A Week Under The Hawaiian Sun

Hawaii has much to offer to the water sport enthusiast. It however took me a week of tramping through Maui to realize I like the mountains more than sunny coastlines. While I truly enjoy the waves and absolutely love snorkeling, the novelty can wear off pretty quick. I’d still take backpacking through a mountain range […]

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A Saunter Through Death Valley

During the President’s day weekend in the Winter of 2016, we headed south-east from the San Francisco Bay Area to the lowest, driest and hottest place in North America – Death Valley National Park in the state of Nevada. Unlike any other national parks I’ve been to before, Death Valley is a vast remote landscape […]

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Alaska – 2

Continued from the previous post… Day Five and Six The town of Cantwell lies about a half hour’s drive south of Denali National Park, home to Mount Denali. Reverently known as ‘The Mountain’,  the tallest peak of North America doesn’t simply reveal itself to the traveler. The immense elevation of the mountain means that it […]

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Alaska – 1

Alaska was pretty high up on my dad’s wish list and I can now rest proud and easy for having fulfilled his desire. We had a memorable week-long vacation in Alaska this August and found America’s final frontier to be beyond beautiful. While traveling with aged seniors limited my opportunities to rough it up with […]

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Tax Deduction In US For Home Loan In India

I bought a rental apartment in my home country of India in 2016. I financed the purchase with a home-loan from an Indian bank and am now in the process of paying off the loan. As I live and work in the US and pay my taxes to the US government, I was interested in […]

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How To Install Tomcat and Opengrok on Windows

You become a writer simply by reading and writing. “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.” – Stephen King King’s quote on writing can just as well be applied to Software Development. You become a good software developer simply […]

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ಅಮ್ಮನ ನೆನಪು

ಅಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನಗಲಿ ಸರಿಸುಮಾರು 6 ವರ್ಷಗಳಾಗುತ್ತ ಬಂತು. ಇಷ್ಟು ಕಾಲ ಸರಿದ ಮೇಲೂ ಅಮ್ಮನ ಮಧುರ ನೆನಪುಗಳು ಆಗ್ಗಿಂದಾಗ್ಗೆ ಕಣ್ಮುಂದೆ ಸರಿದು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತವೆ. ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಅಮ್ಮ ಈಗ ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೇನಂತೆ, ಅಮ್ಮನೊಡನೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಂಡ ಸಂತಸದ ದಿನಗಳ ನೆನಪುಗಳ ಮರುಕಳಿಕೆ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುವ ಲಕ್ಷಣವಂತೂ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಅಮ್ಮನ ಕೆಲ ವಿಶೇಷ ಗುಣಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳ ಮತ್ತು ಅಮ್ಮ ಭಾಗಿಯಾದ ಕೆಲ ಸ್ಮರಣೀಯ ಘಟನಾವಳಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬರೆಯಬೇಕೆಂದು ನನಗೆ ಬಹಳ ಸಮಯದಿಂದ ತುಡಿತವಿತ್ತು. ಅಂತೂ ಈಗ ಗಳಿಗೆ ಒದಗಿದೆ. ಮುಗ್ಧತೆಯ ಅವತಾರವೆಂದರೆ ಅದು ನನ್ನಮ್ಮ. […]

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The Land of Smiles

At the end of my short trip to Thailand with my family, I longed to linger around a little more. We spent an eventful eight days spread out between the capital city of Bangkok and the quaint northern town of Chiang Mai. We had to reluctantly let go of the golden southern beach islands due to lack […]

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Hiking Half-Dome Yosemite

I fulfilled my long cherished dream of scaling the majestic Half Dome in Yosemite in the fall of 2016. My overnight backpacking trek to the dome materialized after months of persistent applications for a hiking/backpacking permit, followed by a handful of training hikes in the hills in my neighborhood. I would strongly recommend making your […]

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The Power of Cheatsheets

Cheatsheets are incredibly helpful lookup/guiding documents that you fall back to time and again. For that elusive bit of information that you just can’t retain in your head after repeated Googling over time, cheatsheets can save you the pain of rework. I have built up a reasonably large assortment of cheatsheets over the last couple […]

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