Contemplating 2018

Graduating from the university in this year, 2018 was a revolutionary year for me. This was due to loads of things happening around. Since it was a break time after college and my campus placement at this renowned company, IBM was still months away for joining, I went for a fellowship program based on Community Development by Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).
International Citizen Service was a 3-month placement into some rural community of the country with people from cross-cultures to work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like Gender Equality, No Hunger etc.

Working with the people from UK, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal and the community women of the village Massanjore in Jharkhand, India was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As and when I returned from the fellowship programme, I still had time on my plate to learn something and my Twitter feed was attracting me a lot towards the JavaScript framework Angular with people like Ben Lesh, Dhananjay Kumar doing many exciting things in Angular and talking frequently about it.

I referred to Deborah Kurata’s amazing course Angular: Getting Started on PluralSight to learn Angular. Mr. Dhananjay proved to be a great mentor during the whole process. He helped me learn and clear my doubts at times, making sure to let me know about the opportunities and projects going on in Angular. And this interest was triggered by the great opportunity to speak at Nepal’s Angular Conference, ng-nepal. This was about to be my first-ever conference speaking, thanks to the organizers for keeping trust in me and providing me the platform. I spoke on the topic HostBinding and HostListener in Angular. It was a wonderful experience with the welcoming and cheerful audience of the country Nepal and this obviously motivated me more to dive deep into Angular framework.

Some glimpses of the Nepal conference are here in this video:

Once I was through with the basic concepts, that is when I started writing articles about important topics of this framework and building a blog to help out the community and the people in the learning phase.

I knew I was working in the right direction when community groups like Swiss AngularData Driven Investor started recognizing the work and mentioning my articles on their feed.

It was time now that I started getting projects from Publishing houses, Technical blogs and companies to write Technical blogs in Angular and creating tutorial videos for them.

The big shot of these was to create a 2-hour long video course of basics of Angular for BPB Publications which was to be published on the global learning platform

Here is the link to the course:

I finally received joining call from my campus placement job and it was time to move from the Gurgaon city to Bangalore. I was assigned the position of Sterling Developer.

Working after office hours and on the week-ends, I wrote 50 articles in Angular by the last month of the year with some blog posts on the topics like:

Some of the articles that I wrote for DotNetTricks were:

Some of the tutorial videos that I created for BPB Publications are:

The year ended with the news of another opportunity to speak at India’s largest Angular conference in Gurgaon, India which will be held in February, 2019. I am very excited to speak at ng-india.

Some of the things that happened behind the scenes were:
– I got selected for Gramya Manthan — a 10-day community development opportunity in Gujarat, India. This was after returning from the fellowship in Jharkhand.
– Completed micromasters in Data, Economics, & Development Policy from MIT on edX.
– Did a course on Data Structure Fundamentals from the University of San Deigo on edX.

The no. of books that I read in this year is 13 which is mach better than the last year’s count. To name them:

— India is for Sale by @chitraSD
 — The Originals by Adam Grant
 — Contact by Jan Morris
 — Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho— Marry Me, Stranger by Novoneel Chakraborty
 — Seeing like a feminist by Nivedita Menon
 — On love & Loneliness by J KrishnaMurthy
— Men without Women by Haruki Murakami
 — The creeds of our times by Dalai Lama
 — Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
 — Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T Kiyosaki
 — Remind me again why I need a man by Claudia Carroll
 — Short Stoies by Franz Kafka

To summarize, it has been a very productive year for me and now, I hope to fasten my belt in the upcoming year 2019 by diving deep into Angular concepts, writing more informative articles, getting to speak at more Angular conferences with the hope of getting to interact more and more with the community.

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