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Musings from a Decade

So far, I have had a career in technology spanning 17 years. Recently, I completed 10 years in my current organization. I had the opportunity to work with great leaders, articulate managers, creative technical experts and incredibly hard working developers.
While 10 years in an organization is a milestone, there are others who have served for many decades. In the words of the American poet Robert Frost, "There are miles to go before I sleep". 
I was reflecting on the decade gone by. Here are a few musings for a fulfilling career.
The Astrologer's DilemmaThis is a folktale from Birbal. He was the advisor to the Mughal emperor Akbar. Birbal once had a merchant as his neighbour. The merchant's fancy was to constantly consult astrologers about his fate. An astrologer once read the merchant's palm and predicted various things. Towards the end, he also proclaimed that the all the near and dear ones would die before the merchant himself. This enraged the merchant and he t…

When a photograph get a life

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Photographs usually capture a slice of life. But sometimes, they get a life of their own too. I count a few of my photographs as my favourites. But one in particular seems to have become very popular.


This is a photograph of the UK Parliament on a winter evening. I took it from the opposite bank on the Thames. It is licensed under creative commons license. Around a dozen sites have used this photograph. While some ask for permission, most of them use it along with attribution. It is interesting to see the number of topics that are linked to this photograph, ranging from education, diversity, health, news, current affairs and politics. http://www.involve.org.uk/blog/2013/09/27/analysis-of-the-ogp-independent-reporting-mechanism-report-on-uk-progress/https://leedsunicareers.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/getting-into-parliamentary-and-public-affairs-summary-of-panel-event/https://www.organic-center.org/news/uk-parliament-body-discusses-health-risks-of-roundup/https://www.freewordcentre.com/bl…

Tech - Setup CI-CD in under an hour

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I was always curious about the badges that some Github repositories sport. Largely, the badges are related to continuous integration and automated tests. I thought of exploring some of the cloud based tools related to engineering a piece of software. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and ease of use of these tools. 
To start with, I needed some code to start with. I already had Java based REST API that I use for trainings on Elasticsearch. My repository is at Github. I have integrated my repository with the following tools - Continuous Integration and Deployment - Travis-CICode Coverage - CoverallsCloud Provider - Heroku
Depending on the type of application and programming language, all the above tools provide documentation on integration with Github. Based on the size of the code, it takes a few minutes for build, tests, code analysis and deployment steps to be executed. The application is finally deployed to heroku. The diagram below describes the flow once a code is committe…

The People's Chef

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Today is the 6th death anniversary of one of the most famous chef's - Keith Floyd. He was a chef, restaurateur, author and businessman. 

It was in the early 1990's that satellite television took off in India. And, one of the first channels to make it's foray was the venerable BBC. Keith Floyd's TV shows like - Floyd on Spain, Floyd on Italy, Floyd on France etc. opened up new cuisines and experiences for the Indian audience.
He was probably one of the first chef's who wanted to spread the joy of food among people. His energy and passion for all things food and cooking was only far too evident. In addition, he expressed an almost childlike enthusiasm for different cultures and experiences.  
So, here's to you Mr. Floyd. May you have a good time wherever you are, with your trademark 'splash and a dash'.

Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Stuffed Bell Peppers Recently Tastemade app was launched on Apple TV. There are some interesting indie chefs and hosts worth watching on Tastemade. Some of the programs reminded me of England. So, this recipe is inspired from typical English ingredients like worcestershire sauce and 'sharp tasting' cheddar cheese.
Contributed by Rajan Manickavasagam.
Published 09. August 2014

IngredientsRock salt (to taste)Crushed black pepper 1 cup of cooked rice (can be left over)1 tablespoon of port wine1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce (or to taste)2 diced piri piri chicken sausagesHandful of chopped fresh coriander leaves (or mint leaves)1-2 tablespoon of olive oil1 red bell pepper3-4 thin slices of cheddar cheese1 toothpick for presentation! InstructionsSlice the top of a red bell pepper. Scoop out the insides of the pepper.Roast the pepper and the top in a preheated oven at 220C for about 15 minutes. Take the pepper out to cool once the skin starts to blacken.Meanwhile, in a pan, he…