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‘Dalgona App’ : Trying new things in pairs

The lockdown period has brought out the chef hidden in many busy-bodies. Last friday, I saw status update from 7 people in my network, who made Parottas at home. Good to see that people are enjoying their time at home, honing a very important life skill.

An interesting dish that gained popularity this season is a beverage, Dalgona Coffee, probably owing to the ease of making; ie limited ingredients (milk, water, sugar, coffee powder), limited setup (spoon and glass) and almost zero culinary skills.

I’ve been using WordPress for about a decade now, as my primary CMS of choice. I’ve used the wordpress app for atleast 3 years now, mostly to check visit stats of the websites I manage. I’ve never posted anything from the wordpress mobile app.

Today was the day.

This post is being composed in the WordPress Android app, with a glass full of homemade (Govind-made) Dalgona coffee in my coffee table. ☕

Send that ‘hi’

Today is my 21st day of sitting at home. I self-imposed a lock-down much before the government declared one.

The gift of time was precious. In addition to many professional and personal things that were kept aside for quite some time owing to my being ‘busy’, could be fulfilled.

However, ranking above all that, I pinged someone very dear to me. We were not on talking terms for more than 2 years now. We never had a fight, or argument, ever. We just drifted away from each other, getting busy with our own lives. The space between us got filled with ego, preventing either from initiating a conversation.

Yesterday, I decided to conquer the ego. I sent a ‘Hi’. We talked. A day later, we both are happier than we were a day ago.

Not to sound preachy, but here is a fun activity for all of you to do during the lock-down.

  • Take your phone. Open any messaging app.
  • Scroll through your contact list. Find that one person you haven’t talked to in a while. Few suggestions
    • An old friend, from school or college
    • A distant relative
    • An ex, or even better, an ex-crush
  • Send a ‘hi’. Ask them how they are coping up with the lockdown.

It would be angelic to put a smile on someone’s face, during these troubled times.

Whoever can surprise well must conquer

The package was thoughtfully addressed to “Govind Maheswaran, Room No. 501, Mercure KCP Hotel, Kacheguda, Hyderabad”

Little things do matter, it puts a smile in someone’s face. 

Will hopefully be writing more about the sender.

Of Awards and Recognitions

EY Advisory team bagged top honors at Cypher 2019, India’s largest Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) summit. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) assisted Focus Group Analyzer (FGA) was recognized as the ‘Best Data Science Project of the year’.

Yours truly grabbed the award on behalf of the team, consisting of Archana H, Bhavana Gopakumar, Justin Joseph and Nithin Gopinath.

Alma Mater

7 years ago this day, I sat among the audience in this very auditorium. Anxious, tensed and probably questioning my life decisions. It was my first day in NITC as a student, and I had no idea what my second tenure in college was gonna be.

Fast forward to yesterday, adorning the diaz, I saw myself in those 1500 faces, the tension, the confusion and lots of hope. Its one thing to be invited back to one’s alma mater as a guest, and its something entirely wonderful when you get a chance to speak to your past selves, to assure them that they’re in a wonderful place, to tell them not to make the mistakes you’ve made, to offer them a pair of digital ears if they ever need someone to talk to, and most importantly, to show them what their future selves are capable of.

Thank you National Institute of Technology Calicut, and wishing all the very best for the Engineers of 2023.