2013 – An Unexpected Journey

Welcome to 2014
Welcome to 2014

Live Life Like A Jive – Yes, those were the words which defined and shaped my year 2013. This was an year which included a lot of learning experiences for me. As I sit here to reminiscence the 365 days which just flew past me like a gush of fresh air, I remember the life they breathed into me as they passed by. I want to talk about a few key things which 2013 added to my life. It is going to be long but compressing such an eventful year to a byte would be very wrong on my part of celebration.


Time for me was never about the amount of hours or days spent involved in something or the other. But it was always about moments, moments which I can cherish, moments which I can learn from, moments which shape me and moments which challenge me. 2013 was a lot about creating those moments, a majority of them with people I learned to like and cherish in my life. Some of the key moments helped me imbibe the feeling of happiness, attachment, exuberance, humility and creativity.

Some moments were spent alone exploring my own self, I did this by indulging in my new found love for creative writing especially poetry. I penned a few poems in Hindi and English continuing with my efforts from last year. A few I recited to some close friends another just kept in my diary. Some I never even bothered to write them down, instead I made them into my own lullaby.

Some moments were of learning a quintessential amount of what the world has to offer me, this again was a continuation of what 2012 has springboarded me into. I continued with my efforts of learning on Coursera and finished my almost 1 academic year in coursera with 6 finished course with certificates and 1 finished but un-certified experience. I realized that the certificates were just a way to keep me focussed in trying to take the course seriously. They were not the end goal but an important force in making me learn what I was giving time to. I have been very satisfied with my indulgence in online learning platforms and want to continue it for the rest of my life.

A few moments were of exploring the world around me, not just the natural but also the man made one. I would attribute this to some amazing journeys I commited myself to undertake and was fortunate to be made a part of. Partaking the adventurous and enduring trek experience at Mullayangiri ranges was an experience to remember. Where I lived what I would have wanted in my dreams sometimes, to wander like Frodo in the Mountains and reach the end at the end of the day. It was a personal achievment for me finishing that 15 km trek and realizing that life has so much more in store for me if only I continue taking one step at a time in the forward direction. I was fortunate to top it up with some really amazing trips with my new fellowship of friends I found in Bangalore, a place I would always remember that 1 year in Bangalore as a turning point of my life till now.

Some moments of composing my jives with my old friends, to eating dinner and watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. with my old college buddies. Going on bike rides in rainy days and all the random restaurant trips during late night hours. To my new found road side aloo paratha dabhas and some road trips in car with no random plans.

The moments of performing our choreographed sequence in front of a housefull crowd and working with one of the best teams I could have got in my first workplace out of college.

The joyous moment of finally being able to pursue my boyhood dream of doing research and along with the sad realization of leaving all that I learned and earned in an year to move forward to pursue bigger goals in my life. The realization of the fact that everything that has a beginning has an end. But I was happy that this beautiful joruney of my life ended on a high note.

The moments spend in theaters watching some of the finest bollywood and hollywood movies of the year with people I love discussing them with.

The moment of watching my first cricket match in the stadium and watching one of my inspirations Adam Gilchrist and my crush Priety Zinta at their finest.

The new moments were of spending probably one of the longest in years to come and best time with my family before I set forth to the new world.

The uncountable moments of photoboothing in various UIUC events, and countless magic moments with the new people and reuniting with some close old people in my life.

On an academic level the moments were of seeing our first reseach output being published to demonstrating our tool to a whole breed of social change agents. The slight sadness at missing the perfect 4/4 because of an A- but at the sametime what realizing what research is all about. The constant efforts towards writing my first paper which are still underway.

The proud feeling of once again starting on an idea, building and working with great a team and successfully getting accepted for our efforts. More on this one after next year March 😉

Being awed by the beauty of life like a couple kissing in their car parked at the top most turning slope of the Lombard street, SFO, the journey atop the Blackwell forest reserve, the glad you came trip and the dangerous WOLF tour. The first concert experience and the countless free stuff 😉

The many delicious meals I learned to cook and serve, and the innumerable dine-ins and eat-outs with my new friends. The late nighters and the chai latte, maggie after that. The 1 am effort to cook pudding and gifting it to my Professor =)

The long walks and bus rides, the sleep-ins and nightouts.

The feeling of being hugged by a thousand kids, dressed and dancing around like Martha – the speaking dog, while sweating like a pig inside the mask.

The snow angels and the youtube guided snowman. The eyebrow raising at the Halloween Frat party and my DIY costume.

The so much to do and yet so less time in hand. 2013 was like an alfresco ride in an Amazon forest.

A lot of moments with myself but many of those because of the people who I am glad to have shared those moments with.


There were a lot of people who made this year so fantastic for me. Right from my family’s and some people’s encouragement in helping me decide my future to my team, my manager, my advisors and my friend’s shaping every single day of my year. Some people with whom new bonds were forged and some with which old ties were strengthened. The people who were part of my journeys, my adventures and my wisdom. The people who were my guest and the ones who were my host. The new cohorts and the closer team mates. The old friends I left back in India and the new ones I made in US. The so many birthday boys and girls I had a chance to celebrate with.

And yes my own self who absorbed all this and continued on the the smile =)


All the moments and all the people were part of few major events in my life.

– My last few months at Citrix, which involved a long session of lunches, treats, trips, birthday celebrations and farewells.
– The time spend at my home in Bangalore and with friends involving a majority of the moments I remember.
– The long academic and social six month period at UIUC and USA in general.

What Next –>

The year is gone and the story is written. As the clock ticks on the new year and new day is passing by. I have new moments to create, new people to meet, new places to go, new things to learn and lot more things to DO but most importantly to continue on with my motto “Live Life Like A Jive” and as Frost said “miles to go before I sleep …”.

Happy New Year for another unexpected Journey =)

PS: I am actually going to sleep right now as it is too late and I am feeling sleepy =P


Jeevan ki vo baaten – जीवन कि वो बातें

क्या पता है तुमको,
कि दुनिया में सबसे ज्यादा,
दर्द क्या देता है ।

वो अनकही सी बातें,
जो इंसान दिल में दबा रखता है ।
अगर केह दिया होता उन लवजून को,
तो शायद ये डगर सुहानी हो जाती ।
पर न कहा हमने,
न जाने क्यूँ ।

शायद ये गुरूर था,
या फिर था डर ।
कुछ खोने का,
या खुद झुकने का ।

उन शब्दों को दबा के रखा है,
जो संजोये थे किसी और के लिए ।
कुछ उस दिलबर के लिये,
तो कुछ उस दोस्त के लिये,
कुछ थे अपने लाडले के लिये,
और कुछ थे परिवार के लिए ।

क्यों ना आज,
वो बातें हम बोल दें ।
अपने उन रिश्तों में ,
फिर से नया रस घोल दें।
वो क्षमा, वो इकरार,
वो दोस्ती का इज़हार,
वो ममता, वो प्यार ।

क्यूँ ना आज सब कुछ,
हाँ सब कुछ उड़ेल दे ।

और भर ले इस दिल को,
कुछ खुशनुमा लम्हों से ।
हाँ जी ले ये ज़िन्दगी,
इन नयी उमंगों में ।

Haha – Vo Parchhaiyan: हाहा – वो परछाईयां


परछाइयों का पीछा करते करते,
मैं भूल गया था के वो लोग कौन थे,
भूल गया की कब धुप थी ,
और कब थी छान्व।

भागता रहा मैं बस अपनी मर्ज़ी से,
पता नहीं किस डगर पर,
जब पैर थामे तो ये था पाया ,
की जो मैं चाहता था पकड़ना ,
वो था मेरा अपना साया।

आज देखता हूँ बीते उस पल को,
तो भीनी सी मुस्कान है चेहरे पे आति,
की उस दौड़ में भी एक मस्ती थी,
एक आराम देने लायक थकान थी।

आगे कुछ और है रस्ते,
और दूर कुछ और हैं परछाईयां ,
पर इस बार थोडा दूर चल लूं ,
कुछ आहिस्ता लम्हे गुज़ार लॊन,
और हसीं इस सफ़र को,
मैं थोडा और संवार लूं ।

On Modi to non-Indians

This is a note I wrote to describe a bit of details about Narendra Modi, the current CM of Gujrat and the PM candidate by BJP for 2014 National elections of India. The note was written as a reply to some of my foreign friends who have heard about the 2002 riots and have a opinion that he has committed a very high human rights violation by being responsible for the 2002 riots. This came after I posted a few updates in which there might have been a mention of Narendra Modi [http://www.facebook.com/shubhanshu.mishra/posts/10151610104401434]. I believe they have a point which is valid considering the fact that the only popular news about Modi is the involvement in 2002 riots. But I was a bit surprised to see its impact on people on people outside India. So, I decided to just put forth my opinion but back it up with some news fact, website which I have to believe as true. Below is my reply:

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

I have done quite a bit of study on the 2002 riots and the Indian supreme court after continuous allegations on him have declared him not guilty. He was not responsible for the riot in the first place as the riot started because of a very grave reason and a long history. The riots were a part of a linked set of events since the Bombay riots. He himself told the press that if you can prove me guilty you can hang me. And right now his development model and his way of thinking about progress is a new hope for India. There have been many riots in India where bad things have happened [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1984_anti-Sikh_riotshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_India] but we don’t see those riots being publicized too much because they were by the ruling government.

But that apart. He is the one of the few persons who talks about bringing India to the top of the world. He talks of not judging individuals on basis of casts, religion but of working towards progress of Nation. [http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-16/news/42114299_1_narendra-modi-prime-ministerial-candidate-gujarat-chief-minister]

There is a huge difference between being involved and failure to control. His was the latter case, even though as CM and as any leader one has to bear the brunt of any bad thing which happens in their regime. However when the riot happened he was just 3 months into his term and even after the riot the people of Gujrat have been electing him with huge majority for past 3 years which includes the immediate election in 2002. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gujarat_legislative_assembly_election,_2002] And his development practices [http://www.narendramodi.in/a-journey-through-gujarat%E2%80%99s-development-through-power-point-presentations/][http://www.indianexpress.com/news/what-is-the-gujarat-model-/1045851/0] have become world famous and people really consider the growth of Gujrat state both economically and human resources wise as a best case practice. The state is known for having a very efficient and electricity surplus production[http://ibnlive.in.com/news/gujarat-24hour-power-supply-in-over-18000-villages/250309-3.html] as compared to other states of India. And this changed after 2001 before which it was a state reeling with electricity crisis. [http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/gujarats-power-sector-turnaround-story/1/21750.html]

A major reason why we all are supporting him is that in a country where riots and communal discrimination is widespread he is an individual who talks of solving basic problems of success, resources and instilling a self confidence in the country. I would always want a person to be a PM in whose CM term the women feel safe[http://news.oneindia.in/feature/2012/gujarat-championing-cause-of-women-empowerment-1022167.html], the kids are properly fed[http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-20/news/37200103_1_plan-outlay-child-healthcare-budgetary-allocation] and educated and the youth is given employment.

In fact even the majority of Muslim people of Gujrat praise his development models. [6 out of 8 seats of Muslim majority seats were won by his party, http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3581/why-gujarati-muslims-are-with-modi/64627.html ]

To quote a few Recently, India’s most well-known film script-writer Salim Khan (actor Salmaan Khan’s father) has said to a senior journalist in an interview:

“Does anyone remember who the chief minister of Maharashtra was during the Mumbai riots which were no less deadly than the Gujarat riots of 2002? Does anyone recall the name of the chief minister of UP during Malliana and Meerut riots or that of the Bihar CM when the Bhagalpur or Jamshedpur riots under Congress regimes took place? Do we hear names of earlier chief ministers of Gujarat under whose charge, hundreds of riots took place in post-Independence India? Does anyone remember who was in-charge of Delhi’s security when the 1984 massacre of Sikhs took place in the capital of India? How come Narendra Modi has been singled out as the Devil Incarnate as if he personally carried out all the killings during the riots of 2002?”

[Read more at: http://ibnlive.in.com/group-blog/the-india-blog/3581/why-gujarati-muslims-are-with-modi/64627.html?utm_source=ref_article]

So overall, I choose not to be affected too much by the propaganda and choose to believe the facts out there and results I can see, every one is good or bad and every one is accused and praised by people/mob sometimes. What I liked was the fact that Modi choose not to run away or cover up things using dirty politics but by driving growth and progress. A lesson I feel every leader should learn. Even King Ashoka was a big destroyer but after the Kalinga war he shifted to Buddhism and choose to walk the path of peace. Now people praise him even though the war of Kalinga was utterly destructive. The reason people praise him is for what he DID. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashoka]

I just wanted to share this with you so that you can look at this topic with open mind. Yes the riot was very bad thing and as the then current CM he has to take responsibility for everything that happened, which he did by taking enough steps in trying to stop it, but that is it. If a person is doing good now, I choose to forget the past which comes with him/her. The whole point of what we all preach in this world today is that everyone can change in order to become a better person but what is the point of all that preaching if we don’t accept the changed person and keep saying that he did something bad once and his change is insignificant in that light.

I hope this helps you with the topic, plus I usually don’t write praising or criticizing him, its just that if there is news about the country and I want to share I do that. I am sure you will be able to ignore these news or might read them peacefully in future =)

He is not my hero or anything, just a political figure of India. And I choose to be rational about him using the facts and details I have at hand than just going by rumors.

Don’t worry if you still feel a bit uncomfortable, you can always hide the story by clicking on top right of it and selecting hide. And don’t worry too much =)
PS: All content is my own opinion and the links I shared are the ones I felt were most fitting for the content. If there is any wrong information about the links feel free to share. I meant to affect no one’s sentiments but this is my opinion and I thought of sharing it. 

A cheesy tribute

Nikky Shivangi Pasta
Nikky Shivangi Pasta

There is cheese in my tummy,
It tasted very yummy.

A salt grain here,
Some capsicum pieces there.

Smeared in milk,
Its soft as silk.

I had three plates full,
For which I am very grateful.

But its not just about the cheese,
Or the milk,
Or the whole dish feeling like silk.

Its about the memories,
Of friendship, which were once weaved,
Delicate and royal,
With colorful threads interleaved.

Its about the flavours,
I tasted in my life,
With friends I savor,
And always ready to high five.

The taste is distinct and many years old,
And brings back memories,
Of words said and told.

A recipie invented by two ladies,
And now served to me by just one,
Such was their partnership,
Like which I have found none.

So, here is a small tribute,
I would like to share,
To cheese dinners and corny talks,
And a huge applause to my foodie entrepreneurs =D