the trip.

At around 3 we thought of leaving, but since it was late and very hot we thought of skipping Tamhini this time and moved towards Lavasa. At around 4.30, we reached Temghar Dam and thought of stopping there for sometime seeing the beautiful sight. A few gates of the Dam were open, allowing water to pass by, and that created a sought of waterfall at one end. We really had a lot of fun, climbing up there and clicking pictures. That was I guess one of the most exciting parts of the trip so far. Also this is for the first time Tanmay enjoyed as well. I felt he was only getting bored out there till now. But that experience was really fun, especially since it is almost summer time. At around 5.30 we left that place.

Another at the Temghar Dam

Lavasa was around 9 kilometres from there, and we thought we would easily make it till there before sunset. We did reach there in about 20-25 minutes, but after reaching we only realised that it was the entry gate and the city was still about 10 kilometres further. But I must say that the place is really very well built and architecture is amazing. We really admired the beauty of the place and had some fun going down till the city. I must add that the architecture is one of the best I have seen in Pune, I guess it only comes next to National Defence Academy on those points. We reached down by 6.30, and then as sun was about to set we relaxed there for some time, had snacks, and then after roaming around to different parts of the place we decided to go back.

It was getting dark, and I was a bit scared as none of the riders apart from me had driven bikes on such tough ghat terrain and that too in night before (though Vishal has driven a few long distance rides in night, but I am not sure if has driven on ghats before). But we all tried to go a little slow and lot more safely, as it was past dusk, and were approaching darkness. We all tried to maintain the speed, to be able to see and follow each other all the time, so that we will always be in sight if any mishap happened. But fortunately, nothing happened and we touched Pune at 8. Again the ride back to Pune was amazing, and riding on those ghats was a very good experience for all of us.

Finaly I reached home around 9, tired and exhausted, but full of good memories. The trip that was looking a little boring till mid afternoon, turned out to be an amazing experience by the end of the day. In fact we did not cover all the places in Lavasa, so that we could come back once again, with all the friends (hopefully) who missed it this time.

Hopefully next time, we will plan a full day trip to Lavasa as we can then visit every part of the city then. In fact I have already started thinking of it, and waiting for the time to come. Till then, I sign off from here, and hope to write about the next one soon.