Monthly Archives: March 2017

Yesterday, a Special Day

It’s 01.47 as I’m writing this.

Yesterday was a great day. Lot’s of firsts happened, and something amazing happened. This was one of the best 15ths I ever had 🙂

Just as I was about to close off for the day, another tech amazing thing happened.

The night closes on a fantastic note 🙂

And otherwise,

Subah hoti hai, Shaam hoti hai…

Umar yun hi, Tamam hoti hai…

First drizzle of 2017

It’s 01.31 Hrs as I’m writing this.

At around 22:15,yesterday [14th March, 2017], I was casually sitting at my Lab sipping lemonade when I heard a bike-crash sound. I peeped out on the road from my Window and saw two 2 wheelers lying on the road (apparently, they both skidded). What was more exciting to see was the lil drops of rain drizzingly peacefully! I couldn’t belive that it’s raining this month. I immediately bolted downstairs and ran out on the road enojoying the lovely droplets. I knew this wouldn’t calm me down. I ran upstairs, locked my Lab and poooffff, hoppped on my Bike. I refueled knowing that I’ll hit atleast 30-40 miles in this lovely rain. And so began my journey…

To cut a long story short, I drove back to my old company and met Kailash. It’s been ages since I met him and wanted to relive all those amazing memories and moments I had at Convergys and with Kailash and others.

We talked and talked and talked and talked for more than 60 mins, and I summarized my 2.3 years of life in those 60 mins, and he did the same. I think I talked thrice than what he did, he being the patient listener as always. I was so excited to meet him after so long, and that’d made me talk endlessly. But all good things should come to an end, and we parted ways around 00:03/04.

I drove back like crazy (doing more than 70+ on my bike) inspite of Kailash warning me repeatedly to drive slowly back home. The adrenaline rush inside me wouldn’t let me drive slowly.

Around 00.18 +/- 10, I was back home, safe and sound (with all the dust in the world hooked up in my eyes :P).

The weather, as good as when I started. I came home, had my Dinner and sat down to pen this post at around 01.31. Today is a special day for me, and ‘m glad the day started off on this lovely note.

Gracias!

Building a Qur’anic skill for the Amazon Echo/Tap device

I did some tinkerig with Amazon Echo device few months ago and built few Skills (aka programmable apps for the device).

Here’s a demo of the Quran Skill that I coded:

The entire source code for the Alexa Skill can be found here: https://github.com/Anwaarullah/quran-alexa-skill-engine


I was very excited about Alexa and wanted to spend my 2017 only in building a custom Alexa enabled Device and I started off by getting feeedbacks from my geek friends and scholars.


The last thing I did on this project was to get the Alexa Engine running on the Raspberry Pi in the hope of demonstrating a non-Amazon Alexa enabled device, therby getting prospective investors confident about a standalone device. I went off track after that and now this project is stuck in a limbo like my many other projects.


If this interests you and you’d like to share more ideas of yours, please hit me up as I still haven’t given up on this project (yet).

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There’s been lot of good and crazy stuff going on over this past few weeks, most of which I can’t share here on this public site (don’t PM me asking for more details).  It’s 02.36 in the morning as I’m writing this post. At first I’m wondering why am I awake at this part of the hour? This’s been going on for quite some weeks now. I almost quit my habit of LTBLOB and was happily following the ETBETR routine (comment below if you decipher these acronynms). Continue reading Untitled