Monday Tunes #1
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya

Experimenting with something. Decided to make a list of few songs I enjoyed during this week’s commute, one per day. Maybe do it regularly, if possible


A Look Back At 2016
· ☕ 6 min read · ✍️ sathya

It’s been few years since I wrote my year in review, figured it’d be good to summarise what’s happened in the past year


The 1800km Coastal Karnataka Roadtrip – Part 4 – Jog – Gokarna – Ponda – Palolem
· ☕ 4 min read · ✍️ sathya

I’ve always wanted to go on long road trips, but with both Jo and me working, trying to find a contiguous block of holiday has been rather difficult. With me taking a break and Eid holiday coming during middle of the week, we got a chance to do our road trip. Part 4 continues..

With our trip almost at the halfway point, we were beginning to feel a bit bummed out that we were at the mid-point already. Then again, we reminded ourselves that we have few more days remaining and rather than looking at it as half-gone, we should look at it from still 4-more days to go approach. With this in mind, we checked out from our rooms, had breakfast and had one more glance at Jog before heading out.


The 1800km Coastal Karnataka Roadtrip – Part 3 – Malpe – Kavimane – Jog
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya

I’ve always wanted to go on long road trips, but with both Jo and me working, trying to find a contiguous block of holiday has been rather difficult. With me taking a break and Eid holiday coming during middle of the week, we got a chance to do our road trip. Part 3 continues..

Waking up beach side in Malpe, I was more excited than ever - we had a long day coming up.Kavimane, Kavishaila and more importantly, I was really excited about the ride through Agumbe. Agumbe  is called as “The Cherrapunji of the South” due to heavy rainfall it receives, and the ghat roads leading to it are rather infamous. Plus driving through it in July meant that we’d be driving during the wettest month of the year and I wondered what would be in store.


The 1800km Coastal Karnataka Roadtrip – Part 1 – Bangalore – Mangalore
· ☕ 5 min read · ✍️ sathya

I’ve always wanted to go on long road trips, but with both Jo and me working, trying to find a contiguous block of holiday has been rather difficult. With me taking a break and Eid holiday coming during middle of the week, we got a chance to do our road trip.

With a date set, we next wondered which route to take? We considered Coastal Karnataka(Bangalore - Goa - Mangalore - Bangalore) and Tamil Nadu(Bangalore - Madurai - Kanyakumari - Thanjavur - Chennai - Bangalore), but eventually decided upon Coastal Karnataka after consulting with resident travel expert Ashwin. He also suggested few additional places(OK, he suggested a lot of the intermediate places) and we decided on this route and timeline.


Keepin’ busy for a month
· ☕ 2 min read · ✍️ sathya
So when I resigned from CGI, I thought I’d have to stay through the entire 2 month notice period with the org. However, since there was no dependency on me, I was hoping for an early release and thankfully that did happen. I initially thought of joining the new job right away but decided to take a month-long break from work and relax for a month. A month seemed quite a lot, however the days went by so fast I didn’t even realise that my break was over.

In with the new (job)
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya
July has been a month of great changes.. I started my first job in July in Chennai - new city, staying on my own, earning my own money.. but that was about 9 years back. This year again, July is a month of change. After 5 years(and few days) at CGI(erstwhile Logica), I will be moving away and onto the new unknown. Reasons for moving are many - completed my project, didn’t like the new project’s commute/timings, tech stagnation and personal growth are some of the major ones.

The tours and events around the first week of June
· ☕ 1 min read · ✍️ sathya

I was going through Google Photos’ Rediscover This Day feature and realized that over the past couple of years, a lot of my trips seem to have happened around this time frame.


New desktop for the house
· ☕ 3 min read · ✍️ sathya

Jo’s been inquiring about a new system since quite some time - her current laptop is in a state of broken mess(half the keys don’t work/battery ded etc) and she’d require me to give up my desktop if she needed to work on something for a bit. She does read quite a bit, but that’s something she’s sorted using the Kindle PaperWhite and her Nexus 5X.

Past Friday, she gave me a reminder about having it would be nice and me being a bit free, decided to come up with a new build. Mandatory things were:

  • semi decent processor
  • 8GB RAM (she’s a webdev, browsers are memory hogs)
  • Budget cap of ₹30,000

That’s about it. I started with a base 6th gen Skylake based i3-6100 as my system build. Since I wasn’t sure about the pricing, these are what I came up with: