Goodbye 2016 … Welcome 2017!

Ah, 2016 flew past I feel. Constant work and something or the other exciting happening, 2016 was a fun year for me!

I would like to review all the good and somewhat bad stuff that happened this year, but it might be a long long post!

So how 2016 fared?

  • It started with me participating in IT Olympiad 2016 competition and reaching up to the finals and eventually becoming the runner up and winning a cash prize of Rs. 75000/-.
  • The start of 2016 also made me an aunt for the first time (yay).
  • I applied for JP Morgan’s  Code for Good contest somewhere in March and in mid – May I cracked the telephone interview for the contest.
  • I spend my 23rd birthday on 23rd July and the day following it in JP Morgan’s office for this contest and we developed an Android app for a NGO too.
  • Two weeks later I got a call for interview and on Aug 10, 2016 I got selected for the full-time Technology Analyst Program at JP Morgan. I was the first one in my class to be placed!
  • The same day when I got selected for JPMC I also gave the aptitude test for the 6 months internship program at Dell EMC and on the next day, despite my initial reluctance about working for a company outside Mumbai, I got selected post the aptitude for the interview rounds.
  • After a rigorous 5 interviews, they selected me as their only college student intern, not only from my college, but as I recently got to know, from the whole city of Mumbai. I dunno if I am really that smart as this looks 😛
  • In the mean time, my sister also scored 97% in her SSC board exams and got into the college of her choice, which was a proud moment for the family.
  • We even celebrated her achievement by finally visiting Barbeque Nation, one of the costly BBQ joints we have in the city.

    AT Barbeque Nation with family

  • I was a part of the placement committee so it was fun to interact with companies and even though there were many terrible moments in the process the result always made us smile over the efforts we put. About 48 out of 50 students from my class managed to get a good internship placement.
  • The 4th semester of college which ended in April was one of the toughest ones ever for me and the vacation after it was the last ever vacation I had in a relaxed way. I regret not sleeping enough at that point when I had the chance.
  • The 5th  semester however flew by so fast that I think before we knew it, it was already over. With placement activities along with the course work there hardly was any time to relax and when it did end, it felt me feeling a bit empty knowing that college life had ended!

    Class of MCA (2014 – 2017)

  • Time after Diwali was the most hurried one cuz we had our finals, after which i started packing for shifting to Pune. Since my internship started on 19th of Dec, I had about 15 days from when the internship ended to the time to move.
  • Shifting was one of the biggest highlight of the year and it happened right towards the end. Finding a new place, moving in with unknown people, managing your office life and getting along with roommates was all new for me. I am a very reclusive person at home, I don’t talk much, remain in my room and prefer being left alone. Now I have to share my room with someone, cook my own food (I have found a tiffin service for it right now :P), wash my clothes (or bring them to Mumbai every weekend so that I can wash it in the washing machine), and most importantly, wake up on my own.
  • Office life wasn’t a very daunting experience because I joined the office on 19th, after shifting to Pune on 18th (yeah, just a day prior), and after get inducted and finishing with the initial introductions, I was immediately told that my whole business unit was going on a day picnic to a place called Della Adventure Park in Lonavala in just two days. That proved to be the biggest ice breaker. I got properly introduced to everyone, mingled with them, did crazy stuff like Zip Line and Paintball, etc with them, even sang songs on the bus (which I am extremely conscious about).

    Della Adventure Park

  • I participated and won my two favourite events from my college’s fest Technovanza, which were called Technohunt and Code Swap, both in first place!
  • I did not complete my GoodReads challenge this year 🙁 Though I read some amazing books I managed to read just 45 books out of 52 🙁

What are my near future plans for 2017?

  • Perfect my web development skills because I am a front end developer intern!
  • Read 50 books this year.
  • Choose wisely between my two placement companies and two beloved cities.
  • Buy a bike.
  • Buy a new phone on my own.
  • Save at least Rs. 50000.
  • Lose at least 5 kg over the year and start hitting the gym as frequently as possible.

How was you 2016 and what do you see yourself doing in 2017?

 

 

Few hours before moving to a new city

So, today (since it’s already past 12 here), in about 8 hours, I’ll be leaving for Pune, where I’ll be staying for the next 6 months for my internship.

I have such mixed feeling tonight. I just finished messaging my friends from college a goodbye and then sat back to think what this actually meant. It’s been roughly 2 and a half years since I got the notification of being accepted into VJTI for MCA at 1:30 am after waiting for the results all day. Though going into this college and for this course meant getting a decent job, I still don’t believe that tomorrow I will actually be starting with my first official job.

These two and a half years have changed me a lot. I have become more confident about decision making, done a lot of different activities that helped learning how the industry works so I hope actually working in a company won’t be a huge challenge and I wish to enjoy it as much as I can. My friends have also changed me, and still keep guiding me, showing me where I’m going wrong and are always there for me.

I’m the first person from my class to starts with the internship on 19th Dec and the first one shifting for it too so it’s sorta a big deal. What is a bigger deal for me is how soon time files. I barely got a 15 days vacation and most of the time went in shopping and getting all the stuff needed to move together. I’m still not completely done with the packing and it seems like an endless cycle and I’m pretty sure despite it all I’m going to forget something here. Luckily enough, Mumbai is about 3 hours away from Pune. So I am planning on returning here on weekends if possible.

I’m still pretty sad to leave my family and go to another place. Though I like cooking I’m not much of a quick cook who can make her meals in minutes. I am very lazy in that matter and I depend a lot on my mom for my food. Now I’ll have to cook for myself. I have to wash my clothes without a washing machine… again a first! And I don;t even know my roommates so well as of now. I’m not used to even sharing my room with anyone and I’m quite a loner person at home. I prefer to be left alone, with my books, PC and work, with no one to badger around me.  So it all   looks like one big adventure right now.

All in all, I hope this shifting helps me in growing a lot more as a person, to enjoy my work life and help me in becoming independent. Stay tuned for my Pune stories now. 😀

Bookmas 2016 : Day 2

Hey guys, I have decided to participate in Hailey’s Bookmas 2016. I’m one day late so I have made no book tree which was what was the topic for day one, but I will start from day 2. So it’s like a year in review specifically for books.

Day 2 : Top 2 YA Debuts of 2016.

So, Goodreads has about 260 books which were debuts this year. I don’t think I read many debuts as such so I’m listing the books I read as well as wanted to read.

1. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

A book about a bookworm, who loves knitting as well, falling in love with a non reader slowly, was one of my favourite reads this year. It’s one of the few really good books with no mental stress or heavy emotions. I read this one pretty early in the year and I even had the chance to interview the author, Isabel Bandeira for Dramatic Soul, and you can check the interview here. Yay!

2. The Star – Touched Queen by Roshni Chokshi.

A book by an Indian author, based on Indian mythology (I love Indian Mythology). So I really do want to read this book soon! Um, no I haven’t read this one. I have started it just today morning and so far I have liked it enough to add it to the top 2 debuts for me 😀


So that’s my tiny post for the Day 2 of Bookmas. Stay tuned for more such Bookmas related posts!

 

Review : Heartless

By Marissa Meyer.

Grade : Aheartless

Blurb:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Buy Heartless here @ Book Depository

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The Thanks U Give

It’s Thanksgiving. Not something we celebrate in India, but I thought i’ll give it a go this year!
Thank You Mishma of Chasing Faerytales for this linkup idea of Thanks-U-Give!

My college officially came to an end when I submitted my last paper year. So the aspect of life at school or college coming to an end gave me a lot of things to be thankful for!

Friends: These are people over the many many years who still come to my aid when I need. Even now when I am changing cities and need assistance to find accommodation, people who haven’t been in touch much, stepped up to help me. I think the friends I made so far might be the last stage where I can make true blue friends with selfless friendship goals. Some people stick to you no matter what, some people you can count on forever and I am thankful to have all these type of people to be called as friends!

Sister: Though she will cringe for me saying this but I am very very much thank for her mere existence. I think I’m privileged to have a sibling and I completely love her, how much ever we fight on an hourly basis 😛

Parents: They have been always there for me, never interfering with my decisions or forcing theirs on me. Always there to support and be happy for me no matter what! Also, for reading out story books to me when I couldn’t read which really helped me become the reader I am today!

Coming to the Book world, I’m thankful for books making my life easier, by controlling my mood swings and temper, some of the noteworthy one’s I’ve mentioned below:

Fairytales : I’ll categorize all Grimm stories and 1001 Arabian Nights and sorts under one heading of fairy tales which my mom used to read out to me till the age of 6 from a set of beautiful graphics books. that may have been the only time I read graphics books! They were the best to get me to like books.

Secret Seven Series : These books I started reading when I was about 9 years old from my school library. I used to finished them up ASAP to get the next one. I think I even had a few fights with people over these books to read them first!

Tinkle Comics : This is the only comics I read sincerely till almost recently. I had all these wonderful characters like Suppandi, Tantri the Mantri, Shikari Shambu and many non character short stories for kids which were just fun to read. I think my Indian readers will be acquainted with it. I used to buy them on railway stations and they made my Pune to Mumbai journeys fun, back in the day.

Harry Potter Series : As I have mentioned countless number of times, Harry Potter was the first novel I was gifted as my own. It got me introduced to the world of fantasy books and i’m a proud Potterhead till date!

Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: Though the Da Vinci Code is my favourite Dan Brown book, Angels and Demons helped me get through the entire year of my 10th standard. My parents had taken away all my collection to help me concentrate on my studies but I need something to read! so this was the only book I had left at home and I read it over and over again for an year!

Sophie Kinsella’s books and those by Meg Cabot: I’m thankful for these books to get me interested in the contemporary type of books. And YA too!

All the fantasy authors for creating wonderful magical, imaginary types of world for me to escape the reality at least for some time!