Sunday, May 20, 2018

Vanakkam Chennai

                                        



Its my passion to travel, meet people and know about their livelihood. Having a far adjustable attitude, I always get mix up with people of all kinds of nature.



But this time I had to go for a different purpose and not for any FOSS workshop. My first MSc FOSS semesters from 23rd Feb 2013 in Madras Institute of Technology.



We had our flight on 21st feb 2013. We had booked our tickets in a hurry through makemytrip.com. It was airindia express international flight via Chennai to Singapore. In the morning itself I went to Sayali’s place in IIT Bombay, Vihar house. Sayali and sir had just arrived from Amravati and so they were busy unpacking their bags. By 6.30 pm our mero cab arrived to take us to Andheri Sahar airport. I watched knight and day movie in flight. We reached Chennai by 11 pm. One car was waiting for us. The car was sent by Mr. Umashankar. The lodge where we stayed that night was very filthy. Somehow we managed to sleep that night over there.



22nd:The next day early morning we booked a 'fast track' cab to the lodge where sir and Sayali were to stay.  Because of cauveri water problem and high security that lodge was not allowed for anyone except VIPs. So in short me and Uju were not allowed to stay over there.Knowing so we were completely helpless. Luckily Uju had Mr Sanjiv Kumar Saini’s  contact number too,one of our MSc FOSS faculty in MIT. He immediately informed us about one lodge near college campus. We immediately took an auto to Egmore station from where we caught a train to Chromepet. It was 'saradha guest house' besides Parvati hospital, GST road. It was Rs.600 rent per day. We went with Saini sir to campus to get our hall tickets. I give 9.5/10 for the quality of food served in canteen. We finally went back to our lodge and started studying for our next day exam.Avoid chapatis

in Chennai as they are partially roasted. Eat sambar-rice instead.


I am known as Kini in my course. For the first time we met one another. It was a great feeling to meet course mates with whom we had just interacted online from past 3 months. That day we met Rajesh Kumar , Najumudin and Parin with whom we had a great bonding.



On 25th it was CM Jayalalitha's birthday so every college campus distributes sweets that day. After practicals we enjoyed the ice cream treat by our class mate Parin with Saini sir, Najumudin and Rajesh.

Next day, after exam, Kk sir had an interactive session with our classmates.


On the last day of exam, CN Krishnan head of AU-KBC asked for our queries/complaints regarding papers and course. After practical it was actually decided to have dinner together but it was already very late in the evening. Sir and Sayali had flightthe same day to Hyderabad so they left immediately after paper.  We bought some local snacks and went to our guest house.

We partied the end of semester with Dominoes chicken spicy pizza.


On 28th, we had morning flight at 9.30am. Saini sir himself dropped us one by one on his bike to airport. The horrible part was at airport per print out for e-ticket is Rs 100. The next shocking thing was the staff providing boarding passses told us that we were late and we should have been present prior 45 mins for checking. We began convincing the lady of the urgency for us to get this flight as we didn't have enough bucks to book next flight and the next flight was in the evening. That lady contacted crew member who informed her that due to some technical issue the flight has been delayed and so luckily we could board the flight. Spice jet service is not that good and its a low cost flight. We landed Mumbai at 11.30am.

One thing I learnt from this trip is that people in Chennai are very humble.They always expect people to speak in Tamil but they are even approachable equally. Who doesn't have pride for their own language?
The worst part is that the government has taken very little efforts for tree plantations in chennai adding to the plight of people bearing unbearable heat. You will spend evenings killing just mosquitoes.


There is unity in diversity in our course and it's fun interacting with people from different parts of the country. The faculty is also quite good. So my blog fans,till my next blog, pray for my good results...

                                                       நன்றி!

Mesmerizing Fortnight




This time its Sangli,Satara & Kolhapur. We hate to spend our daytime in journey so we prefer night journey. Unfortunately trains for konkan were basically during daytime. So we booked Konduskar mercedes benz for night journey. As usual we encountered incessant rain during that day too.
3rd september 2012: Heavy rainfall since morning. I took a taxi to bal govindas road where my office is located. Konduskar always sticks to its schedule strictly. From dadar office we tried booking a cab to chembur as we were already late and the bus already started from wadala at 9.30pm and its next halt was chembur. We left office at 8.45. We tried convincing konduskar to wait for us for at least 10 -15 min but they straightaway refused. No taxi was ready to take us to wadala/chembur due to heavy rains. Finally after waiting for a taxi for about 15 min we got a taxi who was ready to take us to sion from where we decided to take auto to chembur. There was a heavy traffic and nearly half an hour was wasted. All roads were blocked by vehicles even two way roads were blocked by one way going vehicles. It was also necessary for us to get that bus as we had luggages and we can't run here and there in heavy rains for another bus. We even can't skip that day as it would have upset our workshop schedule. So our target was just to get that bus. The taxi wala was a bhaiya Mr. Prem Jaiswal. We really salute to him not because he helped us getting that bus at wadala on time but for some other reason too. Before us he had helped an ailing boy who was in serious condition whose father was pleading for a taxi but no taxi driver was ready to take them. We need to really salute such people who consider duty before family and never judge people by their caste or state. He was initially not ready to take us to chembur because he was staying in ghatkopar. So he was saying in bit bhaiya style ”sahab humare bacche humare bager khana nahi khate”. Finally he left us at wadala on time and we got bus. While going we took his number and gave him extra money for his dedication to work. Bus journey was fun with a romcom movie rowdy rathore and eating spicy hot wada pav.
4th september: We reached Karad near pankaj hotel at 6.30 am where Mr. Joshi, principal of Jaywant college of engineering was waiting for us to take us to their guest house of Krishna medical college,sangli. That college was half an hour away from jaywant college where our workshop for 3 days was going to be conducted. The krishna college is famous college for medicine in sangli and all over maharashtra too. It has international hostels and a very huge and maintained campus. The infrastructure is also pretty good. After having a short nap till 10.30am, we had our breakfast at cafeteria besides our rooms. Then we went to jaywant college for initial installation work.The students are very co-operative and enthusiastic. The entire last year batch of engineering do the volunteering work for the college. Very simple and intelligent bunch of students. One huge computer lab for around 96 people was arranged. There were around 80 volunteers who were doing installation work with us.
5th september: The very first day of our workshop. The workshop time delayed due to inauguration ceremony. The students gave a grand welcome to us with a beautiful rangoli put by them the night before. As it was teachers day it was a must to say a few words about their gurus in life. We really appreciate the interest the students took in making this workshop which was national level a grand success. We were felicitated with shawl and a coconut. We met Adv. Shambhajirao Mohite who gave a fabulous motivatonal speech. Like our sir he's also a staunch follower and supporter of simplicity and rural development and also lover of shayaris. Being such a great personality like legal advisor of Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh he is down to earth. After inaugration we went to the lab where all participants were already waiting for us. First day is what we call bread buttter day i.e all basic stuff. We gave a brief presentation for introducing what is FOSS. It is a nice feeling when students approach us to ask interesting doubts and almost all students want to shift to linux. Many students liked 12.04 allrounder version which sir has developed as it has default all necessary softwares already installed. I was very new to sangli accent so initially I felt the language wierd. There were many passionate students from various colleges. The students of jaywant college were mostly from Mumbai. For dinner we went to Rangandha hotel. The thing disappointed us was that the last year students organized the workshop who actually should have participated. 
6th september:The next day was for basic commands, virtual machine and php java c programming in eclipse.They were provided bootable ubuntu 12.04 allrounder dvd ,a notebook & a pen as sources. I had studied php in my degree but when students ask unusual queries, I get to learn equally.

“If I am having an apple and my friend has another apple,if we exchange them still we have 1 apple each but in case of knowledge if we exchange at the end of the day we have 2 information each"

For dinner we were invited at Mr. Mohites place. We met his entire family. His living room is fully occupied with awards and momentoes. We had a wonderful dinner of chicken thambda rassa, chicken curry, chapati & jowar bhakri.
7th september: Last day of the workshop was for faculty. The dinner was plannned by Mr.Joshi at Sangam hotel.
8th september: We went to Gajananarao school near sangli where Mr. Mohite had studied. This school is purely for 8th 9th 10thstudents. We liked the way they felicitated us with mango plantations during welcome speech. The girls were very enthusiastic and confident than boys. Then we went to Mr Mohite's bungalow where his brother stays. We just skipped counting rooms as there were many rooms and was kindof duplex. There we had a unique combination of egg and sheera. From there we left for Sayali's village satara ,wai. On the way I bought kandi pedhe from khamkar mithaiwala. We met entire Yewale family there. We had sweet water crab curry & jowari bhakri for lunch. A typical village atmosphere. From there we went to Mr. Nimbalkar's place in satara digvijay society, mangalwar peth. Here bhaves badishop is famous.There I met Mrs. Anuradha Brahmankar, my colleague. 
9th september: We had our quick breakfast at nearby hotel and then went to urmudi dharan. For dinner we went to Prof. Nimbalkar's place again. We had chicken curry, chicken sukka chapati and jeera rice. We even noticed that Nimbalkar's plant nursery in his house is rich with vermiculture. From there we had booked a car to kolhapur. Along with Nimbalkar we went to mahardare jungle for trekking where we planted four mango plantations. A dog was guiding us during trekking. Then we went to Kolhapur Sanjay Ghodavat institue. We stayed there in their guest house which was no less than a 5 star hotel room with 1 gallery and 2 bhk house, well wooden furnished. For dinner we went to nearby hotel Amber.
10th september: We had a quick breakfast at dining hall in the campus. The college has really very huge campus and very rich materialistic infrastructure. When we entered college premises we had a feeling as if we were in a shopping mall. We met Mr and Mrs More and HOD Mr Alzende. A quick inaugration function with the best speech by one of the professor comparing the hifi brands with microsoft and how people prefer it for linux. There were 3 labs. After lunch we went to Mahalaxmi temple. Ujwala & Sayali bought kolhapuri chappals. We saw new palace museum. At both these places photography was prohibited. For dinner we had awsome chicken biryani, surmai plate and tambda rassa in Amber hotel Yummmmmmy!. Then we started preparing for our next day workshop in our rooms.

11th september: Met Mr. Sanjay Ghodavat. There was not proper coordination as the number of students exceeded the limit specified.

13th september: Last day of workshop. All students took our autographs and clicked pics. We had a quick valedictory function. It was a workshop on introduction to foss,php, symfony basiscs, ajax ,jason and we provided students with recorded tutorials of some sessions, goodies, allrounder ubuntu 12.04 bootable dvds. Around 7.30 pm we reached our rooms for packing and after dinner we headed to royal plaza kolhapur konduskar travels office. Sharp at 10.30 pm bus arrived. It was sleeper bus. At 5.30am bus reached teenhath naka.
This was the longest and most memorable workshop ever(every workshop seems better than the previous.

Serendipity-Konkan



3rd August: Madgaon express at 7.45 am. Mostly all Konkan trains have a halt at Thane station. My colleagues Mr. Krishnakant Mane, Mrs. Sayali Mane & Ujwala had boarded from Dadar station. We had a great time basking the scenic beauty and clicking snaps. We reached Sanghameshwar at 2.30pm. A car was already waiting for us to take us to Dr. Rajendra Mane College Of Engineering,Ambav,Devrukh. A very gigantic campus with serene wind. We were given two combined rooms in a girls hostel in the campus. First day of the workshop was as usual Ubuntu all-rounder installation in all the labs.
4th August:The very first day of our 5 days workshop. After a quick breakfast we went to the college auditorium for the inauguration ceremony. Principal Mulgund and Prof.Vishal Parkar were the chief co-coordinators of the workshop. Then our session started as per the assignments, commencing with basics of Ubuntu.
5th August: We taught the students Php basics.
6th August: We taught the students Ajax and Joomla.
7th August: We taught the students Symfony basics.
We went to Mr.Mulgund's bungalow which was in front of the hostel where we were served with tasty aloo parathas and met his cute little daughter Apurva and son Anirudha. Finally we had savory dishes at Parvati Palace Restaurant near Devrukh, the only place where vodafone had network.
8th August: Last day of the workshop when we taught Symfony in a bit more detail. Students were tired but were satisfied and happy with the 5 days they experienced with us. They will soon realize the importance of the workshop as they were last year engg students. All students were co-operative and patient. Some students wanted us to teach Symfony in depth but as we were running short of time we had to teach them only basics. Few of them requested us to visit again for the advanced workshop. Moreover, Mulgund Sir even announced that Sir will be coming in December for android workshop. His zeal towards FOSS impressed us a lot and we too promised to revisit them again.
By learning you will teach;
by teaching you will understand.
Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.  ~Gail Godwin 

Finally after valedictory function we went back to our rooms for a nap. Sharp at 8 pm, we had dinner at the bungalow of the Chairman of the college Mr.Ravindra Mane. We had a lavish non-veg dinner with his family. 
9th August: Early morning as expected an echo van arrived to pick us up. We were accompanied by Principal's son Anirudha, Kshitij, student of the college & photographer. We were heading towards Thoseghar and Kaas waterfall. On the way only we had a light breakfast. What an aesthetic beauty! We literally needed heater in van as we were complete wet and were shivering in breeze. On the way we went to Mr.Mundgund's friend Mr.Nimbalkar who is a Professor in an engineering college. On the way we saw Anand Ingle's shooting set. There was a restaurant whose owner was physically challenged. He deeply wished to have a photograph with Sir and was truly inspired by Sir's lesson in Satyameva Jayate, tv reality show. It was nearly impossible for us to walk through the plantations of nearly 600 species of flowers in Kaas due to heavy rainfall and breeze. So we skipped it. It was nearly 11.30pm when we finally went to a restaurant to have a meal. Of course the hotel was about to close and was left with only cheese sandwich, soups , juices and pulao. We reached our hostel by 1.30am.


10th August: Last day of Konkan trip. Sir and Sayali gave a motivational speech to the college. Then we came back to Sanghameshwar station to catch our train back home.

Memoirs of Amravati


Shortly after my graduation, I decided to work and learn together. That was the time I met the most revered personality for his dedication to FOSS(Free and Open Source Software). Now it has been 3 months I am working in IIT as a Junior Programmer under the guidance of Mr. Krishnakant Mane. We have a team working for a FOSS software called GNUKhata (Accounting Software) similar to Tally in windows. Whatever credits GNUKhata have achieved till now is just because of the faith and trust of the domain expert Mr. Arun Kelkar, CA by profession. Among this team there is a special team who have firm interest in rural development & this team decided to go for a workshop at Amravti,Wardha & Anandvan.
17th July 2012: 7pm Amaravti express from Dadar station. Being programmers, we fail to sleep early without cracking few LOC. Bit annoyed with our giggles and murmurs, our fellow commuters asked in typical Marathi language “tumcha kiti vel chalnar ahe?” which means how long you people are going to annoy us? They were lucky as laptop battery exhausted and we slept by 12.30 am. At 8 am we reached Amravati station. Two students were waiting to receive us. They took our luggages and lead us to the cars ready to pick us up. Those cars lead us to Vandhu International Hotel of Amravati.
Two rooms were already booked by the professor of Sipna college of Engineering Amravati. The very first day we had our first and my debut workshop in Amravati. This was actually a learning experience for me and I did not personally teach anything. We had workshop as per the assignment set by us. The first day was bit hectic as we had to teach students from the very core of Ubuntu and FOSS and it lasted till 7.30pm. 
After the workshop, we rejuvenated ourselves and then hurried to a hotel called Chanakya. We celebrated gatari.
18th July 2012: We enjoyed the second day of the workshop as the students were bit more responsive than the day before.
19th July 2012: Time for Wardha Ashram. An ashram which was more of a traditional and pleasant kinda to become nostalgic of Bapu's era. It was a guest house of Bapu kutir. All traditional meals like jhunka bhakar,ambadi sherbat etc. From there we went to Wardha college of Engineering for ubuntu distro all rounder installation. Unfortunately, we couldn't because the college didn't have proper management and infrastructure. So it was decided that students will be taught on their laptops.
20th July 2012: First day we just taught the basics of Ubuntu.
21st July 2012:It was bit of tedious day as some students were so naive that they didn't even know what's the configuration of their laptops. Later we decided to visit Anandvan.We had a simple marathi meal. The servers were deaf and mute but very friendly and hard-working.
22nd July 2012: There was no network over there.We met Dr.Vikas Amte,son of Dr.Baba Amte. There was a team of play actors who had a play that day. We reserved some of our time for the wildlife and samadhi of Baba Amte. Anandvan is of 60 km in total area.
23rd July 2012:We met Kaustubh Amte, the grandson of Dr.Baba Amte. We saw the blind school which was the most provocative and sentimental day of my life.The students there are so enthusiastic and have hunger for knowledge. For them we decided to revisit Anandvan soon in early October this year itself. We installed ubuntu in one of the labs. We decided to go back to Amravati the same day. We went straight to the Sipna College where we had our first workshop. We stayed there in their guest house.
24th July 2012: Next day we had booked a car early morning to Chikaldhara, the mini Singapore of Maharashtra. What a breeze! We had the scrumptious “masaledaar” lunch at desi dhaba on our way back to our hotel rooms.
25th July 2012: We had our workshop at Prof Meghe College of Badnera, Amravati on kernel installation. We were served with dryfruits and sweets as the Principal was Muslim and that was the period of Roza. We had our train by 7pm. We learnt Symfony in the journey bothering other commuters.
26th July 2012: Returned back to Mumbai.
The real programmers enjoy every part of their life they spend in coding and our life is to learn earn travel and experience that's what I learnt from the very first workshop of my life. This is just the beginning. Sky is the limit.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Global Training Day with Blisstering

Blisstering Solutions


The meetup was arranged at Crystal Plaza, Kalina, Mumbai.
I learnt what "Headless Drupal" is, and how RESTful APIs can be coded practically on any existing or new websites.

Said Agenda:
1. Introduction to Headless Drupal
2. Learn about Services and different APIs that are readily available and how custom APIs can be coded.
3. Coding REST APIs for CRUD operations on one of the content types.
4. Build a AngularJS Application consuming these APIs. We will provide a template to start with, in which APIs can be integrated.
5. Build a custom API on top of Drupal and integrating it.
6. Demo of some of the applications build on Headless Drupal.
Who will gain the most from this course?
1. Web Developers; who want to know and experience Headless Drupal.
2. Mobile Developers; who want to code REST API and view Drupal as a backend solution.
3. Solution Architects; who will be able to view Drupal as a complete end-to-end solution from Backend to Mobile and other IoT (Internet of Things).

Minutes of the meetup:

  • Jeykyll, static site generator eg: http://fourkitchens.com.
  • Tesla Motors website designed in Drupal can trace the location of cars. A perfect example of hardware interaction.
  • In D8 there is no service module.
  • We installed and learnt few drush/Drupal console commands.
  • There is no option to disable modules in D8. Either enable or uninstall.
  • Installing and using HAL module for APIs in D8.
  • DHC REST Client add-on in google Chrome browser for POST and GET http requests with D8 website.
  • For authentication in DHC client, we need to create a user and for POST(contents to website) request we need CSRF token module.
  • Learn MVC structured Angular JS with https://www.madewithangular.com.

Vanakkam Chennai

                                         Its my passion to travel, meet people and know about their livelihood. Having a far adju...