“What a year!” - Everyone
But it has also been an incredible and emotional decade full of changes for me.
2020 has been hard for everyone. It has been especially hard for the people who are working through the pandemic to make our lives a little easier. Stress is balanced, as all things should be, but one part of society has taken the brunt of it all for the sake of everyone else.
A few important things I’ve been thankful for in this decade: My work and my health. The new friends I made. The incredible coffee I’ve had the opportunity to taste, my newly found interest in whiskeys, but above all: my wife.
2010 - Prelude
This was a crucial year for me. I decided to finally go to college until I later realised, I didn’t want to be in college. It wasn’t for me. I knew what I wanted to do, so I left it and decided to go full time indie as a Software Designer.
2011, 2012 and 2013
The first three years of working indie, full of surprises (I was only 19 in 2011), as I set out to establish my identity and brand in the world: Dezine Zync.
I picked up some great clients in 2013 for some freelance projects which went throughout 2014. As I got busier, I spent more and more time working, studying new things and working on my first iOS App.
I ended up getting disconnected from my friends during this time, which cost me a lot emotionally and mentally.
I founded Dezine Zync Studios. Two friends joined, we rocked out some greats projects, iOS and Web, my gaming frequency increased and I got into Pro-Amateur gaming in the local scene.
I also bought my house!
2015 and 2016
Work began on the new house, so I had to split my time between work and the construction. It was tricky for the first two months, but I quickly got a grip on things and was able to manage things better since.
On the first of January, I moved in with my family to our new house. It felt like a huge accomplishment.
We had a great family trip to Norway in June. My brother also skipped to Sweden for a day just to get a feel of the land.
Unfortunately, in December, I lost my grandfather. He had been ill for a while, and passed away quickly.
This was an incredibly dry, uneventful and sad year for us. A few months of mourning and then getting our things in order, especially for my grandmother took up a huge chunk of my time.
I also decided to get married.
This was the year things started getting back to normal for my family and I. It was still stressful, but we coped up. I found someone wonderful to marry in February, we got engaged in April and married in December.
We travelled to Turkey for our honeymoon. It’s a beautiful country with amazing people. One of the warmest receptions, as a foreigner, I’ve experienced.
My brother-in-law was getting married in March, so the first three months were all about that.
In February, my wife and I travelled to Mahabaleshwar, a small yet busy hill-station close from my city (I went there after a lapse of 16 years).
The newly married couple (my brother and sister in law) got back from their honeymoon and the very next day, India went into a complete lockdown and utter chaos.
The next few months were very hard for everyone I knew. Somehow, I fared better than most because I was used to working from home, usually alone, and not having much dependance on things outdoors (except for leisurely travel).
We lost some of our relatives, we lost our friends to the CoV-SARS virus.
I lost a close and dear friend of mine (to something else).
Documented instances of police brutality, riots, we even had our own share of anti-maskers and COVID deniers, new laws in some states making inter-faith marriages illegal and void. The first few months saw protests against the new CAA & NRC bills, while the later part of the year against the new Farm/Agro Bills.
These are the last few hours of this decade. And in these last hours, I’m hoping that we enter the next decade with a resolve for peace & understanding, cooperation & empathy, trust & equality.
Gal Gadot’s monologue was wonderfully delivered by her (perfectly suits Wonder Woman).
Pedro Pascal’s “overacting” of an ex-TV star felt real.
The Cheetah plot felt out of place. Even some of the Cairo scenes.
Patty Jenkins won’t be doing WW3 until she finishes the Rogue Squadron movie, IIRC. She also posted something about the script for it and reworking it considering the 2020 pandemic. I hope that gets her enough time to make a more cohesive script like the first one.
Watched Wonder Woman ‘84 last night. The movie was mediocre on its own (not comparing to the first one), but when Steve comes in the first few scenes: I realised how many modern things we take for granted.
I’d like to keep this spoiler free, so I’m just going to say: I’m grateful for planes and rockets and RADAR. 😊
We had a “Rotation and Torque” topic in Physics during school.
I never understood it properly back then. Fourteen years later, I finally get it thanks to this episode by Dianna (AKA Physics Girl).
I follow her videos on Youtube for the variety of interesting physics topics and experiments she does.
But her latest Physics 101 series is really bringing back the fascination I once had for physics.
New Flight Sim 2020 setup. Ran through a few laps over HYD today morning. 10/10 recommended. 😬
Moon and Venus. Shot on iPhone 12
For the past two weeks, I’ve been waking up earlier than I normally do. My wife sleeps later than I, so I can’t begin working early as I fear I might disturb her.
Unintended consequence: I now have some free time in the mornings: just me, my Macbook and Micro.blog & RSS feeds. Good way to spend the winter mornings.
Lonavla, Nov 2020
Over the middle two weeks of November, we celerbrated Diwali, albeit with lessened enthusiasm this year. However, one event during that festival: Bhaubeej (or Bhaiduj in Hindi), the extended family decided to getaway to our uncle’s on-going project in Lonvala.
This project’s first phase is due to complete by March,2021. So it was a good opportunity for us to celerbate and be there amongst ourselves without intrusion while observing pandemic-level precautions.
Around the site is the start of the Pavana river. It’s a private area shared by the few properties there. I’ve shot some videos around there for my iPhone 12 Camera review, but here are some quick shots from the area:
At around 5:00PM, I decided to walk back to the site and join the pack again. Some shots as the sunset had just begun:
Finally, around 6PM, we left for home after all our celebrations. While still on our way to the main town of Lonavla, we spotted the beautiful sunset sky.
It’s unfortunate how the tourists have spoilt the serene beauty of this place. Trash thrown all around the place, plastic bags & bottles, alcohol glass bottles and disposable glasses. It was quite a sad note to end an otherwise wonderful day.
But the day had another surprise waiting for me, at my own fault: At the exit of the Lonavla town towards Mumbai or Pune, in the dark, I accidentally turned towards Mumbai. Entering the Expressway, I noticed the distance marker read Panvel, 51KM. Luckily, I was able to find a turn point 11KM away.
The two-way journey back to the Lonavla exit point cost us a solid 30 minutes, but the family and I will remember this one for a good while and laugh about in years to come.
First time making brioche, turned out way better than I expected. Enjoyed half of it as french toast, leaving the other half for tomorrow morning’s breakfast. 🍞
Shot with the Ultra-wide lens on the iPhone 12, edited in Photos.app