2020 – My Year in Books 📚

I don’t think there has been a better year than 2020 to read. With most of us confined to our homes at some point during the year due to pandemic, books (and Netflix!) have become more popular than ever.

In this post, I’m reviewing all the books I have read in the year. Hopefully you’ll enjoy these quick reviews, plus I’ve also added a favorite quote from each.

In no particular order- let’s go!

Continue reading “2020 – My Year in Books 📚”

My 2️⃣5️⃣th post and why the hell I’m blogging anyway?

Wow! I can’t believe this is my 25th post and have no idea how I made it this far. During my academic years, I barely liked to read anything, let alone write. So then what got me here and why I started to blog? Here’s my Top 5 (in no specific order)

PS. I don’t want to give the illusion that this post will be full of advice for you to start a blog, still, you might find somethings relatable

Continue reading “My 2️⃣5️⃣th post and why the hell I’m blogging anyway?”

Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems – Book Review

Essential Read for anyone managing highly available distributed systems at scale

First off – It’s worth let you know that Google lets you read this “entire” book online for free on their website. Yes you read it right, you don’t need to buy the book, just click on below link – https://landing.google.com/sre/sre-book/toc/index.html and start reading!

Continue reading “Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems – Book Review”

“Hit Refresh” Book Review – Transforming Microsoft with a growth mindset

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. – George R.R. Martin”

Yes, I admit that I sort of dropped the ball on reading. What was more surprising is that all this while I almost did nothing to correct it. Fortunately sanity prevailed and my wife who herself is a voracious reader and a writer (though her first masterpiece is still in making) help me remind about all the good things I am missing by not reading. So I picked up books again!

This blog is share reviews of whatever little I’ve read and learn from your thoughts.

Continue reading ““Hit Refresh” Book Review – Transforming Microsoft with a growth mindset”

2014 – My Year in Books 📚

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island” – Walt Disney

2014 has been quite a year for me both personally and professionally. I’ve never been much of book reader as they’ve always reminded me of my school days when reading a book was like compromising on all other good things (some of my schoolmates can resonate to that). However things gradually changed (thanks to wife), and I started to read and ended up having an year far more richer than than one I started with.
Continue reading “2014 – My Year in Books 📚”

Hello world….once again

Hello World !

This is continuation to my SQL Server blog on MSDN. With this blog post, I intend to help fellow database engineers community using PostgreSQL / SQL Server as a Database Platform, with occasional other stuff thrown in related to other RDBMS platforms and their respective integration issues. Thanks to my wife who’d been pestering me to blog for a year or so.

I’ve spent more than a decade working on various different RDBMS platforms including PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL. My current focus area is PostgreSQL and it’s implementation in a large enterprise landscape overcoming challenges of scale, manageability and automation.

Thanks for your time reading and I hope all my effort will help (or at least entertain) you at many levels. I would really appreciate if you could let me know what you think about it, good or bad. I always appreciate feedback 🙂

Sincere Thanks!

Varun