2013 Review

2013 has been a wonderful year for me. Now when i look back, i feel as if it just zoomed away. I learnt new lessons, met new people, increased my friends circle. Some of major highlights of the year 2013 which i can recall are as follows –

  • It has been a year of learning. 2013 was the last year when i studied formal courses of M.Tech at IIIT-B.  Learnt many new and interesting concepts. Some of them actually left me amazed ! Worked with many Profs. Did some interesting projects. Gave the last exam !
  • Took the decision of doing thesis instead of internship in the final semester of M.Tech. It has been one of the best decision i have made. I am enjoying every moment of the work i am doing. This is the most amazing work i have ever done ! Hope to get some new and interesting results. Looking forward to the next six months of research. I have realized that doing what we love, can give us maximum happiness, maximum satisfaction.
  • A year of firsts – I did many things for the first time in 2013. Tried new things, had new experiences. The ones that i can recall now are as follows – Watched the first 3D movie (Frozen, it was amazing !), attended the first conference, published the first paper, presented first poster (at Open House), first time went on a tour without parents, first birthday away from home (but also one of the best), first time traveled in a metro, got my first job …
  • I gave the best gift to my parents on their 25th marriage anniversary, a “Gold Medal” for being first in B.E. in the Computer Engineering department of Gujarat Technological University (GTU). The best thing was that my convocation was on their anniversary day (19th Jan). Mom and Dad, I am proud to be your daughter. It is because of you both, i am, what i am today 🙂 I know thanks is too small a word but still, thanks a lot for everything !!!
  • Increased my friends circle. Our gang of girls increased from 5 to 7. It has been a great support system. A family away from home. These are people whom you can call even at 2 AM to talk. I will miss our long mid-night walks and then sandwiches + fruit juice in canteen, our shopping trips, our study sessions together, our meals in canteen. Thanks a lot guys for being there ! Lets all be friends forever 🙂 This year brought us all closer and bonded us even better. I also realized that it can be very difficult to wave goodbye to your close friends.
  • This was the year when most of the festivals were celebrated away from home. Be it lighting up the hostel on Diwali, or the colorful fun with colors on Holi or the beautiful flower rangoli on Onam or the most awaited three-day long Spandan-The Sports Fest at IIIT-B or the ethnic day celebrations. Celebrating festivals can be fun with friends.
  • I have always believed that its better to be alone than to be with people who don’t match your values and ethics. I have been an introvert in some ways, and never initiated conversations with strangers for example while travelling or at other public places. Thus i have a small close-knit friend circle of a few close friends. I have always enjoyed my own company and hence i can say with full confidence that being alone can be also be fun ! However, this year i have also realized that making friends can be easy if the wavelength of the other person matches yours.
  • This has been a musical year for me. Thanks to the SpicMacay events at IIIT-B, other performances and lots and lots of YouTube musical videos, it has been an enchanting and euphonious year. I am planning to learn a new musical instrument next year. I will update about it later. Music is food for soul. It has the magical power to transcend us to a new different world. Music can refresh the brain even after a long and tiring day.
  • This year for the first time a visited a home for physically and mentally challenged girl child, Swanthana. All i can say is that, i was completely moved. Our problems, our setbacks, our challenges, our sorrows are nothing, yes believe me NOTHING once you see their life. But still they SMILE (and it can bring tears in anyone’s eyes). To read my full experience, click here.

I am looking forward to 2014. I hope it is a great year full of new ideas, new experiences, new lessons, new friends and new learning. Wishing all of you a very happy and prosperous new year 2014 ! May all your dreams come true. May you get all that you deserve and more !

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MCT in a new look !

I was just browsing through various themes and i came across “Something Fishy” 😀
And instantly i liked it.

So in this new year 2013, here’s My Cup of Tea in a new look !!!

The aqua blue color, the fishes, the turtles and the jelly-fishes, the whales, the bright orange titles, the awesome animation and most of all the “Get me outta here !” worm on the left when you scroll down a bit.
I just love it 🙂
I also designed a simple header image matching with the theme.

Please share your views/comments/criticism about MCT in its new look …

Here’s a pic i clicked specially for wishing all of you a very “Happy New Year 2013” !!!

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Resolutions

Do you make new year resolutions ? Well, I don’t ! Earlier i used to make them but not any more. I have figured out that it’s almost not possible (not impossible as it’s the work in dictionary of fools 😀 ) to follow these resolutions all through the year. It’s very easy to make big-big new year resolutions but very difficult to follow it religiously throughout the year.

OK if you don’t agree then i can challenge you to answer a few questions, agree ? Do you remember your last year’s resolution ? And secondly did you follow it all through the year ? I can assure 95% people don’t even remember their past resolutions and the 4.5% of the remaining 5% are not able to follow it throughout the year. So i conclude that only 0.5% (maybe) may be able to fulfill their resolutions. These figures are my assumptions and i hope to conduct a survey in future to prove my results :-D.

So i believe that if you belong to those 0.5% people then i encourage you to make more challenging resolutions. But not for others ! Whats the use of preparing yourself for failure ahead. Why to participate in things where you know you will surely fail. If you want to sulk for being unable to follow the new year resolutions in the first week of the new year then go ahead and make the resolutions. As it is found that 85% of the new year resolutions are broken in the first week itself.

I think a better way would be to just sit back and retrospect. Think back of the past year. Your achievements, your experiences and the wisdom you gained from them, your failures, new lessons you learned and everything else about which you can think back of the past year. Take your time. There is no hurry to finish in a day or so. Time will make you recall many such things. Try to feel each experience again. Think if you would like to improve or make any changes in those moments. These are the lessons for the year ahead. Pen then down in the form of an essay or poem, express in the form of painting, or compose a musical note out of it. And i can assure you that these are much more motivating than the mere resolutions which i believe is a fading fad. Whenever you recall your composition you will be filled with a new vigor to fulfill your dreams of the year ahead. It can help in improving quality of life and our outlook towards life.