Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Can Dabbling in section A create a rich AeSI experience?

Read this today and it instantly clicked with me.

From my days in aesi and in my writings in myaesi, I have been giving
this same message.

Read it.

"A great use of dabbling is actually to discover the best long-term
commitments for you to make. So dabble for discovery. Then commit for

Dabbling is trying out different things. Giving randomness a chance.

This is what I ask students of section a of aesi to do. You have time.
So in section a, after your studies. Explore.

Do whatever takes fancy of you at that time. Don't worry if it will
help you in future or not. If you like doing it just try. Try things
out. More you dabble the better.

As the above quote says, this exploration will lead you to things that
you want to continue doing. So make a commitment and do them in
section b and beyond.

For me it was developing code, trying new things with it. And learning
about new future tech.

For me, Dabbling in section A did create a rich AeSI experience.

What are your views? What do you dabble in?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gas Turbine Engine in Just 2 Minutes

In the real world, a new commercial jet engine takes years to design, build, and test. See this video to see it done in just under two minutes.


Monday, September 19, 2011

Percentage and future prospects of AeSI

A recent AeSI graduate emailed me with something like this.

I have completed aeronautical engineering in avionics stream after struggling for 8 years with less than 60%.

i am just worried about the percent i got.

Could you please give me any other suggestion.

Here's my reply.

First of all congratulation.

As I have written in many posts at myaesi, less percentage is a limitation but not a liability.

It limits options but doesn't kill them all together.

I hope you have, with all this time, become good at the subjects you have studied in aesi. That's important. Because if in the interview, no body can cross you on those fundamentals then no one will question the percentage.

Also I hope, by this time, you have picked up good skills. Technical and otherwise.

Technical and communication skills are the curtains that you will need to get past any interview panel. So cultivate them and become good at one particular relevant technical skill.

My motto is to be so good that they can't ignore you.

And Lastly, Respect the degree and the qualification that you have earned. It's yours. This is what you will go forward with. Your confidence in it should shine through. Any doubt you project will only hamper your progress.

Remember this if you don't respect it, No one else will.

Hope this helps you in your future steps. Best of luck !!

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

No posts and total immersion

My apology for not being able to update the blog as frequently as I would like to.

It isn't because of lack of something to say but it's mainly because of time.

I am in a turbulent phase now. Something new and exciting has made an entry in life, so most of my waking hours are dedicated in learning it.

Of the 18 waking hours, anytime I get off is spending reading more and more about that. I have immersed myself into it.

This is the form of learning I benefit the most from. Total immersion. Get the subject by the horn.

I hope this explains the missing posts.

Promise to self. Make some time for posts.

Read more about total immersion at

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Friday, September 09, 2011

DRDO monthly newsletter - what am i reading?

I read a lot and share most of the stuff on Twitter and linkedin. But I don't do it here on this blog, at least that often.

So here's a thing. Every week on Friday, I will share with you something that I have read and found interesting.

I will try to make it interesting and something useful.

The main aim here will be to encourage people to read something interesting and start a conversation.

For today I want to share a month newsletter from DRDO.

A friend of mine is getting moving from private to public sector. And this steered me to drdo's website and I found this monthly newsletter. DRDO newsletter BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The age of average is over

Read this and instantly wanted to share with you all. 

Last night, I watched Thomas Friedman's interview with Piers Morgan. He was talking about his new book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. At one point during the interview, when Morgan asked Friedman his advice for young workers, Friedman replied, in his trademark catchphrase style, "the Age of Average is over."

He then continued: "You should aim to be an artisan…everything thing you do, you should be proud of, willing to put your initials on it."

So the question is how are you studying or working? 

Are you playing average or aiming to be exceptional?

I hope it's the latter.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Just study and leave everything else

I received this following mail from Rohan.

Hi sir,
For long i am searching for a proper combination of activities to
spend time on, bcoz i feel that " just study leave every thing else"
doesnt work in long term, so sir by your own experience can u plz
suggest some do's and dont do's.
thanks sir
G.I.E, Sec 'B'

He has a great point. I dont believe in just work and no play.

In fact this is how I got into starting this blog and ouraesi club back in 2002.

My long stated opinion on this blog is that when you are in section a, you shouldn't think much about job and after aesi, but concentrate on your studies and use your spare time to explore whatever takes fancy to your mind at that time.

It may be kite making, taking cooking lessons, creating aircraft models, singing, dancing etc. The point is, section a give you time to expand your horizon. Gives you opportunity to grow laterally. So do that. It's the time to experiment.

I certainly did that.

As you pass section a, you get into the grove and start to know what you enjoyed and loved. This is the time to take up serious career related things. This is time to look beyond aesi and see what is on demand and what skills you want to build.

I certainly did this. I like programming and this is what I took up in section b. If you like analysis or building models or reading. Begin those tasks.

The tasks are not that important. Decide what skills you want to have when you graduate and start working on them.

How much time you spend is not important. More important is the consistenty. Put in your minimum hours in those skill building exercise and you are on to a great start.

So what's your take on this? Let's come up with activities and things that one can do in this period.

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

NARIC UK Certificate of British Bachelor(Honors) Degree in Engineering for AeSI Degree holders

This is from Mr Bishnujee Singh and i hope it will be useful for AeSI graduates.

Dear AeSI Graduates,

Graduates passing out of Aeronautical Society of India are requested to apply for NARIC UK Letter of Comparabilty and NARIC UK Certificate of British Bachelor (Honors) Degree in Engineering for AeSI Degree holders.Its very valuable document and Certificate issued by NARIC on behalf of UK Government Department of Education,Work & Skills .Also its not very expensive process.AeSI Degree holders advised not to use my NARIC UK Certificate or FEANI Eur Ing Certificate as Group and Companies in Western world take it very seriously violation of privacy and may lead to denial in numerous places due to this issue.Always please use your own NARIC UK British Bachelor(Honors) Degree in Engineering certificate issued in your own name instead of some one else.These documents will be useful in numerous places in your future career.

More details available on

All the best and good luck!

Thanks Bishnujee.

Friday, September 02, 2011

My Side Projects

I always talk about short personal side projects and somehow I fail to highlight them here on this blog. So this post is to amend that once and for all.

At any given time, I am at least working on two non work related, side projects. I choose the side projects that help learn me a skill, build something and are fun and interesting.

So where are these projects?

Most of them are in my hard disk. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to get them out. But I have began publishing some out.

Bringing out serves three purpose.
1. It helps get me some feedback.
2. It makes me feel good as I have contributed something to the world and
3. finally I complete the project if I know I have to publish it.

This post is to tell you that I post them on my personal website

So now you know, if I talk about side projects, where to look.

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