It’s been almost 8 months since I last blogged here. Lot’s of good (&bad) things have happened. I’ve changed a lot, especially my tummy has outgrown and that’s the first thing I’m usually poked about when I meet friends/relatives after long.
Oh my, what a tummy you’ve grown!
Apart from my tummy, I’ve gained lots (and lots) of weight. I now occasionally find it very cumbersome to walk around and usually prefer lying on bed when not doing anything. My weight has increased by 20% and I’m working to bring back the old swanky leany “Sukkha Matchar” I’m usually called as.
It’s been almost 7 months where my status reads as: Happily Married ? and I should admit it’s been an Awesome Journey Alhamdulillah! I sometimes wonder how I’ve managed to stay single all these manhood years.
Yesterday was one of my most memorable days for I’ve received some freaking exciting updates on something we’ve been working on for long, and successful completion of which I’m excitedly praying and looking forward to. I’ll update soon when this is successfully delivered InShaAllah (Allah Willing).
My Entrepreneurial journey has been stalled for a while and isn’t moving ahead with the same passion/energy I started out with. There’s lesser and lesser of challenges and lack creative problem tackling opportunities as we grow in our Startup and more and more of standard operational & financial tasks that isn’t exciting me much. I’m craving for that adrenaline rush when I’m thinking and doing something new & challenging. As the road draws to an end, I see myself stuck at the crossroads confused between choosing the next Journey… I’m still standing, pondering and brooding over what I’ve done so far. I’ll let you’ll know when I’ve moved on.
I’ll leave you with this:
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 🙂
Subah hoti hai, Shaam hoti hai…
Umar yun hi, Tamam hoti hai…
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.
[Update 31st Dec, 2017]: I finally got another Quran Skill published in the Amazon Alexa Skills Store. You can check it out here: https://skills-store.amazon.com/deeplink/dp/B078HLS827
I did some tinkering 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).
I had no particular theme/idea to base this post off, and hence have marked it as Untitled.
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
Whenever you are lost or misguided and realize you’re now treading a losing path, it’s always good to take a break and ponder over why you started on this path in the first place? It’s time to go back to basics and start afresh. However, what’ll you do if you’ve already laid down a wrong foundation and are knee-deep in it?
How’d we get here? What happens usually is that we start off with one destination in mind and as we travel down the road, we encounter lot’s of by-ways, service lanes, highways, cuts, overpasses and tracks to different destinations.
Now, as we keep coming across these, we slow down a lil and start thinking if I should jump on the other road, because most of the traffic is headed that way. You follow that and after covering a lot of the journey to this new destination, you now find yourself stuck in a terrible traffic mess. It’s terrible because it seems the whole city has converged on this dammn road. You’re literally stuck up as you can’t even go back. The nearest exit is many miles away and you have to stay stuck up in this traffic for many hours before you choose to take an exit or carry on with this journey to this destination. Now, seeing the huge traffic ahead and with the intention of doing something different instead of simply following the crowd, you decide to take the exit and head back to the point where you started and go back to the original destination.
On your way back to the diverged point from where you got distracted in the first place, you see a shortcut road promising to take you to your destination quickly instead of you having to traverse all along the main route. The only caveat here is that this lil shortcut track is all dusty and worn out and guarantees you a bumpy ride. You neverthless console yourself to patiently bear it all in the hope of arriving at your destination quickly through the shortcut. As you travel along many miles into this track carefully maneuvring this dark crazy track, you find out to your horror, there is a cul–de–sac because of a huge pit!
You get out of the car, slam the door and bang the car multiple time cursing at yourself and at the lovely green countryside. When you get to your senses, you’re glad that you didin’t actually drive into the pit and kill yourself. Relieved that you’re still alive, you find a new adrenaline rush of energy with you. Now determined to not get distracted by shortcuts and to stay focussed on the destination you turn back in your car and come back on the main highway from where you veneered into this shortcut.
You see a distance sign on the highway indicating your original destination to be only few miles ahead. You get more excited and hit the accelerator! After having driven few miles, your car suddenly puffs and pants and stops. You look into your dashboard and realize you’re out of fuel!
As you come out of your vehicle slamming the door and hurling the choicest abuses to yourself for being so stupid, the Sun quietly sets in the background!
And then I realize that it was a dream 🙁