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364 days earlier, i wrote a yearly blog report – 2016 was great | 2017 will be better!.
2016 was good, but you know what was better? 2017.
And just so you know, what’s gonna be bettering better? 2018.
By the way if you think this is a narcissistic blog, i just wanna ensure – it is ;)
i’d set out with a bunch of 2017 goals, lets do a comprehensive review:
With that out of the way, lets get into a 52-week Mega-Massive-Compre-fuckin-hensive Report!
i went for a nice little trip to Malvan, a small fishing town near Bombay. We scuba dived! That was fun. Got kicked out of a bus in the middle of the night for sleeping in an unreserved seat. That wasn’t fun.
i joined Belong as an analytics intern, i don’t think i’ve been on a steeper learning curve. Not just in terms of tech, but startups, culture, leadership. Came back heavily inspired :)
i worked on a bunch of kaggle datasets. i turned kernels expert, hit the 50th rank worldwide :)
i ran the beautiful Auroville half-marathon. i injured my knee, was out of action for three months.
i worked on the NYC rental prediction challenge, hit Top 15%. Wrote a blog about it, got accepted as a writer in ‘Towards Data Science’, a Medium publication.
i turned 21. We went to Glocal, it was crazy!
i was bitten by the sports analytics bug. Worked on two blogs on the Fedal rivalry and one on the Boston Marathon. An Australian Sports blog picked it up, i just went international :)
i discovered the magical Cubbon Park. i went to Cubbon to run, to skateboard, it became my favorite place!
i worked my nights away on the Quora challenge on Kaggle. Hit Top 12%, wrote a blog, it has became my most-read one to date.
i watched the Indian Tennis Team kick Uzbekistan’s ass at Davis Cup, Bangalore. Was a unique experience.
i joined Myntra Data Sciences. my first job. Now i know the difference between an off-shoulder and a cold-shoulder dress!
i met Shreya, she’s on my favorite people list now! Thanks for everything, blue whale ;)
i went back to Pilani for my Convocation. Seemed like nothing had changed, not the people, not the place! i made a convo vlog, has become my most-viewed video!
i got myself a bicycle. its the best mode of transport :)
i went to a quite a few parties. i don’t like parties. i don’t go to parties. i’d rather write a blog about how much i hate parties than go to a party.
i got myself a GoPro. i started a super-ambitious experiment to make one vlog every week. 16 weeks in, still going strong.
i worked on another Kaggle challenge(Web Traffic prediction), didn’t give it my 100 percent. Disappointed with my efforts.
i ran the Satara Hill half-marathon, its been the best marathon i’ve been to! Words fall short to tell the experience, so i made a vlog :p
i pushed my first A/B test in production. our hypothesis failed. i learnt quite a lot of shit.
i began weight training. i suck at it, pretty bad. Gotta see the shit through, no one knew how to walk when they were born.
i visited Hampi, its basically heaven with rocks. Made a vlog, put Shreya’s face in the thumbnail, got a lot more views than i should have!
i started work on the RTO problem at Myntra. It is as “real-world data science” as it gets. Dirty data, assumptions and a lot of headaches!
i visited Sodhi for a weekend trip in Hyd. CharMinar isn’t hyped, it is beautiful!
i ran. i ran more.
i ran the Kaveri Trail half-marathon. The post-run dip in the Kaveri is pure bliss, go watch it!
i began skateboarding again. On a regular schedule now, i can ride the skatepark wave now!
i started playing squash, it feels more strategic than tennis. Or maybe that’s just my neural nets getting trained!
i built an end-to-end DS pipeline at work, proud of my efforts. Gotta push it through prod now!
i’m super-focused now – i journal everyday, i vlog almost everyday, i blog every Sunday, i have a bunch of tasks to cross off everyday, and my ToDos list doesn’t end. A state of mind i wanna be in. Always. Forever.
With two days to go before 2k18, i’m heading for a solo trek to Kumar Parvat! Wish me luck :)
Phew, that took me longer than i’d thought!
Now, goals for 2018:
Boy, let the narcissism end! Later!