Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ayesha's internship experience

In my last college semester I was interning at a company. It didn't fetch me any money but what it did do for me was a lot more. I just want to highlight some of the benefits of an internship at an IT company.

Firstly and most importantly, you get to learn about how a company works. You see how people interact, how office tools work. You get to explore intranet and use many online facilities that wouldn't have been available as a student or wouldn't be very useful when you're working full time and you're overloaded with work. You get to learn to send semi formal emails, send requests etc.

Secondly, you get to learn about the project specific details. You can learn about the technology and platforms and frameworks that are being used. And of course, you understand the work you are doing.

Thirdly, you get to see how a team works in the office. The collaborative efforts that lead to formation of a product can not be seen while sitting in a classroom. A team usually includes some developers, testers, a team lead, manager, architect, and product owners. The learning process requires that all the members of the team cooperate and collaborate in order to give good results.

Fourth, free snacks!!! (Well, that was probably only in the company where I interned) Anyhow, coffee machine is always free and so useful.

Fifth,  you are allowed to make mistakes. One thing that really helped me get comfortable with my team was that they helped me rectify my mistakes. You will not be judged for making mistakes because you are there to learn.

Some of these things I might have experienced because I had a good team. A good team forms a great support system. Even though I went there 2-3 times a week, I felt at home. I want to encourage all college students especially engineering students to have this experience at least once during their college life. It is great to go into a full time job after doing an internship because it always helps to know something before hand. It gives a confidence boost and a positive attitude. What if the internship experience was not good? Well, then you know what not to do!!

Fun at work!

All the best!
Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Friday, June 27, 2014

From an end to a beginning

It has been forever since I last wrote. So long that when I sat to write again I had trouble forming my sentences. I wanted to write about college getting over, a new beginning to an old ending. Instead I shut my blogger account. And did not open it until two weeks later. That is, today!

A lot has happened over the last few months. So, so much has changed! I can not even put all my thoughts in words. All I can say is, a lot of it has been positive change, even if it has kept me away from blogging for a while. A long while.

I had my last semester in college. There were internship, college project, 4 subjects to take care of, amidst the entire anxiety of leaving an era and entering into a new one. It was not just about leaving college. It never is, right? College is not just college. We have our teachers, who we have love/hate relationship with. We have a routine of going, sitting and spending 8 hours in a place that is sheltered, where we are spoon-fed with all the information that we are never going to be using later in life. And, most importantly college life is tied up with the friends who make it a "life", without whom it would have been difficult impossible to get past even one day of college. The thought of everyone splitting up and scattering to different places logically and geographically was numbing, but it happened. Farewell happened. Exams happened. And it was over. Just like that, four years were over.

I didn't have much time to mourn over my emptiness. I was called to join my work within a week of college getting over. Thank god! The excitement of first week over shadowed things in a way. I'm sure, I'd have felt it harder if I had stayed home. New workplace, new friends, new activities and a new debit card too! :P .. But by the time weekend arrived, I needed to see my friends. It was my friend's birthday on that Saturday. So we got together and celebrated it. Sunday was just a day to relax after all that excitement during the week. Monday onwards involved a lot of learning amongst other things. Training has not been as hectic as I thought. Thank god! But yes, an hour and a half of traveling can drain the life and soul out of any normal person. Wish the traffic could just smoothen out a little.

Today I completed the 10th day of my work. So yes, I filled the time card for 10 days. Beginning of my career. So much to learn, so much to do. No time to waste! Sure feels like something. And this new feeling drove me to type this entire post. And I feel proud to finish something that I was not able to for so long.

Completely irrelevant, but here's a random selfie taken on an office morning :D


Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Weather Schmether

While Bangalore's temperature are soaring heights, I'm beginning to wonder how much worse it is going to get. I feel like I'm going to melt. Who would have thought that this would happen to Bangalore. As of today, Bangalore is at 36 degree Celsius while Delhi is 37! Going out is so difficult. I have been using a huge stole as cover-up because without that it feels like my skin will burn and my hair will get fried. It rained a couple of days back but goodness, that was good for just the time it rained. The sun shot back with so much more aggression.This year, most apartments had ACs installed. I feel bad for the plants and animals who don't have cover-ups and ACs the way we do. I see leaves drying out into withered brown, birds falling from the sky because of the heat, ants suffering due to lack of water. And so much more. 

heat kills

All living beings have to suffer for what humans do. Cutting trees for human settlement, clearing up ground water for users who don't appreciate or use it judiciously, killing wild animal for business benefits, having more and more vehicles each day with only one person in each vehicle. It is crazy how the consequences of these actions are known and yet ignored. We have seen a gradual change in our cities, and yet we do nothing about it. We sit and watch. We complain. We go on with out lives. 

If not a major change, can we at least check our own actions? Can we do with shorter showers? Or put out a bowl of water in the balcony for birds? Can we remember to switch of the fans when we leave the room? Did you know that garbage leave out harmful radiations. Can we make it a point to not litter and throw the trash where its meant to go, in a trash can? Can we try the public transport, or at least, car pooling? Can we do these small things in order to create an impact? We can. And we should. 

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ideas worth spreading

I know its been a long time yet again. And I apologize for having failed to keep up my promise of being more regular. With all this work load its been hard to write.  So you will be seeing a post from me whenever I have the energy and the thought process to write.

Today, I want to talk about Ted Talks. Ted: Ideas worth spreading, is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation. It was started in 1984.

The answer to why I'm writing a post about it is simply because these are ideas worth spreading. These ideas may or may not be something that you're interested in. But watching a 10-20 min talk might open your mind to something so new, refreshing, enlightening or just funny. The speakers are veterans in domain that they choose to speak about. So you know that there's going to be no B^ll$#!T happening. They are available online freely. Ted app allows you to watch talks on your tablet with ease. I am hooked to the TED app. Here are some videos that I love and recommend.

Larry Page: Where's Google going next?

Del Harvey: The strangeness of scale at Twitter


Sandra Aamodt: Why dieting doesn't usually work 


Sally Kohn: Let's try emotional correctness 


Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model. 


Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are 


Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?


Here are some that you could start with. Some are really old, yet eye opening. 
Hope you like them. 

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha





Monday, March 31, 2014

Add this to your skin routine: Facial steaming

This isn't a new concept. Everyone has heard of it. Many use it. For those who don't, well, this is why you should.

I had a cold this week. And you know the kind of thing that goes with it. blocked nose, headache, then running nose, sometimes both blocked and running nose... I decided to use steam to help me with it. It was evening time and I had come back from college. I looked worn out and tired. On top of that I was sick. I cleansed my skin and then used a facial steamer. After a minute of breathing in steam, I felt a lot better with my blocked nose but I also saw a difference in my skin radiance. It was glowing as though I spent the day relaxing at home or in a spa.

After a little research, I saw that this method is widely used and has many other benefits.

  1. Makes the skin glow, by increasing the blood circulation
  2. Helps in removing dust and other particles because of the water vapor action . And this helping with acne. 
  3. Steaming has anti aging benefits simply because it helps loosen the top layer of the skin which becomes stiff as a person grows older.  
  4. Removal of blackheads and whiteheads. It helps loosen the skin and aids in removal of blackheads and whiteheads.
How to prepare a steam bath:

There are two ways to go about.

Simple one. Buy a steamer. Add water and switch it on. 

If you are not interested in buying a facial steamer, you can use a large metal bowl.
  1. Pour a few cups of water and boil it till steam is very visible.
  2. Place the bowl on a flat surface. 
  3. Take a towel to create an enclosure for your face and bowl. Make sure to maintain good distance with the bowl to avoid burns.
  4. Breathe in and out for a minute or until it starts to feel too hot.
  5. Wipe off.
It is advisable to use a cleanser before facial steaming because it helps prep the skin.

While this is a brilliant procedure it is important to remember to not overuse it. So once in a week is the limit you should use this.

Hope this was good information.

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

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